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Long Road to Mercy

(Atlee Pine #1)

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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  33,473 ratings  ·  2,981 reviews
#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 could be one of the ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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Rob Sorry but everything about this book was ridiculous. I haven't read a Baldacci book in a while and was definitely disappointed with how shallow the st…moreSorry but everything about this book was ridiculous. I haven't read a Baldacci book in a while and was definitely disappointed with how shallow the story and writing were. When you crank them out like he does I guess that is to be expected. Won't be reading another anytime soon - perhaps on a beach someday where it doesn't really matter :)(less)

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kartik narayanan
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.

Paromjit
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Matt
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
David Putnam
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF. Baldacci is hit and miss for me. This one is a miss. I have often classified books as spectrum as either chocolate and popcorn for pure entertainment, and Savory, meat and potatoes for literary works with great depth. I have the ability to love them both equally. The Long Road, was too far into the chocolate and popcorn for my tastes. Great set up and concept. I gave it 200 pages before I threw in the towel. For me this book just lacked the depth I prefer and had too much filler, what I cal ...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 t
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Veronica ⭐️
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2018
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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
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Tim
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid effort with a substantial heroine in Atlee Pine. Easily, 8 of 10 stars.
Jonetta
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
Lisa Gardner
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Phrynne
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
This was a great start to a new series. Atlee Pine turns out to be a genuinely strong woman - not one of those who claims to be and then needs a man to help her out at every turn. She takes help when it happens but helps herself really well when it does not. Her off sider in this story is also a woman, and an older one whose usual position is as her assistant in the office. She comes out swinging when the need arises and when Atlee is around that is often.

The story opens with Atlee visiting a h
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Terence M
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
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Jim
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
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Alan Teder
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
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Terrie
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
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Terence M
My Spring-cleaning is working!
It appears that I have listened to this book and finished it on 6th December 2018 and awarded the novel 4.0-Stars. I cannot remember doing so, so I cannot attempt a review, but I will add it to my "on-my-iPhone" shelf and re-listen in the near future. Siiigghh.... If it was worth 4.0-Stars, you would reckon I would remember something about it??🥴

I have completed my second reading (23 October 2019) and here is my original review, from another edition, (6 December 2018
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Lou
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
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Mandy White
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, audible
What a great start to a new series! I am a big fan of the Amos Decker series and was a bit worried about starting another series. But I love Atleee!!

This book was so fast paced and twisty!
Julie
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Monnie
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sean Peters
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Number One Bestselling author brings....

Long Road to Mercy is the heart-pounding first novel in the FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine series.

It is thirty years since FBI special agent Atlee Pine’s twin sister, Mercy, was taken from the room they shared as young children. Notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, was caught and convicted of other murders, and while there’s no proof, Atlee believes he knows what happened to Mercy. Tor still resides in a high-security prison in Colorado.

Assigned to
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Fred
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
In the Youtube below - David Baldacci discusses this book. This is one of the best interviews of a new & upcoming book I have seen David Baldacci do!

Youtube - David Baldacci on his New Novel

New series character - the first book in a new series with FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine....
Her Twin sister, Mercy, was taken when they were 5 years old. She was never located - dead or alive.

After taking her new position in Shattered Rock, Arizona, near the Grand Canyon National Park, Atlee begins invest
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Amy
Nov 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am a big fan of Baldacci but this was by far his worst book for me. So much telling and then absurd snippets of action. I did not care for Atlee......the storyline was ridiculous. Definitely will not read the next one about this character.
Adrienne
Loved it. Can not wait to read the next Atlee Pine book in what I hope is a new series.
I was very impressed with knowledge Baldacci showed regarding hiking in the Grand Canyon region. I was surprised a park ranger could work there for 30 years and still know less than 10% of the region. Just highlighted how vast and rugged the area is.
I liked Atlee Pine the new 'good guy ' heroine. She is sure of herself, committed to making wrongs right and loyal.
It appeared to me that Baldacci surpassed hims
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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
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.
Kirsty ❤️
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
A new series from Baldacci and one with quite an interesting back story: she's a twin who's sister was kidnapped when they were 6 and has never been found. I liked Atlee, she was quite a different character from some detectives I've read. I really liked the failed Olympian subplot and that she's focused on exercise to rid her demons rather than drink and drugs. 

I was less keen on the main plot mostly because American government conspiracies aren't for me. There were also an awful lot of characte
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Hanlie
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast action. Well written and good storyline. Main character reminded me of a female Jack Reacher
Monika Sadowski
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Not excited about this book. It was good on the beginning and then I lost interest after 40%. I skipped few chapters here and there to just finish it.
Sean
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
OMG this may have been the worst David Baldacci book I have ever read. What happened Dave? Way over the top with a story which would have been better placed as a James Bond plot (and we know how bad the Bond films were before Daniel Craig came along or Sean Connery I might add). A nuclear device in the Grand Canyon, a plot to nuke North Korea??? Then why was the device in America??? Yes I have to say it was the most over the top plot in Baldacci history. I will never read another Atlee Pine nove ...more
Tony
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
After reading Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci, all I can really say is...it was just OK. It seemed like a story that didn't know WHAT kind of story it wanted to be...at first I was intrigued by the serial killer teaser, then it switched to a missing person/murder mystery (which I was really excited for), then it turned into a global-intrigue thriller and ended up a really sad Dan Brown wannabe conspiracy. It felt like WAY TOO MUCH crammed into a thin story.

Without rehashing the entire stor
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