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David Baldacci

Auteur de Le Camel club

151+ oeuvres 120,481 utilisateurs 3,208 critiques 203 Favoris

A propos de l'auteur

David Baldacci was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 5, 1960. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He practiced law in Washington D.C. as a trial and corporate lawyer. His first novel, afficher plus Absolute Power, was published in 1996. It won Britain's prestigious W.H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997 and was adapted as a movie starring Clint Eastwood. His other works include Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, True Blue, One Summer and End Game. He writes numerous series including King and Maxwell, Freddy and the French Fries, the Camel Club, Will Robie, Shaw and Katie James, John Puller, Vega Jane, and Amos Decker. He also published a novella entitled Office Hours and has authored five original screenplays. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins
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Séries

Œuvres de David Baldacci

Le Camel club (2005) 5,238 exemplaires
Les Collectionneurs (2006) 4,530 exemplaires
Une seconde d'inattention (2003) 4,479 exemplaires
L'heure du crime (2004) 4,267 exemplaires
Stone Cold (2007) 3,933 exemplaires
Un simple génie (2007) 3,933 exemplaires
Le pouvoir d'executer (1996) 3,631 exemplaires
Une triche si parfaite (1997) 3,474 exemplaires
Sous haute protection (1999) 3,401 exemplaires
Un homme sous influence (2001) 3,369 exemplaires
Une femme sous controle (1996) 3,242 exemplaires
La simple vérité (1998) 3,239 exemplaires
First Family (2009) 3,239 exemplaires
The Whole Truth (2008) 3,220 exemplaires
Divine Justice (2008) 3,193 exemplaires
Wish You Well (2000) 3,010 exemplaires
The Innocent (2012) 2,949 exemplaires
Zero Day (2011) 2,856 exemplaires
Memory Man (2015) 2,708 exemplaires
The Christmas Train (2002) — Auteur — 2,632 exemplaires
Hell's Corner (2010) 2,550 exemplaires
True Blue (2009) 2,531 exemplaires
The Sixth Man (2011) 2,423 exemplaires
The Hit (2013) 2,418 exemplaires
The Forgotten (2012) 2,390 exemplaires
Deliver Us from Evil (2010) 2,320 exemplaires
The Last Mile (2016) 2,159 exemplaires
The Target (2014) 1,975 exemplaires
The Escape (2014) 1,966 exemplaires
The Fix (2017) — Auteur — 1,909 exemplaires
King and Maxwell (2013) 1,879 exemplaires
The Guilty (2015) 1,878 exemplaires
Long Road to Mercy (2018) 1,681 exemplaires
The Fallen (2018) 1,625 exemplaires
No Man's Land (2016) 1,587 exemplaires
One Summer (2011) 1,517 exemplaires
End Game (2017) — Auteur — 1,474 exemplaires
Redemption (2019) 1,380 exemplaires
A Minute to Midnight (2019) 1,343 exemplaires
Walk the Wire (2020) 1,267 exemplaires
One Good Deed (2019) 1,213 exemplaires
The Finisher (2014) 1,211 exemplaires
Daylight (2020) 1,115 exemplaires
The 6:20 Man (2022) 889 exemplaires
A Gambling Man (2021) 885 exemplaires
Mercy (2021) 750 exemplaires
Long Shadows (2022) 674 exemplaires
Dream Town (2022) 645 exemplaires
Simply Lies (2023) 542 exemplaires
FaceOff (2014) — Directeur de publication — 504 exemplaires
The Keeper (2015) 493 exemplaires
Day of Doom (2013) 487 exemplaires
The Edge (2023) 368 exemplaires
Bullseye - An Original Short Story (2014) 293 exemplaires
The Width of the World (2017) 264 exemplaires
No Time Left (2010) 245 exemplaires
The Stars Below (2019) 154 exemplaires
A Calamity of Souls (2024) 149 exemplaires
Fries Alive! (2005) 139 exemplaires
Office Hours (2000) 119 exemplaires
The Mighty Johns (2002) 94 exemplaires
The Mystery of Silas Finklebean (2006) 66 exemplaires
The Winner [and] The Simple Truth (2008) 16 exemplaires
Absolute Power [and] Total Control (2006) 15 exemplaires
The Christmas Train [2017 TV movie] (2017) — Auteur — 13 exemplaires
Split Second / The Christmas Train (2007) 10 exemplaires
Wish You Well [2013 film] (2013) — Auteur — 8 exemplaires
The Final Play (2021) 7 exemplaires
The Christmas Box (2001) 7 exemplaires
Absolute Power [and] Saving Faith (2009) 6 exemplaires
[unidentified works] 5 exemplaires
Downfall (2021) 5 exemplaires
One Summer [2021 TV movie] (2022) — Auteur — 5 exemplaires
Simply Lies 2 exemplaires
Absolute Power 2 exemplaires
Evil 2 exemplaires
Split Second / Hour Game (2009) 2 exemplaires
About the Author 2 exemplaires
הפרס הגדול 1 exemplaire
Simply 1 exemplaire
Calamity of souls r 1 exemplaire
The Camel Club r 1 exemplaire
The Camel Club series 1 exemplaire
Balance of Power 1 exemplaire
Finstere Lügen 1 exemplaire
The Lion 1 exemplaire
Camino Island r 1 exemplaire
The Places in Between 1 exemplaire
H. (1900) 1 exemplaire
A Gambling Man / One Good Deed (2022) 1 exemplaire
Memory 1 exemplaire
As you Were 1 exemplaire
Lang vei mot dag (2023) 1 exemplaire
The Trial 1 exemplaire
Split Second Poster (2003) 1 exemplaire

