Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in #1 bestselling author David Baldacci's most stunning adventure yet.
An attack on the heart of power . . .
In sight of the White House . . .
At a place known as . . .
John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes.
Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister's motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It's in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing.
British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone's partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake.
In the shadowy worlds of politics and intelligence, there is no one you can really trust. Nothing is really what it seems to be. And Hell's Corner truly lives up to its name. This may be Oliver Stone's and the Camel Club's last stand.
©2010 David Baldacci (P)2010 Hachette Audio
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.
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