Long Road to Mercy: 1 (Atlee Pine Thriller)

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Long Road to Mercy: 1 (Atlee Pine Thriller)

Long Road to Mercy: 1 (Atlee Pine Thriller)

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Pine grew up in Georgia, but moved out West to enjoy the open spaces, as well as some distance from others.

Assigned to the remote wilds of the Western United States, she has spent years honing her skills and building her endurance, always with one eye on the ultimate goal. The narrations by newcomer Brittany Pressley (female voices) and veteran Baldacci-reader Kyf Brewer (male voices) were both excellent. Baldacci continues the thread in Chapter 1 in his next book, since that was the only original plot point that actually interested. David Baldacci is a name synonymous with excellence-a consummate storyteller who turns the conventional into unconventional. Number one bestseller Long Road to Mercy is the heart-pounding first novel in the FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine series by bestselling author David Baldacci.She knows about killers and perhaps understands them better than any profiler in the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that she will need to put her skills to the ultimate test in this investigation. David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; the feature film adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. Despite having an almost unique female lead in Atlee, and a 60-year old female side-kick, this is not one of Baldacci's best.

Just as Pine locates the missing Priest, she is assaulted and both Priest brothers are abducted by someone on a military chopper. For example (not a spoiler), on their cross US journey, Atlee and her side-kick stop at a deserted, barely lit rest area with not another vehicle or person in sight.Fans of Baldacci’s work will likely enjoy the piece and it comes highly recommended to those who are drawn to stories of action. Atlee Pine is the lone resident FBI agent in Shattered Rock, Arizona and that is just the way she likes it. Baldacci's plotlines here might sound a trifle far-fetched here, until you look at the gloomy and dangerous state of US politics and the global machinations at play in the world today, at which point it all seems scarily possible. Atlee is a loner, she is close to nobody, and she is not ambitious, she has no interest in living and working in a city and has sought to be placed in remote locations as the sole FBI representative in the area.

But in the end, she will have to confront not only a new monster, but also the old one of her nightmares. She can have no idea as to how deeply this will blow her world apart as she is warned off looking further into the case by her superiors in the FBI or face suspension. David Baldacci has been able to do this—without collaborators, I might add—and keeps the stories crisp, while never losing his reading base.There was one scene that was also over the top and too predictable (the helicopter scene—why leave the café to go talk somewhere else?

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