The Camel Club is a four-man group of Washington, D.C. misfits, that meet weekly to discuss political conspiracies they believe exist and what actions they might take. One night club members witness the murder of Secret Service employee Patrick Johnson, thus thrusting the wacky crew into the middle of a bigger conspiracy than they could ever have imagined.
Along the way we meet Alex Ford, a secret service agent assigned to look into the death to keep his agency in the loop, since the man found dead was an NIC/Secret Service employee. While we watch the progress of our heroes we also get to watch the 'bad guys' putting their terrorist plot together and we get hints and clues of what is up, but never a clear picture of what they are trying to accomplish until they pull it off.
I really enjoyed this book, it was not just a shoot-em-up but allowed the reader to try and figure out what was going on and pick up clues along the way. I certainly plan on reading more in the series. One of the better books I've read in a while for a conspiracy book. The end even had some great ideas more people need to think about as far as international relations go.
"He suddenly glanced out the window as he heard the sound overhead."
Suddenly. A completely unnecessary word. When you hear a sound you do glance suddenly. It's not as if, without "suddenly" we're going to think his eyes moved glacier slow. Is Baldacci trying to inject a sense of immediate urgency? This is not how you do it. Unnecessary and annoying.
The. This is the first time the sound as been mentioned, so why is it "the sound" and not "a sound"? He doesn't then tell us about the sound. We're given instead five paragraphs on other subjects before he gets back to the point. Is Baldacci trying to inject a sense of ominous doom? This is not how you do it. Annoying.
1/6 of the paragraph is annoying and 1/12 is unnecessary. Now I've not done a full statistical analysis of the novel because I can't be bothered but those figures feel about right.
I should say that I enjoyed large portions of the book and the climax is well done. Somewhere in here there is a good four hundred page novel, though whether it would be a farce or a thriller is impossible to determine because of the uneven tone. I also liked his politics.
There are elements that raise this above a one star, but I'm too old to have my time wasted.
He does a masterful job of raising the stakes during the last fourth of the book, causing the reader to wonder how the heck the good guys will escape this newer, more dangerous peril. Ending is solid, with the probability of a sequel all but certain by how Baldacci left the relationship between Oliver Stone (the protagonist) and Carter Gray (the true antagonist, out of many).
My one minor quibble is I don't feel he introduced the supporting cast of the Camel Club as fully as he might have. It took me most of the book to get a feel for all the relationships and the bonds between the four members. But knowing that this is a multi-book series, I'm sure they'll develop stronger relationships as time passes.
Highly recommended for Baldacci fans as well as all political thriller fans.
I am a big fan of thrillers and I have been hooked on David Baldacci’s writing ever since I first picked up Absolute Power. In his novel The Camel Club, Baldacci introduces a host of interesting characters from various walks of life who come together in a powerful investigative group. Baldacci did a great job of bringing the characters to life, especially Secret Service agent Alex Ford and conspiracy hunter “Oliver Stone.” The pacing was perfect through the first half of the book and I was truly engaged in the story.
Unfortunately, it was at that point that The Camel Club snowballed out of control. Global political thrillers will often times take you right to the edge of believability, forcing you to consider that, yes, this really could happen under just the right circumstances. Baldacci, however, took about two steps over that line and I just couldn’t follow him in. Without spoiling the ending, the plot becomes unbelievable Baldacci really doesn’t provide enough to support what happens leaving the reader to buy-in on their own, which is a gamble that didn’t pay off. The story becomes comic-bookish in the end and looses the tension that built up well early in the book.
The Camel Club is the beginning of a series by Baldacci with these characters. Given that I really loved the characters, I am hoping that subsequent books have a more believable storyline for them to romp around in.
I know lots of people love it, but a lot of people think that Roseanne is funny.
Got through the first two CDs and just couldn't take the non stop crappy airport fiction dialogue.
I’m trying some novels recommended by my book-devouring husband. The Camel Club is a group of four guys living in Washington D.C. who are somewhat society misfits. They remind me of the group in the old movie Sneakers – quirky, but loveable. (One of the four is a librarian at the Library of Congress!)As the story opens, the four witness a murder, and soon become targets themselves. The plot involves espionage, politics, and lots of suspense. It is fast-moving and a fun escape. ~Susan
I actually listened to Divine Justice (book 4 in the series) a week ago. It was the first of Baldacci's books for me. It was then that I decided that I'd like to back up and enjoy this whole series. I received the Camel Club Boxed Set from Anna Balasi of Hachette Book Group and couldn't wait to get started. This book didn't disappoint. I liked having a little bit of an idea about the characters. Oliver Stone, aka John Carr, is the main character and one of the members of the Camel Club. He is an ex-government agent and one of the nations most notorious killers. I have enjoyed learning about the government agencies that run our nation, and find myself wondering how much of this is fiction and how much might be true. The conspiracy isn't all that far fetched. Overall, great book and cannot wait to start book 2--The Collectors.
The characters are not well developed. The Camel club consists of four eccentric, yet intelligent, conspiracy theorists. One of who lives in a tent across the street from the White House. A sign hangs on his tent, "I want the Truth." And as can be expected, they are the eyes in which this story unfolds. With all that said, these four characters would be interesting to watch in a movie.
Dialogue was a bit clunky. It kept my interest enough for me to keep reading it, but I wouldn't call it a page turner. I may read his other 'Camel Club' novels at some point.
The first of three Baldacci novels featuring the Camel Club. Followed by 'The Collectors' and 'Stone Cold.'
Lots of incredible, as in unlikely to the point of distracting, twists and plot points. But again I think there's an audience for that and it's balanced by good momentum.
Not sure I'll read more Baldacci but that's more a reflection of my tastes than of the book's quality.
Knowing more know of how Olivers group of friends came together, the group makes much more sense, and a lot more background is in this book than the other. Mostly why Stone is so concentrated on making sure what goes on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue stays on the up and up.
The Camel Club goes to meet one night on a small island on the Potomac, just outside DC, and witnesses a murder, made to look like a suicide. They are seen briefly, and end up one of the next targets by the men who commited the murder they witnessed. In the meantime, little do they know, an attack on the President is being planned, from inside one of the USA's own intelligence agencies. with the help of a very dedicated secret service agent, and other friends, the Camel Club soon has to save the USA, and the world, from self destruction.
A wonderfully paced book, Baldacci takes you around DC and its suburbs, Western Pennsylvania, and the Middle East turmoil, and multiple groups try to bring about thier own political agendas with no one to stop them, except for The Camel Club.