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The Collectors (Camel Club #2)

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"The assassination of the Speaker of the House sets the members of the Camel Club in a race to prevent a silent yet bloody coup in Washington"--Provided by the publisher
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kelly
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna
Nov 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
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Eric Bjerke
Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The second book in the “Camel Club” series combines a lot of subjects that are near and dear to my heart: antiquarian and rare book collecting, short and long cons, and the Library of Congress (yes I am a card-carrying member and certified as a “reader”) and its Rare Books reading room. The story brings back the four main members of the Camel Club from book one The Camel Club, but FBI agent Alex Ford gets a breather this time around. Instead we are treated to the interesting character of Annabel ...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
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James Glass
This book started out well but then fizzled out. A librarian is found dead in the rare books section of the Smithsonian. A congressman is murdered. At first glance there doesn't seem to be a connection.
The Camel Club begins to put some of the pieces together when they team up with a beautiful woman who's interested in finding out who killed the librarian. She claims to be an old friend, but no one can find anything about her.
As the Camel Club dig deeper in to the clues they discover there's no
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Mahoghani 23
The Camel Club can really place themselves in harms way; the sights of a killer.

A spy ring in Washington, D. C. Has caught the attention of Oliver Stone and he never backs down from getting to the truth of the matter. Along with Oliver is Reuben, Caleb, Milton and now Annabelle (read the book!) whose bringing her skills to the group.

Annabelle needs to inform them of her previous activities. Jerry Bagget, her last con job, is right on her tail because of Tony's mistake.

Starts off slow but brings
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James
Apr 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Toni Osborne
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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D.K.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angela
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicholas
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael Hollingworth
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
I really had fun with this one. It was great to dig into yet another Baldacci book. The pacing was really nice, and I enjoyed the story. Got lost amidst some of the character names, but seeing as I'm being ridiculous and reading the second book before the first, well. XP There was some sexual material in there, which, I guess, depending on your view, might be seen as somewhat obtrusive, but personally, most of it didn't bother me. Anyway, yeah. That's it. =P
Irene
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
1.5 - 2 stars because there were some memorable characters but the story wow so ridiculous.
Priya
Aug 23, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 really
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Kevan
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-drama
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
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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.
Tracy
I was hoping to get into this series a little more than I am. I couldn't get through the first one but I did manage to get through this one it just wasn't as interesting as the other books I have read from Baldacci.
Deb
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
One of the Camel Club mysteries. It was good.
Jae
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn plot reeled me in. But listen. Old South Church's Bay Psalm Book is held at the Boston Public Library. This isn't a spoiler it's a plot hole.
Art Ellsworth
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying the Camel Club series, a really interesting bunch! The con artist angle Baldacci weaved into this one was reminiscent of the beginning of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo....boring!




Lainy
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb From Goodreads

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
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Evelyn Wilson
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books-read
It is really scary what could happen to Annabella IF Jerry catches her. I guess I need to re-read Guilty. Corruption in Washington, D.C. --- selling government secrets. Love THE CAMEL CLUB !!! #2
Chad Sayban
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Brenda
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this, the second of the Camel Club series, we learn much more about the club members, and also meet the lovely Annabelle Conroy, the most successful scammer of them all!

We start with mild mannered and shy Jonathan DeHaven, who is head of the Rare Books Division at the Library of Congress, where Caleb Shaw, member of the Camel Club, is also librarian. Little did they know the terrifying events which were about to unfold, leaving death in the Library, and the Camel Club investigating with their
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Marilyn
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cookie
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda Munro
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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