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The Camel Club (Camel Club #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  50,865 ratings  ·  1,865 reviews
The man known as Oliver Stone has no official past. He spends most days as a protester camped opposite the White House. His only goal is to keep watch on Washington politics and expose corruption wherever he finds it. But the stakes are raised when he and his friends accidentally witness the murder of an intelligent analyst.
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Published January 1st 2006 by MacMillan Audio (first published October 25th 2005)
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Anita Laydon
Some people follow sports teams, other people follow actors or rock bands. But me, I follow authors. And while some people fantasize about celebrities they’d like to dine with, I have a list of rock star authors I dream of interviewing.

Recently, one of my dreams came true when David Baldacci agreed to an email interview with me. Upon hearing the news, my impulse was to jump and kick in a manner my legs haven’t experienced since the late 1980s, when I was a high school cheerleader. I quickly disc
Dash Garabetovitch Kassakhov
Aug 23, 2007 Dash Garabetovitch Kassakhov rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: morons and idiots
I feel cheated that I even had to assign a single star to this pathetic excuse for a book.

Let me describe this book like this... this is the kind of book that comes in only two forms - paperback and audio. It's excrement smeared on paper and then bound and placed in airport bookstore shelves.

It's your basic Tom Clancy bite off of the terrorist plot to bring down the free world. The author has watched a couple of National Geographic Videos, maybe had lunch with about three or four guys who used
2.0 stars. Probably would have given this 3 stars except for my extreme annoyance with the "heavy handed" political tone of the book. As far as I can tell from the authors depictions in the story, America is responsible for ALL of the evil in the world (especially in the Middle East), 9/11 was a justified response to American foreign policy and Americans are ignorant and racist. Great, thanks for that, now can we get on with the story. Oh, that is the story. Terrific!!!

Apart from the tone, this
The Camel Club is comprised of a group of men who are sort of a counter culture of their own after having served the country in some form or fashion, enough to be suspicious of the publicly fed information from the government. They lead an odd existence, each with unique quirks and eccentricities, and meet each month to compare notes on what they're hearing from various inside sources. On one of these evenings, they unfortunately become witnesses to a stunning event that puts them in the middle ...more
Same fun, eccentric characters from Baldacci's The Collectors, however, this book came first. Intricate plot, however, a few characters are used as mouthpieces to give long dissertations on the peaceful nature of Islam and the greed of Americans. Though his points may or may not be valid, it was delivered heavy-handedly and got tiresome. After all, I'm reading a novel, not a slanted history book on Middle East politics.

Aside from that, though, I enjoyed the story and the main characters. I'll re
Mike (the Paladin) I go. I can't really recommend this one. You know there are books by Mr. Baldacci that I enjoy greatly. I have noted before that he can be...that's "can be" one of those authors who can get very heavy handed about their political beliefs.

I find that the case here. He pretty much had me feeling he was really (really) "mostly" interested in making a political point. This is obviously a point to be agreed or disagreed on as I see some reviewers agree with me and others don't. Possibly
Mar 01, 2012 Pat added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Pat by: a friend
Shelves: abandoned

How wrong can you be. This started ok. I wondered why the treatise on the nature of Islam, was prepared to accept that somehow the relevance of that would make itself apparent.
Wrong again

20% read and starting to find it tiresome, but this was an author recommended by a friend so I ploughed on.

What a lot of characters and acronyms and superheros and who the hell is this book written for? Seems to me the target audience is an adolescent youth the author is hoping to 'educate' Yet I'm thinking it
Extremely bad

I read this book because it was chosen by my book club - I don't think I would have bothered to finish it otherwise.

The plot is ridiculous and lunges around especially towards the end - it felt like a badly written James Bond movie. The nuclear strike was averted by just 1 second - that sort of timing is not dramatic - it's just annoying.

The characterisation was quite two dimensional and, in the case of Hemingway, quite nauseating - his accomplishments are just too unbelievable - s
Good read. Oliver Stone aka John Carr. Middle East history: Replacing dictatorships that America helped foster and support. In most cases the democracies coming to power hate America more than the dictators they replaced. We entered Iraq not understanding its history or culture. Great Britain took Mesopotamia and artificially created a country, Iraq. Its population is composed of Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds & dozens of other groups that are not know to get along. One cannot “bomb” people into a d ...more
Sarah's Reviews
The Camel Club - a rag tag team of friends led by the "past-less" Oliver Stone - is a strangely capable group who's purpose is to discover the truth about what's really going on in the government. When they stumbles upon a murder that smells of corruption - it becomes a lethal race to discover the murderers' identities and silence them before the Camel Club is the one to get silenced.

