The Camel Club

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: David Baldacci
Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Time Warner AudioBooks
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

One man leads this aging, ragtag crew. He has no known past and has taken the name "Oliver Stone." Day and night, Stone and his friends study wild conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government, hoping to discover some truth that will hold America's leaders accountable to its citizens. Yet never in Stone's wildest nightmares could he imagine the conspiracy the Camel Club is about to uncover…

After witnessing a shocking murder, the Club is slammed headfirst into a plot that threatens the very security of the nation, full of stunning twists, high-stakes intrigue, and global gamesmanship rocketing to the Oval Office and beyond. Soon the Club must join forces with veteran Secret Service agent Alex Ford, who becomes an unwilling participant in one of the most chilling spectacles to ever take place on American soil. It's an event that may well be the catalyst for the long-threatened Armageddon between two different worlds, and all that stands in the way of this apocalypse are five unexpected heroes.

Reviews (38)

Camel Club

Written by Sandy S. from Natick, MA on March 15th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Don’t know why I listened to the entire book—I kept on thinking it was going to get better. It was read horribly—when they had to use a different voice it was so low you had to turn up your radio —most of the time you missed it and had to rewind, turn your radio up and listen. The book was choppy and boring. Don’t bother!

Moves along

Written by Carol S. from San Diego, CA on February 7th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Keeps you interested. Improbable but it's fiction!


Written by Anonymous on October 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

One word for this book... Boring! I was barely able to make it to the end of this book. The plot was poorly constructed and I didn't care one bit about any of o

The Camel Club

Written by genomo on May 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

OUTSTANDING!!!! A fantastic novel, well narrated, and a must listen.

16 Hours of Fun

Written by Mandi Scott Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on December 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

David Baldacci's main charactors in The Camel Club are charming: 4 crazy conspriracy theorists and a down-on-his-luck secret service agent. As with most novels in the suspense/thriller genre, there's the occasional corny dialogue and far-fetched plot twists. But on the whole, this audio book was 16 hours of fun and entertainment. The narrator was excellent and the unabridged version is worth the time. The Camel Club is the first in a series of four books so far. Looking forward to more, more, more!

The Camel Club

Written by Anonymous on November 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I initially rented this for my husband as I'm not usually a fan of this genre, However, I found it to be athoroughly enjoyable expeience. I would definitley recommend this book to others.

The Camel Club

Written by Anonymous on August 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book. Suspense and a fast paced plot make you want to listen longer. After this book I started ordering more of this author.


Written by Anonymous on May 27th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Long with 13 CDs but suspensfull from start to finish.

Too many dull camels

Written by Anonymous on March 28th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was my first Balducci book. And I was not impressed. I hung in there through three CDs. But with new characters being introduced even into that third CD, I just finally hung it up. Too many characters, motivation is pretty lame and dialog is trite. "Blabbity, blabbity, blabbity” I felt like I was listening to an old fashioned serial. The only thing that remained constant with each introduced subplot was the very shallow characters and the "comic book" dialog. I can't recommend it as a listen.

made for tv movie

Written by Anonymous on February 13th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It is an okay book. The story is incredibly predictable and a bit far fetched at time in terms of how events happen and the connections between them. It reminded me of a bad made-for-television action movie.

Author Details

Author Details

Baldacci, David

David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney.

David Baldacci has published seventeen novels: Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Last Man Standing, The Christmas Train, Split Second, Hour Game, The Camel Club, The Collectors, Simple Genius, Stone Cold, and The Whole Truth; and in his young adult series, Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean. He has also published a novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's Year 2000 "Month of the Thriller." Baldacci authored a short story, "The Mighty Johns," as part of a mystery anthology published in 2002.

His works have been in numerous worldwide magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications. Baldacci has authored seven original screenplays. His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over 60 million copies of Mr. Baldacci's books are in print worldwide.

Castle Rock entertainment made Absolute Power (Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing, 1996) into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. The novel Absolute Power won Britain's W. H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997, and was nominated for a literary award in Italy. Absolute Power was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week." Absolute Power won the 1996 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.

