The Resource The Camel Club, David Baldacci

The Camel Club, David Baldacci

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The Camel Club
Title
The Camel Club
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David Baldacci
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eng
Summary
Witnessing a murder with ties to a prestigious businessman's club, homeless conspiracy theorist Harry Stone steals a crucial piece of evidence from the scene and is subsequently pursued by a dangerous member of the club
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  • Baldacci returns to Washington D.C., the setting of his first hit, Absolute Power (1996). The Camel Club is made up of four middle-aged men: Stone (in homage to the director Oliver Stone), Milton, Reuben, and Caleb, whose lives have led them to be suspicious of the government and politicians in general. Their late-night excursions mainly consist of White House stakeouts, until the night they discover two men carrying another man while on Roosevelt Island and killing him while making it look like a suicide. The men believe a conspiracy is afoot, and this time, they're right on the money. Secret Service agent Alex Ford, who has a passing acquaintance with Stone, is called into to investigate the death of the man, who happens to be a Secret Service agent, Patrick Johnson. Johnson was supposedly living far above his means and may have had drug connections, but Ford isn't convinced Johnson took his own life. The Camel Club is conducting their own investigation, and before long they realize they've got a massive conspiracy on their hands, one that could affect the global political arena. Baldacci is a master at building suspense, and the conclusion of his latest novel will leave readers breathless. -- Kristine Huntley (Reviewed 09-01-2005) (Booklist, vol 102, number 1, p5)
  • Arab terrorists, nuclear threat and political perfidy drive bestselling Baldacci's latest. The Camel Club, a four-man group of Washington, D.C., misfits (their leader has taken the ironic pseudonym "Oliver Stone") gathers every week to discuss political conspiracies they believe exist and what actions they might take. One night, while meeting on Roosevelt Island in the middle of the Potomac River, club members witness the murder of Secret Service employee Patrick Johnson, thus thrusting the wacky crew into the middle of a bigger conspiracy than they could ever have imagined. There are scores of characters and subplots to keep track of while the story veers back and forth between venues and villains, forcing readers to remain alert yet patient while awaiting the high-concept payoff. When it finally appears, it's a doozy: kidnappers who harm no one and are reasonable people with a legitimate gripe bring the U.S. to the verge of nuking Damascus. Baldacci maintains interest during the long buildup by supplying fascinating historical facts, amusing characters, high-tech spy lore and the backstories of his super agents, both good and evil. As fans of this writer know, years of experience have made him an author who promises a good story and then delivers it. (Oct. 25) --Staff (Reviewed August 22, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 33, p35)
  • Just outside the White House gates, a ragtag group of conspiracy theorists gathers to find the hidden truth behind the actions of the power elite in Washington, DC. Led by the mysterious and aptly aliased Oliver Stone, the Camel Club develops wild conspiracy theories about the inner workings of the U.S. government—theories that, on rare occasions, turn out to be accurate. While the club is generally considered a nuisance, this time its members have witnessed a murder, and their subsequent investigation may uncover clues that could prevent a nuclear war. In his latest political thriller, Baldacci (Absolute Power ) takes a page-turning look at the repercussions of cultural and religious differences between ethnic groups—and at unlikely saviors in the thick of the battle. The terrifyingly vivid plot has more twists and turns than any conspiracy theorist could ever conceive. Strongly recommended for most popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/05.]—Ken Bolton, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY --Ken Bolton (Reviewed October 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 16, p64)
  • A lukewarm would-be potboiler of uninvolving intrigue about a kooky quartet of conspiracy theorists—one by the name of "Oliver Stone"—who witness the murder of a federal agent.Almost 8,000 Americans have died in attacks on U.S. soil. Rocket-propelled grenades have pierced the White House, there's been another prison fiasco in Afghanistan, a dozen soldiers are dying every day and the war has opened a new front on the Syrian border. Thus the author's bleak imagining of the near future. Throughout, Baldacci (Hour Game, 2004, etc.) drops reliable twists, revealing the federal agent murder to be—surprise—a minuscule piece of a much bigger plot involving snipers, nukes, a presidential kidnapping and an even gloomier vision of the future. Baldacci is not a particularly graceful writer, e.g., "Like all Secret Service agents, his suits were designed a little big in the chest, to disguise the bulge of the weapon." Worse is the author's chronic inability to draw convincing characters. Scooby-Doo had villains more complicated than these; distinctive quirks of the characters, such as one wearing 19th-century clothing, make them only mildly interesting. Baldacci himself seems only partly engaged in the task here. He writes as if he imagines his typical reader to be a business traveler staring down a long layover.Sure to be a bestseller, but the guy's phoning it in. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
137295
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Baldacci, David
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
6.1
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True
Series statement
Camel Club novels
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Secret societies
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Conspiracies
Target audience
adult
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The Camel Club, David Baldacci
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
438 pages
Isbn
9781455533404
Lccn
2005015534
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rdamedia
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Label
The Camel Club, David Baldacci
Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
438 pages
Isbn
9781455533404
Lccn
2005015534
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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