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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 killed--th
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Hardcover, 418 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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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.
Carrie Neither are very good. I read Long Road to Mercy first and didn't find it to be very much like a typical Baldacci book. I'm giving this one a second c…moreNeither are very good. I read Long Road to Mercy first and didn't find it to be very much like a typical Baldacci book. I'm giving this one a second chance, but having trouble finishing it.(less)
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Paromjit
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 ga ...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 a ...more
Tim
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Phrynne
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first Atlee Pine novel very much, but I think I liked this second one even more.

Atlee is still obsessed with discovering what happened all those years ago, when she was six years old and her twin sister was taken from their bedroom never to be seen again. She is still visiting convicted serial killer Daniel Tor in prison, in the hope of finding out if he might be the person responsible. After she takes some of her own inner feelings out on a criminal she is arresting, she is sent
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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 c
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kartik narayanan
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. U
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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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Adrienne
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wonderful read. Book 2 with Atlee Pine. Atlee is seeking to find out what happened to her twin. As 6-year olds: one night her twin Mercy was stolen/kidnapped.
Delightfully written, well plotted with a very surprising ending.
Unputdownable
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 nearl
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Terence M (Spring is in My Step!)
David Baldacci - Atlee Pine #2 - A Minute to Midnight (Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer) 2019
Audiobook - 12:10 Hours

I am still contemplating my review for this, the second book in the "Atlee Pine" series.
I have given it a provisional rating of - 4-Stars - "I Really Liked It", but I think this may be a little generous, so a proper review will be done within the next few days.

28 March 2020: - "5-Stars - It Was Amazing"
After a little reflection, I have decided that this book deserves 5-Stars and I hav
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Louise Wilson
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sabrina
Dec 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
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. What is supposed to be the main plot/crime as advertised (and what made me pick this book up) gets pushed to
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Gloria Arthur
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found A Minute to Midnight by author David Baldacci an absolutely gripping page-turner and loved the female protagonist Atlee Pine’s kickass character.

Atlee is a proficient FBI Special Agent with a tumultuous past, she was attacked and left for dead when she was six years old and her twin sister Mercy was abducted, never to be seen again!

In this story we see her return to her homeland some thirty years later with her sidekick Carol Blum to look for answers but her return appears to have unleas
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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 fo ...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 t
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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 maki
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Lewis Weinstein
non-stop action, emotion and surprises from beginning to end ... exactly what you expect from Baldacci
Veronica ⭐️
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Minute to Midnight is the second novel in the special agent Atlee Pine series.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Atlee and finding out what makes her tick in the first novel. In this second story Atlee is still hung up over her sister’s disappearance almost thirty years ago. And rightly so! Mercy was her identical twin and not knowing what happened to her must be traumatic. However, after an incident that could have Atlee kicked out of the FBI she is
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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
Thushara (Triobookdragons)
3.75 stars

sequel to The Long Road To Mercy follows FBI Agent Atlee Pine and her return to the place where she grew up, to continue with the investigation of the abduction of her twin sister Mercy thirty years ago. Atlee is back at Andersonville, Georgia and a string of murders happen. With the help of her charming assistant Carol Blum, Pine saves the day once again.
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i dont know if i have mentioned it before, Atlee reminds me so much of Detective Jane Rizzoli from the show Rizzoli & Isles. ( i h
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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 conn
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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 Mi
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Liz Barnsley
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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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Jennie  Veazey
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Atlee Pine series is a winner! I loved the suspense and mystery that the author keeps you in as he unravels the story. I had the pleasure of listening to the audible version and it kept me entertained. It was superb narration. David Baldacci is a master at his craft and never disappoints!
Skip
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
After rescuing a kidnapped girl on an Amber Alert, FBI agent Atlee Pine nearly beats the perp to death, and is encouraged by her boss to take a vacation. She and her assistant head back to her hometown to investigate the disappearance of her twin sister (Mercy) when they were six years old. Someone is squatting in her family home, deserted for decades. Shortly after her arrival and meeting the GBI agent most familiar with the long ago case, a woman is found strangled and posed as a bride in an a ...more
Maureen DeLuca
I wish I could give this a 4 or even a 5 star read. David Baldacci is a fantastic writer and even a better storyteller. This is the 2nd book in the Agent Atlee Pine series and in this one it is a continuation of what happened to Atlee as a child and her missing sister. This book continues with that story, and there was another story added.... at one point I was "almost" getting bored , which even surprised me
There was a lot going on in this book, and I was truly looking forward to the end. A fe
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