The stunning conspiracy thriller from the bestselling author of Hour Game
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 Baldaccis 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 hes 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.
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.