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The Collectors (Camel Club #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  24,452 ratings  ·  1,165 reviews
People are dropping dead in Washington, D.C. First the Speaker of the House falls victim to a hit man 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 gifte ...more
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Published October 17th 2006 by Warner Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Casey It isn't wholly necessary, though there will be some moments/characters that you might be expected to know something about that you won't but it does…moreIt isn't wholly necessary, though there will be some moments/characters that you might be expected to know something about that you won't but it does a fairly decent job of standing on its own. Camel Club is a fun read though.(less)
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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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
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
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

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
Linda Munro
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
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
Lisa Petro
another good camel club book
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
It actually took a little while to get thoroughly hooked on this book. I have this rule - if, by page 100, I'm not hooked, out it goes. Weeeell, by page 100, I was hooked, lined and sinkered. *LOL* It actually took a little longer till I figured out how the two seemingly separate stories would meet up, but Baldacci did it eventually, but in the meantime, both separate stories kept my attention. And the ending…aargh! You end up wondering…well? And I'll leave it at that, so I don't spoil it. I gue ...more
Michael O'Leary
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. Meanwhile, an enigmatic y
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
In this second book in the series, The Collectors events start fast with the assassination of the Speaker of the House and the murder of the Rare Books Division of the library of Congress. Events got really tangled when we are introduced to Annabelle Conroy, con artist and daughter of famed con artist Paddy Conroy. She is trying to avenge the death of her mother, which she knows to be the work of Casino boss and mobster Jerry Bagger. As she cons Jerry into losing 40 million dollars and tries to ...more
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
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
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David Baldacci published 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 into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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“He spent the next two days in careful, decisive preparation efficiently conducted around his day job. The three imperatives of his mission were embedded in every action he performed: (1) keep it simple; (2) provide for every contingency; and (3) never panic no matter how much your plan goes awry, which it occasionally did. However, if there were a fourth rule, it would have to be: exploit the fact that most people are fools when it comes to things that actually matter, like their own survival. He had never suffered from that shortcoming.” 0 likes
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