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
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.
Have enjoyed the Camel Club series so much, but this latest installment has been difficult to embrace. Too disjointed somehow, endless plot possibilities spinning, and not enough good character development. I found myself wishing for the end just to be finished.
If you have read the previous Camel Club - Oliver Stone novels by Baldacci this one is a real disappointment. There is no Camel Club to speak of. Annabelle has been reduced to a whiner. Oliver is now on a first name basis with the President. Now the most unbelievable curveball, Oliver is now a Federal Agent. He acts just like the Feds he hated in the previous Camel Club novels. This book is B O R I N G ! ! The ending is OK but it's a long boring ride to the finish.
Why did they use different actors to read the various parts, thereby constantly breaking the flow? Why use sound effects? Is phoney gunfire really necessary? Is this an audio book or a radio play? These are all questions that must have occurred to the producers. If all the audio books I bought were this poor, Audible dot com would sell me no more of these "productions" to me.
I want my click back! The accents and change of narators were irritating.
Slow and boooring, I had to give up about two thirds the way through,
I don't know or care if the hero made it through.
I am a fan of Baldacci and this is the worst of his books, in my opinion.
Being an avid fan of David Baldacci and of The Camel Club series this book was a big disappointment. The plot was fumbled and bumbled from the start, he never really engaged the other members of The Camel Club, and all of the dead end clues got old really quick. I've never considered not finishing one of Baldacci's books, but almost quit this one several times and in the end wish that I had!
I'm a Baldacci/Camel Club fan so hung in there to the end. However, the story seemed disjointed. Felt like Baldacci needed to add a few more pages so he kept coming up with new twists. I was glad to finish. Three stars only out of fan loyalty!
Perhaps the best book he has ever written and certainly the best of the Camel Club. Ron McLarty is a brilliant narrator. The sound effects were a nice addition. Thanks for the many sleepless nights I stayed up listening to this story unfold.
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