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The Collectors (Camel Club #2)

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Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are in a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder: Roger Seagraves is selling America to her enemies, one devastating secret at a time. On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, the most gifted con artist of her generation, is becoming a bit of a Robin Hood as she plots a monumental scam against one of the ...more
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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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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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