Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Long Road to Mercy

Meet Atlee Pine. She’s an FBI special agent assigned to a tiny office in Arizona by her own choice. Atlee is physically imposing at 5’11” and already has a great track record of taking down bad guys. She’s been shaped by one singular event…the abduction of her six-year old twin sister from their bedroom and her own vicious assault. Recently, she was able to finally recall the details and believes the man who committed the crime is in a Colorado maximum security prison. Meanwhile, she’s called to Grand Canyon National Park where the mutilated remains of a mule was discovered and its rider missing. What seems like merely a curious incident is just the opening for something much more explosive.

Oh, I like Atlee Pine. Baldacci is known for creating unusual and enigmatic characters and she definitely tops that list. To say she’s a badass would be the ultimate understatement. Her pursuit of this case led her into some extremely dicey and dangerous situations that revealed a lot about Atlee, how she thinks, reacts and reasons. The case bordered on being outrageous until connections were made to real life events that gave me serious pause and it became nightmarishly plausible. You’ll need to read it yourself to judge. It was exciting, complex and laden with twists and tension.

While the story begins with Atlee visiting the man she believes hurt her and abducted her sister, it shifts to the case and remains there. That was important background as that event defines who she is and how she came to be an agent. It’s what drives her. I decided long ago to listen to Baldacci’s books because they’re so well produced and it continues with this book. Narrator Brittany Pressley grabbed hold of this character from page one and became Atlee. She was awesome and helped me form a physical image of the woman and agent. I’m familiar with Kyf Brewer and am a fan as he also narrates the Amos Decker series. I really enjoyed everything about this story and it surpassed my expectations.

Book Info

  • Release Date: November 13, 2018
  • Series: Atlee Pine #1
  • Narrators: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Audio Length: 11 hours, 9 minutes
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio




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22 thoughts on “Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci”

  1. Wonderful review, Jonetta! I loved this book and Atlee so much; she is a fantastic character. Baldacci is one of my favorite authors, and I was glad to see him write a series with a female lead after ending his Maxwell and King one.

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      1. You’re welcome! We have a lot of series in common, which I just love! I thought they were both great characters. Yes, Carol was a nice surprise! I thought she was a great addition and can’t wait for the next book.

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  2. I’m not sure I could sit for 11 hours to listen to this one, I have a habit of falling sleep with audio. lol! But as a read? Oh yeah, Atlee sounds like an interesting character, so I’ll check this one out for sure.

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  3. Wonderful review Jonetta. I have read half a dozen or so of Baldacci’s books from various series and enjoyed them. You are so right about his characters. I have not listened to any, so will have to see if my library has any. Atlee sounds like a wonderful character. Adding this one, actually, I probably already have.

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