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Long Road to Mercy

(Atlee Pine #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  15,747 ratings  ·  1,744 reviews
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#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci introduces a remarkable new character: Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent assigned to the remote wilds of the western United States. Ever since her twin sister was abducted by a notorious serial killer at age five, Atlee has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. And she’s the best at it. She
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Published November 13th 2018 by Hachette Audio
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Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prolific thriller writer David Baldacci begins a new series featuring female FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine, with quite a backstory. At the age of 5 years old, Atlee was left seriously assaulted after her twin sister, Mercy, was abducted from their bedroom. Plagued by survivor's guilt, and feeling the wrong sister was taken, Mercy was the good girl, not Atlee, Atlee's memories of what happened that long ago night have only recently returned. She is convinced that convicted serial killer, 57 ye ...more
kartik narayanan
After reading the Long Road to Mercy, I felt in need of some myself. It started off well in the first chapter but became a big mess that was devoid of any tension but chockful of all possible action-thriller tropes possible. WTF? David Baldacci has been losing his touch in his recent books and LRtM doesn't change this pattern.

Now, I hope Mr. Baldacci continues the thread in Chapter 1 in his next book, since that was the only original plot point that actually interested. The rest of it was BS.

Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There is something to be said for an author who can juggle writing multiple book series at the same time, and even more for those who are able to see these collections continually hit the top of the charts. David Baldacci has been able to do this—without collaborators, I might add—and keeps the stories crisp, while never losing his reading base. I approached Baldacci’s latest work with some trepidation, as I am comfortable with the two strong series he actively writes and worry about diluting th ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 intriguing stars to Long Road to Mercy! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

It’s a shiny new series from David Baldacci with a fierce female main character!

Meet Atlee Pine. She’s a tall, muscular, no nonsense FBI special agent, and she’s assigned to the most remote areas of the west.

What inspired her to join the FBI? Her twin sister was abducted by a serial killer, but not before assaulting Atlee, and her life mission has become putting offenders behind bars. Atlee is a top profiler with the agency, and she keeps to he
Veronica ⭐️
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, crime
Long Road to Mercy is the first in a new series by accomplished author David Baldacci. This book is the introduction of FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine. Atlee’s character is well developed in this first instalment and we learn what makes her tick, her motivations and her past.

Atlee is strong mentally as well as physically although she does have her weak spots, one being her twin sister, Mercy, who was kidnapped and presumed murdered when they were 6 years ol
Meet Atlee Pine. She’s an FBI special agent assigned to a tiny office in Arizona by her own choice. Atlee is physically imposing at 5’11” and already has a great track record of taking down bad guys. She’s been shaped by one singular event...the abduction of her six-year old twin sister from their bedroom and her own vicious assault. Recently, she was able to finally recall the details and believes the man who committed the crime is in a Colorado maximum security prison. Meanwhile, she’s called ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid effort with a substantial heroine in Atlee Pine. Easily, 8 of 10 stars.
The first thing I should say is that 2 stars means I found this book to be okay. Not great. Not what I usually expect from David Baldacci but it was okay. It would probably make a good made for TV movie. Pass the popcorn.

Another rogue FBI agent who is on a mission to save the world (literally) from conspirators that permeate all the various United States federal agencies. Homeland Security, the Army, her own FBI. They have helicopters, soldiers with body armor, M4 rifles, etc. Atlee Pine has her
Lisa Gardner
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was very excited to receive an Advance Reading Copy of Baldacci's new series starring FBI agent Atlee Pine. All action and attitude. Plus, I learned so much about the Grand Canyon. Great thriller!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long Road To Mercy, the first thriller to feature FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine, begins by introducing us to our new protagonist, and we learn all about her formative years spent with her family and the troubles that have plagued her ever since, saying more would spoil it for potential readers. As her life is shaped by happenings of the past I have a feeling that this will be a recurring theme that Baldacci will continue to use throughout this brand spanking new series.

I can very much relate to A
Intriguing Start that Goes Down the Absurd Conspiracy Trail
Review of the Audible Audio edition narrated by Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer

The opening set-up, which was also well-telegraphed in the title, and then even the mysterious death of a mule in the Grand Canyon promised a lot here but it all got side-tracked into a totally absurd conspiracy plot where each plot twist was more unbelievable than what came before.

Baldacci introduces a new series here with FBI agent Atlee Pine and the wester
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new series from a favorite author? I'm on it! And although I've just finished, I'm already eager to read the next installment.

That is not to say, however, that FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine totally won me over. I like that she's strong (both mentally and physically) and thus able to handle just about anything that comes her way. That she's carrying around a traumatic childhood - her own almost death and the kidnapping of her twin sister, Mercy - is less intriguing; for me, it simply provides an
I like David Baldacci. I feel like he didn't write this book. That he got someone else to write it and he just edited, added or told the story and someone else ghost-wrote it.

Atlee was very unlikable for me. She's a mess and it's not working in a way that I have empathy for.

Add to that incredible details of.... restoring a mustang, bench pressing/weight lifting, Grand Canyon trails... too many pages of info that didn't add to this story except for page counts.

