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Hells Corner de David Baldacci
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Hells Corner (edição: 2010)

de David Baldacci (Autor)

Séries: The Camel Club (5)

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A bomb detonates in the White House immediately after the British Prime Minister departs from the State Dinner. Oliver Stone, who witnesses the event, believes the Prime Minister and the President were the targets of a terrorist plot. MI-5 agent Mary Chapman is assigned to assist the Stone and his Camel Club with the investigation, which reveals that the bombing may have actually been botched and is part of a darker, deadlier conspiracy.… (mais)
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Título:Hells Corner
Autores:David Baldacci (Autor)
Informação:Grand Central Publishing (2010), Edition: 1st, 439 pages
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Hell’s Corner has an opening that is among the most stupid I’ve read from David Baldacci. These conspiracy, high politics, spy, thriller, action, superhero without supernatural powers, novels do require you to give the author some freedom, but there are limits to what can be pushed through even the widest gate.

The book starts with the president secretly summoning Oliver Stone and requesting that he, with no further information, take on the Russia controlled Mexican drug cartels because nobody else could do it. So without a passport, and with no money, Oliver Stone accepts the mission and goes home to practice his Russian.

Shortly afterwards, when visiting Lafayette Park, Oliver Stone witnesses an assassination attempt which interrupts his plan to walk to Mexico and Russia. Instead, the top levels of American and British intelligence decide to give Oliver Stone extraordinary powers to figure out the assassination attempt, because it’s clearly not the role of the Secret Service, or FBI, or the police, or MI6 or CIA. Clearly.

At this time in the book, which is still very early, I was so close to just closing it and throwing it in the bin as pure trash, but for good and bad, I’m a completionist and I decided to put my trust in the rest of the book being better or it would never have been released. That trust has been breached before (Robert Jordan, you know what you did), but surely the editors would have told Baldacci if the whole book was rubbish?

Sadly the book continued being littered with factually wrong statements and plot arcs that went far beyond where Baldacci should have gone.

As an example of one of the stupid factual errors: A bomb expert tells Stone that the dogs can smell all explosives and goes on to explain how smell molecules can penetrate glass and metal since they are totally different from gas molecules and other molecules. Big eye roll. Baldacci’s bomb expert should have kept quiet instead of exposing his ignorance.

There are no "smell molecules", just normal molecules our smell receptors happen to be able to react to. For instance the smell of rotten egg is Hydrogen Sulfide, H2S, a pretty ordinary gas.

The reason dogs can often smell well encapsulated packages is that molecules escape during packaging. Imagine packaging an active sprinkler in a water saturated room without getting the outside of the package wet. It is not easy.

And glass and metals are typically not permeable to gasses, ”smell gasses” or other gasses. Vacuum bottles would have a hard time otherwise.


And then there is the scene where a MI-6 agent randomly pushes pulls her weapon and puts it on a civilian’s forehead to make a point. That is so unprofessional that it’s beyond belief. That is how accidents happen. I was surprised nobody attacked her, and maybe killed her, at that point, but apparently the super fast reactions of the Camel Club was temporarily on hold at that moment.

In summary, the book feels like a lot of different pieces of a book, and story, hammered into place disregarding that while the pieces by themselves look nice, they don’t actually fit with the others, and skipping the fact check part of the authoring process.

While I'm not considering Baldacci a great author, I usually still enjoy his novels as competent action thrillers. This book is a great disappointment. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Geriatric super-hero John Carr/Oliver Stone teams up with an agent of MI6, and mostly leaves out the rest of the Camel Club, to investigate an assassination attempt on the British Prime Minister. After having said in my review of the previous book in this series how nice it was that the Camel Club and friends have become like family to each other, we've reached the point where the alpha-dad-hero wants to protect the rest of his family by not involving them in his dangerous activities. The book suffered due to this as the best parts of the others of this series was how each member of the team had his or her strengths and contributed to the action.

This is what I call "beach reads for men" or "dude lit" (like, as opposed to "chick lit" get it?) This stuff is no more realistic than your average romance novel, but somehow gets treated with much, much more gravitas? Oh, well. The characters, especially the Camel Club themselves, were entertaining and the plot was suspenseful. A quick read even considering the relatively prolific amount of pages. ( )
  EmScape | Oct 31, 2020 |
John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Inside, the British prime minister is being honored at a state dinner. Then, just as the prime minister's motorcade leaves, a bomb explodes in the park, and in the chaotic aftermath Stone is given an urgent assignment: find those responsible.

British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes his partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, skilled, and increasingly lethal. Worst of all, the park bombing may have been only 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.
  Gmomaj | Oct 5, 2020 |
Oliver Stone is back in David Baldacci's final Camel Club novel, Hell's Corner. Oliver is asked back into service by the President, but on the way there he is nearly killed in a bombing very close to the White House. Since he was almost one of the casualties, Oliver decides to find out who was nearly able to kill both the President and the British prime minister in this presumed terrorist attack.

The next day, he gets a new partner from Britian’s MI6 named Mary Chapman. What follows is a very complex plot line involving Mexican druglords, Russian cartels, spies, and a traitor.

Despite the solid pacing and interesting angle, I missed the rest of the Camel Club members. They eventually join the hunt, but very minimally. There's a ton of new characters, none of them quite as interesting. What makes the series so wonderful is the eclectic mix of characters in the Camel Club who are so loyal to one another.

The story was not mesmerizing, especially the first half. Stone, the most revered assassin in U.S. history, made lots of errors. He doesn't ever make tactical mistakes so I found this a bit unbelievable.

The Camel Club is a great series and, while this had a convoluted ending, it was still very good. This isn't a series that can be read out of order but it's filled with great moments. I definitely recommend starting with [b:The Camel Club|15158|The Camel Club (Camel Club, #1)|David Baldacci|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1166671032l/15158._SY75_.jpg|2571396] and enjoy these fabulous characters. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
First let me clarify that David Baldacci is incapable of writing a "bad" or mediocre book...but some are just more compressive and easier to get involved in than others. This book had so many possible bad guys and so many alphabet government agencies going after poor Oliver Stone and MI6 agent Mary Chapman that it became a muddle attempt to keep up with it all. There were some very exciting parts...the characters were excellent and well drawn...even the minor ones. The thing that was rather disappointing about the entire story was that Oliver's friends that comprise "The Camel Club" and had helped him throughout the other 4 books, were nearly absent until almost the very end of this one. These people are what made this series so good should have been treated better in this last book of the series. Still worthy of 4 star rating but if I had never read any of the other books I don't believe I could have given it this rating. ( )
  Carol420 | Jun 21, 2020 |
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A bomb detonates in the White House immediately after the British Prime Minister departs from the State Dinner. Oliver Stone, who witnesses the event, believes the Prime Minister and the President were the targets of a terrorist plot. MI-5 agent Mary Chapman is assigned to assist the Stone and his Camel Club with the investigation, which reveals that the bombing may have actually been botched and is part of a darker, deadlier conspiracy.

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