The Camel Club - Camel Club, Bk 1 Author:David Baldacci The Camel Club. It's where the most influential businessmen and politicians wine, dine, and often change the course of history--and where ruthless mercenaries spy unseen, recording every last bit of information to sell to the highest bidder. But when Harry Stone--homeless man and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire--witnesses a gruesome murde... more »r, secrets begin to unravel. Stone steals a piece of evidence from the scene that links the Club's founders to the murder of a high-profile government official, and they'll do anything to get it back. Secret Service Agent W. Frank Churchill begins investigating Stone as a murder suspect, but soon, with the help of defense attorney Kate Monroe, he unearths a shocking truth: One man is using the Camel Club for his own terrible devices--and to achieve his horrific goals, he must kill Stone...and anyone else who gets in his way.« less
The brilliance of Mr. Baldacci is that no matter how "far out" his characters are, they're always so doggone believable. That's truly a scary thought, isn't it? The situation created in this novel could easily show up on the front page of tomorrows' newspaper or Katie Courics' evening, network report. We all know that there are loads of conspiracy theorists "out there". Well, Mr. Baldacci seems to realize that even if you are paranoid - they still might be out to get you! The gentlemen of "the club" (and now one lady, also) are people you and I might meet somewhere in our very ordinary lives. Keep your eyes open - you just never know! This novel kept me enthralled from the very first sentence - I really wish I could know these guys. Watchdogs and heros all! I'm looking forward to a sequel because I'm not ready to turn away from my new um....novel...friends!
It was difficult for me to get into the book for the first half of it. Too many characters for me to keep track of and I almost stopped reading it but was glad I didn't! Turned out to be a lot more interesting with a great ending!
I started this book and didn't immediately get 'into' it. After about 50 pages, I was starting to get discouraged because it seemed kind of slow, and not typical of Baldacci (who had become one of my favorite authors). So I came here to PBS and read some of the reviews. And am I glad I did! In their reviews, many people stated that the book has a slow start - there are so many different characters to 'meet', etc. The reviews all went on to say that their patience paid off big time, and I couldn't agree more. Once the 'introductions' are out of the way, the book takes off at breakneck speed and it's impossible to put it down. Baldacci is a great storyteller, and like the others, I guarantee that you won't be sorry that you persevered through the first few chapters.
This book was so well written with it's multitude of characters with each of them having their own very distinct characteristics. The story caught me right from the beginning and had me turning pages right up to the very end. What a wonderful reading experience.