The Collectors (Camel Club Series #2)

The Collectors (Camel Club Series #2)

by David Baldacci

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While a gifted con artist plots against the most ruthless businessman in the world, the Camel Club must stop a renegade CIA agent from selling American secrets to the highest bidder in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.

The assassination of the speaker of the House has rocked the nation. And the Camel Club has found a chilling connection with another death: that of the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books and Special Collections Division.

The club's unofficial leader, a man who calls himself Oliver Stone, discovers that someone is selling America to its enemies one secret at a time. Then Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation, comes to town and joins forces with the Camel Club for her own reasons. And Stone will need all the help she can give, because the two murders are hurtling the Camel Club into a world of espionage that is bringing America to its knees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446615631
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Camel Club Series , #2
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 24,731
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at


Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia


B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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The Collectors (Camel Club Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 267 reviews.
WyomingReader More than 1 year ago
I did not read the first book in the series, Camel Club, and that did not stop me from enjoying this book. The double plot is nice. The stories are enough separate and enough connected that it is very entertaining and appropriate to the full story. Most action thriller books like this often bridge from the unlikely and improbable to the impossible. Baldacci is able to approach but not cross the line to the impossible. This makes the book much more satisifying. The characters seem too human to be immortal. I was suprised that they all made it through. The next book in the series, Stone Cold is even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series of four books made me a Baldacci fan. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love this series
MIFLNookster More than 1 year ago
I could hardly put my Nook down because the plot was so interesting.
SMART52 More than 1 year ago
Love Carmel Club characters especailly Oliver Stone!! Love how David Baldacci includes NSA which is a hot topic right now!
rimb1 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended
EllieFL More than 1 year ago
This was a good summer read that I have recommended to others.
MissChristina More than 1 year ago
Great story, full of questions that make you want to read more and more. really short chapters, which i love!
fifty More than 1 year ago
This book was great!! It was easy to read and kept you coming back day after day.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Camel Club becomes embroiled in another spy intrigue to help Caleb out. Someone is endangering the employees of the Library of Congress. Caleb helps his friends understand the intricate details of book collecting to help them find the bad guys. Problem is, one of the bad guys is a collector too; of victims. When a lovely female con gets involved, things speed up.I enjoyed this story. I don't really care for the type of story, espionage and political thriller, but I enjoy the members of the Camel Club, Oliver, Milton, Reuben and Caleb. I rather liked Annabelle, too. A fast paced tale, it got me so involved that I missed my exit to work! This was an abridged audio version. I didn't notice anything missing, and the readers were good, although it took me a little to not be startled over the switch off between Tom Wopat and Maggi Reed. Some of Toms voices were not as I would imagine them to be, especially those of Caleb and Milton, but his reading is excellent.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great thriller!! Fantastic depth of character development and a great clean storyline. Would love to see Annabelle in future installments, and looks like I'm going get my wish unless Baldacci totally drops the ball. Thank goodness I started this series after the 3rd one has already been written so I don't have to wait.
Talbin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In David Baldacci's novel The Collectors, a ragtag group of men who call themselves The Camel Club get involved in investigating the death of Jonathan DeHaven, the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books collection. As the pieces come together, they discover that someone is selling US secrets to the highest bidder. Along the way, DeHaven's ex-wife, Annabelle Conroy, a con artist of the highest caliber, joins the Camel Club to help discover why her ex was killed.This was a pretty well-written, well-plotted novel. Not as "exciting" (read "violent") as some other political mysteries, but I thought the story moved along quickly. Baldacci has created some interesting characters, and I look forward to seeing more of them in novels to come.
starkravingmad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kooky plot about spies and encryption / coding on books in the Library of Congress. very shallow.
