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Publisher's Summary

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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"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)

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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

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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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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Starts slow but is riveting in second half

It's slow in the first half but riveting in the second half. It is apparent that the author has done a lot of research and seamlessly interweaved interesting historical facts with the story. The main characters in the book are well developed (members of the Camel Club). But the other characters were not as much, such as the Secret Service agent and the lawyer/part-time bartender/part-time piano teacher (yeah).

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • United States
  • 03-06-12

Surprisingly Entertaining!

What did you love best about The Camel Club?

I bought this book because it was on sale even though I don't usually listen to this author - nor do I generally enjoy this genre. I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent story-teller with a lot of plot twist and good character definition. Still a little more 'work' than I like when listening for entertainment value but well worth the effort.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Irwin
  • Bellflower, CA, United States
  • 01-06-12

Great Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes Great book, great characters excellently read

What other book might you compare The Camel Club to and why?

almost anything by baldacci and Robert Ludlum

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes and he is excellent keeps you wanting more

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

the whole Camel Club series is excellent

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • Colorado
  • 10-25-11

I'm Hooked, mom was right

For years my mom has tried to get to read anything written by David Baldacci and being a normal daughter, even at over 50, I promptly ignored her until I bought this one during one of the many pay 2 credits for 3 books sales. As much as I hate to say it, "Mom was right". I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have now read all of this series as well as other Baldacci series & standalone stories.

Jonathan Davis was an excellent choice for the narrator and truly captured the personalities of each character.

The Camel Club is a wonderful group of extraordinary individuals each so different from the others but who make a surprising great team. There is just enough humor, in many forms, to make this book utterly enjoyable and give my heart a chance to slow down from the action and intrigue.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 09-25-10

A Great Start to a Series

This wa a great book! David Baldacci does not dissappoint. I wish for everyone to have friends so loyal. I don't wish for the secrets they must live with. But isn't that why it makes such a great story? Narration complemented the story well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awful, Awful, Awful

I've never had a reading experience where I was completely soured on the author after reading one chapter in the middle of the book. My feeling was that the book was going "ok" until a certain point in the book. The supposed climax came and it was so bad that I literally questioned the judgment of the writer. It wasn't necessarily written poorly, but the construction of the plot twist was unbelievable to the extreme.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Painful

Aggghhh! This is the most difficult listen I've had. The reader painfully misuses punctuation by inserting pauses after every 3-4 words. Emphasis falls in all the wrong places which is very distracting. I can only figure the reader is as bored as I am by the book and is trying to read excitment into it. I've had a hard time keeping the many characters straight and now, 1 1/2 hours from the end, I don't really care to go on. The synopsis sounded so promising, but turns out it was much better than the book itself. Waste of time.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful