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Hell's Corner (edition 2010)

by David Baldacci

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Title:Hell's Corner
Authors:David Baldacci
Info:Grand Central (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover
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Hell's Corner by David Baldacci

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I try to spread out my reading of this type of book. I tend to lump these conspiracy/government agent/spy novels into a single bucket and this one fits pretty well. It is better than most, but the ending is a bit of a stretch as is common in the genre. I would recommend reading it, but as always go into it for the enjoyment of the book and try to set aside a bit of the believability.

The narration in the audiobook is quite good. ( )
  bwkramer | Nov 19, 2013 |
From Publishers Weekly 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)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. Product Description 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 . . . _HELL'S CORNER John Carr, aka 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.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Good story, full of suspense, mystery, and intrigue. But, a bit too long. 100 pages could have easily been shaven from the end and the story would have retained it's thrill. I was ready for the story to end by the time I reached page 500. Nevertheless, the story is full of action and totally unpredictable. You never could tell who was against who and who were the good guys. The introduction of nano-technology added an interesting dynamic that does make one think of it's potential reality in today's terrorist-laden world we live. Overall, a good read, but just a bit too long. ( )
  gdill | May 16, 2013 |
Many twists and turns that are the hallmark of the Camel Club series. Oliver Stone in a joint operation with MI6. Just when I thought I had it figured out, the author twisted my tail once again. And....I can't wait for the next one. ( )
  buffalogr | Feb 4, 2013 |
Pretty good Camel Club installment......nanobots are scary......would like to have seen more of the original Camel Club members! ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 30, 2012 |
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On the night of the State Dinner honouring the British Prime Minister, there is an explosion as the Prime Minister's motorcade leaves the White House. Oliver Stone witnesses the event. A bomb has been detonated in what looks like a terrorist plot directed at the President and the Prime Minister. In the aftermath, British MI-5 agent Mary Chapman, an experienced, lethal operative with an agenda of her own, is sent to assist and coordinate the investigation alongside American authorities. Stone, together with Harry Finn, Alex Ford, and the rest of the Camel Club, are drawn into the investigation. But everything is not what it appears to be, and what happened in the park may not have been the actual plan. It seems the mysterious attackers had another target in their sights, and it's up to the Camel Club to stop them, or face the catastrophic results.
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