The Camel Club combines mystery, suspense, and action in a moderately paced adult read. Readers should be aware t
The Camel Club is a political thriller about a group of misfits that have a club where they try to uncover conspiracies and force the government to acknowledge truth. The leader of the Camel Club calls himself Oliver Stone and keeps a vigil in a tent in the park across from the white house. During one meeting of the Camel Club, the members witness a real murder and conspiracy to cover it up. The group begins to investigate what they witnessed and becomes mixed up in a conspiracy that threatens t ...more
Alcatraz Dey
The Camel Club is a political thriller that opens in Washington, D.C. (well, not quite. The opening chapter is not in D.C.), where we meet four eccentric, once-upon-a-time effective fellows who make up a group they call The Camel Club. Each has some kind of experience and/or brilliance that makes him essential to the small assembly; and each has been successful at one time or another in his life. Now, they are only reflections of what they once were. There's Oliver Stone (his assumed name), Cale ...more
BJ Rose
Jan 21, 2010 BJ Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to BJ Rose by: Lyn M
The book started out slow, but once the author got all the characters in and established, it started to move along. It was obvious from the beginning that there was a plot against the U.S., and except for Captain Jack, we knew who the 'bad guys' were, and slowly got some of the why. But the purpose, and the actual carrying out of the plot - there were some surprises there. I had to stay up late last night - once the trap was sprung, I couldn't stop.

As with all political thrillers, I find myself
This is the first book in "The Camel Club" series. I bought the audio version to listen to while on a long road trip. I was pleased and intrigued with the early introduction of Oliver Stone and the other odd but interesting members of the Camel Club, their reaction to a murder witnessed during one of their clandestine meetings, and their flight from the murderers who discovered their presence. After that, it becomes apparent that the murder is related to a plot to do something to the president, ...more
The Camel Club is the first in a series of the same name. The Camel Club is a group of misfit men who, for the most part, are retired government employees. They make an interesting group: "Oliver Stone," the former CIA assassin; Reuben Rhodes, the Vietnam vet who washed out of his intelligence job; Milton Farb, the former NIH employee whose OCD got the best of him; and Caleb Shaw, the only one to survive the government mill as an employee at the Library of Congress' rare books division. This boo ...more
Awful. Hated 95% of the story, characters were not developed well, let alone new characters were still being added 50 pages from the end of the book. I didn't even care about the ones already present.

It seems that the author is trying way too hard to create a gripping, thrill-a-minute novel when in reality, the story is way too long and overtold. Many times while reading it, I felt like I was browsing wikipedia as many random facts were mentioned. I'm not sure if the author assumes his audience
I read this book for one of my book clubs. It is a suspence thriller about a conspiracy that threatens the security of the United States. The intricate plot is very intriguing, and I could hardly put the book down. It kept me guessing right to the end. As I read it, I kept thinking, "How do people come up with these ideas?"

The one thing that I don't like about the book is the violence in the end, but I think the author put it there to make us think about the vehement things people do in the name
Dan Schwartz
What a pleasant surprise. I came across this book when a relative gave me his copy after he had read it. That was all, no description or rating, just a book amongst some others, and I gave it a shot. Amazing! The main character is very mysterious, but a when defined character with his own flaws and you feel like he is a real person; in fact all of the characters seem so real (besides the fact that most of the male cahracters are over six-two for some reason...apparantly David Baldacci knows some ...more
Der Camel-Club

Die Mitglieder des geheimnisumwitterten Camel-Club beobachten den Lauf der Welt. Über ihre Vergangenheit ist nicht viel bekannt und soll auch nicht viel bekannt sein. Sie sind sehr zurückgezogen und wollen eigentlich nicht in irgendwelche Ereignisse eingreifen. Doch ausgerechnet in der Nähe ihres Treffpunktes sind sie gezwungen einen Mord zu beobachten. Was kann dahinterstecken? Was können sie tun? Da es sich bei dem Aufenthaltsort um ein eher verbotenes Gelände handelt, ist eines
Four misfits foil a world-wide apocalypse.

