David Baldacci is one of my top ten favorite authors. I have read his previous nineteen novels, all NYT bestsellers and enjoyed them all to a high degree, so when I got this my fingers were tingling, ready to turn the pages and enjoy. Here is the synopsis of the novel:’ 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.”
I think that you can see that the plotline is heavy and detailed. The subplots and characters are many and they just came flying at me. Is this his best work, I leave that to you to decide, I enjoyed it to the max. Anytime I can get my hands on a David Baldacci/Oliver Stone/John Carr novel is a good day. Could the novel be done in a less is more type thing, yes, I think that would have worked better. The characters of the Camel Club and Oliver Stone are strong enough that some of the minor subplots could have been eliminated and given them, the Camel Club, more time.
Overall I still give this novel a high rating because Baldacci knows how to put it all together and keep us guessing till the end. He can weave a great story and make the pages fly. The cast of characters he has grown and nurtured are incredible and really stand the test of time. What’s next Mr. Baldacci, I am ready for more.
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