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The Camel Club
by David Baldacci
Published Oct 2005 448 pages Genre: Thrillers Publication Information
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It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions. One man leads this aging, ragtag crew. He has no known past and has taken the name "Oliver Stone." Day and night, Stone and his friends study wild conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government, hoping to discover some truth that will hold America's leaders accountable to its citizens. Yet never in Stone's wildest nightmares could he imagine the conspiracy the Camel Club is about to uncover...
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"Baldacci maintains interest during the long buildup by supplying fascinating historical facts, amusing characters, high-tech spy lore and the backstories of his super agents, both good and evil. As fans of this writer know, years of experience have made him an author who promises a good story and then delivers it." - Publishers Weekly "He writes as if he imagines his typical reader to be a business traveler staring down a long layover. Sure to be a bestseller, but the guy's phoning it in." - Kirkus Reviews.
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David published his first novel, Absolute Power , in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 32 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers. A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C. While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, ...
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THE CAMEL CLUB
by David Baldacci ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 25, 2005
Sure to be a bestseller, but the guy’s phoning it in.
A lukewarm would-be potboiler of uninvolving intrigue about a kooky quartet of conspiracy theorists—one by the name of “Oliver Stone”—who witness the murder of a federal agent.
Almost 8,000 Americans have died in attacks on U.S. soil. Rocket-propelled grenades have pierced the White House, there’s been another prison fiasco in Afghanistan, a dozen soldiers are dying every day and the war has opened a new front on the Syrian border. Thus the author’s bleak imagining of the near future. Throughout, Baldacci ( Hour Game , 2004, etc.) drops reliable twists, revealing the federal agent murder to be—surprise—a minuscule piece of a much bigger plot involving snipers, nukes, a presidential kidnapping and an even gloomier vision of the future. Baldacci is not a particularly graceful writer, e.g., “Like all Secret Service agents, his suits were designed a little big in the chest, to disguise the bulge of the weapon.” Worse is the author’s chronic inability to draw convincing characters. Scooby-Doo had villains more complicated than these; distinctive quirks of the characters, such as one wearing 19th-century clothing, make them only mildly interesting. Baldacci himself seems only partly engaged in the task here. He writes as if he imagines his typical reader to be a business traveler staring down a long layover.
Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2005
Page Count: 448
Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2005
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by Kathy Reichs ‧ RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2020
Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.
Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.
A week after the night she chases but fails to catch a mysterious trespasser outside her town house, some unknown party texts Tempe four images of a corpse that looks as if it’s been chewed by wild hogs, because it has been. Showboat Medical Examiner Margot Heavner makes it clear that, breaking with her department’s earlier practice ( The Bone Collection , 2016, etc.), she has no intention of calling in Tempe as a consultant and promptly identifies the faceless body herself as that of a young Asian man. Nettled by several errors in Heavner’s analysis, and even more by her willingness to share the gory details at a press conference, Tempe launches her own investigation, which is not so much off the books as against the books. Heavner isn’t exactly mollified when Tempe, aided by retired police detective Skinny Slidell and a host of experts, puts a name to the dead man. But the hints of other crimes Tempe’s identification uncovers, particularly crimes against children, spur her on to redouble her efforts despite the new M.E.’s splenetic outbursts. Before he died, it seems, Felix Vodyanov was linked to a passenger ferry that sank in 1994, an even earlier U.S. government project to research biological agents that could control human behavior, the hinky spiritual retreat Sparkling Waters, the dark web site DeepUnder, and the disappearances of at least four schoolchildren, two of whom have also turned up dead. And why on earth was Vodyanov carrying Tempe’s own contact information? The mounting evidence of ever more and ever worse skulduggery will pull Tempe deeper and deeper down what even she sees as a rabbit hole before she confronts a ringleader implicated in “Drugs. Fraud. Breaking and entering. Arson. Kidnapping. How does attempted murder sound?”
Pub Date: March 17, 2020
Page Count: 352
Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020
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by Lee Child ‧ RELEASE DATE: March 17, 1997
Welcome to Margrave, Georgia—but don't get too attached to the townsfolk, who are either in on a giant conspiracy, or hurtling toward violent deaths, or both. There's not much of a welcome for Jack Reacher, a casualty of the Army's peace dividend, who's drifted into town idly looking for traces of a long-dead black jazzman. Not only do the local cops arrest him for murder, but the chief of police turns eyewitness to place him on the scene, even though Reacher was getting on a bus in Tampa at the time. Two surprises follow: The murdered man wasn't the only victim, and he was Reacher's brother Joe, whom he hadn't seen in seven years. So Reacher, who so far hasn't had anything personally against the crooks who set him up for a weekend in the state pen at Warburton, clicks into overdrive. Banking on the help of the only two people in Margrave he can trust—a Harvard-educated chief of detectives who hasn't been on the job long enough to be on the take, and a smart, scrappy officer who's taken him to her bed—he sets out methodically in his brother's footsteps, trying to figure out why his cellmate in Warburton, a panicky banker whose cell-phone number turned up in Joe's shoe, confessed to a murder he obviously didn't commit; trying to figure out why all the out-of- towners on Joe's list of recent contacts were as dead as he was; and trying to stop the local carnage, or at least direct it in more positive ways. Though the testosterone flows as freely as printer's ink, Reacher is an unobtrusively sharp detective in his quieter moments—not that there are many of them to judge by. Despite the crude, tough-naif narration, debut novelist Child serves up a big, rangy plot, menace as palpable as a ticking bomb, and enough battered corpses to make an undertaker grin.