I will read more of the Memory Man
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am all set to love this book when I hit the first several pages...A dead mule, a missing person, smallest FBI office possible with a female agent and awesome secretary, National Park Service Rangers, a Navajo Nation, hunky Sam, mules, mystery with a cave and all this nestled in the Grand Canyon area!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can it get any better? Of course not, was all downhill from there. The plot is absolutely absurd for this setting. It made me very ANGRY...All of these great ...more
Terence M
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook - 11:10 hours - Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
4.0 stars out of 5.0

I have been brooding on "Long Road to Mercy" since I finished it early yesterday. In my judgement, Atlee Pine is a true "action hero" moulded from the strengths and weaknesses of a multitude of such characters as John Puller, Kim Stone, John Rain, Jack Reacher, Will Robie, John Milton and the like. Because of her back story and the great set of characteristics attributed to her, including her FBI badge and "cr
Sheyla ✎

I was excited to start a new series by David Baldacci especially since I love so many of his other books and I had heard Long Road to Mercy had a female protagonist. Yet, I didn't end up loving it. I thought it was just ok.

Atlee Pine is the protagonist of Long Road to Mercy. When she was five years old, a man broke into their home and kidnapped her twin, Mercy. The stranger hurt Atlee physically but more so mentally. She was never the same after it. That event molded the rest of her life includ
Kurt Kamperschroer
The first book I read by David Baldacci was "The Innocent" and it was excellent. A great plot and characters and the story kept me very entertained. I continued to read many of David books until the plots became repetitive and more unbelievable. I didn't read anything by him for awhile and I saw his new book "Long Road to Mercy" and it looked interesting so I thought I would try again. Big mistake. Total disappointment. The main character, a woman, chapter after chapter, taking on two or three m ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I usually love listening to audiobooks, however, this book would I have rather read. Or waited for the Swedish audiobook. Brittany Pressley voice was kind of OK, a bit robotic, like narrators to express more emotions. However, Kyf Brewer, GAH, very robotic voice and he voiced EVERY male character in pretty much the same way. Also, I have no problem with different voiced when there are different POVs. In this case, did Kyf Brewer voice every line that a male character speaks. And it irritated me ...more
Joseph Finder
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Getting to read great books early is one of the best perks of being an author. This book is great fun, and a real blastoff for what promises to be a spectacular series. You're going to like Atlee Pine.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast action. Well written and good storyline. Main character reminded me of a female Jack Reacher
Jeff Dickison
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new series by Baldacci that is fast-paced, action filled, and , unfortunately, totally unbelievable. The lead character's secretary is the best thing about the book. Recommended to Baldacci fans.
Natalie M
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Baldacci introduces a new series with a head-strong, kick-ass likeable female protagonist, FBI agent Atlee Pine. The complexity of her character is cleverly woven into this first instalment and my desire to see what, where and who she will track & trace to find the answer to the abduction of her twin sister is just one reason I’ll keep reading this series.
Set mainly in the Grand Canyon National Park, Baldacci has certainly ‘done his homework’ and the setting makes for an edge of your s
Lynne Spreen
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baldacci has created a fine new character in Atlee Pine. She's a bit too superhuman, but her emotional vulnerability balances it out a bit. Her sidekick, an older woman secretary who is more than she seems, creates an interesting dynamic. Pine is smart and funny, although both she and Carol Blum, the secretary, come off as more masculine than feminine. Speaking as a woman and a writer, I'd suggest he run his drafts past some female readers before the next book comes out.

Still, what a gripping s
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started really good but then got a bit slow, then picked up again about 3/4 into the book. I like the characters and the back story of her looking for her twin’s killer. I think that will be a huge plot to come in this series.

My quick and simple overall: a good start to a new series by Baldacci with really interesting characters.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, love David Baldacci's writing. Special Agent Atlee Pine is a troubled but steadfast officer of the law. Her past is her nightmare and it does disrupt her rationale at times. One thing is for sure, you want her on your side! She teams up with her office assistant - they refer to themselves as Thelma and Louise! One of the National Park Rangers becomes a personal friend of Atlee's, which is a good thing because he also carries baggage from his past. The one thing that seems to be the n ...more
Laurie Buchanan
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LONG ROAD TO MERCY by David Baldacci is one heck of an addictive page-turner. The plot twists. Then it thickens. Atlee Pine is one of the best female protagonists I've read about in a long time. She's a kickass FBI agent who knows how to get the job Done—with a capital D. And I loved her sidekick, Carol Blum. If you're an adrenaline junkie, treat yourself to this excellent read. You'll be glad you did!
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: david-baldacci
Interesting enough to finish the book but not quite as good as some of Mr. Baldacci's earlier works!
Greg Markwardt
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I was hoping for better. I prefer Baldacci’s less political thrillers. This starts ok but devolves into an espionage thriller with a pretty ridiculous plot. I few decent moments and the characters are well written but overall I’ll pass on the next Atlee Pine novel if it’s remotely political or involving espionage.

2.5 rounded down.
Maureen DeLuca
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this a 4 star rating for the main character Atlee Pine. Her story, her back story and her being with the FBI is very good. The rest of the story was over the top and too much going on. I am hoping that Baldacci writes another FBI thriller, slasher, who done it and just keep it at that. Fingers crossed !
Melanie A.
I saw an interview with David Baldacci who was talking about how Atlee Pine is his first female protagonist. And I said to myself, 'hey, that needs to be celebrated!'

And I liked Atlee, but I'm obviously NOT the target audience for this kind of book. I just didn't care about the spy stuff, lol.

Audio DNF @ 60%
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