Long Road to Mercy

Long Road to Mercy

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent assigned to the remote wilds of the western United States. Ever since her twin sister was abducted by a notorious serial killer at age five, Atlee has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. And she's the best at it. She could be one of the Bureau's top criminal profilers, if she didn't prefer catching criminals in the vast wilderness of the West to climbing the career ladder in the D.C. office. Her chosen mission is a lonesome one--but that suits her just fine. Now, Atlee is called in to investigate the mutilated carcass of a mule found in the Grand Canyon--and hopefully, solve the disappearance of its rider. But this isn't the only recent disappearance. In fact, it may be just the first clue, the key to unraveling a rash of other similar missing persons cases in the canyon.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781538761571 (hardcover)
1538761572 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC BALDACCI
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 24 cm

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brianwalsh1948
Feb 19, 2019

The reviewers of this book seem to be overly critical, but I found the characters well developed, likeable and realistic. Great action packed read. Looking forward to the next installment.

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gloryb
Feb 10, 2019

Baldacci has started a new series with 2 females as main characters. Each work for the FBI in a small office in Arizona. The storyline, action, and dialogue remind me of the movies made by Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Perhaps Baldacci did have a movie in mind when he wrote this novel as I skipped many paragraphs of description that set decorators/script writers would probably find helpful. Expect to read detailed descriptions of houses/neighborhoods, rooms and offices, physical descriptions of many characters and their physical strength, their clothing, meals made and eaten with many coffee breaks, blow by blow descriptions of hand-to-hand combat (expected in Baldacci's novels), physical landscape descriptions, and meaningless banter meant to provide background material about the characters. The tease in the book is what happened to Mercy as a youngster, the main female character's twin sister. It most likely seems that plotline will indeed be a long road for readers to find out about Mercy. one which I most likely will not travel. I have enjoyed other Baldacci plotlines to a point, but not this one. No doubt, written for female readers wanting strong female characters.

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writermala
Feb 07, 2019

Is it just me or our thriller writers getting stale? David Baldacci's "Long Road to Mercy," was rather boring for the first 150 pages and then the pace picked up. As is always the case federal agent Atlee Pine had to go off the grid to crack a case involving, to begin with, a dead mule in the Grand Canyon. Relentlessly chasing the case agent Pine uncovers a deadly plot which could even lead to World War 111. After much violence it's a case of all's well that ends well; but the road does not lead to 'mercy.'

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ailenemc
Feb 03, 2019

Loved the characters but this was a jumbled mess.

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hun743
Feb 02, 2019

Loved the new character. Too much description. Not as good as his other books.

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CatSigno
Jan 29, 2019

I know it's a fiction, but there is a limit to unreal. But I liked the new character and her assistant/buddy.

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USAF1969
Jan 14, 2019

David Baldacci has written another great story in LONG ROAD TO MERCY. The reasoning behind the title selection becomes obvious in the first couple chapters. After that, it is sort of in the background for the rest of the book, but is not the main plot of this story. Baldacci has chosen to focus the book on a very interesting plot. As have so many thriller writers have done, his plot fits loosely (I hope) into current events in our country. But no spoilers on that from me. Lots of twists and turns in the book, and some really interesting characters. The main character is FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine, while Baldacci develops a sidekick for her in the form of her secretary, Carol Blum - and by the end of the book they are a team and both characters make for a great story. The very end of the book, takes us back to the beginning of the story and its title, and it is clearly a set-up (I think) for a sequel with Atlee and Blum. There is another interesting character in the book, a Park Ranger, who if a sequel happens, I am sure will be along for the ride. Enjoy.

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Feasel
Jan 13, 2019

First of all the title had nothing to do with the ridiculous story. Agent Pine must have been a "Super Human" person to have me believe all she endured, jumped up and continued on. I never was so disappointed with one of his books The only reason this book is on the bestseller list Is because of previous books. I would not waste my time to read this ridiculous book!

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7626dee
Jan 03, 2019

Threat must be realistic, hero must be realistic and the plot must flow. Writing is fine, thread of the narrative is OK, main character is good if a bit superhuman. Threat is from Mission Impossible and the combination of government agencies and people playing the bad guys is just plain out of hand. Conspiracies on this scale are impossible since a given in Government is no one can keep a secret. The military is many things but used by rogue generals and politicians against their own country-nope! Back to the drawing board, keep the three main characters and start over.

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zdenka48
Dec 23, 2018

There is definitely an extent to which a government conspiracy can go,as well as an ability to fight it as an individual (as weird as it can be). This story goes way beyond the realistic with respect to both.

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