Jarratt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad. I'd not read a Camel Club book before, but I liked it OK.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The four members of the Camel Club are back in the second book of the series. The Collectors focuses on a conspiracy behind the death of a rare book collector. One of the club's members, Caleb, is appointed to value and distribute the books in the deceased man's collection. This endangers Caleb as well as the others who are helping him in the process. Annabelle Conroy, a con, is introduced in this story. She is the ex-wife of the deceased and two plots gradually come together.I like that there is more information in this story about the pasts of the characters. I got more of that information from this book than I did the first in the series. However, this is my least favorite of the series so far. And I have high hopes for book three, Stone Cold. I did listen to the abridged version, so I'm thinking of going back and listening to the unabridged to see if I would have a better opinion of the story, and to see if I would get even more information about the characters. Overall, I'm addicted to this series much like a drug addict. I cannot stop listening!!
senglish1972 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is another great Camel Club book.
cathymoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Baldacci's second book about the Camel Club, a group of social misfits busting global conspiracy theories. This novel features espionage at the library of Congress and introduces a new member of the club via a "long con" in Atlantic City.This is a good read. The Camel Club members are likeable characters and the plot moves along at a healthy pace. I am finding Baldacci's writing increasingly clunky though, and the dialogue especially in this outing seems contrived. I am hoping for better next time out, one of the plot threads here is left open.
witchyrichy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't my usual read but I found the CDs on the shelf as I headed out for a road trip. I was sucked in by both the story but also by the complex characters.
amacmillen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Soon after the Speaker of the House is assassinated, Caleb Shaw a quiet librarian stumbles upon the body of his boss Jonathan DeHaven at the Library of Congress narrowly escaping the same fate. ¿The Camel Club¿ group promptly sets out to investigate and it becomes a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder.On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, a gifted con artist, is out to pull off a major con against a ruthlessly violent casino boss. She gathers three other scammers and together they undertake a heist that promises to make them all rich. She eventually meets up with the Camel Club after she attends the funeral of Jonathan DeHaven (her ex husband). She then joins the group in the hopes of solving the crime. Their lives become more and more in peril as they come closer to the truth. (Tigerpaw70)
cjthomas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
enjoyable, a very reasonable sequel to his last book
iubookgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Collectors is the second book in the Camel Club series. The mystery involves the selling of U.S. secrets; and the Camel Club becomes involved following the mysterious death of Caleb Shaw's supervisor in the Library of Congress' Rare Books Division. The increased focus on Caleb Shaw and Milton Farb, the less danger savvy members of the club, made for some amusing moments. Their eccentricities had me laughing out loud at times. This sense of humor plus the element of bibliomystery made for a very enjoyable read. The Collectors also introduces a new character to the Club, con artist Annabelle Conroy. A good portion of the book follows her in a separate, though enjoyable, storyline, and I found myself wondering what the connection could be. If you have the same feeling, don't worry. The connection will reveal itself, and it's a good one. In my estimation, The Collectors meets and exceeds the expectations set by the first book in the series.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this sequel to The Camel Club a reasonably quick read, but a bit disjointed. The first book was a bit better.
madamemeow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great story, though overly complex at times. I loved the characters, and I was definitely hooked throughout the whole story. Judging by the ending, I'm thinking it's written with a follow-up book in mind.
virginiahomeschooler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After having read and loved The Camel Club, I was eager to read the sequel, The Collectors. While it is still quite good, unfortunately, it doesn't quite measure up to its incredibly clever predecessor. The main story line is interesting enough, and the 'bookish' plot is something most bibliophiles will appreciate. But Baldacci has basically created two separate stories here and fused them together via one character, turning it into one somewhat disjointed novel. There is a subplot surrounding an ambitious scheme to con a dangerous casino owner that doesn't fit well enough with the Camel Club cohorts, in my opinion.Aside from that, though, The Collectors is pretty flawless. Eccentric and quirky characters along with clever dialogue and exciting action sequences combine to create a very entertaining reading experience. As this is a review based on the audio book, I feel I should mention that I found the narration to be unpleasant. The secondary 'players' were adequate, though annoying at times, but the main narrator, LJ Gasner, has a voice that just did not work for me. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the problem was, but I struggled throughout the book. And, I feel that I would have enjoyed the experience more had I read the book myself.
BCCJillster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continues the Camel Club group. Mostly set in the Library of Congress and lots of goodies about rare books. Introduces con belle Annabelle Conroy--a great addition. Speaker of the House, head librarian of LOC killed for starters.