The Camel Club exists in the shadows of Washington, D.C., four misfits led by Oliver Stone, who distrust government agencies and immerse themselves in conspiracy theories. They witness a shocking murder, one they believe was committed by government agents. Worse, the killers have spotted them. Fearing for their own safety, they set out to solve the murder.

Each member of the club has his own specialty (and idiosyncrasy). Along the way, they enlist the h
Linda Munro
The Camel Club is a novel about four eccentric men who years prior formed a club to discuss and keep watch over the bigwigs in Washington, DC. Camped in a tent in a small park across the street from the White House, due largely to the intercession of the ACLU, the leader of the club “Oliver Stone” has posted a sign simply stating, “I want the truth.”
The group meets in a variety of places around Washington DC to discuss current events, politicians and conspiracy theories; as the story opens one m
This was a lot of fun. Like a Ludlum book, except a bit more modern and more over the top - the story pokes fun at itself, parts reads like the screenplay for an epic action film.

I was happy to see that a more rational view of foreign policy and the future of the US had permeated into this piece of popular mainstream fiction (good sign!) - but when I read book reviews, there are clearly polarized reactions to anything that calls they myth of american perfection into question. Perhaps by 2025 a m
A good story with characters you care about. The addition of two new members of the Camel Club promises even better things for the future.
Vinod Jayachandran
First book of any successful series in general is probably the best of the series. If not the best at least very good. And this book is no exception to it.

Loved reading every page of this novel. This book deals with attempts of US to control Governments of oil rich nations for their vested interests. Although this book takes you through the terrorism prevailing in ISLAMic countries, it also exposes the other side of their story. It shows a different perspective from the ones involved in such te
Violeta Petrovska
Politickite trileri mi se slaba strana, ama ova mi se dopadna mnogu, pozz
Thanks to what I consider transportation-station fiction syndrome (you know -- you're getting ready to take a train/plane/bus and realize that you don't have enough reading material to get you through the flight; you hit the station's bookseller and end up buying a book by an author you've never read before but who, apparently, is popular), I've read two of Baldacci's earlier Camel Club books over the past several years. Up until a few days ago, however, I'd never read the beginning of the serie ...more
The Camel Club is the first of a series of books relating to a group of people calling themselves The Camel Club. During this story, Oliver Stone and the other members witness a murder and begin searching for the murderers and the reasons behind it. They learn that there are some high ranking political figures involved in the conspiracy. While trying to save lives of others, they are forced to protect their own lives as well.

I actually listened to Divine Justice (book 4 in the series) a week ago
Kell Morrow
A dream that I have is to hide in the woods overlooking a Ku Klux Klan rally and cross burning with a .223 semi automatic rifle, and just as the king kluxer puts the torch up to the cross, I would put a hole in his thick skull, then, rapidly pick off thirty or forty creeps as they run towards their beat up pickups--tripping over their sheets--like scared little bunny rabbits. Leaving no evidence to point towards me, I would zip away on my trail bike--having once again served justice.

With his Cam
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of good thrillers
This is a good & intelligent thriller albeit with a rather strange twist that sits perhaps less well with the more conservative (political that is) reader.
The story is about a group of talentfull misfits that have their own conspiracy club in Washington DC, their leader going by the name of Oliver STone is an friendly man with NO history whatsoever, as he is officially been dead for several decennia.
This group, the Camel club, witnesses by accident the murder of a Intelligence analyst. This
Matt Smith
Character Journal Entries from The Camel Club.
Matt smith
Oliver Stone-
There has been a lot going on ever since the night at Roosevelt Island. The Camel Club members and I have been afraid ever since that night when we witnessed the murder of Patrick Johnson. We have been meeting almost every night discussing facts about the case, and we don’t want the cops to connect us to the murder since we witnessed it. Last night we decided to seek the truth, which is the old Camel Club way. We plan on figuri
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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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“Alex said, "Okay, I need to know something. Why the Camel Club?"

Stone answered, "Because camels have great stamina. They never give up."

"That's what Oliver says, but the real reason is this," Reuben countered. "In the 1920s there was another Camel Club. And at each meeting of that club they would all raise their glasses and take a vow to oppose Prohibition to the last drop of whiskey. Now, that's my kind of club.”
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