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Oliver Stone is the most wanted man in America; no, not the maverick filmmaker Oliver Stone but the covert agent whose real name is John Carr. Men in the highest circles of power want him dead, and they want him dead quickly, because he knows too many of their deepest secrets. The members of the secretive Camel Club, on the other hand, not only want him alive; they are wil Oliver Stone is the most wanted man in America; no, not the maverick filmmaker Oliver Stone but the covert agent whose real name is John Carr. Men in the highest circles of power want him dead, and they want him dead quickly, because he knows too many of their deepest secrets. The members of the secretive Camel Club, on the other hand, not only want him alive; they are willing to risk their own lives to save their leader and friend. All of which sets up David Baldacci's thriller of relentless intensity, a perfect follow-up to his acclaimed Stone Cold.


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Oliver Stone is the most wanted man in America; no, not the maverick filmmaker Oliver Stone but the covert agent whose real name is John Carr. Men in the highest circles of power want him dead, and they want him dead quickly, because he knows too many of their deepest secrets. The members of the secretive Camel Club, on the other hand, not only want him alive; they are wil Oliver Stone is the most wanted man in America; no, not the maverick filmmaker Oliver Stone but the covert agent whose real name is John Carr. Men in the highest circles of power want him dead, and they want him dead quickly, because he knows too many of their deepest secrets. The members of the secretive Camel Club, on the other hand, not only want him alive; they are willing to risk their own lives to save their leader and friend. All of which sets up David Baldacci's thriller of relentless intensity, a perfect follow-up to his acclaimed Stone Cold.

30 review for Divine Justice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    John Carr aka Oliver Stone is on the run from everyone. After killing a very prominent agency heads and a US senator, to be fair they both deserve it. John has left a note for the other Camel Club members not to look for him and forget that he ever existed, he doesn't expect to survive this ordeal. Of course the club are not about to abandon John, no matter what. John ends up in a small mining town, Divine, in the middle of nowhere. He soon finds out that all is not well in Divine. John is soon up John Carr aka Oliver Stone is on the run from everyone. After killing a very prominent agency heads and a US senator, to be fair they both deserve it. John has left a note for the other Camel Club members not to look for him and forget that he ever existed, he doesn't expect to survive this ordeal. Of course the club are not about to abandon John, no matter what. John ends up in a small mining town, Divine, in the middle of nowhere. He soon finds out that all is not well in Divine. John is soon up to his neck in dead bodies. For me,David Baldacci blows hot and cold but this was one of his warmer ones. Lots of impossible situations with death waiting at the end, a fate John somehow keeps avoiding. There is the obligatory little lady who needs help, and a bit more besides. And of course there are bad guys and good guys. But some of the bad guys are not really bad and some of the good guys are not really good. We've all read books like this before but it was still a page turner that I enjoyed. Recommended light easy and entertaining reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    While the writing is clear the plot is over convoluted. The protagonist doesn't have a cape, but emerges from most situations on top of the heap. The end was predictable. Nice characters. While the writing is clear the plot is over convoluted. The protagonist doesn't have a cape, but emerges from most situations on top of the heap. The end was predictable. Nice characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex Cantone

