Sometimes the Recommender has to spend a lot of time on the computer. Time that could be spent reading. So, what better option than having a great book read to me while I work and read by two excellent readers (Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy) via audio book. David Baldacci's The Innocent is an action packed, fast paced story with great characters. Will Robie is a US Government assassin sent around the globe to take out strategic targets. He's good at what he does, though it's not something he particularly loves. He's smart, quick and has managed to stay alive and get out of some pretty tight spots. He's also pretty hot! Both tough and sexy. One night he's sent on an assignment that just doesn't make sense to him. He holds back from taking out his intended victim, we won't say who, no spoilers here! His handler insists he act... but he pauses just long enough for someone else, a sniper, to act for him hitting the target in a shocking scene! Will takes off, needing time to figure out what the heck is going on.
Enter Julie Getty, a 14 year old smart and street savvy teen who has run away from a foster home only to witness a terrible crime, the murder of her parents, and is now on the run from whoever organized that hit. She and Robie end up as allies when he saves her life and becomes her protector, not that she feels she needs one, but somehow, Robie, though he doesn't quite understand it himself... feels that she does.
Will and Julie are really terrific characters. Julie tries to stay strong to avenge her parents yet she is also a vulnerable young girl. Will is still trying to figure out who is after him, what they want, and who he can trust. There is explosive action, tense, tense moments, a love interest and Will and Julie's intriguing relationship which makes this an action thriller with heart. I loved it and loved the audio (and the great cover which initially drew me to this title!) with those super readers who truly brought these and a whole other cast of characters to life. If you want to give yourself a treat...read this book, or check the audio book out at your library and lose yourself in this gripping drama!