The paperback version of Total Control (Warner/Grand Central, 1996) was a best-selling favorite of the traveling public for over a year. Total Control won the 1997 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers Guild.

The Winner's (Warner/Grand Central, 1997) sales topped those of Baldacci's first two novels, no doubt aided by revealing in the novel how to fix the lottery and win a hundred million dollars! The Winner received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, its highest rating.

The Simple Truth (Warner/Grand Central, 1998) was the first of Baldacci's novels in which part of the plot was based upon an actual event. President Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999.

Saving Faith (Warner/Grand Central, 1999) is a novel about how Washington really works, and it reached number one on both the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publisher's Weekly national bestseller list. Saving Faith was selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week."

Wish You Well (Warner/Grand Central, 2000) is strongly linked to Baldacci's maternal family history. In researching for this book, he spent countless hours talking with his mother, who spent her first seventeen years on the "high rock" and learning its lifelong lessons. Wish You Well received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and was selected as the inaugural book for All America Reads, a national reading program.

Last Man Standing (Warner/Grand Central, 2001) is an explosive psychological thriller about Web London, a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, who is desperate to find answers for secret terrors and relief from unbearable guilt. Last Man Standing reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller List.

The Christmas Train (Warner/Grand Central, 2002) is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags for a holiday adventure and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams during the season of miracles. The Christmas Train has quickly become a holiday classic.

Split Second (Warner/Grand Central, 2003) is a compelling, fast-paced political thriller that gives readers an inside look at the work of the Secret Service as it strives to protect America's leaders. As their worlds close in upon them, former agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell team up to seek answer to events that, at first glance, seem to be unrelated disasters. Split Second became a New York Times bestseller on its first day of publication.

Hour Game (Warner/Grand Central, 2004) teams Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second in a race to prove a man’s innocence in a domestic burglary. They quickly find themselves caught in a chain of murders that once again rocks the quiet hills of Wrightsburg, Virginia. At every turn, King and Maxwell find themselves trying to put the pieces together as the killer is plays the murderous "hour game."

In The Camel Club (Warner/Grand Central, 2005), Baldacci goes beyond the traditional boundaries of fiction, painting a frighteningly vivid portrait of a world that could be our own very soon, and the few people who have a chance to stop the last war the world may ever fight.

In The Collectors (Warner/Grand Central, 2006), Baldacci weaves a brilliant, white-knuckle tale of suspense in which every collectors is searching for one missing prize... the one to die for.

Simple Genius (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the dynamic team of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Split Second and Hour Game. While investigating a dead body found in Babbage Town -- a think-tank and high tech research facility just across the York River from the CIA Training Facility in Camp Peary, Virginia -- King & Maxwell find themselves thrown into the midst of a worldwide race to control information, and at any cost -- even murder.

Stone Cold (Warner/Grand Central, 2007) brings back the unusual group of sleuths, the Camel Club, for another mystery involving Jerry Bagger, Annabelle Conroy, Alex Ford, and a deadly assassin whose identity, like Oliver Stone's, remains veiled in mystery.

The Whole Truth (Grand Central, 2008) represents David's first international thriller, one that presents the all-too-real world of perception management into the forefront of global defense contractor activities.

Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! (Little, Brown & Company, 2005) and Freddy and the French Fries: The Adventures of Silas Finklebean (Little, Brown & Company, 2006) are titles in Baldacci's series for young readers. Find out more about Freddy at his Web site,

David Baldacci's books have been publicly discussed and/or read by everyone from Howard Stern and Don Imus to Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, from George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Charlie Rose and Larry King.

Baldacci has made many television and radio appearances and has been featured in numerous national and international publications

David contributes to, and is involved in, several philanthropic efforts. His greatest efforts are currently dedicated to his family's own Wish You Well Foundation. The Wish You Well Foundation, established by Michelle and David Baldacci, supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Recently the Wish You Well Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch "Feeding Body & Mind". Through Feeding Body & Mind, hundreds of thousands of new and used books have been collected and distributed through area food banks, helping feed both body and mind. For more information, visit and or call 703-476-6032.

David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities, including the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the American Cancer Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He sits on the boards of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Virginia Commonwealth University. Baldacci also holds various honorary chairs.