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Divine Justice (Camel Club Series) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2009
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The heroes of The Camel Club return their latest adventure, one which may be their last. The action puts all of them into jeopardy, and they find themselves in a series of desperate situations. There is a nation wide manhunt for Oliver Stone, who flees to a small town, only to find himself immersed in anther dangerous mystery there.
The main characters, Oliver Stone and Joe Knox, are flawed but understandable characters, men who don't always do the right thing, but try to act according to their principles. You get to hear their thoughts as one hunts the other, and I found myself caring about both of them, even though they were headed for an inevitable show-down. This element heightens the tension in the story, and made it hard to put the book down. Making Stone seem sympathetic to new readers was a considerable feat for Baldacci, after his main character executes a US senator and the "Head of Intelligence" in the first chapter. Both men admit to themselves that they have broken laws along the way, and they are troubled individuals. The fact that they are often more threatened by their own people than by the bad guys makes the story difficult to put down.
In a rare moment of agreement with Publisher's Weekly, I must admit that this is not Balducci's best effort. Nevertheless, his characters are believable and sympathetic, the action never slows, and the book will hold your interest to the last page. Balducci's lesser novels are better than many author's best.
The Camel Club was an interesting diversion for Baldacci, the books started off very light and then got darker as the series progressed. I would not recommend Divine Justice unless you have read the previous novels in the series.
This starts off with our hero John Carr (aka Oliver Stone) on the run having taken out two senior US officials (who were bad guys). A manhunt is underway and Carr is looking for somewhere to disappear when he gets involved in a fracas and ends up in Divine, a small town which is hiding a lot of secrets. Does he keep his head down or does he get involved?
Meanwhile tenacious CIA tracker Joe Knox is on his trail and getting closer, as are Carr's friends from the Camel Club who want to help their friend....
As other reviewers have mentioned much of this did remind me of Lee Child's latest (Nothing To Lose) where his hero Reacher ends up in a small town called Despair which also has many secrets.
This ends up as a hit and miss book, the Joe Knox and Camel Club elements are the most interesting but the stuff in Divine was so similar to Lee Child's latest that it really did jar and the scenario around the bad guys felt too contrived.
In a word (and, of course, in my own humble opinion, "Divine Justice" stinks.
Baldacci has ridden his "Oliver Stone" (a/k/a Vietnam war hero and CIA assassin John Carr) character more or less sucessfully through three prior installments.
Oliver Stone has a past shrouded in mystery, more or less, as he camped out in Lafayette Park across from the White House for years demanding "truth". He assembled a band of, more or less, misfits around him who call themselves "The Camel Club" who, more or less, solve major mysteries or prevent this and that, like the kidnapping of the President or the takeover of the nation by a kook who wants to start a new world war. Barely believable, but Baldacci has, more or less, pulled it off successfully in the past.
This time, however, Baldacci falls on his face.
Oliver Stone needs to get out of Washington. He has, after all, just shot and killed a US Senator and a former CIA Director. (Not a spoiler: that was the ending of the last book.)
So Stone nee Carr, the master Special Forces guy takes an Amtrak train from Washington to New Orleans. His use of Amtrak becomes important later in the story at a point where Baldacci has long lost any ability to convince the reader. Here's this super hotshot guy getting away from a crime scene by riding Amtrak. No, it doesn't make any sense - and soon makes even less.
Stone steps in to rescue a young man who is being beaten on the train by three toughs.Read more ›
The book opens with the hero jumping off a cliff (after whacking a high profile target) into very cold water and swimming to safety. He's now on the run from a evil military General who has "abused" him since he was a young soldier (war hero with no medals)in Vietnam.
Oliver ends up in Divine a small coal mining town with a drug "problem" where we get another evil character who loves to torture people in his hell hole crib.
The ending's beyond belief for an adult, but kids may buy it.
Like too many best selling author's their newer novels ain't in the same league with their older (career building) stuff. Just make more money off your NAME, not the quality of your words pen'd on paper!
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Outstanding Book complex but written so well it's easy to stay in all plots and enjoy the end result leaving u wanting to jump right into the sequel !Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
David Baldaccci always tells a good story filled with international intrigue and suspense. Being a "seasoned citizen" I appreciate that the main character is more of my... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sue Beadle
This was the best yet. I had to read out of order but it didn't matter. The story line kept me reading for hours. Can't wait to find one I haven't read yet. Read morePublished 27 days ago by mary sue lewis