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A Minute to Midnight

(Atlee Pine #2)

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FBI Agent Atlee Pine returns to her Georgia hometown to reopen the investigation of her twin sister's abduction, only to encounter a serial killer beginning a reign of terror, in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.

FBI Agent Atlee Pine's life was never the same after her twin sister Mercy was kidnapped--and likely
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Published November 19th 2019 by Hachette Audio
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Debbie It's the time that Atlee visited Tor, the jailed serial killer. In the first book, she mentions how she purposefully times it as such.
Gloria ~ mzglorybe Yes. I also liked the Long Road to Mercy better than this one. I think it may be because I listened to it instead of reading the actual book. In a…moreYes. I also liked the Long Road to Mercy better than this one. I think it may be because I listened to it instead of reading the actual book. In a real book it is easier to skim through parts that are repetitive or redundant. (less)
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Paromjit
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the FBI agent Atlee Pine series by David Baldacci, and it's a cracker of a sequel that opens with Pine in the Valley of Death in Colorado at ADX Florence, the only American federal super max prison visiting the narcissistic, sociopath serial killer, Daniel James Tor. She is putting herself through the torture of seeing this monstrous man because she is convinced that he was responsible for the abduction of her twin sister, Mercy, when she was six years old. He plays mind ...more
Matt
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Continuing some of his masterful writing, David Baldacci returns with a second novel in his Atlee Pine series, which delves even deeper into a mystery three decades in the making. After a dust-up while on duty in Arizona, FBI Agent Atlee Pine agrees to take a vacation of sorts. As she is still trying to piece together clues about her twin sister’s disappearance thirty years before, Atlee heads to rural Georgia with her Bureau assistant. When they arrive in Andersonville, Atlee sees that things ...more
Tim
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
After Atlee Pine #1, I expected more, but got less. Why the disconnect Mr. Baldacci after the solid build up? No need to retrieve scrap from your trash. You're a better writer than this throw away version of, "A Minute to Midnight." 4 of 10 stars
Mandy White
If you have read Long Road to Mercy, Book one in the Atlee Pine series you will know what a fantastic character Atlee is. I couldn't get enough of the first book and A Minute to Midnight is just as addictive. I started this on Saturday night and by Sunday afternoon I was finished. David Baldacci has another hit series on his hands here. I am already craving book 3. While this one could be read as a stand alone I do suggest that you start from book one and get the full Atlee experience.

After a
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kartik narayanan
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A Minute to Midnight is a much better book starring Atlee Pine, than A Long Road to Mercy.

But that is not to say that it has too much going for it.

What I liked about AMtM is that the focus is back on Atlee's past, which is the most intriguing thing about the character. The plot has parallels to Harry Bosch, in the way the there are multiple threads/investigations happening at the same time. Ultimately, the murder of the week plot thread gets resolved and we make some progress on Atlee's past.
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Gary
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Atlee Pine series by author David Baldacci. FBI Agent Atlee Pine is the lead character in this new series that started with 'Long Road to Mercy'. In this book we are told more of the back story regarding Agent Pine's past. Thirty years ago when her sister Mercy was abducted and neither Mercy or the person who took her were ever found. Atlee herself was brutally assaulted and left for dead but now she is seeking the truth.

This is a thriller packed with suspense and
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Monnie
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have I mentioned that I really like this new series? Why yes - yes I did - when I read the first one last year. To that one I gave a resounding 5-star rating, and if anything, I enjoyed this one even more.

Atlee, a tall weightlifter now an FBI agent based in a relatively remote part of Arizona, has been on a 30-year quest to find out what really happened to her twin sister, Mercy. In the night back then, someone came into their bedroom, snatched Mercy and gave Atlee a whack on the head that
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Louise Wilson
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Val Wheeler
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all Baldacci’s books, this was another fantastic book and am so pleased that I was able to get an early read. I loved the previous book in this series as well as characters etc, also due to the location of the Grand Canyon. This one was based in Andersonville, Georgia, but so well described you feel you are there too.