    Hayes still held the record, Knox believed, of having the highest casualty count of any field officer in the (Vietnam) war. Yet because those losses often came with victories, at least victories measured in the taking of small hills or even yards of turf, sometimes only for hours, Hayes had moved swiftly up the command chain. Still, Knox did not intend becoming one of the man’s statistics on his way to yet another triumph… 3-star General Hayes assigns Joe Knox the task of finding Oliver Stone (ak Hayes still held the record, Knox believed, of having the highest casualty count of any field officer in the (Vietnam) war. Yet because those losses often came with victories, at least victories measured in the taking of small hills or even yards of turf, sometimes only for hours, Hayes had moved swiftly up the command chain. Still, Knox did not intend becoming one of the man’s statistics on his way to yet another triumph… 3-star General Hayes assigns Joe Knox the task of finding Oliver Stone (aka John Carr), America’s most-wanted assassin and a fugitive for thirty years, who has pulled off hits on a US senator and an agency head in a matter of hours. At first Knox sets out to interview Carr’s known associates (The Camel Club) who decide that they had better find him first. When Knox pulls Carr’s military record from the archives he begins to suspect that the General is running a personal agenda to get to Carr before the FBI – and silence him. The narrative switches between Knox's search and Carr's escape. He boards a train to New Orleans (I think), but gets embroiled in a fight saving a 20-something idiot called Danny. They are kicked off the train (more fighting) and Carr/Stone catch a bus and hitch a lift to Danny's home in the coal mining town of Divine, in the Appalachians of West Virginia. Apart from the mine, the other employer is the supermax prison, run by the ruthless Tyree, elder brother of the local police officer. Carr tries to leave a town of secrets, murders, “accidental deaths” and apparent suicides, but is strangely attracted to Danny’s mother. Eventually, Knox catches up with Carr and the two men find themselves fighting for their own survival. This was my first David Baldacci novel and I found it pure soap-opera with a whiff of dystopia. Plenty of action, brutal villains meeting their match/maker. Entertaining enough, but nothing here for me to want to read more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Ok, this is my first Baldacci, and I know this is part of a series, but stop me if you've heard this one: a former spy/cop/assassin is on the run after getting vengeance on the people who killed his wife/child/parent/partner and finds himself mixed up with a child/woman/town who needs protection from the local drug dealers/gang bangers/corrupt officials. Needless to say, this is definitely a genre piece. However, I can’t really fault it, even with the absurd Appalachian setting. It was an entert Ok, this is my first Baldacci, and I know this is part of a series, but stop me if you've heard this one: a former spy/cop/assassin is on the run after getting vengeance on the people who killed his wife/child/parent/partner and finds himself mixed up with a child/woman/town who needs protection from the local drug dealers/gang bangers/corrupt officials. Needless to say, this is definitely a genre piece. However, I can’t really fault it, even with the absurd Appalachian setting. It was an entertaining read and I more than once found that my subway ride passed quicker than expected. I also really liked the component of his friends, the Camel Club, which isn’t normally a part of the loner fiction this usually belongs to. I didn’t feel like I lacked for having not read the rest of the series and even though this isn’t my normal cup of tea, I’d still be interested in reading another.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trish (trishie7)

    David Baldacci is one of my fave authors and this is on my fave series especially with the addtion of Annabelle. The story like was good and gripping, hooked you from the start to the end. You wonder what luck Oliver has going into a small town with this mysterious happenings going on. I like the new friend he made, Joe Knox, and glad to see Harry Finn return also. Over all, a really good suspsenseful read to the end. Fans will not be dissapointed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vignesh Ashok Kumar

    Rating - 9.5/10(Extraordinary) - Divine: Tale of a true American Hero After reading the Camel Club series as a whole, the order of the books from better to worst is - #5 > #4 > #2 > #3 >#1 The novels picks up with John Carr popping the head of Carted Gray and the heart of Simpson and being on the run and dead. Oliver Stone is back! I expected this novel to be just a cat and mouse game between Uncle Sam and Oliver. But this novel is entirely flabbergasting and the plot was also well woven. One w Rating - 9.5/10(Extraordinary) - Divine: Tale of a true American Hero After reading the Camel Club series as a whole, the order of the books from better to worst is - #5 > #4 > #2 > #3 >#1 The novels picks up with John Carr popping the head of Carted Gray and the heart of Simpson and being on the run and dead. Oliver Stone is back! I expected this novel to be just a cat and mouse game between Uncle Sam and Oliver. But this novel is entirely flabbergasting and the plot was also well woven. One would think that the main focus of the novel will be about Oliver running from the government. Well, here is the rub - this is just the part of the plot. Surprise!! The plot mainly focuses on the town called Divine. The town, while outside, looks like a perfect dream town, it gets a lot worse when one looks into it deeply . The town is completely plagued with deaths and Oliver is the hero the town needs and deserves. He quickly became a hero there, but as his past was catching up to him, things got a lot more darker. The cat and mouse game was a lot different here - the hunter had to think like the hunted and hunted the other way round. The Camel Club again saves the day by defending it's leader. The characters just grew on me more. The themes like loyalty, human nature were explored nicely.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Right from the get go this book takes off where #3 left off, very fast paced. "Oliver Stone" is on the run, and run he must! So many bad people out there - who do you trust, better still, can you trust anyone? Really enjoyed this book in "The Camel Club" series. From the blurb: Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at Right from the get go this book takes off where #3 left off, very fast paced. "Oliver Stone" is on the run, and run he must! So many bad people out there - who do you trust, better still, can you trust anyone? Really enjoyed this book in "The Camel Club" series. From the blurb: Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead. With their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the members of the Camel Club risk everything to save him. Now, as the hunters close in, Stone's flight from the demons of his past will take him from the power corridors of Washington, D.C., to the small, isolated coal-mining town of Divine, Virginia-and into a world every bit as lethal as the one he left behind.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brenda H

