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Hell's Corner (Camel Club #5)

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Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in #1 bestselling author David Baldacci's most stunning adventure yet.

An attack on the heart of power . . .
In sight of the White House . . .
At a place known as . . .


John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last
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Published November 9th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
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Janet Buck I hope you're right, Amy! I read most of Baldacci's series, but the Camel Club is my favorite.
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Johnny Williams
Oh my David -- I long for the days gone by when you really dug deep for your clues -- and drove mystery and intrigue from carefully deposited hints and facts -- etc-- But this one seems so convenient-- Whatever you need --you just write it in-- without allowing us to find the foreshadowing you used to expertly weave into the storytelling-- that made them believable-- In this one although half of Washington lie dead in the path of Oliver-- The villain was not only impossible to imagine but her pa ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell’s Corner is my first novel by one of the reigning American authors, David Baldacci. I decided to read his novels as I was trying to get out of my usual reading routine - and by “my usual routine” I mean, novels written by John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. I was surprised that I am happy to get out habitual reading routine and tried Baldacci’s novel. And from this day forward, I’ll be collecting David Baldacci’s works.

David Baldacci’s works include the famous novel (and his very first publish
Aug 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have liked the other Baldacci books about the Camel Club, but this one was one too many. For one thing, I couldn’t think of a single reason the president of the United States would call on Oliver Stone to stop the Russians from taking over the Mexican drug trade. Was there no one in the CIA, NSA, or FBI who would be better prepared to do this than an aging assassin? Not to worry, before he can get started on that assignment, there is an assassination attempt on the British PM and he must help ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Although the ending was for the birds, up to the very last few pages this book was prime thriller material and kept me completely engrossed.
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliver Stone is recruited by the President of the United States to help serve his country on a top secret mission. In exchange for his services, Stone will never have to worry about the government knocking on his door again. The offer is too good for Stone to refuse.

Stone is standing outside in Lafayette park, outside of the White House, enjoying his last night before he heads out of the country. High dignitaries are heading to their cars after being wined and dined at a dinner honoring the Bri
Franco  Santos
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh... Ya se terminó el Camel Club para mí. :-(

Amé este libro, esta última entrega de una de las mejores sagas de intriga que leí. Voy a extrañar tanto a Oliver Stone, Caleb Shaw, Milton Farb, Harry Finn, Joe Knox, Annabelle Conroy, Reuben Rhodes y Alex Ford... En este tomo me encontré con un caso complejísimo, que deja totalmente perdidos tanto a los lectores como a los personajes. En donde nada es lo que parece y nadie puede confiar en nadie. Tiene una resolución sorprendente, un final en el qu
Mahoghani 23
Washington is Babylon! You can't trust anyone, taking a life is just an ordinary every day occurrence. For Oliver Stone, the people of Washington (politics) are truly evil. Hell's Corner takes you through the woods to grandma's house, past Jack the Ripper, dine with Hannibal Lecter, vacation with Jeffrey Dahmer and sleep with Ted Buddy. No one is whom they appear to be. Everyone has their own agenda and all the federal agencies are not sharing what they know amongst each other.

Oliver Stone has
Mary Gramlich
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camel Club Series #5
David Baldacci
November 9, 2010 - Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover, 448 pages
ISBN-13: 9780446195522

You will not be able to put this book down

Oliver Stone has led so many lives he lost count. For all the losses he has suffered there has been the gain in his friends and cohorts known as the Camel Club. A group of people that are as different they come together and make one large, right group. They solve crimes, take care of each other and never fail to have one
Brenda H
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Camel Club series by David Baldacci. I listened to this on audiobook and, I have to say, it took a bit of concentration due to the complexity of the storyline.

A bomb goes off in Lafayette Park - directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. Because of the location of the park, the jurisdictional challenges are enormous with the Secret Service, Homeland Security, the Park Service and the FBI as well as the DC Police all responsible for different pieces of
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the middle of this one. The Camel Club is my favorite of David Baldacci's series because of its misfit crew led by a homeless vet who lives in a cemetery a little north of Georgetown. It is also propitious as I have been working a 1/2 block from Hell's Corner which is actually Lafayette Park across from the white house. Lately I have been thinking that Baldacci should add a DC contract attorney to his ragtag group of ragamuffins. During periods between jobs I have worked as a contract att ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
A 5-star rating for a book writen by an author whose name is genrally larger than the title on teh dust cover? Yeah, I was shocked too! I am a big fan of David Baldacci and regularly give his books 4-star ratings. But 5? This one was, for me, a hit out of the ball park!

Up to this point, I've only read the first book in Baldacci's Camel Club series and if I remember correctly I was particularly overwhelmed by it. The plot of Hell's Corner intrigued me enough to ignore the fact I was going to enc
Mark Bennett
Another in the Camel Club series that are now typical Baldacci. His first books, "Absolute Power" & "Total Control" were great books. Later books, such as "The Winner", "Saving Faith" and "Wish You Well" were very good.

With this read, I have read all 20 Baldacci novels. Like many other authors of today, a once good writer has turned into a book mill. Baldacci has become more Patterson-like with each book producing formula reads instead of stories.

Hell's Corner is set in Washington and cente
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bombings, assassinations, and espionage - oh my!

Oliver Stone (aka - John Carr), an aging ex-special operative of a defunct group once know as the 'Triple-six', is called-up to serve his country once more. This time he is being beckoned by the president himself and his mission... well, he never actually gets to his mission, so that really doesn't matter. Another crisis takes precedent, a bombing and automatic rounds being fired in Lafayette Park across from the White House. His Camel Club pals (r
Debbie Evancic
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a David Baldacci novel and was not disappointed. I definitely need to read more of the Camel Club novels.

