A book review of “The Camel Club” by David Baldacci
I just recently finished reading The Camel Club by David Baldacci, which is the prequel to The Collectors.
Even though I enjoyed the book quite a bit, and got through it pretty quickly, it just didn’t seem to have that constant “un-put-downable” quality (although there were moments) that some of his other books had (such as The Winner and Wish You Well).
The book follows the group of men who call themselves The Camel Club; they are four middle-aged friends with many connections and access to high-profile people, including the CIA. Their one common interest is uncovering the deception and cover-ups of the American government.
They accidentally witness the murder of a Secret Service agent in the middle of the night, which was made to look like a suicide. Worried about being implicated in the murder, they refrain from going to the police. However the murderers soon find out that they were seen and the hunt is on to eliminate the witnesses.
Another Special Agent, Alex Ford, befriends The Camel Club during his efforts to investigate the suspicious death. At the same time he has been stationed to protect the president of the USA during a small town campaign visit. It is here where an elite terrorist organization has been plotting to bring the country to its knees in order to strengthen their negotiating position.
With conspiracies, cover-ups and assumed identities it definitely is an easy-reading novel with lots of action.
As I mentioned: in my opinion it wasn’t one of Baldacci’s top books, but there were no cheesy moments (The Collectors) or completely ridiculous characters (Total Control) and I did enjoy it. Definitely worth reading.