This is my second Baldacci download, and it'll be my last. (The first, Wish You Well, was so awful that I couldn't finish it.) I expected so much more from a best-selling author, something along the caliber of, say, a Len Deighton. Instead, Baldacci seems to churn out comic books for people who don't want to be seen with the picture-book kind. Super heros and super villains, damsels in distress, macho bravado, it's all in Divine Justice to the nth nauseating degree. The plot swings from the implausible to the completely predictable Mighty-Mouse-is-on-the-Way scenario. If you're okay with the notion that the CIA functions openly as a kind of law enforcement agency within the United States, then maybe this load of hooey won't irritate you as much as it did me. I gave it 2 stars solely on the basis of the reader, who I thought did a good job of smoothing over the ridiculous and cartoonish dialogue.
David Balducci can tell a story. The Divine Justice is clearly worth the time but it has many failings. The dialog is often stilted and trite. This is the third book in a row that Balducci has missed on. His stories are good but the overall impact of the book suffers because of the dialog. It is as if Balducci is rushing to get another best seller out and doesn't take the time to produce the high quality writing that the early Camel Club books delivered. The narration of Divine Justice was, if anything, worse than the dialog. The narrator develops no real feel for any of the main characters and his attempts at an Appalachian dialect are embarrassing. The two main villains are so dispictable that the reader will tire of hating them. On the positive side the Camel Club characters, including a renewed Oliver Stone, carry the day and save the book from being a total disaster.
A camel is a horse designed by a committee - this book is a book written by a group of high school students. A waste of time. So shallow, so predictable, so contrived, so characterless. It was a struggle to finish it. Annabelle should be called Clarabelle and the rest of the characters are so unreal.
Save your time.
The Camel Club is my favorite group of characters created by Baldacci, and sometimes these novels start out slow but pick up steam later in the book. This time, however, it started out in the midst of action and continues the whole way through. This is the best one yet. His creation of very diverse and interesting characters and with his ability to tell a very good story, prompts me to give this one a 5 star rating. I highly recommend downloading and listening to this one!
This book is right up there with the first Camel Club Book. Great book, great plot, all your favorite charactors. I have listened twiced and found parts I never heard the first time around.
This is the continuing story of Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. It would be best if you read the earlier stories as there is not much explanation or review of what the relationships are between characters. I imagine the characters would seem shallow with the background of previous books. This story continues where the last one left off - with Stone on the run. While he is on the run from the CIA, he stumbles on more trouble than he bargains for. Between the CIA, drug runners and out of control lawmen, Stone has seemingly met his match. Fortunately, the Camel Club comes to his rescue. The level of cleverness exhibited by the characters is not as high as in previous stories but story is still very entertaining.
The story is a good one, the narrator does a good job, but the cheesy music that comes up in "dramatic" or "romantic" scenes is laughable at best, and annoying at worst. It varies from making the performance resemble a bad 70's cop movie or a bad 70's blue movie.
This was a terrific end to what I can only assume is the final chapter of the Camel Club. Very entertaining. Loved the narrator. Definitely worth it.