What about the Camel Club you say? Hey, let’s face it, Oliver Stone is the go to guy in the bunch. The triple 6 ex-operative is definitely the leader of the band. Stone is a complex character; Baldacci has filled him with a great sense of compassion and feeling for one of the greatest assassins our country has turned out during the Vietnam War era. His list of accomplishments during that time is legendary.
Despite the loss of his wife and child, Oliver continues to protect us from his simple home in the cemetery. Baldacci has created a great metaphor here, in the location of his humble home and Spartan surroundings. The Camel Club is a great extension of Stone as he and his compadres keep a vigilant watch on our president and all the policy makers.
Baldacci has a number of franchise characters running right now. Oliver Stone & The Camel Club is as strong an assembly of characters as there are out there. Each offering reveals more and more about them, their humanity, and how they are willing to go to extremes to protect not just each other, but also us from the powers that be. We have learned an amazing amount about Oliver Stone from the first novel to the last to date, Stone pretty much coming full circle.
Baldacci has created and nurtured an excellent franchise leading character in Oliver Stone. If you haven’t discovered Stone & The Camel Club, please start at the beginning, It is well worth the wait to get to his last novel, as the characters and their past baggage is revealed, book by book. Strap yourself in, tighten your belt; it is quite a ride. Which book in the series is your favorite? What is your favorite Baldacci book overall?
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