The Camel Club

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Welcome to THE CAMEL CLUB. Existing at the fringes of Washington, D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man known as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions. Their efforts bear little fruit-until the group witnesses a shocking murder...and become embroiled in an astounding, far-reaching conspiracy. Now the Club must join forces with a Secret Service agent to confront one...

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The Camel Club (Camel Club Series #1)

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Overview

Welcome to THE CAMEL CLUB. Existing at the fringes of Washington, D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man known as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions. Their efforts bear little fruit-until the group witnesses a shocking murder...and become embroiled in an astounding, far-reaching conspiracy. Now the Club must join forces with a Secret Service agent to confront one of the most chilling spectacles ever to take place on American soil-an event that may trigger the ultimate war between two different worlds. And all that stands in the way of this apocalypse is five unexpected heroes.

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When four decidedly eccentric members of a Washington, D.C.–based conspiracy watchdog organization witness the brutal murder of a National Intelligence Center employee, they become entangled in an all-too-real drama that includes an intricate terrorist plot to kidnap the president -- and ignite WWIII.

The purpose of the Camel Club is to scrutinize those in power: to find the real truth behind the actions of political leaders. Led by an enigmatic cemetery groundskeeper who calls himself Oliver Stone, the group of misfits -- who include a rare books specialist, a former Jeopardy! champion, and a former Defense Intelligence operative -- meet weekly to discuss possible conspiracy theories and what, if anything, to do about them. But during a late-night meeting on the secluded Theodore Roosevelt Island, the group witness two men murder a man in cold blood and then take steps to make it look like a suicide. As Stone and crew try to figure out who the murderers are, a terrorist cell in and around D.C. -- led by a high-level government leader -- mobilizes for an event what could be very well be the beginning of the end of the United States…

Thanks to its combination of chilling real-world events with radical conspiracy theories, fans of political thrillers will absolutely devour Baldacci's The Camel Club. With a cast of misfit characters that is as endearing as it is memorable and an intrigue-laden plot to rival any contemporary suspense thriller, this is Baldacci (Absolute Power, Total Control, et al.) at his very best -- action packed, thought provoking and, above all else, wildly entertaining! Paul Goat Allen

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"Features Baldacci's trademark plot twists and cat-and-mouse chases, as well as a superbly tense grand finale."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Baldacci is a master at building suspense . . . will leave readers breathless."—Booklist

"An original, effervescent thriller . . . page-turning fiction that grips and scares, and offers plenty to think about later."—Toledo Blade (OH)

"Baldacci knows exactly what his readers want-just enough high-tech suspense to while away a few hours in front of a warm winter fire."—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Fascinating . . . Baldacci is an author who promises a good story and then delivers it."—Publishers Weekly

"Cleverly constructed . . . If you pick this book up, you'll stick with it all the way."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Enjoyable."—New York Daily News

"Utterly relentless . . . with more twists and turns than a good autocross circuit. This is one scary book."—
BookReporter.com

"Exciting."—San Francisco Chronicle

"A terrific read."—Toronto Sun

Publishers Weekly
If anyone can make terrorism entertaining and ironically exciting, it's thriller vet Baldacci. New York stage actor Davis helps to brighten up a bleak subject with almost perfect pitch (his female characters' voices are often disconcertingly lodged in the baritone range), as he brings to audio life the adventures of a gang of four Muslim men who live in the Washington, D.C., area and meet regularly in isolated places to discuss and argue about international politics. Led by a likable chap who calls himself "Oliver Stone" because he and the film director share a supersized fascination with conspiracies, the Camel Club is basically an excuse for its members to feel involved and important. But when they accidentally witness a real high-level conspiracy in action, the four are suddenly at the center of a world class disaster which could lead to an American nuclear attack on Damascus. Baldacci works hard to balance all his many characters and their connecting stories, and Davis holds up his end with clever, sharp-edged subtlety that helps listeners stay in the picture. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 22). (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lukewarm would-be potboiler of uninvolving intrigue about a kooky quartet of conspiracy theorists-one by the name of "Oliver Stone"-who witness the murder of a federal agent. Almost 8,000 Americans have died in attacks on U.S. soil. Rocket-propelled grenades have pierced the White House, there's been another prison fiasco in Afghanistan, a dozen soldiers are dying every day and the war has opened a new front on the Syrian border. Thus the author's bleak imagining of the near future. Throughout, Baldacci (Hour Game, 2004, etc.) drops reliable twists, revealing the federal agent murder to be-surprise-a minuscule piece of a much bigger plot involving snipers, nukes, a presidential kidnapping and an even gloomier vision of the future. Baldacci is not a particularly graceful writer, e.g., "Like all Secret Service agents, his suits were designed a little big in the chest, to disguise the bulge of the weapon." Worse is the author's chronic inability to draw convincing characters. Scooby-Doo had villains more complicated than these; distinctive quirks of the characters, such as one wearing 19th-century clothing, make them only mildly interesting. Baldacci himself seems only partly engaged in the task here. He writes as if he imagines his typical reader to be a business traveler staring down a long layover. Sure to be a bestseller, but the guy's phoning it in.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455533404
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Series: Camel Club Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 41,898
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David  Baldacci

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org.

Biography

David Baldacci's authoritative legal thrillers operate on the irresistible notion that a sinister undercurrent threads through the country's most powerful institutions.

While his stories hinge on the complex machinations behind the presidency, the FBI, the Supreme Court and other spheres of influence, Baldacci (a former Washington, D.C.-based attorney) finds his way into a mystery through the eyes of the innocents. Semi-innocents, at least: small players who often don't realize they're players at all end up hunting down answers, and their hunt becomes the reader's.

