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Hell's Corner
The Camel Club
by David Baldacci
Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
400 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2011

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Author Biography
David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 25 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published two children’s books. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

A lifelong Virginian, David was born in Richmond in 1960. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1982 and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1986, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C.


Book Review
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Oliver Stone is back is back in David Baldacci's newest Camel Club adventure novel, "Hell's Corner." Oliver is called back into service by the President, but on the way to answering that call he is nearly killed in a bombing very close to the White House. Since he was almost one of the casualties, Oliver decides to find out who was nearly able to kill both the President and the British prime minister in this brazen terrorist attack.

The rest of the Camel Club team joins Oliver and the hunt begins. The laundry list of possible conspirators includes the Russians, Mexican Cartels and traitors. Oliver, along with British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman and the Camel Club, are lead astray and beaten to the punch over and over by someone who seems to know their every move. Do they have a "mole" in their midst?

Per usual, David Baldacci creates vivid characters and descriptions that pull you deep into his tale of adventure and political intrigue. With all the twists and turns in this book, it is hard to figure out who is on their side and who isn't. The heightened intrigue of "Hell's Corner" is blended with well crafted drama and plenty of action that will keep you guessing all the way until the end. David Baldacci has done his usual wonderful storytelling job and already has me eagerly awaiting the next Camel Club adventure.

 

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GTM
I have to say that David Baldacci is an excellent author and I have read several of his books. I am particularly fond of the Camel Club and have read everyone in that series, the last being Hell's Corner. This book was no exception and it kept you on the edge of your seat. The large print version, is of course, thicker because of the larger print, but is excellent for reducing eye strain. I would recommend this book to everyone who is a fan of David Baldacci.

 

Konrad Kern
My two cents. I was completely satisfied and enthralled by this newest in the Camel Club series. It was definitely filled with plenty of surprises. More than I'm used to from this author. That's a plus. The suspense, the twists, the characters, plus all the escapes, made this one of the most exciting in the series. Keep up the good work Mr. Baldacci.

 

amyank489
I began reading Baldacci over the summer. First, Absolute Power, a stand alone novel. Then I picked up The Camel Club and flew through the series. Just amazing characters and plots. You can't help but jump on board with this rag-tag group. Anyway, I read through The Camel Club, The Collectors, Stone Cold, Divine Justice, and now just finished Hell's Corner. My opinion is that this book is great, deserving of 5 stars, but it has the task of trying to live up to the prior works and Baldacci set the bar high. I would rate this right in the middle of the pack as far as the series goes but that's still saying a lot. Definitely would recommend this book. I can't wait for the next book in the series and it's dissapointing to think that it is probably 2-3 years off in time. Oh well.

 

Shayhay
I've just started the book and am about a quarter of the way through it. I just was checking to see if there were any reviews yet and of course it has a horrible rating because of the price, it is very annoying that people do that over the price. I am enjoying the book very much so I will give it 5 stars. I am on my second kindle and yes I am very disappointed with the price but I am not going to punish one of my favorite authors for something he has no control over. I have started to buy hard covers again and I share them with friends. Please stop reviewing the price here, it is really unfair to the people who want to know what others think of it. Ya know people who have actually bought the book and read it.

 

F. Harrison
I haven't read the other Camel Club books but this stand-alone thriller interested me after reading the highly recommended Gods of Ruin: A Political Thriller. Hell's Corner is the park accross from the white house that is guarded by DC police, Secret Service, and park police and is the hub for tourists and protesters. I wasn't sure why it was called that until all hell broke loose when the protagonist, Oliver Stone (a dig on the director?) was caught in gunfire and an explosion when meeting his band of patriots at the park.

When Stone awakes from getting knocked out, he's got a new mission: find out who was behind the attack at Hell's Corner. He teams up with a Brit and gets help from his Camel Club peeps as he investigates first a Mexican drug cartel, then the Russians. During the investigation, one government bureaucracy after another gets in the way.

If you like "Gods", which has a better premise, you'll like Hell's Corner. It's got political commentary, action, and it's well-written (better than Baldacci's earlier works).

 

Mary J. Gramlich
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 another's back. But this latest case is one Stone has to handle on his own and no one including him is happy about it even though the President of the United States is asking for his help.

But before Stone can do his work for the President a bomb goes off across the street from the White House creating the scenario where conclusions are drawn, angles are worked and assumptions made. While everyone is running to the right the masterminds are veering to the left and keeping everyone off balance including all the alphabet agencies in Washington, DC. Stone is drafted back into the service of the government with the promise that all past indiscretions would be erased yet the problem for Stone is that his sins have been of such huge proportion he is not sure this is a statement based in fact. But Stone finds himself partnered with an MI6 agent who is as cunning as he is and keeps up even while running after him. The Camel Club goes from upset at being turned away to forcing its way into the investigation and from that moment on the determination to capture the criminal and figure out what is really going on grows to a proportion even Stone can't control.

But the agency he is now working for is throwing him off with smoke and mirrors, bodies are piling up, misconceptions abound and everyone becomes a suspect. Stone wants the nightmare to stop but for every decision he makes that draws a resolution to the case another one shows up to prove to him the last one was way off base and leads blow away with the wind.

Without his group Stone knows he can't solve this case but in this particular situation is the gain of apprehension worth the answer to who did the deed?

This series blows me away every time because the characters have so much depth and they are written with such clarity that you feel they just passed you on the street and said Good Morning. Stone may lead this merry band of misfits but he is not their leader he is a member of a close knit, well thought out group of people that can easily carry any book on their own and have proven that in the past. Mr. Baldacci knows how to write a great story and this one stands out in that it will scare you to realize the fiction he is proposing is probably fact and I hope there is a retired Agent Stone out there protecting us.
       
 
 
 
 
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