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This is the second in a series of books featuring the Camel Club by reknowned author, Baldacci. Oddly, this was the first book of this series that I'd read which would normally pose a few problems seeing as the characters would already be established and the story possibly connecting with events prior to the book.
However I was relieved to find that you didnt have to read the first book (although I now am!) to grasp this book, which makes perfect marketing sense of course! Obviously there were a few indications to the first book however nothing near important that wasn't already repeated for this book's sake.
The Collectors features a ragtag band of men in their early sixties / late fifties. Oliver Stone, easily the most interesting character as he hogs most of the author's attention, a retired vietnam vet with ALOT of skeleton's in his closet is the leader of the Camel Club. In this club are Reuben - another retired war veteren, Caleb - a rare books enthusiast and Milton - an OCD mathematical genius tyep guy. Alone they're pretty wierd, together they're the Camel Club - where they got this different name from I do not know, I can only imagine this is mentioned in the first book, the originally called "the camel club".
Anyway, "The Collectors" starts when Jonathan Dehaven, Caleb's boss, is murdered in unusual circumstances, this sets the conspiracy inspired club on the trail of a much bigger conspiracy which takes us deeper into Washington's murky underworld of threats, murder and espionage. We are introduced immediately to the antagonist of the book, Roger Seagraves, a spy who deals in secrets who is very meticulous and precise. The story continues along the lines of murder and people covering it up and then the Camel club's investigating and then bang!! the two stories collide and we are set on track to a good climax towards the end of the story!
This story is easily read and mainly for those who enjoy conspiracy books of crime, fiction with a little dash of history. At first we are introduced to alot of characters which takes a while to take in but once we are up and running it is quite a ride. Some characters are more interesting than others of course (i.e. Oliver) and some are more annoying than others (i.e. Caleb) but all in all the plot is decent with a few twists and a fair climax. I immediately went out and bought the next two books in the series and have read them already. Reviews to follow...!
The camel club returns under the pen of Baldacci. The story begins with the head of rare books section at the Library of congress being found dead by Caleb Shaw, a member of the camel club. It soon becomes clear that this was no heart attack but a murder meant to look like one.
Introduce the mysterious Annabell, the dead mans ex wife who is out for revenge and the camel club soon find themselves in grave danger. True to all Baldacci books the story will hook you and keep you hooked as oliver stone and his friends unearth the reasons of the murder.
The story is cleverly portrayed and becomes obvious that Baldacci has researched well for this book. Set in and around washington he uses the sights and well known buildings in a clever and entertaining way.
the book is not as good as the first one, The Camel Club, but it is still worth a read. If you enjoy trying to work out what is going to happen next, then this is one for you. Another good read from this fine author.