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The Camel Club | [David Baldacci]

The Camel Club

It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.
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It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

One man leads this aging, ragtag crew. He has no known past and has taken the name "Oliver Stone". Day and night, Stone and his friends study wild conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government, hoping to discover some truth that will hold America's leaders accountable to its citizens. Yet never in Stone's wildest nightmares could he imagine the conspiracy the Camel Club is about to uncover.

After witnessing a shocking murder, the Club is slammed headfirst into a plot that threatens the very security of the nation, full of stunning twists, high-stakes intrigue, and global gamesmanship rocketing to the Oval Office and beyond. Soon the Club must join forces with veteran Secret Service agent Alex Ford, who becomes an unwilling participant in one of the most chilling spectacles to ever take place on American soil. It's an event that may well be the catalyst for the long-threatened Armageddon between two different worlds, and all that stands in the way of this apocalypse are five unexpected heroes.

In The Camel Club, best-selling author David Baldacci paints a frighteningly vivid portrait of a world that could be our own very soon, and the few people who have a chance to stop the chaos.

©2005 Columbus Rose, Ltd.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

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    Susan Antioch, CA, USA 12-14-05
    Susan Antioch, CA, USA 12-14-05 Member Since 2014
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    "The Camel Club"

    Wonderful. Especially for a long trip. The story keeps you alert and trying to work through the plot in your mind without getting bogged down.
    Anyone who likes mystery will enjoy it.

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    Jackie Lithonia, GA, United States 12-10-05
    Jackie Lithonia, GA, United States 12-10-05
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    This was one of the best yet, I enjoyed it from the first word to the very last word.

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    Ron Green WOODLAND HILLS, CA, US 11-01-05
    Ron Green WOODLAND HILLS, CA, US 11-01-05 Member Since 2006
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    "The Camel Club"

    GREAT! Uncompromising, pulse-pounding action. Fascinating, well-defined characters. Unexpected twists and turns at every corner. Literate yet cinematic. Attention, Film Development Executives. option this book, immediately - seven figure deal - huge hit movie follows - you end up running major movie studio.

    12 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Suzue Oxnard, CA, USA 11-11-05
    Suzue Oxnard, CA, USA 11-11-05
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    "Excellant!!!!!!!"

    David Baldacci out did him self with this one. The book keeps you hooked till the end. Fantastic ending.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 02-21-10
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 02-21-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, informed, a bit unrealistic"

    I really liked this novel, but as with most movies and books about the White House and politics, I had trouble swallowing my disbelief. Events escalated too fast, coincidences were too frequent, and physical abilities were too extreme. On the other hand, the writer showed a bit more understanding of "the enemy" than the average thriller (no matter which enemy). In a sea of misinformation about Islam and Muslims, it was nice to see someone who knew something about the religion, and didn't fall into the normal hysterical caricatures.

    The characters themselves were believable enough for a thriller. There were well-meaning bad guys and flawed good guys, and interestingly quirky people sucked into grand events. Some of the interrelationships were too hard to believe, and an amazing number of characters had similar tales of grief and loss. Overall, though, they were characters you could care about even if they did not always act believably.

    The premise of the central plot was interesting, and if you believe the writer's execution of the plot--I almost could--the plot leads to intriguing introspections and scenarios with some nice payoffs. It's a little better than the average mindless, faceless enemy plots of most thrillers.

    As a story it's tense, engaging, and mysterious, and has a bit of mind and character. For those reasons I liked it. However, I didn't feel like the writer had ever worked intelligence, or even knew anyone who had. If you want a thriller that reads like a technical manual of gadgets and strategies, this isn't it. The focus of this story is more on characters and the human element, and less on detailed recreations of the workings of intelligence and government.

    The reader was decent, but somewhat flat, without much skill at characters. Accents were general and crude, dialogue lacked subtlety. More of a reading than a performance. Not bad, just not great.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. A. Phelan San Francisco 11-09-08
    M. A. Phelan San Francisco 11-09-08 Member Since 2012

    Mike

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    "page-turner for the not-so-thoughtful"

    Rapid-paced action but the characters are not very smart nor do they react as situations dictate. Criminals too dumb to have planned the crimes and heroes too dumb to thwart them.
    Typical Baldacci

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    Jack Carson City, NV, United States 01-07-06
    Jack Carson City, NV, United States 01-07-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Exciting Read"

    Held my interest. Good characters exciting plot.

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    Roberta Salzburg, Austria 02-26-14
    Roberta Salzburg, Austria 02-26-14 Member Since 2010

    ...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...

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    "Too formulaic, too much coincidence."

    Although the name Camel Club is quirky and appealing and the characters in part enjoyable, I did NOT like the book or the reading, although if you can get through the first four hours you'll make it through the rest. Accept the following: it's very cliché. Bitter Arab/Islamist? check. Mysterious, tragic hero? check. Quirky formulaic side characters? check. (Although I did like Caleb...). Then there's the coincidences... there's just... so... many... the island, the boat, the restaurant, the parallel break-in (I don't think that's a spoiler, it is a suspense/crime/spy novel....). Jonathan Davis' reading doesn't help at all. Too little difference between the voices (except for Caleb, maybe that's why I like him so much) and the reading tries too hard to be suspenseful. Also, Davis' voice changes too much between breaks. As a final affront, there's sometimes music at the end of a chapter, but even that is inconsistent and detracts more than it improves.

    Oh dear, I nearly forgot the thesaurus style of writing, with bizarrely placed high quality words in the mouths of unsuited characters. Such a shame, really. I wanted to like it, the whole way through.

    But I didn't, so I can't recommend it.

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    Rodrigo 07-28-13
    Rodrigo 07-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "too slow"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Jonathan Davis?

    the first 36 chapters were slower than a prologue. Then it got better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was as slow as the story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Camel Club?

    Make one chapter out of the first 36 chapters.


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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 06-09-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 06-09-13
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    "Not Baldacci's best"

    This one didn't really flow for me. There were times it seemed that the "Club" just got slapped in here and there. Not an awful listen, just not what I expect from Baldacci.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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