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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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    Judith Naples, FL, United States 12-06-10
    Judith Naples, FL, United States 12-06-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Patched together narration detracts from plot"

    Is it just me, or ar the narrations getting worse, even for best-selling authors? Rather than selecting a narrator capable of characterizing females as well as males, this Baldacci reading sounds more like an animated kids' film. The female charaters seem patched in, sounding as though they aren't recorded at the same time or place as the rest of the narration, and probably aren't. Somehow, even the sound quality appears different when they suddenly switch to a female patch; then the narrator resumes after a pause with "...she said". It is almost a charicature; and, at the very least, is very distracting. The abrupt change causes you to lose track of the conversation. The "Camel Club" novels aren't my favorites of Baldacci, anyway, because they always seem like over the top with bumbling, stereotypical characters, and lame narration; but, this patched together new narration makes it even worse. It probably centers on "Oliver Stone" more than many of the others; yet, the narration trivializes it. If they insist on using multiple narrators because the main one may be incapable of characterizing females, they should at least record them at the same time and place, assuring smooth continuity. This almost sounds like the robot voices on answering machines intruding into the acceptable narration. I don't expect this from this type of author, am unlikely to buy another "Camel Club" adventure.

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    Michelle Guillermin Dunkirk, MD USA 12-03-10
    Michelle Guillermin Dunkirk, MD USA 12-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "the sound effects have to go!"

    The book was good and as expected from this author, but a plea to the audible book recorders -- the sound effects are quite distracting and unpleasant. Listening to a book on tape is a peaceful process where you let your imagination fill in the blanks -- it was quite jarring to have gunshots and sirens interrupt this peace. Plus, if you listen while driving, an approaching siren causes you to stop listening to the book and start looking for the ambulance/police car/firetruck so you can pull over. Many times had to turn the book off to figure out if it was on the book, or real lfe. Much prefer the reading only -- no sound effects.

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    Perry pascagoula, FL, United States 12-03-10
    Perry pascagoula, FL, United States 12-03-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Not one of his best"

    To much redundancy and repeation.He seems lost in what he is going to write or say in the next
    paragraph.You can do better David

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    S. Davis San Francisco, CA 12-03-10
    S. Davis San Francisco, CA 12-03-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Love the Camel Club but...."

    I have read them all and loved each one until now...

    All of the books require that we believe that Oliver Stone (John Carr) is a modern day superman. I had no problem with that, I love the character. But this book had "twists and turns" that made absolutely NO SENSE. It just never seemed to stop and I don't mean that in a good way. I agree with the other reviewers about the narration. If you are going to use male and female voices at least PLEASE refrain from "he said" and "she said" with every sentence...that is simply adding insult to injury.

    Overall I say skip it unless you are like me and MUST read every single book it a series.

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