|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Jul 2011|
|Number of Pages:||631|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 7.5 x 1.25|
David Baldacci was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 5, 1960. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He practiced law in Washington D.C. as a trial and corporate lawyer. His first novel, Absolute Power, was published in 1996. It won Britain's prestigious W.H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997 and was adapted as a movie starring Clint Eastwood.
His other works include Total Control, The Winner, Simple Truth, Saving Faith, One Summer, Zero Day, and The Innocent. He writes numerous series including Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Freddy and the French Fries, and the Camel Club. He also published a novella entitled Office Hours and has authored five original screenplays. His title, The Hit, made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013.
In this fifth installment-following Divine Justice (2008)-in Baldacci's (davidbaldacci.com) popular "Camel Club" series, when a bomb detonates across from the White House, the U.S. President and visiting English prime minister are the presumed targets. Following a series of surprising plot twists, former CIA assassin Oliver Stone and his Camel Club, together with British MI-5 agent Mary Chapman, thwart another assassination attempt on the two leaders and uncover the dangerous organization behind the plot.
Actors Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy distinctly and believably voice the motley characters, especially mastering well the U.S. regional and British accents. Sound effects such as explosions and gunshots further add to the enjoyment of this book on audio. Highly recommended for all mystery/thriller fans.
- Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland
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he'll hath no fury like a retired CIA assassin in pursuit of a terrorist. Baldacci's fifth book in the "Camel Club" series (after Divine Justice) opens with Oliver Stone as a wounded victim of a bombing. The terrorist attack takes place in Lafayette Park in front of what should be the most secure of all American buildings, the White House. The British prime minister was supposed to have visited the park that night, so a debate sparks about who the intended target was.
Stone, already pulled back into service by the President, is assigned to work with a British agent, Mary Chapman, to find the terrorist. But as that pair and the rest of the Camel Club delve deeper into the mystery, they find this attack may be only the beginning of a much more insidious and deadly plot. The mastermind behind the attack always seems one step ahead, and it'll take all of Stone's cunning to ferret out the truth from the lies.
Verdict: Camel Club fans and thriller aficionados will rejoice at having a new action-packed, conspiracy-laden, politically intriguing mystery to solve.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/10.] - Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L.'s., MD
(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in #1 bestselling author David Baldacci's most stunning adventure yet.
An attack on the heart of power...
In sight of the White House...
At a place known as...
John Carr, a.k.a. Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes.
Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister's motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It's in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing.
British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone's partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake.
In the shadowy worlds of politics and intelligence, there is no one you can really trust. Nothing is really what it seems to be. And Hell's Corner truly lives up to its name. This may be Oliver Stone's and the Camel Club's last stand.