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Long Road to Mercy: 1 (Atlee Pine Thriller)

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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. Aside from reinforcing Atlee's previously demonstrated fighting abilities and her willingness to use them, plus her FBI badge and her gun, to beat guys bigger and stronger than she is, the anecdote had no bearing on the plot/storyline whatsoever. Almost making Olympic status in weight lifting her character comes across as real and believable when she has to kick major butt. You recognise that Mr Baldacci has taken inspiration from the state of world politics but in particular those in the US. 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.

She’s a tall, muscular, no nonsense FBI special agent, and she’s assigned to the most remote areas of the west. As I read, I was reminded of another series character: Jane Hawk, the feisty heroine conceived by another favorite author, Dean Koontz. With seven book series, this one will make it the eighth, along with standalone thrillers, how he does not get confused I do not know. Description (from the book): “Her thighs, calves, and glutes were rocks, her shoulders and delts sculpted, her arms ropy with long cords of muscle, and her core is iron. I remember thinking that the story was more than a little far-fetched, but after taking a step back and looking at it against the current political backdrop, I realised just how plausible it actually was!Baldacci suggests a romance might be developing between Atlee and Sam which I think could improve the series. David is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy programs across the United States.

Narrowly escaping death, the two now are certain that something rotten in those canyon walls besides a decaying mule. Long Road To Mercy, the first thriller to feature FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine, begins by introducing us to our new protagonist, and we learn all about her formative years spent with her family and the troubles that have plagued her ever since, saying more would spoil it for potential readers.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. Along the way she will revisit painful memories of her own, come to grips with what she is and what she might one day aspire to be. A mile-a-minute read that proves once again why David Baldacci has readers the world over flocking for more. Atlee’s been at Shattered Rock (as close as you can get to the Grand Canyon without being in the park) a year or so and has built a place and reputation for herself in the community but she holds herself back. As she gets closer to the answers though she finds more and more government agencies will do all they can to stop her.

A dead mule, a missing person, smallest FBI office possible with a female agent and awesome secretary, National Park Service Rangers, a Navajo Nation, hunky Sam, mules, mystery with a cave and all this nestled in the Grand Canyon area! Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then.

Atlee’s twin sister, Mercy, was abducted from their bedroom over thirty years ago, and Atlee has spent every day since wondering what happened to her. This story is no exception, as it mixes the thrill of the hunt with a female protagonist ready to solve the world’s problems. Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X Long Road to Mercy is David Baldacci at his best, introducing an engrossing new heroine, FBI Agent Atlee Pine.

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