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Hell's Corner (Camel Club Series) Hardcover – Large Print, November 9, 2010

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Book 5 of 5 in the Camel Club Series

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Baldacci's implausible fifth Camel Club novel (after Divine Justice) disappoints with cartoonish plotting and characterization. The night after the U.S. president persuades former assassin Oliver Stone (aka John Carr) to re-enter government employment to tackle the growing threat of Russian drug gangs, Stone finds himself in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, when gunfire breaks out and a bomb explodes. Apparently, the intended target was the visiting British prime minister, who was scheduled to walk across the park before an ankle injury modified his plans. Taken off his original mission, Stone seeks to identify the forces behind the assassination attempt. Stone's old Camel Club allies involve themselves in his search, which includes the de rigueur mole hunt and the McGuffin of choice these days, a lead on Osama bin Laden's whereabouts. Those who prefer intelligence in their political thrillers will have to look elsewhere. (Nov.) (c)
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Shortly after the events related in Divine Justice (2008), Oliver Stone, former CIA assassin and now the leader of the shadowy group known as the Camel Club, is whisked away to a top-secret meeting with the president of the U.S. Russian drug cartels are operating on American soil, possibly with the approval—if not the direct supervision—of the Russian government. Stone’s mission is to go to the drugs’ point of entry, Latin America, and find a way to shut the cartels down. But before he can even begin his mission training, Stone finds himself in the middle of what appears to be a terrorist attack on the life of the British prime minister. Teaming up with a British intelligence agent, Stone attempts to determine if the attack is connected to the Russian drug-smuggling operation. The latest Camel Club novel is, as usual, skillfully constructed and very difficult to put down. Baldacci keeps peeling back layers of Stone’s psyche, revealing him to be a man full of unresolved conflicts and a potentially self-destructive amount of guilt over his past actions. Another winner. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Since Baldacci’s first novel, Absolute Power, appeared in 1996, he has owned a place on most best-seller lists. His latest Camel Club novel won’t break the string. Author tours and all the attendant hoopla will get the ball rolling. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Camel Club Series
  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Lrg edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446573698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446573696
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (967 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Oliver Stone has led so many lives he lost count. For all the losses he has suffered there has been the gain in his friends and cohorts known as the Camel Club. A group of people that are as different they come together and make one large, right group. They solve crimes, take care of each other and never fail to have one another's back. But this latest case is one Stone has to handle on his own and no one including him is happy about it even though the President of the United States is asking for his help.

But before Stone can do his work for the President a bomb goes off across the street from the White House creating the scenario where conclusions are drawn, angles are worked and assumptions made. While everyone is running to the right the masterminds are veering to the left and keeping everyone off balance including all the alphabet agencies in Washington, DC. Stone is drafted back into the service of the government with the promise that all past indiscretions would be erased yet the problem for Stone is that his sins have been of such huge proportion he is not sure this is a statement based in fact. But Stone finds himself partnered with an MI6 agent who is as cunning as he is and keeps up even while running after him. The Camel Club goes from upset at being turned away to forcing its way into the investigation and from that moment on the determination to capture the criminal and figure out what is really going on grows to a proportion even Stone can't control.

But the agency he is now working for is throwing him off with smoke and mirrors, bodies are piling up, misconceptions abound and everyone becomes a suspect.
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I haven't read the other Camel Club books but this stand-alone thriller interested me after reading the highly recommended Gods of Ruin: A Political Thriller. Hell's Corner is the park accross from the white house that is guarded by DC police, Secret Service, and park police and is the hub for tourists and protesters. I wasn't sure why it was called that until all hell broke loose when the protagonist, Oliver Stone (a dig on the director?) was caught in gunfire and an explosion when meeting his band of patriots at the park.

When Stone awakes from getting knocked out, he's got a new mission: find out who was behind the attack at Hell's Corner. He teams up with a Brit and gets help from his Camel Club peeps as he investigates first a Mexican drug cartel, then the Russians. During the investigation, one government bureaucracy after another gets in the way.

If you like "Gods", which has a better premise, you'll like Hell's Corner. It's got political commentary, action, and it's well-written (better than Baldacci's earlier works).
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I've just started the book and am about a quarter of the way through it. I just was checking to see if there were any reviews yet and of course it has a horrible rating because of the price, it is very annoying that people do that over the price. I am enjoying the book very much so I will give it 5 stars. I am on my second kindle and yes I am very disappointed with the price but I am not going to punish one of my favorite authors for something he has no control over. I have started to buy hard covers again and I share them with friends. Please stop reviewing the price here, it is really unfair to the people who want to know what others think of it. Ya know people who have actually bought the book and read it.
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I have read all the Camel Club books, and I enjoyed all of the others more than this one. The club takes a back seat in this novel, and it is just Stone/Carr against the world as he plods through this overly complicated plot.

Missing is the personality development and the interactions between the various members of the club, which made Baldacci's other novels so entertaining.

If you are a fan of the Camel Club books, you will have to read this one, just so you will know where all of the characters are starting from in the next novel - but, rest assured, this will not turn out as one of your favorites.
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I'm a big fan of David Baldacci and was really disappointed in "Hell's Corner." It was choppy, confusing and trite. I wondered several times if he actually wrote the book or had some protege write it like a lot of big-time authors seem to be doing now. I usually love his books because they are exciting and fun with lots of "insider" info, but this one was boring. I didn't feel attached to any of the characters and I predicted most of the dramatic points in the book. There is no character development. I didn't care when so and so turned out to be a bad person working for the other team - I saw it coming. Oliver's usual humility was spoiled by everyone else's wide-eyed respect for his past. As someone who has read most of his other books, I still had trouble placing all the players, too. The whole thing was sketchy. People were angry and I couldn't care less or even understand why. We are beaten over the head with what a supposedly great spy/assassin Oliver Stone - the main character - was in the past, but he doesn't show it in this book. Baldacci takes us back to murder mountain for the grand finale - really? Are there no more interesting locales? We already had a finale on Murder Mountain! I felt like Baldacci just phoned this book in. Aside from the interesting aspects of Hell's Corner itself (jurisdiction and stuff like that) there was very little of his trademark "insiders" perspective that I usually enjoy in his books. My suggestion? Borrow it from the library.
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