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Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are in a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder: Roger Seagraves is selling America to her enemies, one devastating secret at a time. On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, the most gifted con artist of her generation, is becoming a bit of a Robin Hood as she plots a monumental scam against one of the most ruthless businessmen on earth. As the killings on both fronts mount, the Camel Club fights the most ...
Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are in a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder: Roger Seagraves is selling America to her enemies, one devastating secret at a time. On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, the most gifted con artist of her generation, is becoming a bit of a Robin Hood as she plots a monumental scam against one of the most ruthless businessmen on earth. As the killings on both fronts mount, the Camel Club fights the most deadly foes they've ever faced.
Posted June 10, 2009
I did not read the first book in the series, Camel Club, and that did not stop me from enjoying this book. The double plot is nice. The stories are enough separate and enough connected that it is very entertaining and appropriate to the full story. Most action thriller books like this often bridge from the unlikely and improbable to the impossible. Baldacci is able to approach but not cross the line to the impossible. This makes the book much more satisifying. The characters seem too human to be immortal. I was suprised that they all made it through. The next book in the series, Stone Cold is even better.
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Much to the pleasure of listeners audio books are becoming more and more entertaining, largely by no longer limiting the narration to a single reader. Sometimes a full cast is used at other times a pair or trio of outstanding actors bringing the story to vivid or, in this case, thrilling/chilling life. Tom Wopat, well remembered for playing Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazard TV series, and Maggi-Meg Reed are a perfect fit with voices that stir and totally absorb listeners as they render the Abridged Edition. He more than ably inhabits the personas of the members of the Camel Club while she gives Annabelle Conroy all the smarts and sultriness this character merits. While the Unabridged Edition isn't read by a full cast, it has all the impact of one when the narrators are L. J. Ganser, Aimee Johnson and Richard Mover. Ganser, the lead reader, has garnered a number of awards for his audio book work and deservedly so. This ensemble of actors raises the level of audio narrations to the top tier of entertainment, packing the story with drama and suspense. Little can be added to the praise already heaped upon author Baldacci who has penned 11 consecutive New Times bestsellers. He's an author with a seemingly bottomless well of scenarios. With The Collectors we again meet the members of the Camel Club, first introduced in the book of the same title. They're an outre group dedicated to discovering what is really going on in America and in the plans of our leaders. Headed by a man calling himself Oliver Stone they've erected a tent across from the White House. Nearby is a sign reading 'I Want The Truth.' The U.S. Speaker of the House has been assassinated. A member of the Camel Club, Caleb Shaw, a librarian, comes upon another death. It's a shocker for him as it's his boss, the Director of the Library of Congress's rare books room. The recently departed is found in a safe vault where he should have been protected. Cause of death? His heart just stopped. Stone doesn't buy that as this was a healthy man who had just undergone a physical. Naturally, the Camel Club joins forces (as questionable as they are) to discover the truth. Baldacci's in top form and so are the narrators - enjoy! - Gail Cooke
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Posted June 19, 2012
Very elementary writing - must be at least 5th grade! I am used to reading Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly), Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn) and Scot Harvath (Brad Thor). David Baldacci falls short with this book. I know it 12 years old and that he has come a long way since then but this is not a quality plot and is the writing is sure not up to par.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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David Baldacci is a very creative author and generally comes up with some winning characters and story lines. This one is no exception! The Camel Club members are at it again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 5, 2009
As an audio book, the book was at first difficult to listen to as I don't usually listen to books with character voices. I prefer male voices so the female voice took some time to get use to. At first I didn't like the story probably because of the female voice but as I became more at ease with the voice, I could listen to the story. The story was fun however the ending was hard as it is continued....I'm not sure what the next book is so I haven't finished the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2009
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I started to read The Collectors and stopped to read the Camel Club (first book in the series) in order to better understand the Camel Club characters. Once I had read The Camel Club, The Collectors was easier to follow.
This is another great David Balducci read. Perfect for summer reading by the pool/beach on a long plane flight.
I love the crusty members of the Camel Club and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series
This is the second installment of the Camel Club series of stories by bestselling author David Baldacci. The first - The Camel Club - was previously reviewed. This installment picks up shortly after the conclusion of the first. As with the first, this story really revolves around the core group of four characters that make up the Camel Club, and Baldacci has once again done a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the lives of idiosyncrasies of each of the characters. However, unlike the first book, I don't have a complaint about the story becoming outlandish or unbelievable. Quite the contrary, the story is very timely and a bit frightening in how easy it is for a small number of individuals with the right contacts can put a lot of people's lives in jeopardy. I think it also rings quite authentic when the driving force for it inevitably about money.
The story has a few good plot twist along the way. Of course - as a book collector - I was fascinated by the intricacies of the Rare Book Room of the Library of Congress and the detailed research of the book trade as a whole. While I would not put this book on a par with Baldacci's masterpiece, Absolute Power, I think it is an improvement upon the Camel Club storyline and continues to develop the characters in an interesting way. It is a fast-paced read with very little unnecessary fluff to slow you down. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good thriller and especially for anyone who has enjoyed previous books by David Baldacci.