Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Collectors by David Baldacci

Here is my review of the Collectors:

The deaths of the Speaker of the House Robert Bradley and the director of the Library of Congress’s rare book room Jonathan DeHaven don’t seem to be connected at first but Oliver Stone is determined to find out. With the help of the rest of the Camel Club, they discover someone is selling secrets to the highest bidder outside of the United States. Annabelle Conroy enters the picture and they really need her help because they are struggling to find out what is going on. Can they figure it out before someone else gets killed?

This is the second book that I have read by David Baldacci and with it being the second in the series I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. But about half way into the book, it started to pick up and I started to enjoy it. His writing style was amazing though at times a bit gory. But then when you are dealing with mob bosses, it’s difficult to keep things completely clean. At first I didn’t find it easy to follow the story and how the two different storylines were connected, but then it all made sense at Jonathan’s funeral. David Baldacci is a good story weaver and I loved the ride he took me on. The best part was how it ended it. I hope there is more to come with this series because I never thought I would like the whole espionage and conspiracy idea.

No characters stuck out as my favorite since the first one came out last year. Once I got acquainted with them again I enjoyed each and every member of the Camel Club. They all had their quirks but I have to say that I liked Caleb Shaw the most. The idea of working at the Library of Congress with all the rare books would be a dream come true. Each member had their own place and it was fun watching them doing their specialties.

The book would only make sense if you read the first one in the series The Camel Club. I really liked the book but at times it seemed a little too slow. I give it a 3/5 because it should have moved a little faster. I will have to see how the next one plays out since it looked like there would be one.

This is my third chunkster though it was not on my list. LOL I didn't know when it would show up. It was 436 pages long.Now onto Murder and Salutations by Elizabeth Bright. I need something light. :)