Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Camel Club - Book Review


The Camel Club
David Baldacci
Columbus Rose
2005

A few weeks ago I read a book called The Collectors by David Baldacci. Now I have finished reading the first book in the series. The Camel Club.



The Camel Club is a group of fictional characters created by American novelist David Baldacci. They are the protagonists of four novels The Camel Club, The Collectors, Stone Cold and Divine Justice. The members are Oliver Stone, Reuben Rhodes, Caleb Shaw and Milton Farb. The four are political watch-dogs, who are always looking for conspiracies within the government.

This books explains the backgrounds of all 4 club members. One night the club goes to Roosevelt island in washington DC for one of their meetings. The island is offlimits to the public at night times. While they are there, they witness a murder in progress. Unfortunately they brushed up against too many trees (rustling) in the rush to get away.

The race is on for the murderers to find whoever spotted them, and the club to find out who the dead fellow was and why he was killed. Mixed into this adventure is the President of the USA, the wars in the Middle East and a plot to kill the President.

When the President is kidnapped, the ransom call has rather odd demands. then a few days later another message says the president will be released unharmed within one week. The vice president (in office during this crisis) comes close to blowing up the planet in his recklessness to find the president. The Camel Club helps to rescue the president who promptly fires the VP for his recklessness and then he starts fulfilling the demands of the kidnappers.

Once again I so enjoyed the camel club adventure that I stayed up until 3AM to finish the book. This is not for any challenge. I just like reading a non-challenge book occasionally.

1 comment:

Violette Severin said...

I enjoyed this book too. I haven't had a chance to read any of Baldacci's newer novels yet. Since I work in government, political thrillers sometimes get on my nerves. Some are too realistic for me.