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In Washington, D.C, where power is everything and too few have too much of it, four highly eccentric men with mysterious pasts call themselves the Camel Club. Their mission: find out what's really going on behind the closed doors of America's leaders.

The assassination of the U.S. Speaker of the House has shaken the nation. And the outrageous iconoclasts of the Camel Club
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published October 18th 2006 by Warner Books
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Jan 20, 2008 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action-adventure fans who don't care much about credibility
Shelves: unfinished
I got to page 117. I realized it was time to quit when I found myself thinking, "Gee I really should read a few pages in that book I'm working on, but I'd rather clean the bathroom." With all due respect to Mr. Baldacci. His writing obviously affords many people untold hours of welcome diversion. But apparently I'm not going to be one of them.

So far, what we've got is a dead body in a locked room and two groups of people running around like gangs of middle school kids, playing at being grownups.
Jun 12, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love David Baldacci. I think he is my guilty pleasure when it comes to books. He does such a wonderful job of character development and plot timing. The first part of this book, I was trying and trying to figure out how the two seemingly disconnected stories were going to tie together, and then BAM. Never saw it coming. The Camel Club is an organization of disenfranchised former (and current) government employees who always seem to be in the thick of things and have a unique combination o ...more
Eric Bjerke
Jun 07, 2008 Eric Bjerke rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like complex thrillers
Recommended to Eric by: found on a table in teacher's lounge
Shelves: fiction
Anytime I read a book from cover-to-cover in just a couple of days, I obviously enjoyed it. I am easily bored and this one was not boring. I learned about con artists, and ex-CIA hit men, and rare books. That said, it wasn't clever enough. I don't mean the plot--I will never understand how people come up with such a twisting, complex tale--but the characters just seemed so pedestrian to me. Obviously a book like this is not going to contain charaters that are dynamic because it is all about the ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing
The Collectors is the 2nd novel in the Camel Club series, following The Camel Club (2005). This novel is both a thriller and a mystery. First, it is a thriller because we know who the assassin is, by name, from the first page. He is quite an engaging psychopath, smart as the proverbial whip, and has a snideness to his inner monologues that can make the reader smile widely, if not downright laugh out loud. But do not be misled by that snideness, he is a stone-cold, government-trained killer.

The m
Apr 07, 2008 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Before reading any of his books, I was all set to become a David Baldacci cheerleader. With twelve New York Times bestsellers to his name, 50 million books sold in 80 countries, plus glowing press and reader reviews, he seemed an ideal candidate for my pantheon of favourite authors. Then I started reading The Collectors

With a mixture of disappointment and disbelief, I ploughed through page after page, hoping that at some point it would turn into a thriller. But, far from the diamond-sharp dialog
Toni Osborne
Feb 02, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it
Sequel to "The Camel Club"

Soon after the Speaker of the House is assassinated, Caleb Shaw a quiet librarian stumbles upon the body of his boss Jonathan DeHaven at the Library of Congress narrowly escaping the same fate. "The Camel Club" group promptly sets out to investigate and it becomes a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder.

On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, a gifted con artist, is out to pull off a major con against a ruthlessly violent casino b
James Glass
Mar 07, 2016 James Glass rated it liked it
This book started out well but then fizzled out. A librarian is found dead in the rare books section of the Smithsonian. A congressman is murdered. At first glance there doesn't seem to be a connection.
The Camel Club begins to put some of the pieces together when they team up with a beautiful woman who's interested in finding out who killed the librarian. She claims to be an old friend, but no one can find anything about her.
As the Camel Club dig deeper in to the clues they discover there's no
Feb 13, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok
Anything about libraries and old books will guarantee you my interest, I'll admit that. When I started reading the book it seemed more like a typical thriller with assassinations and intrigues. I was hopeful there would be some more involvement of, well, libraries and books. But despite being set in the Library of Congress and (view spoiler) this book could have been set in any location. The Library ju ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Nicholas rated it it was ok
Sneaky Mr. Balducci: His first book in the Camel Club series was a passable airport read - not quite enthralling enough to warrant a commitment to the whole series, but just good enough to convince me I should check out the second in the series, in the hope that things get better...

