David Baldacci is one of the world's bestselling and favourite thriller writers. With over 130 million copies in print, his books are published in over eighty territories and forty-five languages, and have been adapted for both feature-film and television. He has established links to government sources, giving his books added authenticity. David is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation (R), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across the US. Trust him to take you to the action.
Baldacci's implausible fifth Camel Club novel (after Divine Justice) disappoints with cartoonish plotting and characterization. The night after the U.S. president persuades former assassin Oliver Stone (aka John Carr) to re-enter government employment to tackle the growing threat of Russian drug gangs, Stone finds himself in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, when gunfire breaks out and a bomb explodes. Apparently, the intended target was the visiting British prime minister, who was scheduled to walk across the park before an ankle injury modified his plans. Taken off his original mission, Stone seeks to identify the forces behind the assassination attempt. Stone's old Camel Club allies involve themselves in his search, which includes the de rigueur mole hunt and the McGuffin of choice these days, a lead on Osama bin Laden's whereabouts. Those who prefer intelligence in their political thrillers will have to look elsewhere. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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. [Includes a bonus interview between Ron McLarty and the author; "an action-packed, conspiracy-laden, politically intriguing mystery," read the review of the Grand Central hc, LJ 10/15/10, an LJ and New York Times best seller; the Vision mass market pb will publish in June 2011.-Ed.]-Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.