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In this gripping mystery, an FBI Agent’s search for her sister clashes with a military investigator's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy - from which neither of them will escape unscathed.
For many long years, Atlee Pine was tormented by uncertainty after her twin sister, Mercy, was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Now, just as Atlee is pressured to end her investigation into Mercy's disappearance, she finally gets her most promising breakthrough yet: the identity of her sister's kidnapper, Ito Vincenzo.
With time running out, Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum race to Vincenzo's last known location in Trenton, New Jersey - and unknowingly stumble straight into John Puller's case, blowing his arrest during a drug ring investigation involving a military installation.
Stunningly, Pine and Puller's joint investigation uncovers a connection between Vincenzo's family and a breathtaking scheme that strikes at the very heart of global democracy. Peeling back the layers of deceit, lies and cover-ups, Atlee finally discovers the truth about what happened to Mercy. And that truth will shock Pine to her very core.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 37 minutes|
|Narrator||Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 17, 2020|
|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,731 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Crime Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#7 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#9 in Mystery Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Altee, searching for lost sister after two, now three books was too much.
The overall plot follows the standard Baldacci style with plenty of plot twists and surprises along the way. While the overall story and its execution is well done, Baldacci is beginning to jump the shark as Atlee stumbles into a major plot unfolding right under everyone's noses, but with total oblivion. At the same time, her family just keeps getting weirder and weirder as her sister is apparently alive, but was raised chained in a cave and her father, rather than having committed suicide, killed his assassin and is supposedly living with her mother off the grid. And her biological father actually knew all of this.
Typically, Baldacci carries a character for about 6 - 7 novels. At this rate, Atlee may be saving the Earth from an alien invasion that was planned by her parents using her sister as bait. Please David, unless they are all hiding out at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Atlee can't stay on personal leave for another three installments - give the girl some closure.
She has discovered the identity of Mercy's kidnapper, and he has a connection to this complicated investigation, as does John Puller's younger brother Robert.
This is one of the most convoluted stories that Baldacci has written in a while, but I couldn't put it down. Since COVID-19 had me homebound, I finished it in a day.
Baldacci may need to have a meeting with his proofreader, though. In the 3rd paragraph on page 204, he states, "A captain in the Navy was of equal rank with a major in the Army..." A Navy captain (06) is of equal rank with an Army colonel. On the 5th paragraph on page 206, Navy captain Gloria Miles states, "I'm waiting to take command of a Freedom-Class LCS..." An LCS is a Littoral Combat Ship, and the Skipper is a Navy commander (05). Nitpicking, maybe, but it jumped right off the page to me.
An FBI agent who twice, in successive books, is looking for her sister and just happens to stumble upon a major crime conspiracy both times and manages to solve both crimes in her spare time while searching for sis?
A 6' Amazon who can demolish a building with martial arts kicks and routinely kicks the crap out of professional villians while leaping tall buildings in a single bound is getting silly.
With the help of a silly cartoon like rah - rah Jack Reacheresqe Army dude who, after being shot in the torso by a high powered rifle, gets out of an ICU bed, travels cross town to join the fight?
I love Baldacci characters in all of his series and even enjoyed the first Pine installment, but the second Pine book was poor and this one simply awful. Note to author - I don't find the Pine character remotely interesting or plausible and worse yet, I don't care if she ever finds her sister. you've gone to the well once to often and I will not be suckered into Pine book 4 .
How about updating us on what the Camel Club is up to these days or any of your other notable (and enjoyable) characters? Put Atlee Pine out of her and our misery .
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With her assistant and loyal friend, Carol Blum, at her side she is shocked to find her case is linked to that of military investigator John Puller through the kidnapper she has only just begun to hunt. Together they realise the connection could strike at the heart of far more than either of them could begin to understand alone and as more information comes to light Atlee finally reaches a shocking realisation of what happened to Mercy all those years ago.
Once again Mr Baldacci has provided a story to keep you reading long into the night. Atlee is a great character and the addition of John Puller is a very clever move as it gives a whole different sense of what has happened and why. Thankfully, although many things have been sorted there is still more to come where Atlee is concerned and I will absolutely be waiting in line for that.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. Anyone who is a fan of this series of books won't be disappointed.
The story is fine as far as it goes pushing the hunt for Mercy along, and the slightly weaker subplot of Political blackmail could have been better used, my main complaint though is the ending!
I had the impression from previous books that there would be a conclusion to the Mercy story soon and perhaps a new opening for Atlee where she fades with her sister into the sunset, but the rushed ending here felt like the author had a 'Ka-ching' moment and has spun the story out for at least another episode, altogether unsatisfying as this character's story arc was, I felt, coming to a natural end. It will be interesting to see how (if) he brings John Puller back after this.