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Long Road to Mercy

Atlee Pine, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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Overkill

I bought this book in spite of the poor reviews but wish I hadn’t. I’m all for a strong female lead but I could barely tolerate finishing it. The absurdity of Atlees action got on my nerves.

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Took time to get used to it. Then fell in love

Loved the characters and narrators, can't wait for more books, it was a great start to a series

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A good book spoiled by Poor choice of narrator

A great book to read, but this audio version is very hard to get into due to poor narration delivery.
The narrator’s performance improves to an acceptable standard after approximately 20 chapters.
Also, a little disappointed by inaccuracies with geological facts and incorrect use of terminology.

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  • M
  • 21-01-2019

a good read ruined by poor naration

the narrator destroyed the story by her single speed rushed monotone. unfortunate ss the story had potential

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Where’s Mercy

Pity the Author left us hanging on that .. I guess he has left it open for a follow-up with Attlee Pine & co

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New Baldacci Series

What a great listen!! David Baldacci's new female protaganist is in keeping with his previous series. Can't wait for Book 2.

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Can't tell you how many times I rolled my eyes listening to this book

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2019

Good fun

Bit slow initially but pace picked up and I enjoyed it.
A few cliches though but with tongue in cheek it was fun

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  • Nuala Melinn
  • 04-01-2019

Really looking forward to more from Agent Pine

Really well written and refreshing to read about a female, strong hero for a change

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  • Maureen Lewis
  • 29-12-2018

Happy Listening

always enjoy authors books lots of.suspense.and.excellent.storyline ..easy listening, well narrated, clear,.consise and well spoken overall

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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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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 15-01-2019

A POTUS in the dark. Well there’s a thing

First class story and a good narration . Just wish the authori hadn’t caught Dan Browne syndrome and “packed out” the story with loads of incidental info that didn’t help me understand or enjoy the tale any better.

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  • Phillip
  • 25-12-2018

Not his best

I love David Baldacci but this was not one of his best books, I hope this series gets allot better !

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  • Fouldsy
  • 04-03-2019

A bit disappointed

I have listened to many audiobooks this is the first review I have written.
I have listened to many David Baldacci books on audible covering many different adventures and characters.
Haven’t listened to one of his books for a while so thought I would give this a try.
I was a little disappointed, the story as it went on appeared a weak and far-fetched and actually lacked detail.
Don’t think I will do book two when out.

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 24-02-2019

Run of the mill Baldacci

Introducing a new character Atley Pine. She is a typical character with a tormented past and a few unique characteristics. The plots fast paced and twists as you would expect, but keeps you interested.

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  • weardalelad
  • 20-02-2019

Not great, bit far fetched

good narrators as normal, i think Baldacci is getting predictable. change of track needed soon

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  • ian elliott
  • 11-02-2019

excellent. a most enjoyable listen.

I look forward to the next adventure for special agent Pine. Really great book from start to finish. Loved it.

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  • anne
  • 11-02-2019

Disappointing

Sadly, I was quite disappointed in this effort from an author I usually enjoy. The story had pace and the relationship between the two female characters developed nicely which boded well for a new series. But the ending felt rather contrived. Although it was indeed topical, it felt confused and as though David Baldacci had rushed the ending, making it scrappy and rather trite.
The female narrator was quite easy to listen to, but the male was not. His range of voices is limited and the secondary “hero/potential love interest” sounded like Forrest Gump on tranquillisers.
Not my favourite Baldacci by any means, however I’ll keep buying his books on the assumption that he’ll find the spark again. But I will have to avoid the narrator I’m afraid.

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  • Karen Owens
  • 08-02-2019

Very disappointing

I have been a fan of David Baldacci for many years and have thoroughly enjoyed his books, however I have to say that this offering falls very short of the previous standards. I have always maintained that if I start a book I would finish it and apart from a couple of exceptions I have done that but on more than one occasion I was very tempted to abandon Long Road to Mercy but did struggle through to see if it improved - it did not. I found the plot unbelivable, the heroine too good to be true and at times the writing a little amateurish not helped by the narrative and it got very 'wordy' at times as thought Baldacci was just writing to make his word count.
All in all very disappointing.