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No Rest for the Dead: A Serial Novel (2011) — Contributeur; Introduction — 407 exemplaires
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Partage des connaissances

Autres noms
Ford, David
Ford, David B.
Ford, David Baldacci
Date de naissance
1960-08-05
Sexe
male
Nationalité
Etats-Unis
Lieu de naissance
Richmond, Virginie, Etats-Unis
Lieux de résidence
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Vienna, Virginia, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
Études
University of Virginia (JD)
Virginia Commonwealth University (BA)
Henrico High School
Professions
lawyer
author
Organisations
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (National Ambassador)
Wish You Well Foundation
Prix et distinctions
People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People (1997)
Agent
Aaron Priest (Aaron Priest Literary Agency)
Courte biographie
David Baldacci (b. 1960 in Richmond, Virginia) is a bestselling American novelist. Baldacci received a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. As a student, Baldacci wrote short stories in his spare time, and later practiced law for nine years near Washington, D.C.. While living in Alexandria, Virginia, Baldacci wrote short stories and screenplays without much success. In despair, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. It took Baldacci two years to get the book published, but when it finally did hit the shelves in 1996 it was an international best seller.

David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities as well as founding his own foundation for literacy, Wish You Well Foundation. Baldacci was raised in Virginia and still resides there (in Vienna, Virginia) with his wife, Michelle A. Collin-Baldacci (Mikki), and two children. His cousin is the Democratic Governor of Maine John Baldacci, first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

In 1997, People magazine named him one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

Membres

Discussions

Let’s Meet.. à Book Discussion : Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (Juin 2020)
Chat à Book Discussion : Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (Juin 2020)
Chat à Book Discussion : Divine Justice by David Baldacci (Mai 2020)
Chat à Book Discussion : Stone Cold by David Baldacci (Avril 2020)
Let’s remind ourselves about the Author. à Book Discussion : Stone Cold by David Baldacci (Avril 2020)
Chat à Book Discussion: The Collectors by David Baldacci (Mars 2020)
Meet the Author... à Book Discussion : The Camel Club by David Baldacci (Août 2019)
Chat à Book Discussion : The Camel Club by David Baldacci (Juillet 2019)
Meet the Author à Book Discussion : End Game by David Baldacci (Décembre 2018)
Chat à Book Discussion : End Game by David Baldacci (Décembre 2018)
Chat à Book Discussion: The Guilty by David Baldacci (Août 2018)
Chat à Book Discussion : The Target by David Baldacci (Mai 2018)
Chat à Book Discussion : The Hit by David Baldacci (Janvier 2018)
Chat à Book Discussion : King and Maxwell by David Baldacci (Septembre 2017)
Chat à Book Discussion : The Innocent by David Baldacci (Août 2017)
Chat à Book Discussion : The Sixth Man by David Baldacci (Mai 2017)
Chat à Book Discussion - First Family by David Baldacci (Janvier 2017)
Pre Book Discusssion Chat à Book Discussion : Simple Genius by David Baldacci (Octobre 2016)
Pre Group Read Discussion à Book Discussion : Hour Game by David Baldacci (Juillet 2016)
YA -Girl in small mountain (mine?) town à Name that Book (Juillet 2016)

Critiques

This is the final volume of David Baldacci’s very entertaining Camel Club series of novels. As with each of the previous instalments, it picks up well straight after the conclusion of the previous book.

