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Will Robie is an assassin and a very good one! He works for the secret side of the CIA and does his job completely and carefully! And then he stops. He is in the midst of a hit - and things don't feel right - for the first time he asks questions of himself before he pulls the trigger (flash to Jason Bourne on the boat in the dark!!) That hesitation puts in action a series of events that takes Robie out of automatic and into actually feeling! A place he has not visited for a long time.
Robie, being a thorough hitman, always has a backup plan and even a backup for the backup. This night he escapes to a bus that travels between Washington DC and NYC every night - the Outa There bus. While waiting for the bus to take him away to a safe spot he sees a young girl get on followed by an older man - someone clearly following her. In an attempt to save this girl from her attacker - Robie is surprised to see Julie (the girl) able to fight him off for a bit, and then they flee off the bus together - moments before the bus explodes into thousands of pieces.
So, against all of his training and preferences, Robie attempts to take care of Julie - yes this hardened, loner assassin begins to allow a tiny piece of his heart to feel again. It isn't a sweet sappy moment - but rather a shock to both Robie and the reader's system. But, it feels right!
This is a story of cold-blooded, ruthless people and the incredible lengths they will take to get what they want. It is also an intertwined mystery of conspiracy on an unbelievable level.
I greatly enjoyed the twists and turns and unexpected kindness of human beings!!