    The fourth book in The Camel Club series by David Baldacci starts out with Oliver on the run after the events in Stone Cold (which I am still bitter over btw). Oliver is on the train heading out of DC when he sees a fellow passenger, Danny, being beaten. Against his better judgement, Oliver comes to the man's aid and ends up getting thrown off of the train in the middle of nowhere Virginia. Low on funds and no where else to be, Oliver accepts Danny's invitation to stay the night in the town of D The fourth book in The Camel Club series by David Baldacci starts out with Oliver on the run after the events in Stone Cold (which I am still bitter over btw). Oliver is on the train heading out of DC when he sees a fellow passenger, Danny, being beaten. Against his better judgement, Oliver comes to the man's aid and ends up getting thrown off of the train in the middle of nowhere Virginia. Low on funds and no where else to be, Oliver accepts Danny's invitation to stay the night in the town of Divine, VA. Within days of coming to Divine, Oliver finds himself attacked several times, a witness to murders and in the middle of a huge cover-up. Of course, he can't help himself and begins to investigate the goings-on in the small town. While Oliver is investigating Divine's secrets, the federal government and the Camel Club are each searching for him. I enjoyed this one. I like the new character that was introduced, Joe Knox, as well as some that we picked up in book 3. One of my favorites, Alex Ford, finds himself in some tight spots as he struggles with his sense of right and fair play when it comes to Oliver vs his role as law enforcement. Again, read this as an audiobook and the narrator, Ron McLarty, added to the experience with his reading and the character portrayals. I noticed on the next book on audio, they've added a female narrator and I'm not sure how I'm going to like that as it maybe too distracting with two voices in the same conversation. McLarty did fine on his own with all parts - even the female dialogues. Rating: 4.25 Stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is the conclusion to Stone Cold and is a better tale, I think. Or, at least it’s told better. Trouble just comes to Stone, and this story is a good example of this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I thought the Camel Club series had ended with Stone Cold so I was happy when I saw Divine Justice. The fourth book in the series picks right up where Stone Cold left off. John Carr (a.k.a Oliver Stone) makes his escape after assassinating Intel Chief Carter Gray and US Senator from Alabama Roger Simpson (seriously bad guys). He takes an Amtrak train to New Orleans but doesn't get far. After coming to the aid of a passenger who is being beaten up Oliver finds himself left on a train platform in I thought the Camel Club series had ended with Stone Cold so I was happy when I saw Divine Justice. The fourth book in the series picks right up where Stone Cold left off. John Carr (a.k.a Oliver Stone) makes his escape after assassinating Intel Chief Carter Gray and US Senator from Alabama Roger Simpson (seriously bad guys). He takes an Amtrak train to New Orleans but doesn't get far. After coming to the aid of a passenger who is being beaten up Oliver finds himself left on a train platform in rural Virginia with the passenger he helped. They make their way to the mining town of Divine. In the meantime back in Washington CIA tracker Joe Knox is tasked with hunting down Oliver. The remaining members of the Camel Club want to find him too so they can help their friend. They will all meet in Divine where the town does not live up to it's name. I was a little dissatisfied with how Stone Cold ended but Divine Justice was more satisfying.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    This was an adventure between misery and death. Since Oliver chose to take the law into his own hands, he's been sought after by non other than Macklin Hayes, a general Stone served under and he's still holding a grudge against Stone and his actions many years ago. Stone's on the run and ends up in a town called Divine, West Virgina. Trying to hide here will be the toughest thing to do since there are strange activities going on in the small community. Saving himself from Hayes's grips will be ea This was an adventure between misery and death. Since Oliver chose to take the law into his own hands, he's been sought after by non other than Macklin Hayes, a general Stone served under and he's still holding a grudge against Stone and his actions many years ago. Stone's on the run and ends up in a town called Divine, West Virgina. Trying to hide here will be the toughest thing to do since there are strange activities going on in the small community. Saving himself from Hayes's grips will be easy compared to what he endures in Divine. Exciting to read and another page turner. The story pulls you into it with the simple descriptions and narrative writing skills the author uses. The story is very believable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Huma

