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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There are two black characters, but one is just a guy we meet in the gym and who we don’t even know his name, and another guy who is only a taxi driver. I am striving to produce reviews that help you find books that you want, or avoid books that you wish to avoid.

Just as Pine locates the missing Priest, she is assaulted and both Priest brothers are abducted by someone on a military chopper. Experiences from her childhood have contributed to her being the person she is and in one particular instance she has carried that into adulthood.

This is an easy to put down, but also easy to pick up read, which also has a not too subtle dig at the way some Americans don't seem to understand that Russians really have it in for America, and are not their friends. Refusing to stand down, Pine enlists the help of her assistant, Carol Blum, and they begin their own investigation into events, which takes them across the country.

I’m not sure we have them here in Australia, or perhaps we do and I’m not enough of a country gal to know.It's well written, with plenty of FBI action, a fast-moving pace and a suspense and tension-filled plot that will have both long-time Baldacci fans and those new to him devouring this captivating tale. The actual conspiracy that is finally uncovered is just far too absurd to hold the plot together but it does provide occasions for some well-written action set-pieces. When the story opens and at the close she confronts the man, who is in prison for other crimes, she believes took Mercy.

The central protagonist here, Atlee Pine, is a heavyweight as a character, you get a real sense of her as a rounded character, vulnerable but spectacularly good at her job, unafraid of doing what has to be done even when her life and those of others is on the line. Baldacci has scattered enough crumbs to keep the reader wondering and one can hope that the series will continue to give more depth to the character and her inner turmoil. It appeared to me that Baldacci surpassed himself in this book: the action scenes in the Grand Canyon were so colorful, visual and heated - the temperature; I could readily imagine myself there. Admitting that it’s his first time attempting a female lead, Baldacci does a good job of creating a character that is easy to associate with, and complex enough to be realistic. And this I guess is where the novel deviated from what I thought I’d be reading, as we dip into the murky world of spies and espionage (kinda), of conspiracies and secret government agencies.

Long Road to Mercy is David Baldacci at his best, introducing an engrossing new heroine, FBI Agent Atlee Pine. They also have some other character that is just like them and who also happens to be a love interest.

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. David Baldacci has been able to do this—without collaborators, I might add—and keeps the stories crisp, while never losing his reading base. The story itself is not entirely unique, but it is the way that Baldacci tells it that keeps things fresh and energetic. After taking her new position in Shattered Rock, Arizona, near the Grand Canyon National Park, Atlee begins investigating her sister’s disappearance in her free time. Pine sets up the initial investigation but soon discovers that some of the FBI’s top brass are watching events very closely.What starts off as severe animal cruelty snowballs to something that not only threatens Pine' life, but could cause global strife! BLUSH FACTOR Readers familiar with Baldacci will know that his characters are not the sort from the Wizard of Oz, so don't expect to be reading this to youngsters or with your prayer group. The opening set-up, which was also well-telegraphed in the title, and then even the mysterious death of a mule in the Grand Canyon promised a lot here but it all got side-tracked into a totally absurd conspiracy plot where each plot twist was more unbelievable than what came before. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci was published in Australia by Pan Macmillan and is now available.

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