Long Road To Mercy

Long Road To Mercy

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Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent assigned to the remote wilds of the western United States. 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. And she's the best at it. She could be one of the Bureau's top criminal profilers, if she didn't prefer catching criminals in the vast wilderness of the West to climbing the career ladder in the D.C. office. Her chosen mission is a lonesome one--but that suits her just fine. Now, Atlee is called in to investigate the mutilated carcass of a mule found in the Grand Canyon--and hopefully, solve the disappearance of its rider. But this isn't the only recent disappearance. In fact, it may be just the first clue, the key to unraveling a rash of other similar missing persons cases in the canyon.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018
ISBN: 9781538761564
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HOPPY_3
Jul 23, 2020

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Eagle_dancer
Jul 15, 2020

Not a great read. It was a very slow starter. I almost gave up on it. TYhe main charater is depicted as a big amazon-type woman with no real life other than her job. Did not like that. The last 1/4 of the book was improbable, but good. Guess I am used to Baldacci's books being A:: good.

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Cidherman
Jun 16, 2020

Writing is good, but the plot is ridiculous.

Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020

David Baldacci is a writer who knows how to engage a reader. He writes vulnerable characters you genuinely like, involved in scenarios that don't scrimp on the action. He has a wild imagination, and in LONG ROAD TO MERCY, it is on full display.

Atlee Pine is an FBI agent, lone wolf, Olympic caliber body builder, who is well suited for her position as the agent in charge of the 2 person regional FBI office located a stones throw from the Grand Canyon.

The investigation into a missing tourist, whose pack mule is found with its belly slit open at the bottom of the canyon, turns into a desperate search for a nuclear weapon.

Atlee's fighting skills are barely enough to save her and her veteran office assistant from a lethal Korean assassin, as the pair criss-cross the country, going full rouge from the FBI, after Attlee is ordered to drop the investigation.

LONG ROAD TO MERCY is a fun action packed adventure, but it gets less and less believable as it goes on, with a wrap-up that is patently ridiculous. I loved Atlee, and look forward to reading more novels featuring her, despite the ludicrous plot.

LONG ROAD TO MERCY is NOT one of Baldacci's better plots, but it is entertaining, and the setting and characters are interesting well written. Unfortunately, for me, nothing is more important than the plot, and this story misses the mark.

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happycanuck
Mar 08, 2020

OK but not among Baldacci's better novels. The plot improved ( very, very gradually) as one read. The last few chapters were much more interesting. Throughout, there is a lot of 'padding ' with superfluous detail. So annoying !

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harrybosch
Feb 15, 2020

A long road to not much. A prepostrous plot, and a main character who is a beyond-belief superwoman. Not one of Baldacci's best, by a long shot

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reader2011
Jan 18, 2020

This is the first Baldacci I've read and will read some of his writings written prior to 2015 or 2016 to see if he used any of those novels as a platform to make a stand about his political preferences. I enjoyed the plot and the main character Atlee Pine; and also her secretary side-kick Carol Blum, The story line and the author's method of writing held my interest and curiosity. However, it would best serve the diversity and multitude of readers to leave his personal beliefs off the pages.

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NedSu
Dec 04, 2019

Lots of comments shows that the author is very popular. Lots of divergent comments show that this novel is not universally loved, or hated. To me, this was an enjoyable, page turning work of fiction, with a current backdrop of politics. Lots of action, more than a few bodies and a likable protagonist has me looking forward to more books in the series. Some might say the plot lacks more than a modicum of believability, but most will have no trouble with the convoluted plot, especially if you read most of Baldacci's work.

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2303tes
Oct 26, 2019

Interesting characters but plot too much of a stretch and unbelievable that
the government agencies don't relate better.
Will try one more in the series.

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Zoelexi777
Aug 20, 2019

David Baldacci has introduced us to a new character and a new series. Atlee Pine is an FBI agent working in Shattered Rock, Arizona in a one man office. She is a strong and tough lady as demonstrated throughout this book. Some of it was a bit of a stretch but........ True to all Balcacci’s books, it was a great read.

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lasaito
Jul 16, 2019

Ok story. Little slow. Not typical Baldacci novel

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

ADX Florence, about a hundred miles south of Denver, was the only supermax prison in the federal system. (For real prison: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX_Florence )
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The supermax currently held, among others the Unabomber, the Boston Marathon bomber, 9/11 terrorist, serial killers, an Oklahoma City bombing conspirator, spies, white supremacist leaders, and assorted cartel and mafia bosses. Many of the inmates here would die in federal prison under the official weight of multiple life sentences.
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The prison was in the middle of nowhere. No one had ever escaped, but if anyone did, there would be no place to hide. The topography around the prison was flat and open. Not a blade of grass, or a single tree or bush, grew around the complex. The prison was encircled by twelve-foot-high perimeter walls topped with razor wire and interlaced with pressure pads.

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Feb 28, 2019

For unruly prisoners, or in the case of a crisis, there was the Z-Unit, also known as the Black Hole. Its cells were kept completely dark, and restraints were built into each concrete bed.
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She was tall; over five eleven in her bare feet. Her height had come from her mother, who was an even six feet. Despite her stature, Pine was hardly lithe or willowy. She would never grace a runway or magazine cover as a stick-thin model. She was solid and muscular, which had come from pumping iron religiously. Her thighs, calves, and glutes were rocks, her shoulders and delts sculpted, her arms ropy with long cords of muscle, and her core was iron.
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If you weren’t an animal before you went to a max prison, you would be one by the time you got out. Or else, you’d be dead.

