Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Camel Club by David Baldacci

About the book: After witnessing a shocking murder, the Club is slammed headfirst into a plot that threatens the very security of the nation, full of stunning twists, high-stakes intrigue and global gamesmanship rocketing to the Oval Office and beyond. Soon the Club must join forces with veteran Secret Service agent Alex Ford, who becomes an unwilling participant in one of the most chilling spectacles to ever take place on American soil. It’s an event that may well be the catalyst for the long-threatened Armageddon between two different worlds, and all that stands in the way of this apocalypse is five unexpected heroes.
The Camel Club consists of four unlikely partners: The leader, man without a past currently called "Oliver Stone"; obsessive computer genius Milton Farb; blue-collar laborer Reuben Rhodes; and Library of Congress reference specialist Caleb Shaw. Their goal: to seek the truth, an often elusive goal in their hometown, Washington, D.C. In their quest for truth, they collect an unusual array of friends who assist them -- Secret Service agent Alex Ford, homeless activist Adelphia, and con-artist extraordinaire Annabelle Conroy.
My Thoughts: This is a great set of CDs I won from J. Kaye. I of course enjoyed these out of order, listening to Divine Justice first, which was VERY good. The Camel Club is the actual first book in the series. What a page turner this would have been had I been reading it instead of listening to it. As it was I made a couple of extra trips to town and sat in the driveway a few extra minutes listening to it. This was much more of a political thriller than Divine Justice was. There are Arab terrorists, the President is kidnapped and we are on the verge of using nuclear weapons. This is averted at the last minute by ...... the Camel Club. In this book we meet Carter Gray, Oliver's nemesis, and he is as loathsome here as he was in Divine Justice.
As much as I liked it I found it a little confusing as there were so many groups involved. Some of it was unbelievable such as where the terrorists plan a major assault, but use tranquilizer darts so as not to kill anyone. ???? Even so was a good read. I've already started the next one, The Collectors.

thriller, political thriller, Oliver Stone, mystery, conspiracy

1 comment:

Becky W. said...

I did the same thing! I listened to Divine Justice and loved it, so I backed up and listed to the other 3. I still really think that Divine Justice is the best of the 4, with Stone Cold (#3) a close second.