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Long Road to Mercy

Atlee Pine, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Her name is Atlee Pine, the latest creation from best-selling author David Baldacci. She has unstoppable tenacity, always a fighter who is unwilling to cede any ground. She has endured real nightmares, and she has the emotional and physical scars to show for it. And she got those long before she became an adult.

She is an FBI Special Agent assigned to the wilds of the western US. She has to cover, often solo, vast tracts of area: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona. Small towns, impossibly long distances in between isolation like most on the East Coast have never experienced, and an environment where anything can and does happen.

Working with the locals who respect and also sometimes fear her and have never really been allowed to know her, Atlee Pine turns her vast investigative skills and unmatched drive to find out the truth. Along the way she will revisit painful memories of her own and come to grips with who she is and who she might one day aspire to be. But in the end, she will have to confront not only a new monster but also the old one of her nightmares.

©2018 David Baldacci (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Typical Baldachi Conspiracy Theory Theme<br />

The new character Atlee Pine is well developed along with her sidekick secretary & potential future love interest & Pine's better than most abilities (again typical for Baldachi leading characters) left me waiting for Book 2 - if you're a Baldachi fan you won't be disappointed

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good book most David baldacci fans would enjoy. thrillers still my favourite books to read.

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Excellent

It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked!
Great story line. Love that there are two strong female leads.
I’m looking forward to more in the series.

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Stick to reading it yourself

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I’d read it myself rather than listening to the audio book. The narrators styles sometimes didn’t match the dialogue and caused the characters to become 2 dimensional and cliched.

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  • Steven Firer
  • 21-11-2018

Just Brilliant

DB at his best. Thank you Sir for such great entertainment. How you keep producing such works is a gift from above.

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  • Simon
  • 18-11-2018

On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine!

I've often come away underwhelmed by male thriller writers trying to write female leads. Even to this male reader they don't seem to have been able to generate a character you can believe in, one of the best examples of such failings being Harlen Coben's Maya in Fool Me Once. Atlee Pine though is a character with a back story, set of beliefs and attitude that I could really get, for want of a better word. She's tough, a bit of a loner, she's driven and at the core of all she does is a tragic past that makes the book's title incredibly apt.

This is very much a contemporary thriller and is very up to date with modern trends in terms of political relations, it turns out to cover a much grander scope than you might expect. It also brings to life one of the great wonders of the physical world in some detail.

The narration by Brittany Pressley is excellent and she takes the lead with Kyf Brewer providing the male spoken lines. I think it's a very effective format as it's often a real stretch for any narrator to do opposite sex voices without sounding daft. It does mean that some of Brewer's gruff lines can sound just a tiny bit flat or at times jarring compared to Pressley's smoother delivery but I really liked the contrast that it gave to the characters.

If I was to nitpick just a little on the whole production I'd say that while the overall story seems finely crafted and comes together well at the end some of the dialogue felt a bit flat and lacking in polish and I do think that on a couple of occasions Pine had it a bit easy considering what she was up against in terms of evading pursuit. But, nit-picking that is and I really want to follow further on the trail of this lonesome Pine and in particular how the ongoing back story develops because that clearly has mileage in it!

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  • G. S.
  • 22-11-2018

Not bad

Great character, good writing but as usual instead of letting the story unfold naturally Baldacci relies far too heavily on exposition at the end to explain the plot!

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  • Kindle Customer Brenda Powell
  • 15-12-2018

Brilliant!

Long road to Mercy was fast moving and entertaing book. with plenty of action and excitement!

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  • Dr. J. Crawford
  • 10-12-2018

Rather silly

The plot is absurd and very complicated though it is set against a contemporary background of US tensions with Russia and North Korea and a great deal of intrigue. Our new FBI heroine is an almost superhuman specimen. More like a Marvel Comics superhero than a believable cop. Of course she has the dark side to her as well as her patriotic dedication and this revolves around her having a twin who was abducted and killed when both were young. Atlee does not want to talk about this despite it pervading her thoughts. Despite this she has had herself tattooed with references to this traumatic event then tries to act coy and not talk about them when asked. Thus despite her claims she is an attention seeker. What other reason can there be for disfiguring herself with silly tattoos. If you don’t want to talk about something why write it indelibly on your skin? One strongly suspects that a person with these sort of psychological issues wouldn’t make into the likes of theFBI.
The potential romantic interest is another superhero type who is an ex soldier now a National Park ranger. The narrator reads his part making him sound like the honey monster or some other dumb cartoon character. “Duh!”
Many of the other characters are just cliches (eg Atlee’s FBI boss who is more at home with paperwork than solving crime)
It’s a halfway decent yarn but it does get out of hand: nukes in the Grand Canyon and all. It’s hard to be original and you get the idea that Mr Baldacci is running out of ideas.

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  • Ruggertiff
  • 06-12-2018

my new favourite Hero

my very own female Jack Reacher, love this character. the next one can't co.e soon enough

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  • GDF
  • 03-12-2018

A new character worthy of the Baldacci name

Really good book, typical of Baldacci. Can’t wait to see of Attlee Pine. Then again, I can’t wait to see more of Amos Decker or Will Robie or basically any of the Baldacci family.

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  • Richard Smith
  • 30-11-2018

One of his best yet

Superb story, endearing characters, great dialogue, constant action and excitement, all brilliantly narrated.

Can't wait to follow the evolution of Atlee Pine's character in this series.

I've read/listened to almost all of Baldacci's books and this one is right up there.

Enjoy!

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  • Mrs. S. A. Lynch
  • 24-11-2018

the start of another fabulous series I hope

this was an exciting thriller with many twists and Turns in the plot I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait for another Attlee Prime novel to come along

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  • Roger Dunn
  • 29-11-2018

Boring

I was waiting excitedly for the release of this book but have been disappointed. It’s the first time I have ever been bored with a David Baldacci book and I have read a lot of them! 2 1/2 hours in and it still hasn’t taken off. Too much detail of trivial things like weightlifting and car restoration as if he needed to pad out a weak plot. I can’t seem to follow the story and keep losing track of the plot and the characters. I like when male and female narrators are used but for some reason it didn’t really work in this book. Bring back Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty! I will try and persist but I am really struggling and might in the end do the unthinkable - return a Baldacci book!

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  • Roxy Peel
  • 25-11-2018

Poor for Baldacci

The story is boring and very weak
Not what I have come to expect from Baldacci

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