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Hell's Corner

de David Baldacci

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Sèrie: 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.… (més)
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Kinda torn on this one. Again it feels a bit of a letdown, although, sure, it is beautifully constructed.

Glad, I read this series, it's been fun, but I'm not sad that it's over now. ( )
  cwebb | Sep 10, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
Oliver Stone reminiscing in Lafayette Park (Hell's Corner), across from the White House, is nearly killed when bullets are fired into the park and a bomb explodes perhaps to kill the British PM. Stone is deputized to help solve the mystery, and is joined by the able Mary Chapman from MI-6 and the Camel Club. There is much intrigue as it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad and which bad guys are behind it all. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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 |
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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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