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Long Road to Mercy

Atlee Pine, Book 1
Series: Atlee Pine, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

Her name is Atlee Pine, the latest creation from best-selling author David Baldacci. She has unstoppable tenacity, always a fighter who is unwilling to cede any ground. She has endured real nightmares, and she has the emotional and physical scars to show for it. And she got those long before she became an adult.

She is an FBI Special Agent assigned to the wilds of the western US. She has to cover, often solo, vast tracts of area: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona. Small towns, impossibly long distances in between isolation like most on the East Coast have never experienced, and an environment where anything can and does happen.

Working with the locals who respect and also sometimes fear her and have never really been allowed to know her, Atlee Pine turns her vast investigative skills and unmatched drive to find out the truth. Along the way she will revisit painful memories of her own and come to grips with who she is and who she might one day aspire to be. But in the end, she will have to confront not only a new monster but also the old one of her nightmares.

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On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine!

I've often come away underwhelmed by male thriller writers trying to write female leads. Even to this male reader they don't seem to have been able to generate a character you can believe in, one of the best examples of such failings being Harlen Coben's Maya in Fool Me Once. Atlee Pine though is a character with a back story, set of beliefs and attitude that I could really get, for want of a better word. She's tough, a bit of a loner, she's driven and at the core of all she does is a tragic past that makes the book's title incredibly apt.

This is very much a contemporary thriller and is very up to date with modern trends in terms of political relations, it turns out to cover a much grander scope than you might expect. It also brings to life one of the great wonders of the physical world in some detail.

The narration by Brittany Pressley is excellent and she takes the lead with Kyf Brewer providing the male spoken lines. I think it's a very effective format as it's often a real stretch for any narrator to do opposite sex voices without sounding daft. It does mean that some of Brewer's gruff lines can sound just a tiny bit flat or at times jarring compared to Pressley's smoother delivery but I really liked the contrast that it gave to the characters.

If I was to nitpick just a little on the whole production I'd say that while the overall story seems finely crafted and comes together well at the end some of the dialogue felt a bit flat and lacking in polish and I do think that on a couple of occasions Pine had it a bit easy considering what she was up against in terms of evading pursuit. But, nit-picking that is and I really want to follow further on the trail of this lonesome Pine and in particular how the ongoing back story develops because that clearly has mileage in it!

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Refreshingly different

I noticed that a lot of reviewers find this book disappointing. Well, I didn't. I found it refreshingly different to Baldacci's usual run of books. Here we have a highly motivated and tenacious investigator with mostly these qualities to commend her. And she is up against formidable opponents and using these qualities and little else, she and her office assistant win the day. My only qualm is: how is Baldacci going to top this excellent story in his sequel and any other one following? It's very well worth a read/listen.

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A bit disappointed

I have listened to many audiobooks this is the first review I have written.
I have listened to many David Baldacci books on audible covering many different adventures and characters.
Haven’t listened to one of his books for a while so thought I would give this a try.
I was a little disappointed, the story as it went on appeared a weak and far-fetched and actually lacked detail.
Don’t think I will do book two when out.

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Not his best

I love David Baldacci but this was not one of his best books, I hope this series gets allot better !

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Not bad

Great character, good writing but as usual instead of letting the story unfold naturally Baldacci relies far too heavily on exposition at the end to explain the plot!

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Entertaining listen, could have been more gripping

Enjoyed the intro to the characters and look forward to the next one, not as gripping as normal but I can't put my finger on why. Will have to see how the next one goes

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Not great, bit far fetched

good narrators as normal, i think Baldacci is getting predictable. change of track needed soon

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Disappointing

Sadly, I was quite disappointed in this effort from an author I usually enjoy. The story had pace and the relationship between the two female characters developed nicely which boded well for a new series. But the ending felt rather contrived. Although it was indeed topical, it felt confused and as though David Baldacci had rushed the ending, making it scrappy and rather trite.
The female narrator was quite easy to listen to, but the male was not. His range of voices is limited and the secondary “hero/potential love interest” sounded like Forrest Gump on tranquillisers.
Not my favourite Baldacci by any means, however I’ll keep buying his books on the assumption that he’ll find the spark again. But I will have to avoid the narrator I’m afraid.

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Disappointing

I have. Been a fan of David Baldacci but found this too complicated and confusing with so many characters and meandering storyline that it was hard to keep interested
I was going to give up but kept on to the end which was not worth the the effort

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Disappointing

Really unbelievable story, hammy acting and written like a cheesy movie. Not what I’d expect from Baldacci.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-19

Blasphemy

Why use my savior’s name as a swear word? If you respect people’s believes please respect mine too.

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  • P Murray
  • 14-04-19

Chronic

Contrived story and abysmal narration. Don't bother buying. After the first hour I gave up; the waste of an hour.

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  • Penny Lambert
  • 28-03-19

Slow to start with

Long Road to Mercy was very slow to start with. Both story & narrator. Actually, it took me 2 goes at starting before I decided to tentatively commit.

I keep thinking this a David Baldacci book, it will get better. Around 3 hours it started to grab me. From then on, I really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next book in the series about David Baldacci’s newest hero!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-19

Good fun

Bit slow initially but pace picked up and I enjoyed it.
A few cliches though but with tongue in cheek it was fun

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  • Nuala Melinn
  • 04-01-19

Really looking forward to more from Agent Pine

Really well written and refreshing to read about a female, strong hero for a change

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  • Maureen Lewis
  • 29-12-18

Happy Listening

always enjoy authors books lots of.suspense.and.excellent.storyline ..easy listening, well narrated, clear,.consise and well spoken overall

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  • Dr. Steven Firer
  • 21-11-18

Just Brilliant

DB at his best. Thank you Sir for such great entertainment. How you keep producing such works is a gift from above.