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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (19 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230017754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230017757
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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"He's hit the jackpot again...Baldacci pushes the pace pedal to the floor and takes the turns on two wheels." -- New York Daily News

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Annabelle said sharply, "Trouble?"

"A little," Stone said slowly as his thoughts raced ahead.

"Maybe more than a little, actually."

She tapped her coffee cup against his. "Welcome to the club."

Casino king and vicious thug Jerry Bagger is hunting Annabelle Conroy, who conned him out of millions. Oliver Stone and the Camel Club must marshal all their resources to protect her.

Yet their skills may not be enough when a deadly new opponent rips the veneer off Stone's own mysterious past: Bagger's menace pales next to Harry Finn's lethal nature.

As bodies and institutions topple, the shattering finale will leave the survivors changed forever.

Praise for David Baldacci

'The page turner of the season' The Times

'One of the world's biggest selling thriller writers, Baldacci needs no introduction . . . Brilliant plotting, heart-grabbing action and characters to die for' Daily Mail

'Baldacci is still peerless' Sunday Times

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Clive on 14 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the original Camel Club and even more so the Collectors so awaited this eagerly especially as it was set up with Bagger seeking revenge on Annabelle.

This book is a departure from traditional Baldacci style and I thought moves more mainstream to Patterson. The chapters are short and numerous, and the plot quickly flowing but with less depth. The characters are not developed sufficiently other than Stone who indeed takes centre stage as on a mission to rectify previous orders given by the government (great Jason Bourne/ Jack Reacher stuff I might add). Particularly dissapointing is Annabelle who does not seem as strong willed as portrayed well in The Collectors.

However, this is more a statement than a critisism and I enjoyed the book, immensely. I highly recommended it for those who appreciate the Camel Club, but perhaps a little isoteric as a standalone read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary on 1 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
I love all David Baldacci books, have bought loads and still looking for more. "Stone Cold" is another brilliant book which has a different Hero and which is part of the "Camel Club" series. It is therefore very important, to achieve maximum enjoyment, to read the books in the correct order. There are 5 books in the series and are as follows. The Camel Club, The Collectors, Stone Cold, Divine Justice and finally, Hell's corner. Happy reading.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 22 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have read of lot of Baldacci, including one prior Camel Club effort. I have rated most of them highly, but I can't help feel that there's been a slide in quality. (I did not read the prequel to this one, however, so it may have lost some of its intended impact on me). Judging by other positive reviews, however, I am not going to bring the average rating down too much here with this somewhat negative review.

There are two sub-plots, one a conspiracy involving the past of one of the Camel Club members, and another involving the aftermath of a con-job executed by a Camel Club friend. They are unrelated, so I suspect both were there to make sure Baldacci could produce 400 pages - neither would have satisfied that test on its own.

It is an easy read without a great deal of real depth - but it has short, punchy chapters, some twists, and a lot of action to produce a good ride. But there are holes in the sub-plots, inaccuracies (which Baldacci admits to, to be fair) and a lot of coincidences to keep the plots moving. And there are bad guys at the highest levels of government, as usual, in an attempt to sustain interest. The writing is nothing special and there is little characterisation, although readers will have established favourites from the prequels.

In view of a couple of things that happen, the Camel Club will be different if Baldacci keeps it live. To me, however, the theme is wearing thin and Baldacci is struggling to come up with new ideas to keep the members actively engaged.

Here, I would say, he has just used too much licence to create his story and I suspect he will do more of the same next time. I would feel a lot better if Baldacci started with a new sheet to allow him to get back where he once was (then again, just prior to reading this book, I had finished a far-fetched Andrew Gross novel, and perhaps two of similar ilk, in a row, is one too many!). 7/10
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the third in the Camel Club series. A series that started off very light-hearted and got more serious as it has moved on. The author has also taken the focus off many of the characters to focus on just two or three and almost as much time is given to the main bad guy, an ex-special forces operator who is killing ex intelligence agents.

No light touch in this one and the author is comfortable with the characters and the supporting players. The plot blends the back-story of Annabel as her past starts to catch up and likewise with Stone his past also starts to come back to haunt him and he has to decide how to protect those he cares for.

This is an efficient thriller and possibly the best of the Camel Club books. No classic but good enough to keep you well entertained for a few hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you liked either The Camel Club or The Collectors, don't miss this book!

If you haven't read The Camel Club or The Collectors, read those books before this one.

Stone Cold is an exciting and major step forward in the plot development of the Camel Club series as Oliver Stone and Annabelle Conroy deal with deadly challenges and old demons. In Stone Cold, the Camel Club moves from focusing on quirky to being operationally driven by the tools and tradecraft of assassins. The title appears to be an attempt to capture the psychology of the professional assassin, someone who is effective because he brings no emotion to terminating life. In keeping with Mr. Baldacci's ability to define and beautifully develop new characters, you'll be fascinated by the new character, Harry Finn, who tests for terrorist vulnerabilities as a profession, is a loving husband and father, and moonlights in assassinating assassins to settle an old score.

The novel has three main story lines: Finn's quest to eliminate old enemies, Annabelle Conroy's efforts to avoid being crushed by Jerry Bagger (the man she conned out of forty million dollars in The Collectors), and Oliver Stone's attempt to stay out of the public eye as someone chooses to expose his old connections to the CIA. I found this worked well for making the story fast-paced and continually surprising because the stories interweave.

But ultimately the appeal of this book is that it brings a lot of resolution to past and current conflicts in the series.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it lacked most of the usual quirkiness of the characters and past plots. Instead, this book is more of a standard spy versus spy, crook versus crook, and government against the bad guys type of story.
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