One of his best-known and most popular series is the Camel Club series. The protagonists are four political watch-dogs who keep an eye on the government. They formed the Camel Club to share intelligence while they try to sniff out government conspiracies.
The group is led by Oliver Stone, a former CIA-trained assassin. Stone is not his real name; he chose it because of the famous director who is also into conspiracy theories. It keeps with his occupation—would you expect a guy trying to secretly uncover dangerous plots to use his real name?
The other members of the Camel Club are Reuben Rhodes, a Defense Intelligence Agency employee turned war protester; Caleb Shaw, an employee of the Rare Book Wing of the Library of Congress; and Milton Farb, a paranoid former child prodigy. And as the series progresses, the club gains a few more helpful members.
If you’ve always wanted to read David Baldacci but weren’t sure where to start, here’s a handy list of the Camel Club series to get you started.
David Baldacci’s Camel Club Series in Order
In the first book in the series, we are introduced to the members of the Camel Club. They have just witnessed a shocking murder in D.C., and, being conspiracy theorists, they aren't super-excited to trust anyone with this news. But justice must prevail, so they team up with Secret Service agent Alex Ford (who will appear again in later books) and use their skills to root out the villains and stop a catastrophic event before it's too late.
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This time the boys must stop a renegade CIA agent from selling American secrets. The group discovers that the agent's betrayal is linked to the recent murders of the Speaker of the House and the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books and Special Collections Division. While Oliver and the gang work to squash the agent's plans, they are approached by a gifted con artist named Annabelle Conroy, who wants their help for her own reasons. Will they get conned by a con? And can they solve the murders?
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Having helped stop danger in D.C. twice now, the Camel Club has made a few allies. But they have also made serious enemies. Con artist Annabelle Conroy is now an honorary member of the club, and she turns to the gang when an old enemy targets her. (He killed her mother, so she stole $40 million from him.) But Oliver is having problems of his own: a dangerous old acquaintance is gunning for him, and killing people from their shared past. Can the Camel Club protect two of its members at once, or will they be stretched too thin to save them?
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Oliver Stone has gotten away from the dangerous man who was hunting him, but it put him in a different kind of danger. Killing the man who wished him dead caused the government to launch a massive search for him and sets a master spy who is even MORE dangerous on his trail. Can the Camel Club help their fearless leader in his time of need? And considering he's now at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted list, will Oliver Stone ever get out from under the shadow of his past?
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When the British prime minister's motorcade explodes while pulling away from the White House, the government calls on a questionable source to help them solve it: former CIA assassin Oliver Stone. But as he and British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman search the rubble and the city for clues, they uncover an even larger, more dangerous conspiracy. Oliver realizes they're going to need the help of the smartest crime solvers he knows: the other members of the Camel Club.
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