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Hell's Corner (Camel Club #5)

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Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in #1 bestselling author David Baldacci's most stunning adventure yet.

An attack on the heart of power . . .

In sight of the White House . . .

At a place known as . . .


John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by MacMillan
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Johnny Williams
Oh my David -- I long for the days gone by when you really dug deep for your clues -- and drove mystery and intrigue from carefully deposited hints and facts -- etc-- But this one seems so convenient-- Whatever you need --you just write it in-- without allowing us to find the foreshadowing you used to expertly weave into the storytelling-- that made them believable-- In this one although half of Washington lie dead in the path of Oliver-- The villain was not only impossible to imagine but her pa ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Salymar rated it it was amazing
Hell’s Corner is my first novel by one of the reigning American authors, David Baldacci. I decided to read his novels as I was trying to get out of my usual reading routine - and by “my usual routine” I mean, novels written by John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. I was surprised that I am happy to get out habitual reading routine and tried Baldacci’s novel. And from this day forward, I’ll be collecting David Baldacci’s works.

David Baldacci’s works include the famous novel (and his very first publish
Aug 23, 2011 Jmrathbone rated it did not like it
I have liked the other Baldacci books about the Camel Club, but this one was one too many. For one thing, I couldn’t think of a single reason the president of the United States would call on Oliver Stone to stop the Russians from taking over the Mexican drug trade. Was there no one in the CIA, NSA, or FBI who would be better prepared to do this than an aging assassin? Not to worry, before he can get started on that assignment, there is an assassination attempt on the British PM and he must help ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Although the ending was for the birds, up to the very last few pages this book was prime thriller material and kept me completely engrossed.
Nov 10, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Oliver Stone is recruited by the President of the United States to help serve his country on a top secret mission. In exchange for his services, Stone will never have to worry about the government knocking on his door again. The offer is too good for Stone to refuse.

Stone is standing outside in Lafayette park, outside of the White House, enjoying his last night before he heads out of the country. High dignitaries are heading to their cars after being wined and dined at a dinner honoring the Bri
Franco  Santos
Jan 06, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh... Ya se terminó el Camel Club para mí. :-(

Amé este libro, esta última entrega de una de las mejores sagas de intriga que leí. Voy a extrañar tanto a Oliver Stone, Caleb Shaw, Milton Farb, Harry Finn, Joe Knox, Annabelle Conroy, Reuben Rhodes y Alex Ford... En este tomo me encontré con un caso complejísimo, que deja totalmente perdidos tanto a los lectores como a los personajes. En donde nada es lo que parece y nadie puede confiar en nadie. Tiene una resolución sorprendente, un final en el qu
Mary Gramlich
Nov 09, 2010 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
Camel Club Series #5
David Baldacci
November 9, 2010 - Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover, 448 pages
ISBN-13: 9780446195522

You will not be able to put this book down

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
May 07, 2012 Debby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
A 5-star rating for a book writen by an author whose name is genrally larger than the title on teh dust cover? Yeah, I was shocked too! I am a big fan of David Baldacci and regularly give his books 4-star ratings. But 5? This one was, for me, a hit out of the ball park!

Up to this point, I've only read the first book in Baldacci's Camel Club series and if I remember correctly I was particularly overwhelmed by it. The plot of Hell's Corner intrigued me enough to ignore the fact I was going to enc
Mark Bennett
Nov 24, 2010 Mark Bennett rated it it was ok
Another in the Camel Club series that are now typical Baldacci. His first books, "Absolute Power" & "Total Control" were great books. Later books, such as "The Winner", "Saving Faith" and "Wish You Well" were very good.

With this read, I have read all 20 Baldacci novels. Like many other authors of today, a once good writer has turned into a book mill. Baldacci has become more Patterson-like with each book producing formula reads instead of stories.

Hell's Corner is set in Washington and cente
May 27, 2011 Tequila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the middle of this one. The Camel Club is my favorite of David Baldacci's series because of its misfit crew led by a homeless vet who lives in a cemetery a little north of Georgetown. It is also propitious as I have been working a 1/2 block from Hell's Corner which is actually Lafayette Park across from the white house. Lately I have been thinking that Baldacci should add a DC contract attorney to his ragtag group of ragamuffins. During periods between jobs I have worked as a contract att ...more
Jason Alexander
Bombings, assassinations, and espionage - oh my!

Oliver Stone (aka - John Carr), an aging ex-special operative of a defunct group once know as the 'Triple-six', is called-up to serve his country once more. This time he is being beckoned by the president himself and his mission... well, he never actually gets to his mission, so that really doesn't matter. Another crisis takes precedent, a bombing and automatic rounds being fired in Lafayette Park across from the White House. His Camel Club pals (r
Debbie Evancic
Nov 10, 2014 Debbie Evancic rated it really liked it
I have never read a David Baldacci novel and was not disappointed. I definitely need to read more of the Camel Club novels.

Oliver Stone (aka John Carr), lives simply, as a caretaker of a cemetery, but is called back to duty with the government when a bomb goes off in Lafayette Park in Washington DC (Hell's Corner). British agent, Mary Chapman, becomes his partner and the members of the Camel Club join the team.