The Collectors started off much better than its predecessor, but quickly became bogged down in mediocre narrative and predictable exposition. I was intrigued by a few newly introduced characters, but resolved to end m
Michael Hollingworth
Dec 12, 2015 Michael Hollingworth rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
I really had fun with this one. It was great to dig into yet another Baldacci book. The pacing was really nice, and I enjoyed the story. Got lost amidst some of the character names, but seeing as I'm being ridiculous and reading the second book before the first, well. XP There was some sexual material in there, which, I guess, depending on your view, might be seen as somewhat obtrusive, but personally, most of it didn't bother me. Anyway, yeah. That's it. =P
Feb 06, 2016 Priya rated it did not like it
I'm not going to say this book wasn't completely lacking in entertainment value--but it came pretty close. I've read other books by David Baldacci(Absolute Power) and none of those had writing that made me cringe.

Anyway--the storyline reeked of someone who spent a lot of time in Washington DC and wanted to write something filled with Da Vinci Code/National Treasuresesque intrigue. He spent a lot of time describing people's pasts and not enough time showing through actions who the people really
Dec 12, 2008 D.K. rated it really liked it
Oliver Stones suspects there is a link between the assassination of the U.S Speaker of the House and the director of the Library of Congress rare books room. The Camel Club is joined by Annabelle Conroy, a con-artist who should be running for her life, but is instead aiding the group to solve this mystery.

All the members of the Camel Club lives are threaten by a ruthless enemy that once worked for the same ultra secret organization as Oliver Stone.

David Baldacci has the amazing ability to thri
Carol Hunter
Jan 29, 2008 Carol Hunter rated it liked it
It took me a little while to get started in "the flow" of reading this D.C. suspense novel involving the sale of our national secrets AND a woman leading a long con against a casino owner. When all the disparate elements came together, I began devouring this book to see how it would end. I plan to read the sequel, as it will illuminate how the "Camel Club" will deal with the enraged casino owner.
Mar 05, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Washington DC based thrillers
Recommended to Mark by: previous experiences with the writing of mr Baldacci
Once so often you find a nice first edition of a popular novel and if the price is then a bargain I am doubly happy.
Ifound myself reading mr Baldacci's 2nd installment of his Camel Club which is in essence two stories in one book. The killing of the Speaker of the House & director of library of rare books what do they have in common?- And the long con which targets a rather unsaviour type running a casino in Atlantic City set in motion and done is story line two.
Of course as any selfrespect
Chad Sayban
Oct 11, 2015 Chad Sayban rated it really liked it
People are dropping dead in Washington, D.C. First the Speaker of the House falls victim to a hitman in a carefully orchestrated murder in front of dozens of the city's power elite. Next, the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books Room dies in a book vault, but no one knows how. Caleb Shaw, Camel Club member, nearly falls victim, too. Across the country, a gifted con woman assembles an A-list team to pull off one of the most audacious scams ever, against one of the most dangerous men i ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Lainy rated it really liked it
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In Washington, D.C, where power is everything and too few have too much of it, four highly eccentric men with mysterious pasts call themselves the Camel Club. Their mission: find out what's really going on behind the closed doors of America's leaders.

The assassination of the U.S. Speaker of the House has shaken the nation. And the outrageous iconoclasts of the Camel Club have found a chilling connection with another death: the demise of the director
Aug 05, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it
The honorable Robert Bradley, newly appointed Speaker of the House, is shot down by a bullet through a window at a reception in his honor. Shortly thereafter Jonathan deHaven, proud Director of the Rare Books & Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., drops dead like a lead weight in the reading room vault. Because Caleb Shaw (one of The Camel Club comrades) also works at the LOC, The Camel Club (four over the hill & out of the loop friends trying to sa ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it
Another quick read from one of the Master's of crime and suspense. I particularly appreciate the way the author incorporates treasured American landmarks such as the Library of Congress. The bits of fact and history interweave within his story lines from start to finish. Of course Oliver Stone (John Carr) is always primed for action and thought, as are the other members of the 'Camel Club'. From Atlantic City to Washington D.C. and a quick jaunt to the Spanish coastline this one is a good ride, ...more
Linda Munro
Feb 17, 2015 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
This is the second installation in the Camel Club series by David Baldacci; it is also a very well written stand alone book!

The 4 “Old Guys” are back, this time assisted by a con-woman, in their search for truth! When one of the head librarians at the Library of Congress is found dead and the coroner cannot put his finger on the actual cause of death, since the official cause was simply that the man’s heart stopped; the Camel Club looks for a conspiracy. This time, they seem to have found one ri
Jan 02, 2008 Kevan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-drama
If I could give a book a six star rating I would. Very few books recently have captured me so thoroughly that I stayed up all night finishing it. It is also incredibly rare that I think the second book of a series is so much better than the first.