I equally enjoyed the developments of the main character, Atlee Pine, who, thirty years ago was brutally assaulted and left for dead and her twin sister Mercy was abducted
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Jim
Atlee Pine, introduced in Long Road to Mercy, returns. In the first novel we learn that FBI agent Atlee Pine's twin sister, Mercy, was kidnapped, and likely killed, thirty years ago. Atlee herself was severely injured. Atlee believes a convicted serial killer, Daniel Thor, may be responsible and this story opens with her visiting him in prison. Thor plays mind games with her and provides no meaningful information. As she is leaving the prison and is on her way back to Shattered Rock, Arizona and ...more
Renee Hermansen
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Beauty and lace for my copy of A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
.Although this was the second in a series, I have not read the first one and still found it incredibly easy to follow. Right from the beginning I was hooked. It was a real page turner and I couldn"t put it down.
Agent Pine returns to her hometown to try and solve the mystery of the disappearance of her twin sister 30 years prior. She discovered many untruths she had been told throughout her life and
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Carolyn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, for some unfathomable reason, given this is my favourite genre, is my first David Baldacci book. However, it is definitely the first of many, because this is one heck of a good read, demonstrated by the fact I finished this around 4 am, having found it impossible to stop reading.

I really enjoyed Atlee's character and how, despite my not having read the first Atlee book, therefore being new to the story of her sister's disappearance, I was given enough background for it to make sense from
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Kay
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars -- Talk about character development. I find Atlee Pine's personal mystery captivating. I can't wait for the next book, especially after that ending! I can't say the same for other messy murders. No thrill, though I like her sharp shooter partner. I miss the action ie Will Robie and John Puller.
Lou
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Minute to Midnight is the second book in the FBI Agent Atlee Pine series, and this time the crime she's investigating hits a little too close to home. Although it's certainly preferable to have read the preceding book before delving into this one it isn't essential as Atlee's history and plenty of background is given. Atlee returns to the town of Andersonville, Georgia, which holds traumatic memories for her as it is where, when she was only six years old, she was brutally attacked and left ...more
Val
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if I have changed or Baldacci has changed. I loved Long Road to Mercy, other than finding the weight-lifting descriptions to be tedious. Maybe I loved it so much because I lived in AZ at one time and I felt Baldacci NAILED that part. I absolutely ADORED the Amos Decker series until Redemption. The characters did far too much hustling to places and roaring at each other. In A Minute to Midnight the characters were hustling and barking at each other. I don't know why that drives me so ...more
Natalie M
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is turning into a truly suspense-laden series. Instalment #2 from Baldacci provides significant background to FBI agent Atlee Pine’s personal story.

Pine returns to Georgia to search for answers to her twin’s abduction in 1989. A masterful way of incorporating the history (in an historical setting) which leads to multiple revelations about Pine’s family, their secrets; all the while various crimes unfold around her.

Incredibly fast-paced, with edge of your seat moments that are cleverly
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Elaine Tomasso
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of A Minute to Midnight, the second novel to feature FBI Agent Atlee Pine.

When Atlee was 6 an intruder almost killed her and abducted her twin sister, Mercy. This has haunted her since then and she has anger issues. In a last ditch attempt to discover the truth she returns to the scene, Andersonville, Georgia, to try and get some answers and she’s not alone as there appears to be a killer on the loose.

I thoroughly enjoyed A
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Sabrina
Dec 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too many implausibilities piled on top of each other as the plot careens along at a slow and dull pace until the end when it looks like the author was told that the book needed to end so it's wrapped up hastily and with a James Bond like villain complete with mustache-twirling while they give a dialogue on their actions and why and how clever they were. Too many things going on in general. Also the what is supposed to be the main plot/crime as advertised gets push to the wayside for other things ...more
Liz Barnsley
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I completely fell for Atlee Pine in the first novel to feature her so I was very very happy diving into A Minute To Midnight and boy did it deliver on every level.