Intriguing story of political mischief where the government agencies don't communicate
Feb 09, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Hell’s Corner by Baldacci
I have really enjoyed reading most of Baldacci’s Camel Club series, including The Collectors, Stone Cold, Divine Justice and The Whole Truth. The eclectic cast of characters with Oliver Stone at the center keeps the reader captivated by their research, planning the next dangerous move and their relationship twists and turns. In this book, there is a disaster and huge security threat when a bomb goes off in the root of a tree in Lafayette Park across from he White House.
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 18, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
David Baldacci is one of my top ten favorite authors. I have read his previous nineteen novels, all NYT bestsellers and enjoyed them all to a high degree, so when I got this my fingers were tingling, ready to turn the pages and enjoy. Here is the synopsis of the novel:’ John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
As is the case with most Baldacci outings, this most recent Camel Club novel has lots of fun plot twists and turns. Unfortunately, as is also the case with most Baldacci outings, this one also has lot of plot developments that make that whole suspension of disbelief thing difficult. Still, it *is* the Camel Club here, so we're talking about a truly awesome cast of supporting characters, even if we see far too little of them this time around, given that Stone becomes an official government agent ...more
Neil Hanson
Nov 28, 2011 Neil Hanson rated it did not like it
Well, a big disappointment. I loved the first 3 in the Camel Club series, and I love the Oliver Stone / John Carr character, but this one was a big letdown. It just didn't feel like the author's heart was in it. Loose ends coming together in ways so implausible it made me want to stop several times. The "cliche" factor was incredibly high in this one, to the point where it was impossible to really identify with any of the characters. I need characters that are plausible and believable enough to ...more
Dawn Buchanan
May 06, 2016 Dawn Buchanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I loved all of the Camel Club series. David Baldaci is one of my favorite authors. I have read several of his other books and they are all excellent.
Jan 22, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing
It was a good book. I liked it a lot. It was full of action/adventure. It was a well written book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Dec 31, 2010 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-reads
This latest installment in the Camel club series reunites Oliver (aka John Carr) and his Camel Club cronies in a new adventure that begins with a bomb set off during a tree planting in front of the White House. Partnering with Oliver in this adventure is Mary Chapman from British Intelligence. The usual twists, turns and interesting characters keep the story moving along at a nice brisk pace and, without spoiling anything, the end is quite a shocker.

I did enjoy this book, but personally, with Ol
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another in a series of books by Baldacci about Oliver Stone (James Carr). He is a former assassin for the US, but a man of deep integrity. This time, there is a bombing in Lafayette Park, right across the street from the White House and he is in the middle of trying to solve the mystery of who is responsible.

In many ways, the book is predictable - there are the usual list of characters, including the members of his Camel club - his closest friends that he trusts completely. There is a Br
Sep 22, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
This is everything that I expect a Camel Club mystery to be: Exciting, a pretty good mystery and way too complex for it's own good. Its own good? I'm terrible with apostrophes. Sorry.

Anyway: This book starts out relatively straightforward: A bomb has gone off in the park across the street from the White House. Former... oh, right spoilers... um.. tough guy Oliver Stone is recruited to investigate what happened, partially because he's a good detective type and partially because he was there when
Dan Darragh
Aug 13, 2015 Dan Darragh rated it liked it
A good but not great thriller. Sometimes it's hard to keep straight which characters are members of which government agency, which is kind of important as the book progresses. Some of the plots are just a bit too deeply conceived to be believable and Baldacci goes into great detail unraveling some while others are quickly resolved by sending someone somewhere and, voila!, it's taken care of in a sentence a couple of paragraphs later.
I think I've read one of Baldacci's Camel Club novels before, a
May 04, 2014 Gina rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened
Hell's Corner by David Baldacci.

If I could give half stars this book would be a 4.5 stars, it was that good. David Baldacci's writing and Camel Club characters have come a long way since the mid-2000s and "The Camel Club" first book. "Hell's Corner" had so many twists and turns that it almost felt like too much at times and I just wanted it to slow down a little bit to let me catch my breath. Even so, I was probably more excited to get in my car for my daily commute and listening to the next dis
Cari Stroeing altmann
Nov 05, 2014 Cari Stroeing altmann rated it really liked it
3.5-4 rating.
Oliver Stone has just received the order that he is to be executed for the assassination of Senator Roger Simpson. He will not go to the electric chair or receive a lethal injection. He will receive one month of CIA refresher training and then will be dropped, with no passport or agency credentials, into the lair of a Russian drug cartel in Mexico. His orders are to find the connection between the cartel and the current Russian spy ring operating in the US. The President assures him that if he s ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Anita rated it liked it
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Mar 12, 2016 Adarsh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Camel Club novel. Oliver Stone a.k.a John Carr, a once deadly spy and Government sponsored assassin, has been retired for long. When a bomb explodes in a park just across the White House, he is drawn into the case. He can't refuse as the orders come from the top. However, there are not many he can trust, and not many trust him. Partnering him is MI16 agent Mary Chapman and the motley group that is the Camel Club, Oliver Stone faces a deadly enemy who is always -- almost always - ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Joan rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I don't often give 5 star ratings. I really enjoyed this read, maybe partly because I just returned from Washington D.C. and that is where this story takes place. I could just picture every setting in the story line. According to other's reviews of this novel, it is a very mixed bag.

I liked that I didn't have to write down every charatcter to remember who was who. He incorporated his characters one by one so I felt like I got to know them before a multitude descended. I li
Sep 28, 2015 Edward rated it did not like it
Shelves: spy, abandoned
This is the first book I've deliberately abandoned. The dialogue is absolutely atrocious! The author uses one of the characters to tell us what is happening, which makes the dialogue unnatural and boring. The characters also sound like archetypes rather than natural characters, and its all because of the dialogue.

Add that the plot is impossible to believe and the author has no idea how to build suspense.
Xavier Van
Feb 10, 2015 Xavier Van rated it really liked it
"Oliver Stone was counting seconds, an exercise that had always calmed him. And he needed to be calm. He was meeting with someone tonight. Someone very important. And Stone didn't quite know how it was going to go. He did know one thing for certain. He was not going to run. He was through running. [...]"

This is how HELL'S CORNER of D. Baldacci takes off with a flying start. Yet from the first chapter, we have a lot of questions: Who is Oliver Stone? What is he going to do? He is not going to ass

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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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