    Baldacci continues to amaze me with all these plots complemented by his superb writing. A chase for Carr, a super-max prison, a prison break...this book came pretty loaded. Like always, all the characters had depth in their back stories and were not merely cardboard caricatures.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    The 4th entry in the Camel Club series finds our everyman hero, Oliver Stone, resurrected from his dive off a cliff after assassinating a senator and a high level intelligence officer. If he wanted to staff off the radar, this is a bad choice. Oliver takes a train, and ends up befriending a young man and following him to his hometown, a haven of nastiness. Yes, this is fiction, and the characters are likable, but the coincidences are multiple and exasperating.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    A betrayed American hero earns 8 of 10 stars for this Baldacci novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mangalam Shiva

    EXCELLENT. VERY INTERESTING.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nolan

    Oliver Stone isn’t the kind of guy you’d want to mess with. Oh, don’t misunderstand. He’d give you everything he had, including his life, if he counted you as a friend. But cross him in some way, and it’s you who will inevitably get the short end. Stone is on the run after killing two men in the previous book in this series. They were men who deserved the deaths they got, but that doesn’t make Stone’s life easier. That government that once employed Stone now seeks his death, and it looks like it Oliver Stone isn’t the kind of guy you’d want to mess with. Oh, don’t misunderstand. He’d give you everything he had, including his life, if he counted you as a friend. But cross him in some way, and it’s you who will inevitably get the short end. Stone is on the run after killing two men in the previous book in this series. They were men who deserved the deaths they got, but that doesn’t make Stone’s life easier. That government that once employed Stone now seeks his death, and it looks like it will succeed. To run, Stone makes a dramatic exit that involves some deep swimming in the Chesapeake Bay. Trust me, it’s a memorable way to begin a book! He ultimately settles on a small town in southwest Virginia, where, he assumes, he can lie low and regroup. But things aren’t as bucolic and paradisical as they appear to be on the surface. The town is coal country, and the extremely high addiction rate to Oxycodone is one of the things Stone notices immediately. He grieves, too, for the loss of his friends and fellow members of the Camel Club. With his forced departure, it looks like the group will disband. But not so fast. When word gets out that a ruthless government employee is after Stone to kill him, the surviving members of the group come back together to protect their old friend. This is a high-stakes high-stress book that will demand your involvement, and you’ll eagerly and freely get involved. So talented is Baldacci that he can gleefully guide you into the pit of hopelessness almost to the point where you’re inclined to shake your book player and exclaim out loud “this better not turn out like it looks like it will!” He then skillfully guides you in satisfying directions you hadn’t planned on at all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Bentley

    It was okay but I wish I had read this review first which commenced: “If you haven't read the earlier books in this series (The Camel Club, The Collectors, and Stone Cold), stop right here. You will like all of those books much more than this one . . . and you will like this one less than you otherwise would if you start with The Camel Club.” I will give this series another go owing to what I hope is an accurate assessment of this book, ‘Divine Justice,’ as articulated above. I must say I quickly It was okay but I wish I had read this review first which commenced: “If you haven't read the earlier books in this series (The Camel Club, The Collectors, and Stone Cold), stop right here. You will like all of those books much more than this one . . . and you will like this one less than you otherwise would if you start with The Camel Club.” I will give this series another go owing to what I hope is an accurate assessment of this book, ‘Divine Justice,’ as articulated above. I must say I quickly realised I was starting somewhere in the middle of the series but that wasn’t a big problem as the author neatly recapped on the essentials that had preceded the events of this book. I enjoyed the book a lot as far as a certain stage and was engrossed with the character of Oliver Stone aka John Carr. He’s a bit like Reacher on steroids and more likeable. The reason I can’t award more than 3 stars is the plot sometime after Stone finds “refuge” in the town of Divine, Virginia, soon becomes a tad far fetched and for me, stretches the bounds of credibility. The Dead Rock Super Max penal facility events, for example, were farcical and not worthy of a bad B-movie.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Clynes

