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The Collectors [Format Kindle]

David Baldacci
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From Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Baldacci's entertaining if overly long sequel to The Camel Club (2005), renegade CIA agent Roger Seagraves has set himself up in the business of freelance assassination and selling our country's secrets to the highest bidder. The Camel Club, a group of four dysfunctional crime solvers headed by ex-CIA assassin Caleb Shaw, becomes involved with Seagraves through a killing at the Library of Congress, where one of the club members works. Meanwhile, an enigmatic young woman, Annabelle Conroy, is assembling a team to engineer a "long con," a $33 million scam targeting Jerry Bagger, the sleazy owner of an Atlantic City casino. This time around, Baldacci wisely tones down the wackiness of the club members, focusing instead on bringing Seagraves to justice while Annabelle works her ingenious scam. The splicing of the two plots is problematic, but Baldacci sacrifices a bit of believability to cobble together a new cast of characters destined to continue fighting the forces of evil in the next installment. (Oct.)
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Bestselling author David Baldacci reprises THE CAMEL CLUB, a slightly wacky group of overage crime-stoppers in Washington, DC, led by Caleb Shaw, a former CIA assassin. Their efforts to investigate the mysterious deaths of a prestigious librarian and the Speaker of the House eventually overlap with another story line--this one about sassy con artist Annabelle Conroy. The multivoiced narration provides needed definition for many of the characters but seems awkward accompanied by the author's stilted dialogue tags. Aimee Jolson depicts a smooth and confident Conroy, while L.J. Ganser and Richard Mover cover the male characters and the narration. Overall, this is a modestly entertaining sequel, thanks mostly to the fast-moving plot. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 984 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 449 pages
  • Editeur : Pan; Édition : Open market ed (21 mars 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004T1PA9C
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une suite parfaite au Camel Club ! 19 avril 2009
Par Brigitte
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Je dois avouer que j'ai adoré retrouver le Camel Club dans ce second opus de leurs aventures... et encore plus de me retrouver à Washington au sein de la Librairie du Congrés. Ne me demandez pas pourquoi, c'est peut être parce que je l'ai vue récemment dans un Benjamin Gates, mais j'ai ressenti une certaine familiarité avec le lieu. Bref.

Cette fois-ci, le Camel Club se retrouve embarqué dans une histoire d'espionnage via le meurtre de Jonathan, le boss de l'un des leurs... meurtre qui survient juste après l'assassinat du Speaker of the House, et juste avant celui d'un riche contracteur en armement, voisin à la ville de Jonathan. Il n'en faut pas plus pour aiguiser la curiosité du Camel Club, et aiguillonner l'instinct d'Oliver Stone...

En parallèle, Annabelle a monté une escroquerie afin de venger la mort de sa mère, assassinée par un propriétaire de Casino qui voulait faire payer à son père les $10,000 dont ce dernier l'avait délesté. Vengée et en possession de 17 millions de dollars, Annabelle va néanmoins prendre le temps d'assister aux funérailles de Jonathan, son ex-mari, et en profiter pour donner un coup de main au Camel Club, mis en émoi par cette présence féminine dans leurs rangs...

Ma seule frustration en tournant la dernière page de ce suspense rondement mené, c'est que l'histoire n'est pas tout à fait terminée... à suivre dans Stone Cold Stone Cold!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable, but not his strongest effort... 27 novembre 2006
Par Cynthia K. Robertson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
It wouldn't be October without the publication of a new David Baldacci thriller, and The Collectors is his latest for 2007. While I enjoyed The Collectors, I don't think it is his strongest effort.

The Collectors is actually two stories. In the first, the Speaker of the House and a curator at the Library of Congress are both murdered (the second is made to look like natural causes). Caleb Shaw is a librarian at the Library of Congress, and he is also a member of the Camel Club (introduced in the book by the same name). The Camel Club consists of four misfits (nearing senior citizen status) who form a secret conspiracy watchdog organization. They decide to investigate the deaths and immediately, they discover they're being followed by agents who could be FBI, CIA or NSA. The subplot involves four individual cons who launch a scheme to swindle an Atlantic City casino owner out of $30 million. The ringleader, Annabelle Conroy, becomes immersed in the Camel Club's investigation when she attends the funeral of the library curator. The closer they come to the truth, the more endangered their lives become.

