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Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
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Dec 18, 2010

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When I reviewed Baldacci's "True Blue" last December, I faulted him for introducing two new, less-than-stimulating characters. I longed for a return of his more nuanced leads, like Oliver Stone. I guess, "be careful what you wish for" applies to Baldacci's newest: "Hell's Corner," featuring Oliver Stone.

While stronger than "True Blue," I guess I'm growing less enamored with the doings of The Camel Club. The Camel Club is a group of misfit eccentrics that Stone enlists in his save-the-world exploits because they are "the only people he knows he can trust." Ugh! Unfortunately, most of the scenes involving this group are appended to an already top heavy story line, which seems like an Iowa writers' camp assignment to see how many irreconcilable twists you can wedge into a fairly linear plot. The interesting, new character, Mary Chapman, a British MI-6 agent, a strong, intelligent rational counterbalance earned the third star for this overall disappointing effort.

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