The most amazing thing to me about this book is that he manages to tell a complete and complex story, and simultaneously develops the beginning of a third story that leaves me drooling at the mouth in anticipation of its completion. I got the satisfacti
Mar 30, 2013 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Collectors is a book that has two key plots one involves the assassination of the director of the Library of Congress and the Speaker of the House, and the other involves con artist Annabelle Conroy attempting to rob corrupt casino owner Jerry Bagger of his money. I won't say too much because I don't want to give away the whole story.

David Baldacci does an excellent job with the storyline and great character development, I found this book better than the first Camel Club book, I look forward
Lisa Petro
Mar 31, 2015 Lisa Petro rated it really liked it
another good camel club book
Gareth Otton
May 27, 2016 Gareth Otton rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, hustle
The Collectors is an interesting story that wasn't quite as gripping as the first novel in this series, but does a good job of introducing new characters and ends in a position that keeps you wanting more.

One thing this novel does well is introduce a new character. I was initially frustrated at how much time was devoted to her story at first, but as the book unfolds and you see where her actions take her, the book starts to flow much better. Her story might not have had the progression I was hop
Susan Jones
Feb 15, 2016 Susan Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Baldacci's entertaining if overly long sequel to The Camel Club (2005), renegade CIA agent Roger Seagraves has set himself up in the business of freelance assassination and selling our country's secrets to the highest bidder. The Camel Club, a group of four dysfunctional crime solvers headed by ex-CIA assassin Caleb Shaw, becomes involved with Seagraves through a killing at the Library of Congress, where one of the club members works. Meanwhil
Dec 15, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
This book was entertaining, and held my attention enough to read to the end. The plot made more sense than the plot in The Camel Club, though it still wasn't incredibly compelling. The character development was generally weak, especially of the four Camel Club members, who present like caricatures and seem rather silly, giving the book a somewhat frivolous and goofy tone. Baldacci also has a habit of "telling" rather than "showing" important aspects of the story, which interrupts the suspense, a ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Bibliothek

Caleb Shaw, eines der Mitglieder des Camel-Clubs, arbeitet in der Bibliothek. Zu seinem Entsetzen findet er eines Tages seinen Vorgesetzten tot in einem der Räume. Anscheinend ist dieser an Herzversagen verstorben, was aber eigentlich nichts anderes heißt, dass man die genaue Todesursache nicht kennt. Caleb wird zum bibliothekarischen Nachlassverwalter ernannt, denn der Verstorbene war ein Sammler von besonderen Buchausgaben und diese Sammlung muss nun katalogisiert, geschätzt und
Andrew Updegrove
Mar 01, 2014 Andrew Updegrove rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
Shelves: fiction, thriller
A typical Baldacci thriller, this one follows through an appropriately convoluted set of facts and discoveries, with clever twists, lots of movement and action, and an appropriate resolution. Also as is typical with Baldacci, there's not a lot of character development, scene setting or texture - the narrative is simply a vehicle for the plot line, and the rewards are from watching the plot become established, developed, sideswiped, and resolved.

That's the cost of turning out two books a year, on
Ayelén Glasswen
Me gustó la descripción de los protagonistas, son todos tipos grosos en lo que hacen.
¡Y todo sucede en la tan famosa Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos! ¡Con todos esos libros únicos ahí juntos!
El ambiente donde se mueve la acción es genial, es un ambiente de amantes de los libros, coleccionistas y gente lectora pero especializada, de esos que saben. El experto tasador me encantó, mi personaje favorito.
Me acuerdo que en la trama lo primero que pasa, con lo que se abre el misterio, es co
Luis Fernando Franco
Es una buena historia, aunque no esta al nivel de la primera entrega.

Diría que el libro consta de tres partes: un cuento corto de la historia de Anabelle la estafadora; los asesinatos en Washington donde está el Carmel Club; y la historia cuando se cruzan las historias. La que me pareció más entretenida es la de Anabelle, que no es la historia principal.

La historia principal tiene buenos elementos de espionaje, política y demás, pero lo que fue absolutamente decepcionante fue el mecanismo de int
BJ Rose
I love the members of The Camel Club (maybe because I can identify with them age-wise), and I enjoyed them just as much in book 2 - but I really don't like cliffhangers (altho I saw it coming as the book progressed). Fortunately for me, I have the next book on my physical bookshelf - but am calling this a weak 4* because of the cliffhanger.
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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