Introducing a remarkable new character from #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci: Atlee Pine, an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States who must confront a new threat . . . and an old nightmare.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.
It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared.
She never saw Mercy again.
Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon.
So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon-and its rider missing-Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she's abruptly called off the case.
If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it...
"Love it!" --Lisa Gardner"Atlee Pine is unforgettable." --James Patterson
"David Baldacci's best yet." --Lisa Scottoline
"Heart-poundingly suspenseful." --Scott Turow
"A stunning debut." --Douglas Preston
"A perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies." --Steve Berry
"Baldacci is at the top of his game." --Kathy Reichs
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
David Baldacci’s Atlee Pine series introduces us to a new kind of crime-fighting heroine who’s part Dana Scully, part Olivia Benson, and all renegade. FBI agent Pine is an itinerant loner, a childhood trauma survivor, and a former weight-lifting champion. Her beat is the Grand Canyon region, where she discovers that a murdered mule and a missing man are clues to a global conspiracy. Baldacci’s full-throttle political thriller—in which Russians have interfered in U.S. elections—puts democracy’s future into Atlee’s hands. Satisfying and successful, Long Road to Mercy makes us impatient for the second book in the series.
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So tediously written
Like a small child trying to hold your attention by relaying a mountain of irrelevant detail. Had to pitch it at chapter 23 for a more adult book.
Not my favorite
Did not like this book or the characters. Started strong but got boring very quickly. Appeared to be a rush to complete book to go along with the current political climate. That is not why I dislike it, I just didn’t find the characters believable. Example; Nobody is getting beat within an inch of their life and carrying a large man on their shoulders the next day a dead one at that.
For such a prolific and highly successful novelist, I was sorely disappointed in Baldacci. I’ve read literally hundreds of novels, many of them suspense and thrillers. In Long Road to Mercy, I was neither in much suspense or thrilled. It wasn’t bad; just nothing great. The main character, Atlee Pine, struck no cords in me. She was sketchily drawn, with nothing about her able to elicit any appreciation or admiration. It was almost like reading a long, drawn out FBI case file summary that barely holds your attention. For one of a relatively few times in my life, I could put it down and was not particularly filled with anticipation at the prospect of picking it up again. Had I stopped at any point and never finished it, it would not have bothered me. Like turning off a television show in a series that has grown repetitious and dull, following hackneyed plot devices I’ve seen a thousand times before. Ho-hum.