The Collectors (Camel Club Series #2)

The Collectors (Camel Club Series #2)

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by David Baldacci
     
 

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People are dropping dead in Washington, D.C. First the Speaker of the House falls victim to a hitman in a carefully orchestrated murder in front of dozens of the city's power elite. Next, the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books Room dies in a book vault, but no one knows how. Caleb Shaw, Camel Club member, nearly falls victim, too. Across the country,

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People are dropping dead in Washington, D.C. First the Speaker of the House falls victim to a hitman in a carefully orchestrated murder in front of dozens of the city's power elite. Next, the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books Room dies in a book vault, but no one knows how. Caleb Shaw, Camel Club member, nearly falls victim, too. Across the country, a gifted con woman assembles an A-list team to pull off one of the most audacious scams ever, against one of the most dangerous men in the world. When the worlds of Washington and the elite con collide head-on, the Camel Club finds itself teamed with a person they don't really trust but whose skill helps them unravel a secret that threatens to bring America to its knees.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446698627
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Camel Club Series, #2
Edition description:
International Edition
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
57.50(w) x 87.50(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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northern Virginia
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Richmond, VIrginia
Education:
B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
Website:
http://www.david-baldacci.com/

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The Collectors (Camel Club Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 243 reviews.
WyomingReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series of four books made me a Baldacci fan. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love this series
MIFLNookster More than 1 year ago
I could hardly put my Nook down because the plot was so interesting.
SMART52 More than 1 year ago
Love Carmel Club characters especailly Oliver Stone!! Love how David Baldacci includes NSA which is a hot topic right now!
rimb1 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended
EllieFL More than 1 year ago
This was a good summer read that I have recommended to others.
MissChristina More than 1 year ago
Great story, full of questions that make you want to read more and more. really short chapters, which i love!
fifty More than 1 year ago
This book was great!! It was easy to read and kept you coming back day after day.
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The Camel Club lives and breathe with his clever writing. Twist, turns and storytelling to want you to keep reading. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read! Love all the characters in the Camel Club.
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
If this book could be rated with 10 stars, that is what I would give it! Thank you Mr. Baldacci for a fantastic series; now on to #3.
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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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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