The Collectors (Camel Club Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Baldacci's entertaining if overly long sequel to The Camel Club (2005), renegade CIA agent Roger Seagraves has set himself up in the business of freelance assassination and selling our country's secrets to the highest bidder. The Camel Club, a group of four dysfunctional crime solvers headed by ex-CIA assassin Caleb Shaw, becomes involved with Seagraves through a killing at the Library of Congress, where one of the club members works. Meanwhile, an enigmatic young woman, Annabelle Conroy, is assembling a team to engineer a "long con," a $33 million scam targeting Jerry Bagger, the sleazy owner of an Atlantic City casino. This time around, Baldacci wisely tones down the wackiness of the club members, focusing instead on bringing Seagraves to justice while Annabelle works her ingenious scam. The splicing of the two plots is problematic, but Baldacci sacrifices a bit of believability to cobble together a new cast of characters destined to continue fighting the forces of evil in the next installment. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
After several dramatic deaths in Washington, DC, the Camel Club (first introduced in Baldacci's most recent novel) is whipped back into action. Look for the TV ads. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Helped by a beautiful grifter, the "Camel Club"-the four-man band of conspiracy theorists-returns to battle a threat to national security. Annabelle Conroy is con-artist extraordinaire; Jerry Bagger, mobster and mark; and Roger Seagraves, master assassin. All come straight from central casting. Seagraves is killing high-level government officials, and Conroy is putting together the con of the century, with Bagger as the target. The mysterious death of a rare-books expert at the Library of Congress launches the story, which splits off at first into two different plotlines. In one, Conroy and her team work their way up to their major score. In the other, the Camel Club investigates the mysterious death of a close friend. Things are slightly more exciting in Conroy's world. She's assembling her team, eager to settle an old score by taking down Atlantic City's most notorious and ruthless casino owner. After a series of capers out west to build their bankroll, the team heads back east. There's little drama Players act out their part; marks fall. The big score comes off without a hitch. The two plots intersect halfway through. Annabelle arrives in D.C., thanks to an awkward development, along with a new piece of unfinished business. Seagraves and the Camel Club are engaged in a cat-and-mouse game, and Annabelle Conroy is the special guest star. The merged stories reach a predictable conclusion. An obvious conflict remains unresolved for much of the way, setting up the next chapter in the saga. A tepid follow-up to The Camel Club (2005), with few surprises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446615631
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Camel Club Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 53,719
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

    I have seen Mr. Baldacci's books on the stands for years but have never read any. This one left me satisified and in line at the boodstore to buy more.

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Wow

    This series of four books made me a Baldacci fan. I couldn't put it down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    awesome

    love this series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Good story and a page turner

    This was a good summer read that I have recommended to others.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    ACTORS BRING STORY TO THRILLING/CHILLING LIFE

    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

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    A must read!!

    Love Carmel Club characters especailly Oliver Stone!! Love how David Baldacci includes NSA which is a hot topic right now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Highly recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    Excellent, compelling!

    I could hardly put my Nook down because the plot was so interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Who, What, When, Where?

    Great story, full of questions that make you want to read more and more. really short chapters, which i love!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Eye catching.

    This book was great!! It was easy to read and kept you coming back day after day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Compelling storylines which left you wanting to read the next book in the Camel Club. The details made it as though you are there with the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Camel club you rule!

    So interesting is each and every character that this series is superb. David B you are a great author! I truly hope that this series continues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Excellent Reading

    I am a fan of David Baldacci and have read the majority of his books
    he is an excellent author and his books always keeps you in suspense
    you never know what the outcome is going to be. I recommend reading
    all his books.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    highly recommed

    i read all the camel club books now my husband is reading them. he is loving the books, we wish tho that the series could have extended past the 5th book. love baldacci and read everything he writes.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Not the best I ever read

    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.

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    Posted May 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Awesome

    Loved every moment of reading it. Could not put it down!

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Highly recommended.

    I had already read Camel Club Series #5, so this was a good background on the characters.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Page Turner!!!

    Even better than the original Camel Club!

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Another winner!

    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!

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