Oliver Stone has been cleared of charges pending from his previous escapades, and is effectively recruited back into government service, at the behest and direct command of no lesser a personage than the President. An operation has arisen that requires his own p
particular brand of skills, and no one else seems even vaguely suitable.

However, before he can commence his preparations, he is overtaken by events in the most direct manner when a bomb is detonated in Lafayette park, across the road from the White House. As it happens, Stone is on hand and sees the explosion and its immediate aftermath. Once again, he finds himself plunged into a frantic investigation in which the multiple agencies of the American intelligence and security community seem to be vying with each other. On this occasion he also finds himself working alongside an officer from Britain’s MI6. She is almost as resourceful and capable as Stone himself. I did occasionally feel, however, that the efforts to emphasise her Britishness made her sound like a modern day rendering of Dick van Dyke’s cockney chimney sweep. She didn’t actually say, ‘Cor blimey, guvnor, strike a light’, but she came quite close.

Until I came across David Baldacci’s books more or less by chance earlier this year, it had been a long time since I had made a habit of reading this sort of thriller. I am glad I rediscovered how much fun they can offer. Baldacci has a habit of pitching his readers immediately into the action, and however outlandish the story might be, he makes suspension of disbelief very easy.
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Eyejaybee | 68 autres critiques | May 9, 2024 |
a book I think that everyone should read. I laughed, cried, and was furious, shocked, and sad. The saddest thing is that this still is evident in today's world I am ashamed to say. We need to change and do so much better. Thank you David Baldacci for writing this story and bringing it all out in the light again.
 
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TrishLittle | 5 autres critiques | May 7, 2024 |
BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETAILS
(Print: 9/30/2003; 978-0446533126; Grand Central Publishing; Large Print edition; 544 p.)
(Digital: Yes.)
Audio: 10/23/2003; Duration 11:42:00; B0000W6ST0; Hachette Audio; unabridged
(Film: No).

SERIES: Sean King and Michelle Maxwell (Book 1)

CHARACTERS: (not comprehensive)
Sean King – Former Secret Service detective, now a Police officer in NC.
Michelle Maxwell – Secret Service detective
Joan Dillinger – Former Secret Service detective, current Private Investigator

SUMMARY/ EVALUATION:
Not finding book 4 of the Spenser series too captivating, we decided to try something new. I’ve seen Baldacci books everywhere, so decided to try him. I always like to start with an author’s first book, but sometimes it’s hard to trust them to write better books, when I am not thrilled with the first. That’s the case with this one. The tale was good enough to hold our (hubby and I) attention, but it seemed to throw too many characters at us, a few which turned out to be no more than names, as far as I could recall. I think they might have been from a trial of one of the characters.
The plot was a bit complicated, and not entirely believable, but primarily, I didn’t care for the mostly insulting banter between characters. I know I should try the second book of the series and that even then it wouldn’t be fair to judge so early on, but it may be a while before I try. There’s a lot of other authors I’d like to investigate.

AUTHOR:
David Baldacci. (August 5, 1960) According to Amazon, David “is a bestselling American novelist. An attorney by education, Baldacci writes mainly suspense novels and legal thrillers.”
One of the reviewers of this book spoke of being a fan of later Baldacci novels and how he must be embarrassed at the laughable absurdity of this one (I'm not sure I'd go that far in my criticism). That makes me think I shouldn’t give up on this writer based on this book.

NARRATOR:
Scott Brick. (January 30, 1966) According to Wikipedia, Scott was born in Santa Barbara, California. He “is an American actor, writer and award-winning narrator of over 800 audiobooks, including popular titles such as Washington: A Life, Moneyball, Cloud Atlas, A Princess of Mars, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Atlas Shrugged, Sideways, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (filmed as Blade Runner), I, Robot, Mystic River, Helter Skelter, Patriot Games, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), In Cold Blood, the Dune series, Ender's Game, and Fahrenheit 451. He has narrated works for a number of high-profile authors, including Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, Clive Cussler, Stephen J. Cannell, William Faulkner, Nelson DeMille, Brad Meltzer, Harlan Coben, Gregg Hurwitz, David Baldacci, Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Joseph Finder, Tom De Haven, Stephen R. Donaldson, Nathaniel Philbrick, Terry Brooks, Steve Berry, Gene Wilder, Philip K. Dick, Dennis Lehane, Douglas J. Preston, Lincoln Child, Ayn Rand, Justin Cronin, Carl Hiaasen, Erik Larson, and Isaac Asimov, among others.
Pretty great list, right? I could probably just use this list to find other books I’d like. In this particular book though, I actually wondered if I would prefer a different narrator. Scott’s delivery has a tone, maybe I’d call it edgy, that didn’t seem to fit the story this time.
I’m familiar with Scott though. He has indeed narrated some of my favorites. I think I first encountered him when listening to Clive Cussler novels which he did a fabulous job with.

