Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine Series #1)

Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine Series #1)

by David Baldacci

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Introducing a remarkable new character from #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci: Atlee Pine, an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States who must confront a new threat . . . and an old nightmare.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.

It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared.

She never saw Mercy again.

Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon.

So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon-and its rider missing-Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she's abruptly called off the case.

If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it...

"Love it!" —Lisa Gardner
"Atlee Pine is unforgettable." —James Patterson

"David Baldacci's best yet." —Lisa Scottoline

"Heart-poundingly suspenseful." —Scott Turow

"A stunning debut." —Douglas Preston
"A perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies." —Steve Berry
"Baldacci is at the top of his game." —Kathy Reichs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538764527
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/23/2018
Series: Atlee Pine Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.


Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia


B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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Long Road to Mercy (Signed Book) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a straight up can't put it down finish in 1 or 2 days book. The lead character is great and the story kept me interested all the way through to the finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a character Atlee Pine is. I love how tough yet vulnerable she is, but do not mess with her because she will definitely kick your butt. I read this nearly nonstop. I was totally engaged from the first paragraph. I can’t wait for the next Atlee Pine thriller. I’m breathless!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was great.... the story getting there not so much. Chapter 51 should be in a tour guide for the canyon... Nothing after King and Maxwell series was any good.. very slap dash... empty.. repeats. To fill pages... Sorry David, but pull up your socks... Maybe you have been in this too long..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping. Kept me reading almost without pause. Atlee is a superb lead character, hope to hear more from her soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read love the new character Special Agent Pine. As usual the story keeps you from wanting to put the book down looking forward to more adventures for Special Agent Pine. Pine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read from start to finish. Cannot wait for the next one
EPReviewer More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Baldacci fan, but this book was very disappointing. The title is misleading. The only place Mercy has in the book is as a secondary plot hint at the beginning and end of the book to encourage the reader to buy the next installment, I suppose. The main plot was an awkward transition from the Mercy introduction and in general was slow moving and at several times, boring. The characters were very flat and the dialog as bad. If Balcacci's name wasn't on the cover, I would have attributed the book to a novice writer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the Atlee Pine character. The story is drawn out to the point I couldn't wait to be done. Descriptions of the Grand Canyon trails are tedious to the point I skipped over them. The plot, while timely, is nothing new (Nelson Demille did it better) and mostly just irritating. I hope Atlee gets more interesting plot lines searching for the truth of Mercy. Might be one of those movie is better than the book anomalies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Atlee Pine deserved an introduction that was a little more gradual than this literally explosive and larger-than-life debut. It required too much suspension of disbelief for a brand new character. Plus the plot was a Trump-hater's dream, and although I have no love for him, the whole was just too much, too soon. Not a good beginning for a new series.
David Svetcov More than 1 year ago
I have read most all of Baldacci's novels, most are enjoyable, but not this one. The story line is lame. He tries to a storyline that replicates the current disingenuous roles on politicians and government. He fills many pages with nonsensical content. I put this on a James Patterson level,a quick write, Sorry to give this a poor review, but I will not read any more on this character. Will wait to see what's next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing book by this author. Somewhat simplistic and predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another formula book - I loved his earlier books, but anymore they seem phoned in. Next we'll have a co-writer and monthly new releases.
anonymousJW More than 1 year ago
David Baldacci, has been my favorite author for many years. I purchase his books the day they're released. I've read everything that's available. Something has changed in Mr. Baldacci writing style, I understand his need to appeal to younger readers. Atlee Pine, is a good character I suppose. I think she is for a much younger reader. I didn't enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and always pre-order his books. Not any more. Hard story to get into, really dragged and am not interested in his political view of current administration. Did Baldacci even write this book? Perhaps he had a contract to fill. Too bad it's such a poor story. I love a strong female read and that was the only plus in this lousy story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don’t waste your money on this book. Two storylines one was set up for a story that went nowhere. The second was so totally unbelievable ,I was so disappointed in the story and the characters I’ve read all of David’s book and I have to admit this was not a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oops! See above. AS ALWAYS, an awesome storyteller. What I hate is I can never put down a book of his once I start page one and I am a very sl . Can't wait for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story, hope it can never happen.
Ronnie293 More than 1 year ago
First in a new series Long Road to Mercy is the first in a new series by accomplished author David Baldacci. This book is the introduction of FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine. Atlee’s character is well developed in this first instalment and we learn what makes her tick, her motivations and her past. Atlee is strong mentally as well as physically although she does have her weak spots, one being her twin sister, Mercy, who was kidnapped and presumed murdered when they were 6 years old. This early loss caused a major upheaval in her life and so began a cycle of relationship non-commitment. I liked that Atlee was tall and solidly built. Almost making Olympic status in weight lifting her character comes across as real and believable when she has to kick major butt. She can match it with the best of them. Atlee is called in to investigate the murder of a mule in the Grand Canyon and the disappearance of its rider. As she starts to ask questions she notices that people high up the chain are taking an interest in this case. After delving a little too far Atlee is taken off the case. Atlee and her secretary, Carol Blum (who by the way I loved, a no nonsense woman in her sixties, she is intelligent and feisty) decide to go rogue. What starts as an animal murder and a missing person case soon escalates to a plot of political espionage involving North Korea, Russia and the US Government. Given the present political climate in America the plot is both relevant and intriguing. You may have to suspend belief at times but overall the plot was compelling and the characters well fleshed out and believable. The backdrop of the beautiful and mystifying Grand Canyon was an added bonus for this armchair traveller. There is a tiny, sweet romance budding at the end of the story and I hope Baldacci continues with this in the next book. FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine you have a new admirer here. *I received a copy from the publisher.
9mm More than 1 year ago
"She had relinquished her standard-issue 9 millimeter Glock 23 chambered in .40 caliber"... Seriously? Is it 9mm or .40? Make up your minds... After this phrase I could not force myself to continue reading this "#1 Bestseller" because this seems to be the level thereafter...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of David Baldacci having read just about everything he writes. I bought this particular book with the expectation of being entertained as usual. Two chapters in I was asking who wrote this garbage? I saw that of 57 reviews the average rating was about 4 out of 5. Clearly people must be paid to right reviews suggesting this was a quality read! One of my favorite authors just dropped a couple of notches ..I can only hope it is a temporary compromise of quality. Simply put Mr. Baldacci you owe me a refund!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of David Baldacci but this book was a major disappointment. The story was far fetched, the characters were not believable and the plot was full of holes. I hope Baldacci gets back to writing good stories with less politics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this new character. Interesting past and a promising future. More please.