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Hell's Corner | [David Baldacci]

Hell's Corner

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 . . .

Hell's Corner.

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

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    Neil 04-27-12
    Neil 04-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The weakest in the series"

    I love this series, but have to say this one is the weakest of them so far. I'll read the next one when it comes out, and hope they're back up to where the early ones were.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rich United States 08-21-11
    Rich United States 08-21-11 Member Since 2009

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    "How slow can you go?"

    I struggled to get halfway thru this book because it is soooooo boring! The characters go on and on and on about trivial details. I cannot continue any further, it is slow paced and not the thriller I was hoping for.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted New Hope, PA, United States 08-16-11
    Ted New Hope, PA, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Baldacci should stick to classic thrillers"

    I really enjoyed other books in the Camel Club series. Unfortunately, Hell's Corner was not up to par. While I expect thrillers to be a bit far-fetched, this one was ridiculous. It's like if you took all the cliches from other thrillers, stuck them in a blender, and put them into an overly long book.

    As other reviewers noted, there are other things that make this one to avoid. The sound effects definitely detracted from the book. The first time I heard them, I laughed. The next time, I groaned. Horrible!

    I didn't mind the switch between voices however. Usually men doing women's voices sound a bit ridiculous, so I prefer a female voice doing the reading. However, there were a few times that I had to listen carefully because I thought some of the female voices sounded like voice a synthesizer. That was pretty bad...

    I have no idea how this book has received so many positive reviews, pulling it up to almost an average of 4. Seriously, if all the reviews were legit, there's no way that this book would get more than 3 stars, probably less.

    Avoid at all costs.

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    Robert Bredlie 07-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the few books I couldn't finish"

    If you are looking for a comic book in novel form this might be for you. I enjoyed the other Camel Club books.

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    Brian huxley, IA, United States 05-20-11
    Brian huxley, IA, United States 05-20-11
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    "Is he a spy or a detective? Pretty stupid story."

    This book is all over the place. First, Oliver Stone is a spy being sent away to fight the Russians in Mexico. Then, all of a sudden he has been given the authority to investigate the case of the Lafayette park shooting/bombing. I don't get it. And what is up with the Camel Club. The Camel Club reminds me of the Thunderbirds in the movie Iron Eagle. Does the Camel club have matching jackets and a cool club house with bean bags? Don't worry, Oliver Stone and the Camel club will solve the crime. No Chappy!!!!!! If your playing this tape I didn't make it.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 02-27-11
    Pavel Czech Republic 02-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Too many twists"

    I liked some of the Baldacci's books, but this one didn't ring a bell. Too many twists, fights between agencies, 2 presidents, looks like someone cooked from too many cookbooks.

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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-27-11
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Wha'd They say"

    I found this a hard listen.Cassidy's character would say something like" I am coming with you" but McLarty will always finish up the sentence with "She said ". I found this very distracting. I thought Cassidy did a better job with the voices, whereas, with McLarty I couldnt always tell the difference and that made it really hard to follow the conversation at times. Now, to the plot. At times it took off,taking me wih it and then all of a sudden I was bogged down in a mess of verbage and didnt have a clue where all this talk, talk , talk was going. The Stone character seems to hate and blame himself for everything he can think of in his whole life.


    So, if you dont have anything else to listen to or do... and a credit you want to blow... OK ...Otherwise, Wait for something better. That's just my opinion, but hey, what the heck do I know.

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    Linda Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-21-11
    Linda Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-21-11
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    "dreadful"

    Ms Cassidy,please,please please never read the part of a British agent again,I love my audio books and have been a long time fan of David Baldacci,sadly this audio is so bad I could not even finish the first part,waste of a good credit.

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    Amy 02-10-11
    Amy 02-10-11
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    "Yuck"

    We were not happy with this book. The female narrator was very annoying and we felt she distracted from the story. The gunfire and sound effects are unnecessary and should be left out. And geez, Murder Mountain again?!! C'mon! That is so played!

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    Michael Gilroy, CA, United States 02-06-11
    Michael Gilroy, CA, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Stick with one narrator!"

    Publishers need to not try to turn books into a hacked together version of an old radio drama. Unlike the high quality you get with a big-budget animated film where they can have actors read their lines separately, doing it on a shoestring by just splicing two voices together doesn't cut it. The recording levels here don't match, the ambiance doesn't match, so your brain tells you the two characters aren't having a dialog but reading two scripts in two different places. .
    I'm just finishing the first half, it's so painful to listen to that after an hour at a stretch I get annoyed and take a break.

    I'll read the reviews next time and if this is what happens with future Baldacci books I'll move on and listen to something else. And now adding to my frustration I can't edit this to be anything other than one run-on paragraph.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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