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

Unless he pulled a Methuselah, he would die right here.
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Pine had taken a position at the RA in St. George, Utah. It was a two-person outfit and Pine had been there for two years. When the opportunity arose, she had transferred to a one-agent office in a tiny town called Shattered Rock. It was a recently established RA due west of Tuba City, and about as close to Grand Canyon National Park as it was possible to be without actually being in the park. There, she enjoyed the support of one secretary,
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Tor looked her up and down in a way that perhaps he had used in sizing up all his victims. There were thirty-four of them confirmed. Confirmed, not total. The actual number was feared to be triple the official count.

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

Pine knew that narcissism was probably one of the most dangerous traits someone could possess for one critical reason: The narcissist could not feel empathy toward others.
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“They were all operating in the West. Here, you have wide-open spaces without a policeman on every block. People coming and going, lots of runaways, folks looking for something new, long strips of isolated highways. A billion places to toss the remains. It encourages … talent like yours. ”
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Pine nodded, but only because she was afraid of the words that might come out of her mouth at that moment.
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In the little canteen was a mail pouch for visitors to put their postcards in. The mule train would take it up the following day. The postcards were all stamped with: “Mailed by Mule from the bottom of the Grand Canyon.” What could be cooler than that in a world of smartphones and devices named Alexa that ruled your life?

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

A town so small that the outskirts and the minuscule downtown area were kissing cousins.
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FBI supervisor: They sat at desks all day and told other agents how to run their cases, playing Monday morning quarterback at every opportunity, while others did the heavy lifting.
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“I don’t know who did it, why they did it, how they did it, or where they are now. Other than that, things are going pretty good. ”
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The Navajos were descendants of the Anasazi’s, whose name meant “ancient one” in the Navajo language. There was even a so - called Mummy’s Cave in the Canyon de Chelly where the Anasazis had lived. It was about three hundred feet above the Canyon floor and comprised of two adjacent caves housing a dwelling space consisting of more than fifty rooms and circular ceremonial structures dating back more than a thousand years.

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

Blum had emailed her on the way with some more information. She was going to go over it while sipping a beer in her apartment. That was her idea of a night out without actually going out.
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I was in Iraq, lady. You go to Iraq, you’ll want to smoke weed too.
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Multiple sets of flat and then incline bench press, military and swimmer’s press, the squat rack, deadlift, calf raises, depth charges, push-ups on one leg, regular pull-ups and then round-the-world reps that had her take her chin from hand to hand, dips, pounding the core with medicine balls, pendulum lifts with a thirty-pound kettle ball, and then a forty-pound one. Then came isometrics that had the sweat pouring off her from standing in one spot, followed by endless deep lunges with the kettles being passed under each hammy, decline push-ups, crunches, sumo squats with ass-busting dumbbells, and then she jumped rope for ten minutes, doing crossovers every fifth rep.

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

Pine was tall for a female weightlifter. This was an advantage and a disadvantage. From simply a physics point of view, shorter people had shorter distances to heft the weight. And shorter muscles tended to be more explosive in nature, because of the very same rule of science. But Pine’s longer muscles gave her tremendous leverage that shorter muscles simply could not muster.
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With a sudden, explosive movement, Pine performed the clean part of the lift, curling the loaded bar under her chin while simultaneously nailing the squat perfectly. She then performed the bounce, rose up with the barbell completing the concentric phase, and with a whoosh of released air, jerked it cleanly overhead as she split her legs performing the drive position. Then, legs parallel, she held the weights steadily aloft. Clean and jerk. Done.

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

Cleveland, sometimes referred to in FBI circles as the “mistake on the lake.”
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After all the painting was complete they’d installed Dynamat, which kept the noise and exhaust heat under the car, where it should remain? The original engine had been the 289 V - 8, of which only a few hundred were put in this model. But 1967 also had brought the first major redesign of the Mustang and had offered a larger engine option. So they’d dropped in a big block 390, which had been in the vast majority of the Mustangs built that year. That had necessitated the dual exhaust, since the 390 couldn’t efficiently run off the single pipe. The 390 V-8 mustered 320 horsepower, plenty of muscle for a car that size.
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“It wasn’t a war, Atlee.” “What was it then?” “I didn’t sign up to shoot …”

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

“It has a CAGPT sticker on it. That stands for ‘check and give protection to. ’ It’s what they do with valuable or fragile instruments. And also, it’s what they sticker a case with that has a gun inside. But I knew for certain you had a gun in there, because the airline had zip - tied it, probably at the point of destination. It’s a procedure they started to use after the Fort Lauderdale shooting. One zip tie for a pistol, two for a rifle.
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“I can work for interests outside this country without working against this country. But allies are allies until they become enemies. And sometimes our enemies can be allies. It’s a fluid situation. ”
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Laundered. You can launder people, too. “You mean switching their identities? Making them disappear? “Something like that,” answered Priest.
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“This is getting weirder by the minute.” “Oh, I always thought it was a little weird to begin with. I mean, you don’t see a dead mule with letters carved on it every day of the week. ”

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2019

“Well, I’ve actually been thinking about a job change. My husband divorced me so he could be with some floozy. My kids are all grown and living all over the place, except near me. I’m not really sure what to think about that, but I guess I’m at the age where I don’t let it bother me too much.”
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“Ever heard of Maasaw?” “No.” “He’s the Hopi god of death. He’s said to actually live in the Canyon. And you have the ancestral Puebloan granaries at Nankoweap Creek. And Eagle Rock at Eagle Point on the West Rim. It’s considered sacred by the Hualapai. And some in the Hopi tribe believe the Canyon is the site of the sipapu, the portal through which they climbed a reed cast into the sky and used it to reach the Fourth World.”
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“You don’t like burgers and fries?” asked Pine. “Oh, I do. But at my age, they don’t like me like they used to. In that regard, they’re sort of like men.”

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