Not usually the kind of books I read, "The Camel Club" (593 pages) by David Baldacci turned out to be a pretty good recommendation from my mom. From the book:
"Welcome to the Camel Club. Existing at the fringes of Washington, D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man known as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions. Their efforts bear little fruit - until the group witnesses a shocking murder... and they become embroiled in an astounding, far-reaching conspiracy. Now the Club must join forces with a Secret Service agent to confront one of the most chilling spectacles ever to take place on American soil - an event that may trigger the ultimate war between two different worlds. And all that stands in the way of this apocalypse is five unexpected heroes."
Though a few years outdated, "The Camel Club" is still an interesting look into American foreign policy and the supposed war on terror. Through his writing it's clear that Baldacci leans a little to the left politically, a nice surprise for me with this kind of fiction. I don't want to give up more of the plot than I have to but I will say that the book is well written and easily finished in spite of the myriad of characters and plots that move wildly from chapter to chapter. The only other major complaint was the wild and somewhat unbelievable turn the book took toward the ending. In spite of this I enjoyed the novel well enough to recommend it and to check out the three other novels in the Camel Club series.