Grand Central Publishing, 2008
My husband, Jay, and I have been David Baldacci fans since we first heard an audiotape of “Saving Faith”. We got our names on the list at the library as soon as we heard he had a new book coming out. We were number 72 a month before the book was even published!
When told it was our turn, my husband picked the book up and began reading it immediately. He couldn’t put it down and he finished it in a day and a half. It took me longer. And that will be your first clue that we didn’t see eye to eye on this book.
Let me first give you my summary of the book. Oliver Stone (aka John Carr) is in Washington D.C. and he has just killed two big shots (both bad guys). He gets out of town via Amtrak. On the train he befriends a young man and they both get thrown off the train. Stone decides to hide out in the young man’s town of Divine, Virginia which turns out to have another bunch of bad guys and other wicked things going on.
Meanwhile two other parts of the plot are happening. Joe Knox, a super detective with the CIA, is tracking Oliver. Joe’s boss wants him to find Stone for his own not-so-nice reasons. The third part of the plot is the story of the characters who are members of the Camel Club. They are racing like crazy to find and save their friend and leader of the conspiracy club.
My evaluation: This is the fourth book in the Camel Club series. I’ve enjoyed reading them up until about half way through this book. The things that were happening in the little town of Divine were just too coincidental for me. They didn’t fit the overall story line for the Camel Club. I like the idea of these smart but average and obscure citizens covertly taking on corruption at the highest levels of the government. It didn’t happen in this book for me. But as I said above, my husband truly enjoyed the book. It worked for him.
If you are still interested in reading this book, I’d start with the other three books. (Camel Club was first.) Even though I was disappointed in Divine Justice, we still like David Baldacci’s books. Why? His books captures us with the characters. They are likable and real and some of them are horrid but still real. Most of his stories seem plausible and the plots are intricate enough to keep you turning the pages. I’d recommend starting with Absolute Power or Saving Faith. He’s a good author. Give him a try.