DEDICATION: “To my father, the greatest inspiration a son could have.” (NICE)

GENRE:
Fiction; Mystery; Thriller; Suspense

LOCATIONS:
North Carolina, Virginia

TIME FRAME
Not significant; 1996 / 2004; current with 9-year time-lapse

SUBJECTS:
Secret Service; Murder; Private Investigation; Presidential Candidates; Family ties; Revenge; mental imbalance; partnerships

SAMPLE QUOTATION:
From the Prologue:
“September 1996
It only took a split second, although to Secret Service agent Sean King it seemed like the longest split second ever.
They were on the campaign trail at a nondescript hotel meet-and-greet in a place so far out you almost had to use a satellite phone to reach the boonies. Standing behind his protectee, King scanned the crowd while his ear mike buzzed sporadically with unremarkable information. It was muggy in the large room filled with excited people waving ‘Elect Clyde Ritter’ pennants. There were more than a few infants being thrust toward the smiling candidate. King hated this because the babies could so easily shield a gun until it was too late. Yet the little ones just kept coming and Clyde kissed them all, and ulcers seemed to form in King’s belly as he observed this potentially dangerous spectacle.
The crowd drew closer, right up to the velvet rope stanchions that had been placed as a line in the sand. In response, King moved closer to Ritter. The palm of his outstretched hand rested lightly on the candidate’s sweaty, coatless back, so that he could pull him down in an instant if something happened. He couldn’t very well stand in front of the man, for the candidate belonged to the people. Ritter’s routine never varied: shake hands, wave, smile, nail a sound bite in time for the six o’clock news, then pucker up and kiss a fat baby. And all the time King silently watched the crowd, keeping his hand on Ritter’s soaked shirt and looking for threats.
Someone called out from the rear of the space. Ritter answered the jibe back with his own bit of humor, and the crowd laughed good-naturedly, or at least most did. There were people here who hated Ritter and all he stood for. Faces didn’t lie, not for those trained to read them, and King could read a face as well as he could shoot a gun. That’s what he spent all his working life doing: reading the hearts and souls of men and women through their eyes, their physical tics.
He keyed on two men in particular, ten feet away, on the right. They looked like potential trouble, although each wore a short-sleeved shirt and tight pants with no place to conceal a weapon, which dropped them several pegs on the danger meter. Assassins tended to favor bulky clothing and small handguns. Still, he mumbled a few words into his mic, telling others of his concern. Then his gaze flitted to the clock on the back of the wall. It was 10:32 in the morning. A few more minutes and they’d be on to the next town, where the handshakes, sound bites, baby kisses and face reading would continue.
King’s gaze had turned in the direction of the new sound, and then the new sight, something totally unexpected. Standing facing the crowd and behind the hard politicking Ritter, he was the only one in the room who could see it. His attention stayed there for one beat, two beats, three beats, far too long. Yet who could blame him for not being able to pull his gaze away from that? Everyone as it turned out, including himself.
King heard the bang, like the sound of a dropped book. He could feel the moisture on his hand where it had touched Ritter’s back. And now the moisture wasn’t just sweat. His hand stung where the slug had come out of the body and taken a chunk off his middle finger before hitting the wall behind him. As Ritter dropped, King felt like a comet flying hell-bent and still taking a billion light-years to get where it’s actually going.”

RATING:
3 stars.
I had some trouble keeping track of characters and the connections between the two murders.
Too, I felt like dialogue between characters failed to convey what I suspected it was trying to. The banter between the primary protagonists didn’t work for me as preliminaries to bonding.
A relationship that formed between two female characters seemed prematurely antagonistic.

STARTED-FINISHED
6/26/2021 – 7/3/2021
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TraSea | 99 autres critiques | May 6, 2024 |
Amos Decker witnesses a man shooting a woman and then turning the gun on himself and committing suicide. His team at the FBI is assigned to investigate. At first they cannot find any motive for the man's actions but as they dig deeper they slowly uncover secrets that explain things bit by bit.
 
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bookworm3091 | 64 autres critiques | May 6, 2024 |

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Statistiques

Œuvres
151
Aussi par
26
Membres
120,481
Popularité
#64
Évaluation
½ 3.7
Critiques
3,208
ISBN
3,105
Langues
27
Favoris
203

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