Pub Date: March 17, 1997
Page Count: 368
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1997
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Welcome to THE CAMEL CLUB.Existing at the fringes of Washington, D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man known as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions.Their efforts bear little fruit-until the group witnesses a shocking murder...and become embroiled in an astounding, far-reaching conspiracy. Now the Club must join forces with a Secret Service agent to confront one of the most chilling spectacles ever to take place on American soil-an event that may trigger the ultimate war between two different worlds. And all that stands in the way of this apocalypse is five unexpected heroes.
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Born in 1960, David Baldacci has become one of America’s most popular crime-writing novelists. After being born and raised in Richmond, Virginia Baldacci attended the Virginia Commonwealth University as an undergraduate. After graduating from VCU, Baldacci earned his law degree from the University of Virginia before becoming an attorney in Washington, D.C. for almost 10 years. Like many authors, Baldacci began writing at an early age and was a voracious reader. After writing manuscripts for nearly two decades and seeing each one be rejected by different publishers, Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. The book was an instant success and became an international best seller. After quitting his day job as a successful attorney, Baldacci has written more than 20 bestselling novels and several books for children. When not writing, Baldacci is a passionate philanthropist that co-founded the Wish You Well Foundation with his wife. The foundation seeks to combat illiteracy in the United States by providing books to impoverished children.
Several Baldacci’s most popular can be found in The Camel Club Series. A collection of fictional characters, they go on to become the protagonists in five of Baldacci’s novels: Camel Club, Stone Cold, Divine Justice, The Collectors and Hell’s Corner. Similar to political watch-dogs, the members of this group always have their eye’s open for the next conspiracy within the US government. The four original members of the exclusive club are: Oliver Stone, Caleb Show, Reuben Rhodes and Milton Farb.
The ringleader of the group, Oliver Stone, is employed as groundskeeper at the Methodist Church in Washington D.C. Long mired in controversy and mystery, Stone is a former government agent that goes to great lengths to protect his past. In fact, the man’s real name is John Carr. As a former CIA employee, Stone was a highly trained and dangerous assassin in the “Triple-Six” division. While working with the government, Stone grew wary of his assignments and surreptitiously left the agency. As a man of mystery, Stone is constantly watching his back for government agencies sent to kill him.
Stone’s second in command is Reuben Rhodes. Slightly aloof, but highly intelligent Rhodes is a graduate of the US Military Academy, West Point, and is a decorated Vietnam War veteran. After leaving the military, Rhodes worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency before he became disenfranchised with the government and a staunch anti-war protester. After leaving the military, Rhodes sought a new beginning in England, but quickly became mired in drugs. After returning to the United States sober, Rhodes met Stone and became close friends. Rhode’s skills as a sniper and highly-trained marksman come in handy in several of Baldacci’s novels. Known for being the bookworm of the club, Caleb Shaw is known for his aversion to blood and violence. Shaw works at the Library of Congress in the rare books division where he provides the Camel Club with access to prized documents whenever necessary. With off the charts intelligence, Shaw is an expert on 18th century literature. He is easily recognized in the novels for wearing clothes from the 1800s.
A computer genius, Milton Farb is a former child prodigy that suffers from OCD and severe paranoia. However, despite his extreme obsessions and personality Farb is a brilliant mathematician with the ability to do complex problems in his mind and recite long passages from memory. Unable to hold a steady job due to his mental ailments, Farb becomes an extremely wealthy and successful Internet entrepreneur. Farb is the tech savvy mastermind of the group.
In addition to the aforementioned members, the Camel Club also accepts additional members as the books progress. Alex Ford is an agent with the Secret Service who first appears in The Camel Club. Initially, Ford is skeptical of the conspiracy theories believed by the group; however, after witnessing the ideas firsthand Ford joins the group at the end of the first novel. In addition to Ford, the group is joined in the first novel by Kate Adams. Adams is Ford’s girlfriend and is an attorney at the Department of Justice. Adams’ presence in the series is short lived as she and Ford break up several novels later.
Last, but not least Annabelle Conroy joins the ranks of the Camel Club as a dedicated thief in the novel Stone Cold. Exceptionally good at her craft, Conroy steals millions of dollars from people by running complicated schemes. Conroy shares the club’s fear of the government and assists the group in several novels.
Readers are introduced to the characters in Baldacci’s The Camel Club. One night, while meeting to discuss political conspiracies, the group witnesses the murder of a federal agent. Thrust into the middle of an unmitigated conspiracy, the group is embroiled in a controversy that may pit two nations at nuclear war. With members of the government turning a blind eye, Alex Ford and the Camel Club are forced to unravel a conspiracy that seeks to assassinate the President of the United States and leave the country embroiled in destruction and death.
Written in 2006, The Collectors is the second novel in the series. Due to its widespread success, the novel was on the New York Times Bestseller list for 7 weeks. After the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the curator of rare books at the Library of Congress are found dead, the Camel Club begins to suspect a greater conspiracy at hand. In a conspiracy that stretches to the sale of American intelligence secrets to terrorists operating in the Middle East, Stone and the remaining members must work hard to discover the plot and stop the threat before it reaches the US. In a page turning thriller, Baldacci keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the Camel Club looks to take down its most dangerous organization yet.
Despite being an eclectic group of characters, Baldacci’s the Camel Club series is a compelling set of novels that keep readers waiting for the next mystery to occur. In each novel, Baldacci does an excellent job of making each and every character believable and interesting.
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PLEASE, One more Camel Club book. You left a lot hanging in Hells Corner. Especially the head of Intelligence trying to have John Carr murdered! PLEASE, Jim
I just finished Stone Cold and cried for the first time while reading David Baldacci. I am reading them in order written. I do love the Camel Club characters. And so much more…
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