    Follow Oliver Stone in another adventure. This time he is being hunted for the two murders he committed. divine justice is another Camel Club novel, this time set in Divine, a small mining town in Virginia. This book continues the brand but it can be read as a standalone novel as there is loads of back story about Oliver. You start reading divine justice and you wonder, why has Oliver stumbled across this or that? It is because that detail will be used later in this story. There are a small cast Follow Oliver Stone in another adventure. This time he is being hunted for the two murders he committed. divine justice is another Camel Club novel, this time set in Divine, a small mining town in Virginia. This book continues the brand but it can be read as a standalone novel as there is loads of back story about Oliver. You start reading divine justice and you wonder, why has Oliver stumbled across this or that? It is because that detail will be used later in this story. There are a small cast of suspects involved in the darker side of Divine. This novel is light reading and you know that our hero, Oliver, will turn out okay. There is a steady progression with the plot of this book and it is a simple tale of circumstances. The ending is okay and is just what you would expect. There is nothing radical about this book, it is just like a made-for-tv movie. It is a run of the mill novel, not quite a thriller. It is rather drab. David Baldacci is a best selling author but his writing has become lazy. This tale is sloppy and at one point Reuben has a puncture on his Indian motorcycle. Not having a spare wheel with his sidecar, he wheels his outfit into Caleb's van. Later on Reuben takes his motorcyle out of the van and rides happily away. No puncture repair or tyre change had been done! divine justice has 534 pages and was written in 2008. I took nothing away from this novel. It was a disappointment. This book is a poor read and I vote it only 2 stars. I suggest you give it a MISS as divine justice is not one of David's best. This was the last of David's paperbacks that I purchased a while ago and I will not be buying another. David Baldacci seems to ride on his best selling status and does not bring anything new to the game.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    This series has been nothing short of brilliant till now but I half wish that Divine Justice had been the last. The reason for that is that there is such a happy ending, a perfect way to finish Oliver Stone's story. But I know there's a fifth book. And I do know that Oliver is going to suffer in all manners of imaginative ways. The author is going to make sure that is on the cards. But this book was a roller coaster in terms of storytelling. It was good to see the new members of the Camel Club This series has been nothing short of brilliant till now but I half wish that Divine Justice had been the last. The reason for that is that there is such a happy ending, a perfect way to finish Oliver Stone's story. But I know there's a fifth book. And I do know that Oliver is going to suffer in all manners of imaginative ways. The author is going to make sure that is on the cards. But this book was a roller coaster in terms of storytelling. It was good to see the new members of the Camel Club in action. The pain of young Danny and Debbie and Willie was very real, and I always gasp at the loss of potential and the unlucky hand dealt to these types of characters. It all could have been shown grotesquely or with the wrong touches. But kudos go to Baldacci for never putting a foot wrong. I'm going to read the fifth book, and then I'm going to proceed and read every single book of his that I have. Is he that good? I'd say hell yeah.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Baldacci really pulls out all the stops in this superb 4th book in his Camel Club series. I liked this book a lot more than the last book in the series. In this novel, JOhn Carr, a super killer, but now much older, has just assassinated two government officials who were directly involved in killing his wife and daughter, and is on the run. JOhn Knox is called in by Macklin Hayes, a brigadier general to try to find out who killed the two government officials. So we have the hunt on for Carr as on Baldacci really pulls out all the stops in this superb 4th book in his Camel Club series. I liked this book a lot more than the last book in the series. In this novel, JOhn Carr, a super killer, but now much older, has just assassinated two government officials who were directly involved in killing his wife and daughter, and is on the run. JOhn Knox is called in by Macklin Hayes, a brigadier general to try to find out who killed the two government officials. So we have the hunt on for Carr as one part of the story. Meanwhile, the Camel Club is also hunting for Carr to help him. Carr, however, has ended up in a small mining town which seems to be very affluent -- too affluent, with a series of murders of local townspeople. Carr, trying to help some people finds himself in the middle of a big mess down there, while he is being hunted by Knox. Great fast read -- all nighter.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    Another great book in this series. I'm really liking this one. Great characters, varied personalities, suspense, action, twists and turns, emotions, bantering and humor, truth and secrecy. Great for reading anytime, although some will be lost. I still don't know where it went. Enjoy! Another great book in this series. I'm really liking this one. Great characters, varied personalities, suspense, action, twists and turns, emotions, bantering and humor, truth and secrecy. Great for reading anytime, although some will be lost. I still don't know where it went. Enjoy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    This was the 4th book of the series. I didn't like it as much because the Camel Club wasn't in it much. It was about Oliver Stone on the run and what he gets mixed up in a little town. This was the 4th book of the series. I didn't like it as much because the Camel Club wasn't in it much. It was about Oliver Stone on the run and what he gets mixed up in a little town.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This is my absolute favorite Camel Club so far. Baldacci is bound and determined to take down every crooked military officer serving on active duty and Oliver Stone is just the guy to handle the job. At the end of the last Camel Club book I was afraid I would not care to read on in the series as Oliver had to go in to hiding and I liked the interaction between all the club members. No problem.....they are all still in contact and end up saving the day as a group. Read this in one day .... well, This is my absolute favorite Camel Club so far. Baldacci is bound and determined to take down every crooked military officer serving on active duty and Oliver Stone is just the guy to handle the job. At the end of the last Camel Club book I was afraid I would not care to read on in the series as Oliver had to go in to hiding and I liked the interaction between all the club members. No problem.....they are all still in contact and end up saving the day as a group. Read this in one day .... well, listened to it in one day. Great read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monie

