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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 . . .

HELL'S CORNER

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...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by MacMillan (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
Salymar
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...more
Jeffrey
Dec 11, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Cheryl
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...more
Jmrathbone
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
Mary Gramlich
HELL’S CORNER
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...more
Debby
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...more
Tequila
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...more
Linda
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....more
Mark Bennett
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...more
Giovanni Gelati
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
Jim
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
Christine
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...more
Gina
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...more
Patricia
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
Joan
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...more
Kathy
Listened to audiobook. Male narrator is one of my faves. Female is new and I am not feeling her for the part of Annabelle, but she is good for the MI6 Brit.

Edge of my seat with this one. One of the things I enjoy most about Baldacci's plots is that I can never figure it out. Even when I think I do, there is a twist that I don't see coming. Or I can come up with the plan but not the lead up or execution of it. It always leaves me guessing and usually I end up with my mouth hanging open at some po...more
Mike Barker
I don't think I have ever read a more needlessly convoluted book than this. I suppose it was a combination of wanting to emphasize how out of his prime the main character is and trying to make the story compelling, but I felt like I was reading whiplash. That coupled with the author's tedious use of "the man" and "the woman" instead of "he" and "she" nearly drove me bonkers. I get the whole switcheroo thing with the plot, but there comes a point at which an author just needs to settle into a sto...more
Bridget
I was listening to Hell's Corner while doing some housework and after about thirty minutes I had to sit down. I became so wrapped up in the story that it became the only thing I could concentrate on. David tells a fantastic story with deep characters. I give it five stars.
Joan
Oliver Stone is walking through a park across from the White House when there is a bomb explosion. He is called into the White House to find out what is happening. At first the government thinks the Russians are attacking because they want to be a Super Power again. Chapman, British MI5, is assigned to work with Oliver. The many groups in the government like CIA and FBI will not work together, actually hiding information from each other. Agents are dying all over the place. Finally, Camel Club i...more
BlueTacoMan
Number Five in the Camel Club series. If you've not read the first four Camel Club books, I would recommend doing so as past events are referenced and make more sense having read the others.

Oliver Stone, aka John Carr saves the day as usual. But so many twist to the plot, you just can't predict where it will end up.

On occasion Mr Baldacci seems to be trying to fill a word count. But for the most part, the scene descriptions, and character traits are explained very well.

The characters traits a...more
Luffy Monkey D.
Hell's Corner is about the war against terrorists using nano technology. The major new rookie here is Mary Chapman, who, had she not been a Brit, would surely be, at the end of the book, a member of the Camel Club. This book is the 35th that I'm giving a perfect score. About 13 % of my scores are 5/5. I'm fine with that. I'm at a crossroads. I can either read a slew of cozy mysteries, or experiment with historical fiction and supernatural books or Brad Thor books. The reason I may do nothing of...more
Michael Redd
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Irma
Another great book by Baldacci. Unfortunately I start at the wrong end of the series so I get the feeling I miss some background information. However, I intend to solve that by reading all the other books too!
For the story it doesn't really matter, I enjoyed it anyway. To me it was exciting till the last page. You keep on thinking with the main charachter, but just like him, you get sent into the other direction.
I loved this book, it is a very good story.


Weer een fantastisch boek van Baldacci. H...more
Iolanthe Woulff
Nothing like a deus ex machina or ten to rev up a Baldaccian denoument! Reasonably entertaining McThriller, all in all.
Josh Ruiz
One of the main challenges for any author that has created great books with their first published works is to maintain that consistency of greatness. With Hell's Corner, Baldacci seemed to put together three or four storylines and mix them up to create one major plot line. Unlike the prior Camel Club books, I found myself struggling to get to the end of this one. From trying to bring back the cold war (though drug cartels no less) to bombing to continued betrayal, it just seems so cliche and I e...more
Candace Rollins
I really love the Baldacci books, have read all but 2 I think. The Camel Club is my favorite series and I really love the character of John Carr/Oliver Stone, but this book did not live up to the other books by Baldacci, nor to the Camel Club series. The premise with nanobots being used by criminals is interesting, but I found the character development to be really poor this time....with Friedman being the long serving Harvard/Stanford educated CIA agent, selling out for cash? While in the real...more
Shannon
More like 3 1/2- lots of action and running around. Baldacci seems to have to work hard to keep the "Camel Club" together and working to a common goal. He's added a couple of players from the last couple of books (Finn and Knox) but their inclusion just seems forced. This last installment was in 2010 and aside from the recent short story where Robie crossed over into Stone's world, not sure if another one is coming but hopefully it'll be along the lines of these previous ones (good story line) b...more
Alex Gherzo
David Baldacci's last Camel Club book (so far) is an interesting change in direction for the series. Oliver Stone finds himself working for the government once again, this time to take down Russian drug trafficking. But his mission is soon swapped for another one when he's swept up in an apparent assassination attempt on the British Prime Minister. He soon finds himself entangled in another conspiracy, and if he wants to make it out alive he'll have to involve the rest of the Camel Club.

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