This is Baldacci at the top of his form. There are two plots he weaves together nicely and does in short spurts of 2-3 pages per chapter, which makes it far easier to recall "who is on first" as he moves various characters along into the plot. It is the first book I can recall with 99 chapters--but all short and sweet.
Having read all three in the Camel Club series, the only problem I have found is that with the interval between reading each, certain aspects of character development are hazy. In this third book, some of the character idiosyncracies recall glimpses of the first book. For example, Alex Ford is important in this book, whereas he was barely present in book 2.
Without giving away the ending, I was left thinking and wondering, will the Camel Club return, or have the issues all been resolved? I have my own opinion...read this book and decide for yourself.
I just loved this book. I love all Baldacci's books, but this is by far, the best!! I only can hope he will write another "Camel Club" character book and go on where he left off! Very exciting, thrilling, hard to put down book!!
This is the sequel to the Camel Club, Stone and his group end up fighting for their very lives. Annabelle Conroy, honorary member of the group, is fighting her own battle and the excitement for all is breathtaking for the reader. Excellent; couldn't put it down!
Great book. I can't believe it hasn't been made into a movie. I can just see Clint Eastwood or maybe Tommy Lee Jones as Oliver Stone. I haven't been to a movie in years but that's one I'd definitely have to go see.
I gave up part way through. I thought I would give it a try but unless you read the entire book you lose out on many of the parts. If this is all you can read or have time for it is a good book but not nearly as good as the original.
I love the books with the Camel Club characters. This one was NOT a disappointment. There was plenty of adventure and suspense. Annabelle, the character introduced in THE COLLECTORS, is in this one also. If you like mystery, murder, suspense, etc., this one is for you!
Shantal G. - , reviewed Stone Cold (Camel Club, Bk 3) on
What IS it about some of these NYT-best-seller-guys?? The number of times the reader is required to suspend disbelief, and the degree of suspension required, is mind-boggling. I read this kind of pulp tripe because I'm looking for a temporary and entertaining diversion-- not because I have a burning desire to feel like a credulous idiot (which is the way I'm feeling for expending time on this book. Hey, I'm not blaming anyone-- mea culpa, mea maximum freaking culpa). I am not measuring the quality of this book against War and Peace, either. I read ALL KINDS of garbage-- sci fi, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, romance, vampire, mystery, et cetera. I'm pretty good about taking things for what they are supposed to be-- I'm just not that picky. Which brings me back from my ravings to Baldacci's un-entertaining and completely un-believable book.
Here is one example of what I'm talking about. This won't spoil any plot devices (in my opinion that would be difficult to do, anyhow.
One of the main characters hacks into a US Senator's private computer. The computer is password protected. After only a few minutes, and a half-dozen attempts, the character is easily able to figure out the password. WHAT? I mean, really? I can't even remember my OWN password most of the time. How in the world could I figure out a person's password whom I haven't even met?? I'm not being petty, this kind of stuff happens frequently in the book. Another example: you've just been told the EX-HEAD OF THE CIA, (who is, inexplicably, still actually in charge of the entire asset base and man-power of the CIA) is after you and your family. You make all the effort of hiding out under another name, paying with cash, in a cruddy motel. But then, you let your 15 year-old son pop down to the convenience store. Where he then uses his debit card to alert the entire western world to your whereabouts. Yes, I know that was probably a plot-spoiler-- I just did you a favor if you were about to waste one of your precious credits on this book.
Baldacci must think the reading public is populated by people stupid enough to buy these stunts without question.
Which brings me to the characters in the book. Just for once I would like to read about somebody who WASN'T the baddest, smartest, tallest, best-coiffured, fastest, most-hansom, toughest, best-endowed, et cetera, et cetera, et-relentless-cetera. In this book EVERY character is that way. Every character is the best there ever was at whatever it is they are currently doing.
Okay, I'll stop foaming about this book. The only thing I can say that is positive about the entire Baldacci experience is that I didn't actually pay for the book-- somebody gave it to me for free, and without any warning....
This is the first book I have read by David Baldacci. This book had somewhat of a slow start for me but after the first 3 or 4 chapters the hook got me and it was a very compelling read. I enjoyed it very much.
I can give this 3 stars--but it might be because it is the 3rd in a series and I haven't read the first 2 yet but I will, however, I did find it confusing and with just too many characters, I think I managed to keep up with all of them but it got tedious reading after a while but I stuck with it because I intend to read the first 2 in the series, now I am just ahead
Haven't read a lot by this author, but enjoy his writing when i do. I felt the beginning was a little slow with the characters, but definitely picked up the pace and was exciting by the end. Involves spies, CIA, FBI, Cold War topics.
Wow, wow, WOW. This book takes off at break-neck speed and doesn't stop. It's one of those "can't put it down" books that grab you from the start and then you're hooked. This is the sequel to the Baldacci book "The Collectors". Another great read; definitely read that one first!! Stone Cold has several different plots and you are drawn into each of them, given just enough information to start putting the puzzle pieces together to see how they fit with each other, and then racing to the end when they all collide at once. Storytelling at its best - moving at just the right pace.