Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3)
  • Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3)
  • Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3)

Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3)

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by David Baldacci

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The #1 bestselling author of The Collectors and Simple Genius returns with STONE unforgetable novel of revenge, conspiracy, and murder that brings a band of unlikely heroes face-to-face with their greatest threat.

Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by

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The #1 bestselling author of The Collectors and Simple Genius returns with STONE unforgetable novel of revenge, conspiracy, and murder that brings a band of unlikely heroes face-to-face with their greatest threat.

Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by those who've crossed his path. Keeping a vigilant watch over our leaders in Washington D.C., the Camel Club has won over some allies,
but it has also earned formidable enemies-including those in power who will do
anything to prevent Stone and his friends from uncovering the hidden, secret
work of the government.

Annabelle Conroy, an honorary member of the Camel Club, is also the greatest con artist of her generation. She has swindled forty million dollars from casino king Jerry Bagger, the man who murdered her mother. Now he's hot on her trail with only one goal in mind: Annabelle's death. But as Stone and the Camel Club circle the wagons to protect Annabelle, a new opponent, who makes Bagger's menace pale by comparison, suddenly arises.

One by one, men from Stone's shadowy past are turning up dead. Behind this slaughter stands one man: Harry Finn. To almost all who know him, Finn is a doting father and loving husband who uses his skills behind the scenes to keep our nation safe. But the other face of Harry Finn is that of an unstoppable killer who inevitably sets his lethal bull's-eye on Oliver Stone. And with Finn, Stone may well have met his match.

As Annabelle and the Camel Club fight for their lives, the twists and turns whipsaw, leading to a finale that is as explosive as it is shattering. And when buried secrets
are at last violently resurrected, the members of the Camel Club left standing
will be changed forever.

With unrelenting pacing, stunning reversals, and two of the most compelling characters in modern fiction, STONE COLD is David Baldacci writing at his breathtaking best.

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The Camel Club, last seen in The Collectors, has reconvened. Honorary member Annabelle Conroy is on the run after pulling off a $40 million heist, but it's not the feds she's avoiding; it's the psychotic casino owner she swindled. Quite understandably, her safety preoccupies Camel members until another crisis pops into view: The son of a murdered traitor is on the loose, avenging his father's death, one agent at a time. Next on his target is Camel leader Oliver Stone. David Baldacci in full bloom.

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Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
Camel Club Series, #3
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

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Stone Cold

By David Baldacci

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2007 Columbus Rose, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-446-57739-7

Chapter One

Harry Finn rose as usual at six-thirty, made coffee, let the dog out into the fenced backyard for its morning constitutional, showered, shaved, woke the kids for school and oversaw that complicated operation for the next half hour as breakfasts were gulped, backpacks and shoes grabbed and arguments started and settled. His wife joined him, looking sleepy but nonetheless game for another day as a mother/chauffeur of three, including a precocious, independent-minded teenage boy.

Harry Finn was in his thirties with still boyish features and a pair of clear blue eyes that missed nothing. He'd married young and loved his wife and three children and even held sincere affection toward the family dog, a floppy-eared golden Labradoodle named George. Finn was an inch over six feet tall, with a long-limbed, wiry build ideally suited for speed and endurance. He was dressed in his usual faded jeans and shirttail-out clothing. And with round eyeglasses on and his intelligent, introspective expression, he looked like an accountant who enjoyed listening to Aerosmith after a day of crunching numbers. Although he was amazingly athletic, living by his wits was actually how he put bread on the table and iPods in his kids' ears, and he was very good at his work. Indeed, there were very few people who could do what Harry Finn could. And live.

He kissed his wife good-bye, hugged his kids, even the teenager, grabbed a duffel bag that he'd placed near the front door the night before, slid into his Toyota Prius and drove to National Airport on the Potomac River right outside of Washington, D.C. Its official name had been changed to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but to the locals it would be forever simply National. Finn parked in one of the lots near the main terminal building, whose chief architectural feature was a series of connected domes copied from Thomas Jefferson's beloved Monticello. Bag in hand, he trudged across a skywalk into the sleek interior of the airport. Inside a restroom stall he opened his duffel, pulled on a heavy blue jacket with reflective stripes on the sleeves and a pair of blue workpants, slid a pair of orange noise mufflers around his neck and clipped the official-looking ID badge onto his jacket.

Employing a standard turnstile crash maneuver, he inserted himself into a herd of airport employees trekking through a "special" security line. Ironically, this line lacked even the cursory level of scrutiny forced on ordinary passengers. Once on the other side of the barrier he bought a cup of coffee and casually followed another airport worker through a secure door to the tarmac area. The man actually held the door open for him.

"What shift you working?" Finn asked the man, who told him.

"I'm just coming on," Finn said. "Which would be okay if I hadn't stayed up for the damn football game."

"Tell me about it," the man agreed.

Finn skittered down the metal steps and walked over to a 737 that was being prepped for a short-haul flight to Detroit with continuing ser vice to Seattle. He passed several people along the way, including a fuel man, two baggage loaders and a mechanic inspecting the wheels of the Michigan-bound plane. No one confronted him because he looked and acted as though he had every right to be there. He made his way around the aircraft as he finished his coffee.

He next walked over to an Airbus A320 that would be on its way to Florida in about an hour. A baggage train was parked next to it. In one practiced motion, Finn pulled the small package from his jacket and slipped it into a side pocket of one of the bags stacked on the train. Then he knelt next to the plane's rear wheels and pretended to check out its tire tread. Again, people around him took no notice because Harry Finn exuded an air of a man perfectly at home in his surroundings. A minute later he was chatting up one of the ground crew, analyzing the prospects of the Washington Redskins and the deplorable state of employment for those toiling in the aviation industry.

