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The Camel Club (Camel Club #1)

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Existing at the fringes of Washington D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man know as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions. Their efforts bear little fruit --- until the group witnesses a shocking murder ... and become embroi ...more
Paperback, 606 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Vision (first published October 25th 2005)
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Anita Laydon
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
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 rated it did not like it
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
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
Freda Malone
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-series
Across the street from the White House, tells a story of a man, dead and alive, Oliver Stone. Old and homeless, he and a small group of friends known as The Camel Club, witness a murder on Roosevelt Island.

I read this book many years ago, but for the life of me, I could not remember very much of it. Except for the fact that Oliver Stone lived homeless across the street from the White house and was a mysterious old man. Now that I have re-read this first novel in the series, scenes and character
I'm just blabbering about this read:

- how insignificant we are. Why fight/appose/criticize/object to anything when we're simply not important? Depressing;

- some Americans will approve of the criticism in the book, other will be furious and frustrated;

- this book proves a point. How democracy is used as a weapon to control countries, a well done and straightforward explanation; sadly true as well;

- a cliffhanger ending; don't want to indulge in the series, so I'm unhappy;

- I liked, as in really
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 30, 2012 added it
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
Mar 03, 2011 rated it did not like 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
Franco  Santos
Un grupo terrorista ha pedido a los secuestradores que exijan armas nucleares a cambio del presidente. Por Dios, el mundo se ha vuelto loco. ¿Por qué la gente no se sienta, lee y se comporta con normalidad?
Primer libro de la saga Camel Club. Yo ya tengo leído los siguientes, ya que esta serie la había empezado por el segundo, solo me faltaba el primero por leer. En parte estoy feliz por haber hecho eso porque no sé si la hubiera seguido leyendo en caso de haberla comenzado por este. Es el más
Benjamin Thomas
Four societal misfits and conspiracy theorists living in the Washington DC area have banded together to form what they refer to as the Camel Club. Led by Oliver Stone, a 60+ year old man with a mysterious past, they find themselves accidentally witnessing a murder. That launches them into an adventure beyond their wildest expectations involving a complex and bizarre terrorist plot.

I’ve been a David Baldacci fan since I read Absolute Power. His books don’t always quite live up to that one in my m
Sarah's Reviews
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
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
Alcatraz Dey
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This is straight out of last night's news, well similar anyways. A lot of research has gone into the topic of Middle East/American dynamics in the writing of this not so pretty story. Baldacci, like Grisham, skillfully writes a conspiracy theory and then proves it.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
BJ Rose
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to confesss that I rarely read NY Times bestseller books until recently, but I've found, since listening to audiobooks, that I really enjoy them for fun listening. The Camel Club has all the action and excitement of a good thriller film or TV show, but has enough political smarts to have some weight. There are some info-dump and/or soapbox moments, but I didn't mind so much, because Baldacci includes them to send the message that most things in politics and the Culture Wars is gray, and ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book, thriller
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.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book proved to me how essential it is to re-read your books. I had read this book way back in 2007-2008 but I remembered almost none of it and when I read it again it was like I had never read it but I did and I did few parts but mis-remembered few parts too. And it was slow but good read. It was a nice thriller and loved the antics of the camel club.

I recently bought lot of David Baldacci books and having just finished 'Jack Reacher' series well all the books printed thus far I thought of
Jan Derksen
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In het Witte Huis bereiden de president en zijn naaste adviseur zich voor op de komende verkiezingen. Wat zij niet weten, is dat zij scherp in de gaten worden gehouden door een man die zichzelf Oliver Stone noemt. Stone wantrouwt al jarenlang de Amerikaanse regering en is ervan overtuigd dat allerlei zaken die het daglicht niet kunnen verdragen, in de doofpot worden gestopt. Hij ziet het als zijn missie om de waarheid boven tafel te krijgen. Stone staat niet alleen in zijn achterdocht. Samen me

Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
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
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
David Baldacci is going to be rich, once he sues the 12-year-old who wrote this book using his name. That's the only plausible explanation I can come up with as to how Baldacci could possibly have written such an awful novel.

You think my explanation is silly? You won't like this book then, because every single idea in it is worse than silly. The plot is a mess, the dialogue is attrocious, the characters are tired and cliche, and the worst part is that the author is capable of so much 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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