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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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    Louie 11-21-05
    Louie 11-21-05
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    "OK story, why the music"

    The story is OK, doesn't measure up to the hype/tv commericals. As a story it is hard to follow, you know who the majority of the "bad guys" are from the beginning but it takes at least half the book to figure out what they plan to do.

    This is the first David Baldacci book I've read and it just doesn't cut it.

    As an audio book the narrator is good. From time to time unneeded music is in the background. The music is frequently out of place and has nothing to do with what is going on with the story.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 12-08-06
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 12-08-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Book"

    I thoughly enjoyed this book, it is really grabbs you and you do not want to stop listening as you want to find out what is going to happen next
    I highly recommend it, if you are a Baldacci fan then you will really want to add this to your collection

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Rice, VA, United States 02-08-06
    Joan Rice, VA, United States 02-08-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Not up to par"

    I'm a big Baldacchi fan - have read and enjoyed most everything he's written. This book fell way short of that. First of all, the terrorism thing to me is just more than I can handle for "enjoyable" reading. I thought this was going to more political intrigue than an explanation of the Muslim cause. Secondly, the names were confusing, there were too many characters to keep track of and the story line didn't come together until near the end. Guess I should have read more closely what the book was about. What I did was see "David Baldacchi" and ordered the book - my bad.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 01-01-06
    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 01-01-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the Purchase"

    This is a great listen, the plot was entertaining but way too much narration and detail as well as politics...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clay 12-01-05
    Clay 12-01-05 Member Since 2015
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    "I liked it."

    I am a real Baldacci fan. I have read most of his books. This book started out very slow. It was still slow halfway through the book. I continued to hope it would pick up and get exciting as I expect from David Baldacci. Two thirds of the way through the book it took off. The last third made up for the first two thirds. I recommend this book if you like Baldacci. Just don't give up on it too soon.

    Clay

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Columbus, GA, United States 11-02-05
    Paul Columbus, GA, United States 11-02-05 Member Since 2005
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    "The Camel Club"

    A fascinating read. The way details and plot are slowly revealed throughout the story makes for an compelling story and makes you want to hear it all in one sitting. I could have done without the obvious political propaganda on behalf of the author. He could have communicated his political views without a sledgehammer.

    Your squib on the website needs work. It misnames the characters and even the role of the lawyer.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Christiana, TN, USA 02-11-10
    Thomas Christiana, TN, USA 02-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Most far fetched."

    I know fiction is fiction. However, this book was a little far fetched. If you like Vince Flynn, then avoid this book. It is horrible by comparison. This book has characters doing the most absurd things with the most absurd abilities. One man killing a group of people with his bare hands. Also, a national guardsmen forced to go to Iraq because they didn't know he resigned. Seriously Baldacci, you just make things up to fit into your schema of reality in the U.S.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. R. Spencer Cincinnati, ohio 12-30-05
    J. R. Spencer Cincinnati, ohio 12-30-05 Member Since 2015
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    "thought provoker"

    I have been an avid fan of David Baldacci since Absolute Control. This one is a little different, and I was somewhat skeptical through the first few chapters. It appeared that The Camel Club was going to be primarily a vehicle for a negative political statement about our current situation in regard to foreign policy.
    While it does make a statement, one that I do not totally agree with, it does so in a way that encourages reflective thought rather than defensive reaction. And all the while you are immersed in a typical Baldacci edge of your seat, can't put it down, page-turner.
    I liked it, and would recommend it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-15-05
    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-15-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Not enough happening"

    This book took waaayyy too long to set up the main event and in the meantime, nothing was happening. The plot was great but only took about 15 minutes out of 15 hrs of audio.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Encinitas, CA, United States 11-21-05
    Douglas Encinitas, CA, United States 11-21-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Written with an agenda"

    Good story concept. Typically strong Baldacci character development. Dissapointingly full of long, out of place political speaches on the history of foriegn policy, demonizing the US and justifying the actions of the terrorists operating throughout the world. Belongs more on the podium at an anti US war rally but hey, I paid for it didn't I?

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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