All thrillers have a bit of disbelief in their stories, and The Collectors is no exception. I don't think Baldacci was on top of his game with The Collectors in terms of plot development. Plus, the ending never really resolves all the questions and is just an opening for a sequel. While good, it doesn't come close to his earlier works including Absolute Power and A Simple Truth.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perhaps Baldacci's Best Yet. Sit Back and Enjoy This One! 17 octobre 2006
Par Peter Thomas Senese - Author. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
David Baldacci's ensemble of fascinating and brilliantly created characters in `The Collectors' coupled with two intertwining plots of murder and a clever financial con make for a completely enjoyable and page-turning read. Following his best selling hit `The Camel Club' with some familiar faces and the addition of the sultry yet incorrigibly scandalous Annabelle Conroy, readers will be continually amused and entertained as Baldacci, as if a grand maestro, intertwines and blends the character action and movement with such ease and storyline pleasure. As usual and expected in Baldacci's novels, readers will be left turning the pages, in this case as the plot moves to a very interesting conclusion when the World of Washington politics and those involved with a long-term swindle are forced to collide. Folks, sit back and enjoy `The Collectors', it very well may be David Baldacci's best yet.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Poor Effort 16 décembre 2006
Par Carl Mclaren - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I don't usually write negative reviews but I will make an exception here. I enjoy reading stories where intelligent people do intelligent things, but in this tome the characters do one stupid thing after another. For example, the beautiful super con lady is in a restaurant when she notices a man looking at her. She goes to a table where some men she has never seen before are eating and tells them she wants to practice a movie plot and wants them to act like Mafioso. Then she goes to the man staring at her and makes a big scene threatening him with the other men. Are you kidding me, that is the last thing a con women would do plus it is a completely unbelievable scenario. In another part her genius cohort who dropped out of MIT due to boredom makes a mistake in a bank con that a five year old wouldn't make. Next her team cons a casino owner out of millions in a way that could never happen. The other plot starts with the murder of the speaker of the house which is similar to murdering the president but here it is treated like no biggie. Please. If you want to read something good try Michael Connelly or Daniel Silva.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Collectors: A Review 10 décembre 2006
Par D. Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
The latest novel concerning the members of the Camel Club, first introduced in the novel of the same name by Virginia author David Baldacci, is as intriguing and exciting as the previous work. The story begins with the death of the Speaker of the House and speeds on from there to introduce us to an employ of the Library of Congress who also meets a fatal end. In comes Caleb Shaw, another employ at the LoC and member of the Camel Club. Soon, the four friends are embroiled in a story of conspiracy, murder, and spies selling secrets. Meanwhile another character, Annabelle Conroy, has her own story to tell in Atlantic City. It's not long before the two plots mesh leading Annabelle, Caleb, Oliver, Reuben and Milton -- with infrequent appearances by Secret Service agent Alex Ford -- to ferret out the mystery and bring the villains to justice.

The Good: While not as good in this reviewer's opinion as The Camel Club, The Collectors is still a very good novel. The characters are intriguing, with heroes you can't help but root for and a villain that is so wicked, so down right corrupt, that you can't help but love and hate him at the same time. The scenes in the Library of Congress were very well done and it was in this place that Caleb Shaw really shined as not only a character but almost as a real person. The cliffhanger was amazingly well done.

The Bad: This reviewer would have liked to have seen a little more of Alex Ford. Also, despite the very well done cliffhanger the ending was good but a little rushed in parts.

In closing, The Collectors is a good novel definitely worthy of a reread after reading or rereading The Camel Club. It is a very good book and should be picked up; but, pick up the first novel beforehand.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Up To Baldacci's Normal Standards 6 décembre 2006
Par S. Peek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
David Baldacci is an author who usually writes a great thriller. This book is an exception to that.

This story is a sequel to 'The Camel Club'. As with the previous book, 'The Collectors' features an elderly group of oddballs who outsmart and out investigate the FBI, the D.C. Police, and everyone else. Although that sort of plot may work at times, it doesn't here. There are just too many implausible situations that make this story too farfetched.

With another author, this book might be considered pretty good as it does keep moving even though it is a huge stretch at times. As Baldacci started his writing career so strong (Absolute Power, Total Control), it is a disappointment. It is kind of like Tom Clancy going from his numerous brilliant novels to the Op Center series.

If you are a fan of Baldacci's earlier works (excluding Wish You Well and The Camel Club), I would not recommend this one. It will be a let down.
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