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
"As fans of this writer know, years of experience have made him an author who promises a good story and then delivers it." (Publishers Weekly)
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
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.
the first 36 chapters were slower than a prologue. Then it got better.
He was as slow as the story
Make one chapter out of the first 36 chapters.
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.
good story interesting characters
The Camel club characters and their supporters
I found the music between chapters very distractive . There seemed to a very large number of chapters ( over 30 ) that did not play well on my I pod .WHen I moved back or forward in the story the Ipod would move 3 or 4 chapters at a time . I have never had this happen be fore or since .
it was a break even for me . The great story was off set by the music and the excessive chapters not playing well
This book had a hard time holding my attention. It was difficult to connect with the characters and to follow the story line. Shallow plot.
Baldacci always delivers a solid story and interesting character development. I have also listened to the sequel, "The Collectors," and I like that he used some of the characters in this story in that story. The familiarity draws you in even more.
I know this is fiction, but none of the plot was believable. A group of four misfits out to save the world from an incompitent, trigger happy U.S. President, a couple of corrupt law enforcement officers willing to throw their careers and lives away for "the cause" (not for the money), and a group of good-intentioned terrorist, make for a bad story no matter how you mix it. This book was a COMPLETE waist of time.
First of all don't ever, ever, ever get an abridged version of any book. This one was bad enough unabridged. If this is his best then I'm done. I think he wrote it with a movie plot in mind. Never mind good prose. The action scenes were simplistic and everything else plodded along. We have the most sophisticated electronics network on the planet, yet we can only communicate with ONE nuclear sub and you better hurry up before bad weather moves in. Give me a break. I don't think this guy researched his subject matter and if he did, it was a scan job. This book was all about making money and a possible movie deal. Disappointing!!
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