"Everyone except the head honchos," Finn said. "Those bastards are printing money."

"You got that right," the other man said, and the two did a little knuckle smack to seal their solemn agreement on the disgusting greed of the rich and the ruthless who ruled the not-so-friendly skies.

Finn noted that the rear cargo hatch of the Detroit flight was now open. He waited until the handlers left with their train of luggage carts to fetch the bags and then climbed up on the lift parked there. He slipped into the cargo hold and inserted himself into his hiding place. He'd already picked it by studying interior cargo schematics of the 737 series, which were readily available if one knew where to look, and Finn clearly did. He'd also learned from open source research on the Internet that this plane was only going to be half full so his added weight in the rear would not be an issue.

While he lay curled in his hiding place the plane was loaded with fat bags and stressed passengers, and then it was wheels up to Detroit. Finn rode comfortably in the pressurized cargo hold, although it was a bit cooler here than in the main cabin and he was glad of the thick jacket he wore. About an hour after takeoff the plane landed and taxied to the gate. The cargo door was opened a few minutes later and the baggage offloaded. Finn patiently waited for a bit after the last bag was removed before he came out of concealment and peered through the open aft door. There were people around, but none looking his way. He climbed off the plane and dropped to the tarmac. A minute later he noticed a pair of security officers heading in his direction, sipping coffee and gabbing. He reached in his pocket, pulled out a lunch bag, took out a ham sandwich and began eating it as he walked away from the plane.

When the two guards passed him he nodded. "You regular coffee drinkers or is that half-caf caramel latte with a twist and four shots of who the hell knows what?" He grinned with his mouth full of ham sandwich. The two cops chuckled at his remark as he walked off.

He entered the terminal, went to a restroom, took off his jacket, ear mufflers and ID badge, made a quick phone call and marched to the airport security office.

"I put a bomb in a bag that was loaded onto an A320 at National Airport this morning," he explained to the officer on duty. "And I just rode in the cargo hold of a 737 from D.C. I could've downed the plane anytime I wanted."

The stunned officer was not wearing his weapon, so he leaped over the desk to tackle him. Finn neatly sidestepped this attack, and the fellow sprawled on the floor screaming for help. Other officers poured out of the back room and advanced on Finn, guns drawn. Yet Finn had pulled out his credentialing letter before the pistols had even appeared.

At that instant the door to the office flew open and three men strode in, their federal badges held high like the scepters of kings.

"Homeland Security," one of the men barked at the guards. He pointed at Harry Finn. "This man works for us. And somebody's in a shitload of trouble."


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Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 276 reviews.
Hammygeek More than 1 year ago
I am a new fan of David Baldacci. I love thriller mysteries, and by far this is one of the best I have read in a long time! There are so many twists and turns, and it is terrifically crafted for the ultimate suspense. I highly recommend this book, and David Baldacci books to anyone who loves mystery thrillers. I also recommend Simple Genius which was equally as stimulating.
Pitrich More than 1 year ago
This book is all that. Great story , fast pace, lots of action, page turner. Where does he come up with all the wonderful detail?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a book you do not want to put down to the end.
Cat_JacksMom More than 1 year ago
I have read 3 of the 4 Camel Club series books and I have not been disappointed at all! I can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story but ran imto multiple missnumbered pages
Lsue More than 1 year ago
I ordered this ebook and received it promptly. No problem there. Problem is I am using the Nook software for Mac. It is completely unreliable. I must open it anywhere from 1 to 15 times to get the program to engage. Once open, again, no problem. The book is excellent. It's the third in the series and I will read all of them.
Luv2ReadInAZ More than 1 year ago
So much mystery and intriguing plotlines. Can't wait to read the 4th in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book; didn't want it to end . . . now on to the next David Baldacci . . .
kshrmn8r More than 1 year ago
Baldacci is an excellent main stream writer. His books, while similar in tone and feel, are absorbing and fun to read. Stone Cold was not one of his best The characters did not evolve much from prior books and the plot was average at best. There are many other options by Baldacci that I would recommend prior to this one.
coachRS More than 1 year ago
Baldacci did it again.The camel Club crew at it again. This would be a good movie.You cant go wrong with this read.You need to read the first two books to get a good background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Book!! I really enjoyed reading Stone Cold even though I did not read the previous books in this series. Sone Cold is easy to follow and fills in what you missed. It's a fast moving story that will keep you on the edge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the bad guys win, and other times, it's the good guys turn. Baldacci has another winner in Stone Cold, and it's great reading this time of year for those times when the snow and ice have you tucked away indoors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oliver Stone isn't who he seems to be, neither is Susan Hunter, or Harry Finn. Their lives and the lives of those who know them are intertwined in a complex tale of treason, con games, and murder. None stop excitement, twists, and intrigue keep this book moving at a pace that makes you want to stop so you can catch your breath, but don't. You just might miss something, and you don't want to do that. At the end of this book, you'll feel very differently about some of these characters than you did at the beginning. Not all those who die are bad guys. GOOD read. Review by Wanda C. Keesey (author of Lost In The Mist, release date May, 2008)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Camel Club series is a good read. Suspense and good characters.
YankeeTony More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of Baldacci's books. The "Camel Club" is great reading for me. I have most of all his books, and recommend all of his books. Foe me, I rate all his books "5 stars ".
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goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
The series just keeps getting better and better!!! Mr. Baldacci is such a talented author and I can't wait to get started on "Devine Justice". Once again I want to thank the author for hours of entertainment.
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Baldacci does it again with his Camel Club members leading you through to the other side of another crises. It's an addicting series.
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A small cave concealed by lichen near the Highstone.