    As payback for their dirty deeds, Camel Club member "Oliver Stone", murders a US Senator and an Intelligence Chief and has no choice but to flee Washington DC. On the train ride out of town he intervenes in a 3-on-1 fight and saves Danny Riker from getting pummeled. Now kicked off the train and no where near his destination Oliver has no alternative but to join Danny on his return trip to the tiny town of Divine, Virginia. Oliver only intends to see Danny home, earn a few traveling dollars and hi As payback for their dirty deeds, Camel Club member "Oliver Stone", murders a US Senator and an Intelligence Chief and has no choice but to flee Washington DC. On the train ride out of town he intervenes in a 3-on-1 fight and saves Danny Riker from getting pummeled. Now kicked off the train and no where near his destination Oliver has no alternative but to join Danny on his return trip to the tiny town of Divine, Virginia. Oliver only intends to see Danny home, earn a few traveling dollars and hightail it out of Divine to safety in the crowded city of New Orleans but he quickly gets himself in the middle of Divine's troubles. On his way out of town Oliver saves another one of Divine's young men and now the whole town knows his face when he seeks nothing more than anonymity. But the trouble doesn't stop there and Oliver is targeted by a group of men who are covering up Divine's biggest secret. With help from the rest of the Camel Club and unlikely assistance from the government agent hired to track him down Oliver just might make it out of the mess he's found himself in. Oliver reminds of me an older Jason Bourne. He can make 3 separate groups of punks run with fright and he gets himself out of the stickiest situations sometimes with just his belt as a weapon or his monkey bar skills. The story has multiple surprises and intersecting plot lines that are neatly tied together in the end. This is the fourth book from Baldacci featuring the Camel Club and I highly recommend reading the other three books first. My review is based on the unabridged audio book that was narrated by Ron McLarty. McLarty's voice characterizations are a little too similar for my liking but he does a great job with setting the scene by tone and infliction. As a huge Baldacci fan I wasn't disappointed and I recommend this book to all thriller lovers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    The fourth book in the Camel Club series picks up immediately after the cliffhanger events of book three Stone Cold. Ex-master assassin Oliver Stone (aka John Carr) struggles to survive the newly-intensified manhunt launched because of his recently exercised vigilante justice from the previous novel by fleeing to the small coal-mining town of Divine. Much adventure ensues as he gets involved with happenings within Divine while the rest of the Camel Club gang attempts to garner aid. A new charact The fourth book in the Camel Club series picks up immediately after the cliffhanger events of book three Stone Cold. Ex-master assassin Oliver Stone (aka John Carr) struggles to survive the newly-intensified manhunt launched because of his recently exercised vigilante justice from the previous novel by fleeing to the small coal-mining town of Divine. Much adventure ensues as he gets involved with happenings within Divine while the rest of the Camel Club gang attempts to garner aid. A new character is introduced in the form of CIA investigator and master tracker Joe Knox and I was very happy to see his character progression as he is tasked to find the elusive Oliver Stone. For fans of the Camel Club series, this is an important book in the overall story arc and much of Oliver’s prehistory is uncovered and dealt with. This almost reads like the final book in the series because so much is resolved, however, book five, Hell's Corner no doubt has still more to offer. I do hope readers tackle this series in order because of the powerful overall story arcs that reach across all the books. This book, like all Baldacci thrillers is a fast-paced, easy-to-read, page turner that is pure energetic fun. It does suffer from a convoluted plot and a few too many convenient coincidences that smack of less in-depth writing than Baldacci is capable of but that, for me, was largely excused by having a good set of characters that I have come to really care about. On to book number 5!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    I thought that Baldacci had ended the Camel Cdlub series and was delighted to see he hadn't. This is the aftermath of Oliver killing the the two men who'd ruined his life and killed his wife and daughter, as well as Camel Club Milton Farbe, who is mourned and missed. He's decided to go on the run so his Camel Club friends aren't implicated in any wrong doing. He flees south on a train, hoping to make it to New Orleans, where he hopes to lose himself in the chaos of a rebuilding city. He never makes I thought that Baldacci had ended the Camel Cdlub series and was delighted to see he hadn't. This is the aftermath of Oliver killing the the two men who'd ruined his life and killed his wife and daughter, as well as Camel Club Milton Farbe, who is mourned and missed. He's decided to go on the run so his Camel Club friends aren't implicated in any wrong doing. He flees south on a train, hoping to make it to New Orleans, where he hopes to lose himself in the chaos of a rebuilding city. He never makes it. On the train, he helps a young man out of a fight, and Oliver winds up going back to the younster's home town, Divine, Virginia. The novel treads many lines--we see a city dweller's amused look at small town life, and at the same time there is a real respect for the communitarian values in a small town. The novel also explores the limited choices available in a small town, and the human cost of the coal mining industry. Most people in Divine are coal miners, and most refuse to use the coal they mine. Oliver, trying simply to flee initially, helps a few people out, as is his want, and becomes embroiled in a secret that threatens the town. He is also being pursued by John Knox (great name theologically), an honorable man who thinks he's solving a simple a murder but who comes to understand that Oliver has been wronged more than he has done wrong, and that his country owes him Divine Justice. Great, fast read. Really satisfying if you're a Camel Club fan.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie M