Oliver Stone (aka John Carr), lives simply, as a caretaker of a cemetery, but is called back to duty with the government when a bomb goes off in Lafayette Park in Washington DC (Hell's Corner). British agent, Mary Chapman, becomes his partner and the members of the Camel Club join the team.

Intriguing story of political mischief where the government agencies don't communicate
CAMEL CLUB #5... GOTTA LOVE STONE! CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF HIM! CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS SERIES! Start with the first book. This series is dynamite!
mhm. naja.
Benjamin Thomas
When Oliver Stone (John Carr) is summoned before the US president for a mission involving Mexican drug trafficking he has no idea that mission is about to be derailed by a bomb exploding in Lafayette Park, right in front of the White House at the same time the British Prime Minister was scheduled to be walking through it. The chase is on and Oliver must team up with new associates as well as the familiar Camel Club members in a high stakes game of cat and mouse.

The final Camel Club novel (at le
Art Ellsworth
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book, and a great series! This is the last book in the Camel Club series to date, but it can't end here, Baldacci needs to keep this series going!
Ken Clady Mason
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautiful story. Although it seemed quite complex and frustrating (I shared that with Stone and Chapman), the scheme wrapped around nicely and made perfect sense in the end.
Laurie Way
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great final edition in this series! Back in the game, Oliver Stone met his greatest adversary yet! I have loved this series from David Baldacci!
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Baldacci is one of my top ten favorite authors. I have read his previous nineteen novels, all NYT bestsellers and enjoyed them all to a high degree, so when I got this my fingers were tingling, ready to turn the pages and enjoy. Here is the synopsis of the novel:’ John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Hell’s Corner by Baldacci
I have really enjoyed reading most of Baldacci’s Camel Club series, including The Collectors, Stone Cold, Divine Justice and The Whole Truth. The eclectic cast of characters with Oliver Stone at the center keeps the reader captivated by their research, planning the next dangerous move and their relationship twists and turns. In this book, there is a disaster and huge security threat when a bomb goes off in the root of a tree in Lafayette Park across from he White House.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
As is the case with most Baldacci outings, this most recent Camel Club novel has lots of fun plot twists and turns. Unfortunately, as is also the case with most Baldacci outings, this one also has lot of plot developments that make that whole suspension of disbelief thing difficult. Still, it *is* the Camel Club here, so we're talking about a truly awesome cast of supporting characters, even if we see far too little of them this time around, given that Stone becomes an official government agent ...more
Neil Hanson
Nov 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, a big disappointment. I loved the first 3 in the Camel Club series, and I love the Oliver Stone / John Carr character, but this one was a big letdown. It just didn't feel like the author's heart was in it. Loose ends coming together in ways so implausible it made me want to stop several times. The "cliche" factor was incredibly high in this one, to the point where it was impossible to really identify with any of the characters. I need characters that are plausible and believable enough to ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
This latest installment in the Camel club series reunites Oliver (aka John Carr) and his Camel Club cronies in a new adventure that begins with a bomb set off during a tree planting in front of the White House. Partnering with Oliver in this adventure is Mary Chapman from British Intelligence. The usual twists, turns and interesting characters keep the story moving along at a nice brisk pace and, without spoiling anything, the end is quite a shocker.

I did enjoy this book, but personally, with Ol
Apoorva Acharya
Fast paced crime novels with suspense will always make a good read. The first 2 parts were brilliant in both story and writing. However the writing wasn't the same in the remaining parts. David Baldacci has successfully instilled in all his readers that "John Carr was the best killer ever". it is one thing to say it once but repeating the same sentence in every other chapter is irritating.
The last chapters of 4th part where Joe Knox apparently believes that he saw the bullet turning before it hi
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There probably hasn't been a Camel Club series book by David Baldacci that I haven't liked. Oliver Stone, the new name for John Carr, is at it again, this time with the help of an M16 agent, referred throughout the book as Chapman, a savvy fearless woman. The other members appear from time to time. Nanobots play a role--masking scents from bomb sniffing dogs, and the nemesis turns out to be Margaret Friedman. THe first incident in the book is a bomb going off in Lafayette Park, across from the W ...more
Jon Jervis
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The joys of being in a quiet job where I can while time away with a book!

This is another great page turner from David Baldacci and one i read in 3 days! You can see the writing style progress over the books and as I have said in previous reviews, this is becoming a little more like Jack Reacher, which in my opinion is great!

I don't want to spoil the plot at all, but if you like this genre, you will definitely like this book. Its best to read them in order, but not essential.

I can't wait for the
Sep 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy, abandoned
This is the first book I've deliberately abandoned. The dialogue is absolutely atrocious! The author uses one of the characters to tell us what is happening, which makes the dialogue unnatural and boring. The characters also sound like archetypes rather than natural characters, and its all because of the dialogue.

Add that the plot is impossible to believe and the author has no idea how to build suspense.
No trouble giving Hell's Corner 5 Stars
I was happy with the final "Hells Corner" in the Camel Club series
Pleased to see that the team haven't been all killed off
leaves us open for a possible return to Oliver Stone
and the crew I was lucky to be able to read the 6 in the series in order
and plan to do that from know on with Davids series
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David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, because “every mom needs a break now and then.”) He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later ...more
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Camel Club (5 books)
  • The Camel Club (Camel Club, #1)
  • The Collectors (Camel Club, #2)
  • Stone Cold (Camel Club, #3)
  • Divine Justice (Camel Club, #4)
“Every time I walk with Alex I'm reminded both how lucky I am to have friends like him and also how unworthy I am to have friends like him. - Oliver Stone” 4 likes
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