Divine Justice Hardcover – Nov 4 2008
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"The narration of Divine Justice is intelligent and well placed with just enough characterization to differentiate the characters....[Ron McLarty] reads the book with passion....the quality of the writing and narration hold the listener's attention throughout. McLarty is great."―Metapsychology
"In this well-crafted and perfectly executed thriller, Ron McLarty captures the soul of a patriot and the cold competence of a killer.... McLarty's perfect dramatizations of those aiding or threatening Stone make this a superior listen. Even the music between chapters, which foreshadows or punctuates the action, adds to the audio experience." -Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award―AudioFile Magazine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.david-baldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.
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Stone is back in this the fourth installment in the Camel Club series, and he's once again on the run. "With two early morning pulls of the trigger he'd become the most wanted man in America."
He's too smart to try to board a plane knowing the major airports are alive with those looking for him but instead buys a ticket on the Amtrack Crescent, headed for New Orleans. Once settled in his seat, ever alert, he takes note of his fellow passengers - a mother with a baby, a thin man eating a cheeseburger, and a kid a few years out of high school but still wearing his varsity jacket. "To Stone's eye the young man also had the look of someone who was certain that the world owed him everything and had never bothered paying its bill"
The young man is Danny Riker who is soon assaulted by a trio who accuse him of cheating at cards. Stone rescues Danny and the two leave the train at the next stop. When Stone finds out that Danny is from an Appalachian coal mining town, Divine, Virginia, he decides that might be the perfect place for him to hide out.
Divine might be a good place to take cover but it's also a place where corruption is rampant and most of the coal miners are methadone addicts due to the daily injections they take to pass inspections.Read more ›
Divine Justice picks up the story of Oliver Stone, aka John Carr - one of the most deadly assasins the U.S. government ever produced. But when Carr wanted out and they killed his family, they made a terrible mistake. Stone retaliates and Macklin Hayes, a high ranking spy, is determined to find him and make him disappear for good. Stone ends up in the small mining town of Divine, Virgina hoping to lie low for awhile. But trouble seems to go hand in hand with Oliver Stone. All is not fine in Divine. Stone's sense of justice will not let him walk away. At the same time his friends from the Camel Club are trying to find him to help him.
As I had not read the Camel Club, The Collectors or Stone Cold, the other novels featuring these characters, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't understand the plot in Divine Justice. But it wasn't a problem. A few pages in I was up to speed. Most of the action takes place in the Divine setting.
If you're looking for a fast paced, thrilling novel - this is it! The characters are larger than life and the action never stops. Good and evil are clearly defined and you'll find yourself rooting for John Carr.
If you have enjoyed the Jack Reacher character by Lee Child, then this is a series you would enjoy
So what's it all about? Oliver Stone (John Carr) has just finished assassinating intelligence chieftain Carter Gray and Senator Roger Simpson as repayment for old and recent wrongs (including the death of Milton Farb, Camel Club member). He knows that he must escape quickly and completely . . . and that the Camel Club will be at risk while he runs. Stone's trail is soon picked up by Joe Knox, with more than a little help (and some stonewalling from shadowy Gray protégé Macklin Hayes).
Stone has paid more attention to getting revenge than he has to his escape. There's a vague plan to head towards New Orleans and to fade into the post-Katrina construction industry. All those plans are changed when Stone interrupts a beating on a train and is threatened with arrest. Quickly leaving the train with the beating victim, Stone decides to follow the man home to Divine, Virginia. Once there, more violence flares and Stone finds himself drawn into the middle of someone else's fight. Much of the rest of the story alternates between the manhunt and Stone's investigation into what's going on in Divine, Virginia. A lot of the suspense in the book involves decisions that the Camel Club members need to make.
Unlike the earlier books in the series, the story line and the characters aren't nearly as compelling. If you plan to stay with the Camel Club series, you'll need to read this book . . . but I doubt if you will like it nearly as much as the others in the series.
The author's has come up with another thrilling story. It opens where "Cold Stone" ended right after the assassinations of Carter Gray and Roger Simpson by Oliver Stone. Both men had conspired to ruin Stone's life ultimately forcing him underground.
As the story unfolds, Stone now on the run hops a train to New Orleans. During the course of the train ride, Stone comes to the aid of Danny Riker who is targeted by a group of goons. They strike up a friendship and end up in Divine Virginia, Riker's hometown, with a façade of a quiet mining town in the middle of nowhere.
The plot is gripping and exciting, it moves along at a fast pace, not a dull moment. Stone now considered the most wanted man in the USA finds himself in the middle of a sinister town where townsfolk have witnessed murders, accidental hunting deaths, apparent suicides, narcotic smuggling and to top it all off the town has a super maximum prison.
The object of a massive manhunt, Stone realizes he is being tracked by Macklin Hayes' best tracker CIA Joe Knox. Following Stone and Knox in the cat and mouse situation are Stone's allies from the Camel Club ready to help at any cost..
Baldacci has masterfully created two parallel plots "Knox's pursuit of Stone and Stone's bizarre journey", both are filled with twists and surprises and a cast of well-developed characters.
Once again, Baldacci takes his readers on a rollercoaster ride of intrigue and suspense.
Most recent customer reviews
Very good. Moves at a good speed and lots of twists and turnsPublished 4 months ago by Lorne Duffin
It is a great series..I read them all, and would highly recommend them.Published 8 months ago by Sandy Pullen
A read and demands that you go immediately to the the next in The Camel Club seriesPublished 12 months ago by sandra poole
David Baldacci is simply the best!!! I am absolutely addicted his Audio books! Can not get in the car if I don't have one of his books in my CD player!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely hair raising.Baldacci never fails to deliver a marvellous tale. Of course his main character was a super soldier, and I expected great things from him, this was a case... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sylabuss