Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Collectors (2006)

David Baldacci has woven an exciting, interesting, twisting action novel tying together a librarian from the Rare Books and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, a con artist who runs a $40 million scam on an Atlantic Beach casino, a professional assassin, and the members of the Camel Club, veterans of the Vietnam era who help people who are in situations way over their heads.

Taking place in Washington, D.C., this book takes into the bowels of the Library of Congress, the national library, and to various sites around the capital, including the mall when it was the site of two major events; a book fair and a protest march for the poor.

This is the perfect kind of book to take on a plane on a long trip. It is involved enough to keep your attention. I usually buy 2 or 3 books when I travel to make sure I have something to distract me and hold my interest during long flights since I have never found watching a movie on a 12-inch screen, 10 feet away, between flight attendants walking back and forth, and listening to the sound through ear-poking head sets, to be anything close to fun.

I recommend this book to readers looking for adventure mixed with intrigue and a little violence but with camaraderie and humor.

My rating for this book: +++.5