We get right into her back story here and it is hugely compelling- at the same time another dark case of murder takes our heroine’s attention but could the two things be connected?

David Baldacci is definitely one of the best thriller writers on the modern stage, both plot and character superbly imagined and presented. This one was the
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Diane
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book, really liking this series. Atlee Pine is a very likable character and can definitely work on her own, but will accept help from fellow coworkers in law enforcement! Lots of red herrings tossed in your way throughout this book. Love David Baldacci's writing style and his gift in story telling. Looking forward to the next installment!

2 thumbs up and 5 solid stars!

From the blurb: FBI Agent Atlee Pine's life was never the same after her twin sister Mercy was kidnapped--and
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Steve
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little contrived, but a good followup to the first in the series. Certainly worth the read.
Scott
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s that time of year – Fall – when one of my favorite mystery/suspense writers - David Baldacci - publishes a new book. For the last couple of years, Baldacci has been producing two books a year, and focusing most of his attention on his series characters of Amos Decker (Memory Man), Will Robie, and John Puller. However, this year Baldacci has found a way to publish three novels, and this, the third one brings back his new female lead, Atlee Pine, a female FBI agent with a gigantic chip on her ...more
Chad
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

This book is even better than the first one. Atlee Pine is one tough FBI agent and she really shines in this second novel. Back in her small town in Georgia where she grew up (until she was 6 years old anyway) she learns a lot of things about her parents, her sister, and their friends. But what is true and what is fiction? I won’t spoil that here but there are plenty of surprises in store.

She’s on vacation but it’s short lived as there’s someone going around killing people and laying them out
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Donna
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery

3.5 stars

This is Baldacci's second book in the Atlee Pine series. The first book was just 3 stars for me. I thought this one was better than the first one because we learn so much more about the MC which was wonderful. So by all accounts book two should be 4 stars, but I had one little issue that bugged me a little more than it should have. The outcome to certain events was obvious and they were drawn out a little more than I like. Some of the characters were too comfortable with their blinders
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Casey Wheeler
This is the second book in the Atlee Pine series and is a good continuation of the story. As with most of Baldacci's books, the main characters take punishment that is hard to believe that they can recover as quickly as they do. His writing style though engages the reader and you don't think about it until after you have finished reading the book. I recommend this book for fans of Baldacci and those looking for a good thriller read.

I have also posted my review on Goodreads, Amazon and my review
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Lisa
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really disappointing sequel.
Jannelies
This second book in the Atlee Pines series sets off where the first one ended. Although there are numerous references to the first book, I think it can be read as a stand alone.
It is very hard to write a review for this book without any spoilers; there are many twists and turns and slowly Atlee starts to unravel what exactly happened on that awful night when she and her sister were only six.
Together with Carol Blum, her very efficient assistant - who is in fact not an FBI agent but just a very
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Rhea
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - A compelling read but over-the top contrivances. One example - Ms Pine was alone more than once when there was no need to be, in my opinion. I have read just about all of Baldacci’s books but still consider his early ones superior, including, of course, “Absolute Power” stand-alone and the Camel Club series - my favorite being “The Collectors”.
Lily
Nov 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is literally the worst book I have ever read and if I could give it 0 stars, I definitely would.

In the beginning of the book we are hit with dumb collocations such as "twin guns, twin braids, twin indentations, twin trails of smoke" - as you can see totally unnecessary, yet ever presenting to the fact the reader is some kind of moron who might for a split second forget it is a twin sisters mystery.

Then we are thrown all the time some 1960s shockers like "girls can do everything" , not
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Leigh
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really intriguing plot that surprisingly mix two different mysteries skilfully into one book that didn't distract from the plot or confused the reader. Wonderful read!
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David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then.”) He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; it was ...more

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