I have to agree with the other reviewers who have given this book a bad rating. I kept waiting for the book to get better, but it never did. It was all I could do to stick with the story - hoping that it would improve - but all I got was a lame story that retreaded every tired cliche from Baldacci's previous Camel Club novels. Nothing original in this latest addition to the series. Don't waste your credits.
This book is outrageously horrible. Trite conversation, unbelievable characters with no character development, no editing for grammatical errors. I think Baldacci must dash one of these into a tape recorder and off directly to the publisher whenever he needs a little money. He can do so much better (e.g. Simple Genius). Give this one a miss...if there were a choice lower than one star, I would have chosen it!
I was reluctant to order this since I felt DB was going down hill w/ the Camel Club. I chose to give him another go based on his previous works (and the fact that my selection window was about to close). This book is not much more than a Marvel or DC comic! Some of the reading is good, but some is dry and without any relationship between characters. The female British agent must have called in her part from across the pond. I am only half through the first part and don't know if I can go on! Sorry but don't waste your time or money.
I rushed to give my rating to a very subpar book, but I see that many readers beat me to the punch. First, the Camel Club plays an almost cameo role, which was disappointing. Second, the plot seemed to be forced. Third and most annoying was the second reader. Each time the female reader came in, it appeared as if she was inserted poorly by the recording studio. It was so irritating that I nearly stopped listening, but stomached the entire book. I really can't believe that that got by quality control. And Fourth, I had to suspend my imagination to be satisfied with the plot and the climax.
Don't waste your credit.
I love all books by Baldacci that I have read and I have read most of them. If his name is on them I usually buy and enjoy. This book did not measure up- it was long and the plot was so slow you almost lost where you were. I was glad when I finished the book which says- this was not up to his standards. Personally I was disappointed and kept thinking it is going to get better but it didn't. Hope he is not losing his wonderful writting ability- I would miss him - he is a pro.
I am a big Baldacci fan. This book does not disappoint. True to his past novels about the camel club Baldacci provides twists and turns that you just don't see coming. Ron Maclarty is an outstanding narrator and the additional female voice and some minor sound effects adds to, rather than takes away, from the excitement of the story.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
i like a good espionage book from time to time giving me a break from my favorite historical novels but even though i enjoyed this book and the workings of oliver stones crime solving deductions. there were way to many twists and turns and characters popping up all over the place that i frequently got lost. i guess some would call that a good thing it kept me guessing but it was more confusion than guessing. it was like i would have to stop and ask, what, where, who, how and of course why? usually though after about another ten minutes of listening i would go "oh now i see". this happened several times during this read. the main thing though as much as i like oliver stone and his service to our country, has any one ever been more willing to die for what's right, or blame himself for every agents death he has ever worked with, that got a little old real fast.
the narrator was great.
While I usually enjoy the Camel Club series, this one just couldn't seem to dig its heels in as deeply for me. It began exciting enough and had countless twists and turns. I think perhaps it was the overuse of these that wore me down. It just KEPT twisting, turning around, double backing and retracing it seemed. The narration performance was good. I typically like Baldacci books and am certainly not giving up on him. I was just glad when this one was finally over.