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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Open market ed edition (13 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033044123X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330441230
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 4.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,956 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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Few crime novelists have been as successful as David Baldacci, and The Camel Club joins an illustrious collection. In such books as Absolute Power and Saving Faith, he forged a reputation as an adroit and imaginative writer, while with Wish You Well, he enriched his already accomplished characterisation. Baldacci is particularly good at the dynamics of conflict within a family as much as external threat, and without ever trying to manipulate the reader’s emotions, he had us involved in a dramatic and affecting narrative that dealt with issues of personal choice quite as cogently as with the large-scale emotions of the plot.

Subsequently, Hour Game was an innovative spin on a familiar theme, featuring Baldacci's series characters: the tall, athletic Michelle Maxwell and the brilliant aesthete Sean King, both ex-Secret Service personnel who were obliged to leave their jobs under a cloud. The duo encountered some pretty nasty things in Hour Game, which added new levels of gruesomeness, with the decomposed body of a young woman found arranged in a bizarre position, while two teenagers are bloodily slaughtered having sex in a car.

The Camel Club, however, is both similar to and different from Baldacci’s other books. We meet an enigmatic figure, Oliver Stone (one wonders why Baldacci chose the name of a well-known film director for this character), a man with no past. His occupation appears to be permanent protestor outside the White House, member of a cabal of believers in all available conspiracy theories, who are, collectively, The Camel Club. But (as in the author's signature book, Absolute Power) the group stumbles across a murder that they're not supposed to see--a murder rigged to appear as suicide. And, as in the earlier book, Stone and his friends find themselves involved in a very dangerous plot, reaching to the upper echelons of Washington society.

While Baldacci may be ploughing a field he’s worked before, he remains a master of the complex, character-driven thriller.

--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'One of my favourite thrillers of the year' -- Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'another gripping thriller' -- Dorset Echo

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Thorbes on 22 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
Washington gets the Da Vinci code treatment as the author of the fabulous Absolute Power, Last Man Standing and Split Second tackles Islamic terrorism and government conspiracies.

Following the exploits of a band of social misfits, an ageing Secret Service agent and arguably the most powerful man in the US after the President, the Camel Club charts a plot against the President of the United States from inception through to execution and it's aftermath (can't really tell you too much, obviously...) in a fluid and well written manner, keeping you interested and, honestly managing to shock you as the plot begins to unfold.

The characters are well realised and believable though, as with all Baldacci's books, there's a feeling you've met them before in previous novels.

My only real criticism is the fact that Baldacci feels the need to demonstrate the extent of his background reading on his subject - most notably the long winded explanations of Islamic beliefs and practices. This probably stems from writing about Islamic terrorism in a time when writers and journalists are often targeted for failing to understand the Islamic point of view when addressing this issue, and Baldacci feels that he must show that he has done everything he can to present a fair and balanced representation of all parties to the plot.

That said, a lot of the information presented is interesting in it's own right, and - much like after reading a Dan Brown novel - you feel you have taken a crash course in the basics of a number of subjects all at once.

A good, solid, enjoyable read, but nothing there to really distinguish it from the rest of the political thriller genre.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Holbrooke on 24 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of David Baldacci's previous books, and enjoyed all of them. However, the Camel Club was a disappointment and I found it a chore to read. It is not his usual style and could almost have been written by someone else!! Some of the situations in the book I found totally beyond belief.
The books takes a long while to get going as you are introduced to all of the characters and the plot and sub plots are slowly built.
When it does get going towards the end, the finale is so ridiculous as to be laughable.
This is a shame as David Baldacci has written many superb books and hopefully this is just a one off lapse in form!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is quite an odd book really. A number of interesting characters and a slow (but interesting build up) and then suddenly the story goes into hyper-drive and the action is non stop and out of synch with the story up to that point. In addition the plot veers from the interesting to the over the top very quickly and this change of both style and pace does not work.
The members of the ‘Camel Club’ are well fleshed out and a good mix, I would certainly enjoy reading more of their stories but I think the author needs to decide if he is writing thrillers or comedy thrillers because this sat a little uneasily on the edge between the two. The somewhat stock character of the Secret Service agent could have been lifted from any thriller, as could his relationship with his new female partner, but the club members do have potential.
So this is okay, it was good until a ludicrous last quarter when the over the top plotting, double crossing and comic book action kicked in and then it let itself down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 100wordreviewer on 25 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I love a good thriller, and enjoyed David Baldacci's early, gritty novels such as "Last Man Standing" or "Absolute Power". Unfortunately, "The Camel Club" is less original and less tightly-plotted than Baldacci's best work. There's not much action for the first 500 or so pages, and many of the characters are two-dimensional. While the denouement offers a satisfying series of twists and a reasonably exciting climax, the key group of misfit conspiracy theorists of the title are, to my mind, both irritating and implausible.

Summary: an OK thriller, but not Baldacci's best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pete Farmer on 11 Sept. 2011
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The Camel Club is the first instalment of an entertaining series of books about a former black operative and his group of mis-fit conspiracy theorist friends. The later works of Baldacci are not quite as well researched and don't give quite as much in-depth background, instead preferring to advance the story quicker (or deliver a shorter novel, as Camel Club is noticeably longer than some of the later works).

There are quite a few intertwining sub-plots and the story jumps between them; you will no doubt find yourself, certainly at the beginning, flicking back to refresh your memory as to which character is which.

That said, like almost all of Baldacci's books, it is an entertaining read and fans of this type of novel won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RD VINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found 'The Camel Club' entertaining in a way. The Camel Club is formed by a group of conspiracy theorists one wouldn't look at twice - a web designer with OCD, a man who calls himself Oliver Stone and camps outside the White House in protest, Reuban the biker and a librarian. Together they collect whatever tidbits they can about their govt in order to keep an eye on them and find out the truth about what is really going on in the country.
Unfortunately, during one of their meetings they witness the murder of a member of the NIC which oversees America's intelligence gathering networks. Determined to find out who killed him and why they embark on a game of cat and mouse only to get caught up in an intricate plot to kidnap and kill the president of the USA.

The book is quite entertaining but far too predictable. It makes up for it with unique, likable characters and some good one-liners.
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