The Collectors (Camel Club, #2)
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Annabelle is a beautiful stranger with a mysterious past, planning the heist of the century - two short cons to fund a long con, then a life of unashamed luxury, incognito in a foreign land.

Jonathan DeHaven, the shy head of the Rare Books Division at the Library of Congress, is planning nothing more than an uneventful day amongst his cherished collection.

But when Jonathan...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published October 20th 2006 by MacMillan (first published January 1st 2006)
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Donna
Jan 20, 2008 Donna rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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....more
Toni Osborne
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...more
Eric Bjerke
Jun 07, 2008 Eric Bjerke rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
D.K.
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...more
Carol Hunter
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.
Mark
Mar 05, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Chad Sayban
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
Lainy
Time Taken To Read - 2 days

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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...more
Patricia
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...more
Angela
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
Kelly
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
James
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...more
Nicholas
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...more
Priya
Ugh.

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 rea...more
Kevan
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...more
Andrew Updegrove
Mar 01, 2014 Andrew Updegrove rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Iris
The Collectors brings together two stories, that of Annabelle Conroy, a con artist, and that of Oliver Stone and his Camel Club. By the end of the story, both tales are intertwined in a mystery surrounding the Library of Congress. Unfortunately, The Collectors includes a couple of improbable scenes and leaves Annabelle's story unfinished. While these facts detract from the story, the book is still an enjoyable light mystery. Cautions: some sex.
Rosemary
I was unaware that The Collectors was the second book in "The Camel Club Series" when I started reading it. I ran across a used copy and decided to give it a try because it involved The Library of Congress, an institution in which I have a great interest. The book works as a stand alone story, though perhaps reading the first book would have provided additional background on the characters.

The Camel Club consists of an ex-CIA assassin, a tech-nerd with a photographic memory, a muscular Vietnam...more
Peggy
This book is about spying, traitors selling secrets, murder, and an elaborate con game. A librarian at the rare book reading room of Library of Congress dies suddenly of what looks like a heart attack. But the death is suspicious as the Speaker of the House is assassinated as well as a neighbor of the librarian. Enter the librarian's co-worker and his friends who are ex-military and ex-CIA. They start connecting the dots and uncover an elaborate system of stealing government secrets and selling...more
Danni0309
My co-worker told me about David Baldacci and bought me The Camel Club in paperback to get me started. It was my turn to pick the book for my monthly book club and I picked The Camel Club since I already had it. I bought The Collectors when I was only half way through The Camel Club, because I was already fond of Oliver Stone. The Collectors started like the Camel Club did with a few different "adventures" and different characters. I love how David Baldacci brings all characters and stories toge...more
Judy
We finished listening to this second in the series. Though we like David Baldacci and we will continue to share his books in audio versions, this was not our favorite by a long shot.

The Collectors refers to both the characters that collected rare books and a killer who "collected" spoils from each of his kills. Kinda gruesome, that part. This is #2 in the Camel Club series. The Camel Club is a group of four eccentric men who work in the shadow of the nation's capitol to investigate conspiracy t...more
Betty
Well read and the story line is interesting as it has to different stories going on at the same time and then it brings them together to creat more interest and mystery. One story line comes to a conclusion but the other is left open to be continued in the next book (Stone Cold).
Heidi
This book is a sequel to The Camel Club, and it's much better than the first book. It had a really good second story within the first story, and it's suspenseful. A decent build on the characters from the first book.
Richard
I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the Baldacci books read so far and this is probably his best, with the exception of the brilliant Absolute Power. It is the 2nd book of the Camel Club Series, who are group of 4 misfit men, living and sometimes working in Washington DC. The first book in the series was good but this was much better and held me riveted from start to finish. The twisting plots become entwined and gradually unravel with a real thrilling climax, the end leaving the reader (well me,...more
Angus Whittaker
This was a truly masterful political thriller. I've read some other Baldacci books, and was almost surprised, upon completing "The Collectors" that they were written by the same guy! This novel was above and beyond his other fiction, and contained everything that a thriller should - i.e., action, espionage, humor, intimidating millionaire casino owners, etc.
The Collectors started off thrilling, interesting, and gripping, became more thrilling, interesting, and gripping, and then finished really...more
Michelle
The scene: Two patrons in the Library of Congress (a harmless little old man and woman - are they eccentric bibliophiles? - no wait, they may be spies!) in a verbal smack down over their favorite authors. The quote: "...idiotic rubbish, candy wrappers for the bottom-feeding mindless masses, and poor candy wrappers at that." The riposte: "...at best a second-rate bum of a writer who used simplistic language because that's all he knew." I don't think I can describe my feelings for this book any be...more
Luffy Monkey D.
Ahoy, ahoy, it seems we've found an improbably better book than the previous installment, which is rare. Rarity is the theme of The Collectors, what with people being rare individuals or collectors that range from the harmless to the pretentious to the macabre. I liked the Con group eventually, which means I didn't at first. Annabelle is a fantastic character, and I'm sad that she's going to die horribly soon, although the cliffhanger ending made sure that didn't get confirmed. Alex's cameo was...more
Katie
I apparently just don't like David Baldacci, although I can't pin point why.
Rosie Crawford
Another good book by David Baldacci. It begins with an elaborate con on an Atlantic City casino. The second story is of an old CIA agent who has retired under an assumed identity. When a prominent librarian dies mysteriously, he suspects murder. His circle of friends, "The Camel Club" is an odd assortment that includes a body guard, a librarian, and others. The female con artist teams up with the Camel Club to unravel the mystery of where a previously unknown rare book came from. I've read other...more
Manisha
Loved it ! The characters are like real people !
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David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated in...more
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“Damn it, why couldn't I have a photographic memory!"
"Thank God you don't," Caleb exclaimed in a disgusted tone.
"What makes you say that?" Reuben demanded hotly.
"Because then she'd be calling you Ruby, and I'd have to be sick to my stomach.”
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