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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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.

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. One sentence summary: A book filled with Baldacci cliches, too-big plot and too-simple ending, and a boring main character. When the story opens and at the close she confronts the man, who is in prison for other crimes, she believes took Mercy. The mystery mule and disappearance of people were very suspenseful until I found out the whole story behind it and scratch my head, why?

I was surprised a park ranger could work there for 30 years and still know less than 10% of the region. What she lacks in terms of social skills and ambition she makes up for by her don't-mess-with-me nature and her investigative skill. Having a virtually indestructible FBI Officer who never makes a mistake, makes it hard to ever feel like there's any real jeopardy, in what on the face of it should be a taut conspiracy thriller.

Way over the top with a story which would have been better placed as a James Bond plot (and we know how bad the Bond films were before Daniel Craig came along or Sean Connery I might add). 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. At age 35, nearly 6 feet in height and an almost-Olympic weightlifter, Atlee has joined the FBI and now happily heads up a remote office near the Grand Canyon National Park.David Baldacci is a name synonymous with excellence-a consummate storyteller who turns the conventional into unconventional. Even though I don't think it would be a spoiler, I'm not going to explain the cause for her developing in such a direction, because that is the fresh take, early, regarding this character that makes these first few pages intriguing to read. Atlee Pine is not only a strong FBI agent, but also harbours a deep backstory that is sure to be handled over a few novels. 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. Dodging FBI officials and some of the scummier folks seeking to stop their progress, Pine and Blum uncover that there may be a plot that puts America in great danger.

As I read, I was reminded of another series character: Jane Hawk, the feisty heroine conceived by another favorite author, Dean Koontz.What starts off as severe animal cruelty snowballs to something that not only threatens Pine' life, but could cause global strife! Atlee Pine turns out to be a genuinely strong woman - not one of those who claims to be and then needs a man to help her out at every turn. This is not the only person missing from the area, so one could could lead to another for Atlee as she profiles the crime. If you're wondering why David Baldacci is considered the best, look no further than LONG ROAD TO MERCY.

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