The Camel Club by David Baldacci. Warner Books, 2005.
The Camel Club is the first in a series of the same name. The Camel Club is a group of misfit men who, for the most part, are retired government employees. They make an interesting group: "Oliver Stone," the former CIA assassin; Reuben Rhodes, the Vietnam vet who washed out of his intelligence job; Milton Farb, the former NIH employee whose OCD got the best of him; and Caleb Shaw, the only one to survive the government mill as an employee at the Library of Congress' rare books division. This bookish gentleman of course adds another fun twist for a bibliophile like me. The Camel Club's purpose is to search for government conspiracy and, in The Camel Club, they find one, which quickly becomes a matter of life and death for them and others. David Baldacci's Camel Club series of political thrillers definitely gets off on the right foot. The characters are intriguing and the story tightly woven. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, and I think you will too.
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