    A great page-turner in the ‘as expected’ spy- thriller series by Baldacci. #4 in the series featuring the Camel Club, Oliver Stone is hiding out in small town America, Divine. All the usual players, the hero, the damsel, the villains (& there are plenty) and their side-kicks; it does not disappoint. A great, fast-paced read (despite the predictability and some stretches of the imagination) it is a great multilayered thriller. Well worth the read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Very entertaining and fast paced book. Easy to read, almost like watching a good movie. The characters are well developed, although reading the first few books of this short series first would probably make it even more enjoyable. Moderately predictable, and at times far-fetched, but still entertaining and a nice book to read over the holiday break.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katherine "Kj" Joslin

    I really liked this installment of the Camel Club series. I almost think the series could have ended with this book as I didn't love the next book as much. This installment brings back Harry Finn, whom I like a lot and we get introduced to a new character Joe Knox that I am intrigued about. I also got lost in the side story in the Appalachian mountains. I really liked this installment of the Camel Club series. I almost think the series could have ended with this book as I didn't love the next book as much. This installment brings back Harry Finn, whom I like a lot and we get introduced to a new character Joe Knox that I am intrigued about. I also got lost in the side story in the Appalachian mountains.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    #4 IN THE CAMEL CLUB SERIES WOW! If you’ve missed this series, run and get it. You’d be in for a heck of a thrill ride! Better than Will Robie and John Puller! LOVE OLIVER STONE! I LOVE THE CAMEL CLUB!

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