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Published by Macmillan, 15 November 2018. ISBN:
Female F.B.I. Agent Atlee Pine (6ft tall and solid
muscle) is called to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where the body of a mule
has been discovered, and its rider a Benjamin Priest has gone missing. A
strange carving on the corpse makes it even more puzzling.
On contacting Benjamin's brother
Edward, Atlee finds that a photo of Benjamin does not match the description of
him given by the Rangers working in the Grand Canyon alongside him. Who is
posing as Benjamin, why, and where are they both?
Back in her office, Atlee becomes
further intrigued when she has the distinct feeling she is being warned off the
case, especially when she receives a phone call from a senior member of the
F.B.I. telling her to watch her back. She becomes suspicious that the Bureau is
keeping an eye on her, when her secretary warns her that her computer has
probably been hacked.
Events then take a nasty turn when
an attempt is made on her life, leading her to believe that her own government
is behind the disturbing happenings. She is told in no uncertain terms to leave
the investigations and to take a break away for a while.
Determined to get to the bottom of
the disappearances, Atlee together with her secretary Carol decide to “go
rogue”. Surreptitious investigations lead
them to believe the answer lies back in the Grand Canyon and being an
experienced walker Atlee sets out on a long hike to follow her hunch. As
experienced as she is, she needs to draw on all her strengths for the trek.
What she expects to find is likely
to bring down the government and lead to world chaos. Who can she trust to help
her expose the people behind such a horrendous plot and prevent what could lead
to mass destruction?
To add to her problems, at the same
time Atlee is trying to discover what happened to her twin sister Mercy in
1989. A man came into their bedroom when they were six years old, assaulted
them both and took Mercy away. Atlee wants to know what became of her, a body
was never found, and she needs closure one way or another. Can she find the
I look forward to reading more of
the exploits of David Baldacci's new very capable heroine.Recommended especially for those who like an
interesting plot and are intrigued by the deceptions capable of those in power
and how it is possible to hoodwink the general public.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
David Baldacci.A lifelong Virginian, David was
born in Richmond in 1960. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political
science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the
University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law for nine
years in Washington, D.C. He has published 22 books. While
David is involved in several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts
are dedicated to his family’s ‘Wish You Well foundation.’ Established by David
and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family literacy
in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion
of new and existing literacy and educational programs. In 2010 the Foundation
partnered with Feeding America to launch a program to address the connection
between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, nearly 1
million new and used books have been collected and distributed through area
food banks. David explains, “With this program, people go home with food, which
they need to live, as well as with books, which they need to change their
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
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plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.