A Review of the Collectors by David Baldacci

The Collectors

Hey guys, so here’s another book review. I know it has been forever since I’ve posted, and that’s been for a couple of reasons. Number one was finals week. Midterms this year were insane for me, so I had to cut down on the writing. Sorry about that. Number two is Christmas break, and I really needed time to chill out, so that’s what I did. And sometimes you even need a break from writing. I know, shocking right?

Anyway, this is a review of a book I read a while back. Sorry if some of the details are a little sketchy, but like I said, I read it a while back. I enjoyed it though, as you’ll see in my review. Any way, I hope to get back to posting, but we’ll see. With the second semester coming around the corner, I really do not feel prepared. I’ve got AP exams looming over me, along with a course load only a whack-job could conjure up (me), so yeah. We’ll see. That aside, enjoy. 🙂

David Baldacci’s book The Collectors follows the story of the Camel Club led by Oliver Stone as they track down a series of ruthless killings. With Baldacci’s classic attention to detail mixed with a well-paced, action-driven story, The Collectors brings intrigue and mystery to the table, along with a blend of well-placed character development. As a big Baldacci fan myself, I probably am not the right person to give this book unbiased critique, but I will offer my personal perspective on the story that is The Collectors.

First, I will mention that The Collectors is the second book in the Camel Club series, and I have not read the first book. However, despite this, I did not feel like I lacked any information. In other words, the book stands alone. I will mention that I got a little lost in the names of the characters, because there was quite the initial cast, but I very quickly figured out who which characters played lead roles, and this lessened the confusion.

In terms of the story, as with all the Baldacci stories I’ve read, it had me hooked from the start. Baldacci has a unique way of starting with something seemingly entirely irrelevant, and then tying it right back into the plot. A master of weaving relatively trite details into a complex, intertwined plot, Baldacci really showed off his eagle eye for detail with this one, and I definitely appreciated it all. Without giving too much of the plot away, he manages to tie a high-profile casino scam, the murder of a senator, a graveyard worker, and a librarian’s death together in a cohesive plot that had me finishing this book in a couple of sittings.

I would classify most of the content as thriller/suspense with hints of mystery and action. As with many adult books, there was some sexual content, but for me it did not obtrude to much. Others might disagree though, so use your discernment. The book felt relatively balanced to me, though some might say otherwise as percentage-wise it does not have a whole lot of emotional content. But looking at the story, I don’t really see anywhere that more emotional content could have appeared.

Overall I enjoyed this story. Having read a number of Baldacci books before, I found myself able to predict some content, but that did not spoil the story too much. It was a good read, but I didn’t feel like it had any particularly stellar qualities. That may just be me though, so if you are on the hunt for a good, action-packed book, try this out. I can almost guarantee you’ll get at least some enjoyment out of it.

Tours yruly


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