According to Baldacci, reading John Irving's The World According to Garp convinced him that he wanted to be a novelist. Absolute Power -- in which a thief finds himself accidentally connected to a murder involving the president and the ensuing coverup -- was hardly Irvingesque; but it did begin Baldacci's friendly relationship with the bestseller lists, which has continued over his writing career.

Baldacci's style is brief and plot-driven, but he's not afraid to linger on macabre and vivid details, such as a rosary clenched in a plane crash victim's hand, or hard-learned lessons from a sniper's life (pack your food so you can find it at night, by touch). These small but memorable -- indeed, almost cinematic -- details give his books another layer that distinguishes them from the average potboiler.

Although the author has occasionally departed from his usual fare (examples include the tenderhearted coming-of-age tale Wish You Well and the holiday-themed adventure The Christmas Train), it is high-octane thrillers that are his true stock in trade. Whether it's a taut stand-alone or a new installment in his Camel Club series, readers know when they crack the spine of a new Baldacci book, they're in for an action-packed page-turner.

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Good To Know

Baldacci was a trial lawyer and a corporate lawyer for nine years in Washington, D.C.

He worked his way through college as a Pinkerton security guard and by washing and detailing 18-wheel trucks.

Baldacci writes under his own name except when published in Italy, where he uses a pseudonym because it is the homeland of his ancestors.

Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1998, according to Baldacci's web site.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern Virginia
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richmond, VIrginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Thrilling and entertaining

    This book was such a great read. The characters were so developed and interesting and the story was full of twists and turns. David Baldacci never disappoints with his writing. "The Camel Club" was an 'edge-of-your-seat' novel. It was great for an escape.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

    exciting and current

    The story moved rapidly and caught me up in the intracacies of the plot.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    THRILLER

    Very good book to read. Kept me on edge of seat!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Poliitcal correctness gone wild

    An absolutely unbelievable plot with characters more thinly cartoonish than Disney's Cars. I actually like conspiracy theory books whether they're destined to paint the left or the right as nutbars. This book, which clearly puts the neocons in the crosshairs, rings so hollow that it may have broken bells for miles around. Painting the Secret Service as a collective group of inattentive and incompetent morons just doesn't work. Throw in a crew of Islamic idealists (not terrorists) with the skills of the Mossad, technology of the US, and precision execution of timetables that would make Mussolini proud and you have one very silly book. BUT THERE'S MORE (as they say on TV)....a group of lefty DC-perma-protesters who turn out to be the brightest and the bravest of the bunch. Get outta here! You want GOOD political spy/conspiracy from the left-hand viewpoint? Read anything by John LeCarre. Baldacci should be ashamed of this effort.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    LOVE!

    I love David Baldacci, always a good captivating read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    A Good Read so far

    I haven't quite finished it yet, but from what I am reading of it so far it is really good. I will give a more elaborate review when I am done reading it. I can tell you I went to go hear David Baldacci speak and I was highly impressed. He was a good, humorous speaker :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Great Read!!

    The characters in "The Camel Club" kept me guessing-are they really who I think they are? I am a fan of David Baldacci and he didn't let me down in this book. He writes this book with many ups and downs and twists and turns and many surprises concerning the characters. This is an "I can't put it down" book. Loved it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    Save Your Money

    This book reeks of antiamerican sentiment. I found it a waste of time. I know I will not waste any money purchasing another book by this author.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Excellent book

    You will not be able to put it down

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Great book.

    David Baldacci is true to form - great read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Could not put down.

    Filled with action, suspense, and intrigue.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    Too many unbelievable moments to be good!

    This was my second attempt at a book by David Baldacci, who I know is very popular. Sadly, I still don't know why that is. This novel, while interesting in its many sides of American/Muslim relations has so many impossible to believe moments and coincidental happenings that belief is totally suspended. The climatic ending actual reads like '80s GI Joe cartoon. That's probably too harsh but that's the first thing I thought. Another problem was the title/series itself is the "Camel Club" although the members save one are almost purposeless. So, I'm glad I read a novel by a popular author to see if I agreed and I simply don't. Skip it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    The Camel Club

    Baldacci is never, never disappointing. This has been one of my very favorite series. I just love the characters. This one's a keeper!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Band of Misfits

    It's hard to imagine the characters Baldacci creates actually existing much less getting together in the fashion so described and forming a club. Given that, the setting is Washington, D. C., which means anything is possible.

    The premise is farfetched but plausible for the D. C. espionage genre. The characters could have used a little more warming up at the first, but they each hit their stride as the mysterious Oliver Stone leads the way.

    This one will take you away to a scary place you hope doesn't really exist and have you cheering for the underdogs.

    If you enjoyed this introduction to the series, you'll really enjoy the next two as they flow better and you're familiar with the players. Keep reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    easy reading

    I loved this book. I sent this book to my G'son and he can't wait for the next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Babs, an avid reader

    I read this book for my discussion group and while it may seem far-fetched it scared me to death regarding the possibilities. I saw Seven Days in May when it first came out and had the exact same feeling then, just recently watched Enemy of the State which brought technology into a really scary realm of possibility! I hope we have real 'watch dogs' out there. But since our government is now in the hads of of 'haves' it doesn't seem that any of these fictional stories couldn't end up a reality! I totally enjoyed the book, even though it scared the bejabbers out of me. I don't know why I keep reading and watching these things.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Big fan

    Love this series love the complexity of the main character

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    I want to belong!

    What a great story. You will not be disappointed in reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Classic Baldacci

    Multiple interesting characters with plenty of action and plot twists

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Great book!

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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