Monday, February 28, 2011

[Book Review] THE CAMEL CLUB by David Baldacci


Hollye of the Parkway Village Book Club reviews THE CAMEL CLUB by David Baldacci (Warner Books, 2005)

When we choose this book for the book club, we knew it was going to be different than many of the books we have read. This book is about government conspiracies and the group of men that uncover them. The group calls themselves “The Camel Club,” and they meet once a week to share information that they have gathered.

All of the men in The Camel Club are less than conventional. One member, who calls himself “Oliver Stone,” is an ex-military man. He camps out across the street from the White House and reports what he sees. Oliver has vast knowledge of what happens in the government and appears to be hiding from something in his past. One member has obesssive-compulsive disorder and repeats numbers over and over in a ritual. Another member is a librarian who deals with old books, not people, and the last member is an ex-military man with a past drinking problem. Most people would never suspect that these men could get the information they are able to obtain.

The Parkway Village book club really enjoyed this book. David Baldacci was eerily right about things going on in the United States and other countries. This book was written in 2005 and Baldacci predicted many things that are happening now, including riots in Egypt. The book club members enjoyed the mystery and suspense in the book and several members want to read more by him. Most agreed that this was not an author they would have chosen otherwise, but after reading this book, they want more.

Hollye Ferguson, Parkway Village Library

The Parkway Village Library book club will discuss Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah, on March 16 at 2:00 p.m.

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I love the Camel Club series! It's my not-so-secret guilty pleasure.
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