BOOK 1: The Innocent by David Baldicci
The Hit description:
Will Robie is a master of killing.
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.
No one else can match Robie’s talents as a hitman…no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she’s gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.
To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.
But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.
This book took a little bit more for me to get into than the first. While I had felt an instant connection with Robie, he always had that bit of humanity to him that allowed you to understand someone who is so far removed from normal society. However, Reel felt a bit over the top, and a little too robotic for a large part of the book that it took a while before it felt like she added anything to the story in the way the past characters had. So it’s probably good that the people from the last book do come back in varying degrees, that are appropriate to the story so that they’re not just forced in for the sake of it. Like Julie returns, but she isn’t some how strung up into this wild ride, instead she’s allowed to just be the girl he helped out, and who he struggles to find a place for in his dangerous world. Altogether this was a great follow up for the last book. It follows along some of the same strands as before, while not being a repeat of the previous plot. I think what I liked most about this book, and that Baldacci did such a wonderful job in achieving, was making the bad guys not some psychopaths out for blood, but making them people who truly think they’re doing what’s best for the world. He helps show the slippery slope that comes with fighting to protect your country, and trying to discern between what is the greater good and what is just ones own perceived good.