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
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In past Camel Club novels Oliver Stone has been the old cemetery attendant and leader of the rag tag club. We now find out that his real name in John Carr and as a younger man he was a top US assassin. The US president calls upon Carr once again. With the help of a British agent and Camel Club members Carr takes on the task.
The narration duo of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are, as always, superb.
As with all of David Baldacci's work I enjoyed Hell's Corner. The Camel Club is great as usual. Hopefully the Camel Club will return for another adventure!
yes... as always you can have an opinion on the narration. The main character is very well read and yes the female voice is good but I prefer 1 person doing it all.
But after a while you kinda forget that its not perfect... the story line is compelling with a lot of twists and turns to throw you off. Itd a good read if you have the ability to really pay attention (I can see that that would be hard if you listen in you car while commuting).
What I find important is that even though its absolute fiction, when your in the story it sounds very believable.
4 stars for a great book.
I'm typically a big fan of Baldacci. His books usually move with a rapid-fire pace , subtle wit, and taut good v evil plots. This one though, is a bit of a mess. Great swaths of dull exposition (or obfuscation in many cases) are punctuated by brief, startling jolts of action that, in the end go nowhere. I guess what I found most discouraging was how the plot constantly revisits the same locations with little to no furthering of the story. Baldacci has done a lot better in the past, and I'm sure he'll do better in the future. He might do better creating new characters and new story lines rather than trying to continue series with ever-expanding casts of characters.
When you start a Baldacci book, you always wonder which Baldacci wrote it. Some of his earlier books were so very well written but most of his later books have been so very poorly written. Unfortunately, Hell's Corner is one of the so poorly written later efforts. The book itself was at least 100 pages too long and while I love mysteries and thrillers this one had entirely too many turns of plot and hurdles for the hero to jump over. He took the Camel Club characters who had been so well developed in the early books in this series and ruined each one of the them, none more than Annabell who was reduced to a blubbering moron. Caleb was close behind. One of the Camel Club characters, Milton, was killed in an earlier book and based on my reading of this book, he was lucky. Baldacci introduced two new female characters who were not that bad but made the Camel Club characters look even worse by comparison. It was as if Baldacci couldn't decide if he wanted to write about his two new friends or his old friends. He chose the new.
If possible, the narration was even worse than the story. If this was an experiment to see what would happen when a female did the female voices and then the lead male chimed in with "she said", I hope they learned never to do it again. Ditto the irritating sound effects.
When Baldacci takes the time to write a good book, he succeeds. When he rushes to meet a deadline, he turns out junk. Unfortunately, I think he rushed a deadline on Hell's Corner.
Being a Baldacci fan I anxiously awaited the release of his new book. Unfortunately, both the story line and the narration were huge let downs.
The first thing that struck me was the use of two narrators (male and female). I agree with the several previous reviews criticizing this. As the speaking character would move between male and female, so does the narrator, causing the normal "flow" to be constantly interrupted.
The second thing that struck me was the frequent use of sound effects. For me, a book allows your imagination to manufacture the sights, sounds and smells according to how they're described by the author. Not only does it take away from the readers experience by littering these sounds effects throughout the story, but the sounds themselves are lame. They sound as if they were pulled from a Tom & Jerry cartoon episode.
The book itself was a huge disappointment. I've read all of Baldacci's books and had high expectations for this one. The characters are flat and boring, and not at all reminiscent of camel club characters in past novels. The story line is convoluted, with contrasting twists and turns that seem to be forced into the plot.
I don't know what went wrong with this one, but don't waste your time or money. Hopefully Baldacci can redeem himself as a "Vince Flynn" caliber author with the next one.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
I agree with many of the other reviewers. The plot is worse than convoluted, it's ridiculous. The characters have no depth whatsoever and with no suspense, this book is a waste of time and a credit sorry to say, because I have enjoyed this author in the past. So for me, I wished I had waited to to see the reviews before purchasing this book, because in my mind the opinions are spot on. I wasn't as bothered by the two narrators as some others; I could have overlooked this aspect had there been a decent storyline or some other redeeming factor. Oh well.....
Not nearly as good as his other novels. Particularly annoying was Annabelle's character, who's sole purpose in this novel was to whine and wring her hands in worry. I struggled to finish it.
This book is so convoluted and so boring - the female reader's voice is really bad and the gunfire sound effects are so unnecessary and I could not find anything about it to enjoy. David Baldacci and Vince Flynn (American Assassin) both need to take a few years off. They are really struggling to come up with interesting storylines. I only wish I could get my credit back!
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