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Long Road to Mercy: 1 (Atlee Pine Thriller)

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Long Road to Mercy is David Baldacci at his best, introducing an engrossing new heroine, FBI Agent Atlee Pine. 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. If I have a favorite genre, it would be either Action-Adventure or International Crime and Conspiracy. In fact, it may be just the first clue, the key to unraveling a rash of other similar missing persons cases in the canyon.

A lifelong Virginian, David is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Because of her back story and the great set of characteristics attributed to her, including her FBI badge and "creds", I liked Atlee Pine. 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.

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. Experiences from her childhood have contributed to her being the person she is and in one particular instance she has carried that into adulthood. Baldacci's plotlines here might sound a trifle far-fetched here, until you look at the gloomy and dangerous state of US politics and the global machinations at play in the world today, at which point it all seems scarily possible.

Almost making Olympic status in weight lifting her character comes across as real and believable when she has to kick major butt. She is convinced that convicted serial killer, 57 year old Daniel James Tor, was responsible for taking Mercy, and although Tor's patterns of behaviour make this a possibility, there is no proof. There's enough in here to intrigue me and I do want to know more about the missing sister but I'm hoping for a better plot for book 2 than this one. I literally skipped two to three pages of description because I didn’t care and didn’t want to read it.If you're wondering why David Baldacci is considered the best, look no further than LONG ROAD TO MERCY. 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. Her twin sister was abducted by a serial killer, but not before assaulting Atlee, and her life mission has become putting offenders behind bars. As she starts to ask questions she notices that people high up the chain are taking an interest in this case. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci was published in Australia by Pan Macmillan and is now available.

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