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A Minute to Midnight

(Atlee Pine #2)

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‘My sister was abducted from here nearly thirty years ago. The person who took her was never found. And neither was she. Her abductor nearly killed me. So I’m back here now trying to find the truth.’

Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia. Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee
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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by Macmillan
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Pattybf I have the same question. What does "a minute to midnight" have to do with the book? Did I miss the tie-in?
Jannelies I agree that Long Road to Mercy is not his best book and you don't have to read it to enjoy A Minute to Midnight, but if you want to get to know Atlee…moreI agree that Long Road to Mercy is not his best book and you don't have to read it to enjoy A Minute to Midnight, but if you want to get to know Atlee Pine a little better, it is helpful. (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 ...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
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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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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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.
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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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Deb
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5. The second book in the Atlee Pine series. A good read.
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.
Amy
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts are my own.


I've read a few of David Baldacci's novels (including the first in his Atlee Pine series, which is this book's predecessor), and when it came to A Minute To Midnight, I was thoroughly intrigued to continue Atlee's story.

I’m not sure if I’m disappointed, or just indifferent. The book isn’t
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Tracy Wood
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Altee Pine is a very successful FBI agent with a traumatic personal history, which is why she regularly visits a notorious serial killer in prison hoping to find out where he buried her twin sister Mercy almost thirty years earlier. So far she has learned nothing and Atlee is getting more frustrated by the second.

Knowing her latest trip was why, on her way home, her temper got the better of her, she decides to take her boss up on his suggestion that some time off might be of benefit! Not having
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Sue Plant
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: david-baldacci
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book

a new series and we meet atlee pine an fbi agent and a woman with a mysterious past...her twin sister had been abducted 30 odd years ago from their bedroom and atlee was hit so hard she nearly died....

atlee or lee as her friends call her is troubled with the mysterious past and her father committing suicide plus her mother disappearing things come to ahead when whilst on duty she goes overboard and attacks a dangerous
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Hazel
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Pan Macmillan for the ARC.
This is the #2 book featuring FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine - and it really is a good read.
Atlee is the sole FBI agent at Shattered Rock, Arizona, supported by Carol Blum, admin assistant. She likes the solitude because for nearly 30 years she has been trying to find out what happened to her twin sister who was abducted, Atlee being left for dead, from their home in Andersonville. She's convinced a convicted serial killer, Daniel Tor,
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Ray Palen
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was just about a year ago at this time that author David Baldacci introduced readers to his latest character --- FBI Agent Atlee Pine. To say that Agent Pine came with baggage would be a gross understatement. When she was just six years old, someone broke into the room she shared with her twin sister, Mercy. The end result was Atlee being left with a fractured skull while her twin just disappeared. Mom and Dad were allegedly out of it downstairs from where this crime took place, having ...more
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
One year ago, David Baldacci introduced readers to FBI Agent Atlee Pine. To say that Atlee came with baggage would be a gross understatement. When she was just six years old, someone broke into the room she shared with her twin sister, Mercy. Atlee was left with a fractured skull, while Mercy disappeared. Their parents were allegedly out of it, having overindulged in beer and marijuana.

This took place in Andersonville, Georgia. Small towns hold no secrets, and the rumors quickly spread, pointing
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Mojo Shivers
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atlee is a relatively new character in Baldacci’s pantheon of protagonists, but she certainly has the most complicated of back stories. In the first book you think it’s relatively cut-and-dry, sister to a murdered twin, daughter of a father who killed himself and a mother who split months after his death.

I was not expecting so much more revelations to be rolled out in this book. It’s only the second installment, for chrissakes. Lol. But the twists do make logical sense and, more importantly, add
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Darcy
With this book we really get to know Atlee a lot better, her good sides and her not so good sides. As Atlee's past was revealed I was stunned, stunned that she could live through so much and be so normal. I was glad that Atlee had Carol by her side through out the book. Yes they are boss and co-worker, but they are much more. Often times Carol was a great sounding board for Atlee and just a steady presence by her side when Atlee's world was rocked.

The murders starting up in Atlee's home town was
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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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