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The Broker by John Grisham

The Broker

by John Grisham

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This was fun - a tight little story with the main flavor (as far as I was concerned) on the process of learning a language and the experience of living in Bologna.

I like reading John Grisham's books; I feel safe, I know what I'm going to get - a reflection on power (never trite), some interesting facts (the man does his research) and I will not be trapped into reading something unbearably ugly. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
The Broker is about the high points of a Washington D. C. power broker named Joel Backman who had not only everything in life but also a great amount of power, but that was before his fall from grace. Now Backman, released from federal prison a whole 14 years before he should again see the light of day, is now a man in hiding. To survive, Backman must now become a whole other man in a whole other country and must learn a whole other language and way of life just so he can continue to live any form of a life. The name on the cover is John Grisham but the suspense and secrecy has the flavor almost to that of a spy movie. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Oct 8, 2018 |
Too much description. Almost 75% of the book is talking about getting coffee in Italy. But there's some excitement in there as well, just enough to save it. ( )
  TromboneAl | May 4, 2018 |
I finally found a Grisham novel that I don't remember reading before!

The Broker, Joel Backman is in prison serving twenty years for a crime that he may or may not have committed. With fourteen still to go he is unexpectedly pardoned by the outgoing President and smuggled to a secret location in Europe. Then, the authorities of various countries sit back and monitor him as they wait to see who will get to him first.....

This was a great read and kept me hooked until the end. The danger the main character was in felt real and exposed the potential power plays going on at the highest levels of American government and within the intelligence systems.

I wasn't as interested in the well researched history of Italy and the various Italian words and phrases that are included in the narrative but this might be a bonus for some people.

As with most of Grisham's books, there are a few swear words, some violence and some sexual innuendo. There is nothing grossly offensive or especially graphic.

An entertaining read. Recommended. ( )
  sparkleandchico | Nov 10, 2017 |
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To make a weak plot even weaker, Beckman is utterly unsympathetic.
I had a very good time with The Broker, found Backman believable and charming and interesting, got a few laughs and felt my pulse thumping as the climax approached. But there's a rather hasty aspect to the book: too many short paragraphs, too many unnecessary exclamation points, a rushed and contrived ending.
Zippy but uneventful, the book tastes like something Robert Ludlum left sitting on his stove when he died.
Readers looking for a non-stop thrill ride won't find it in The Broker. For those ready to relax and settle into an almost sensuous pace, The Broker is benissimo.
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Before he was sent to federal prison for treason (among other things), Joel Backman was an extremely powerful man. Known as "the broker," Backman was a high roller--a lawyer making $10 million a year who could "open any door in Washington." That is, until he tried to broker a deal selling access to the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder. When caught, Backman accepted prison as the one option that would keep him safe and alive, since the interested parties (the Israelis, the Saudis, the Russians, and the Chinese) were all itching to get their hands on his secrets at any cost. Little does he know that his own government has designs on accessing that information--or at least letting it die with him. Now, six years after his incarceration, the director of the CIA convinces a lame duck president to pardon Backman, and the broker becomes a free man--and an open target.

The Broker marries the best of John Grisham's many talents--his ability to immerse himself in the culture of small town life (in this case, Bologna, Italy), and his uncanny mastery of the chase. The first half of the book focuses on Backman's transformation from infamous power broker to helpless victim in his own game. Upon his release from prison, Backman is taken into "protective custody" and whisked off to Italy where he is assigned a new identity, and a tutor to help him blend in. Sure he is on the run, but some readers may feel that Backman's time spent in Bologna is a bit too leisurely--readers join him on an almost cinematic tour through the Italian town, complete with language and history lessons. Impatient readers will be happy to know that the final half of the novel is classic Grisham--a fast-paced, thrilling cat and mouse chase pitting Backman against the numerous agencies that want him dead--as the broker makes a move to take back his life. --Daphne Durham

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Grisham: The Books

A Time to Kill, 1989The Firm, 1991The Pelican Brief, 1992The Client, 1993 The Chamber, 1994 The Rainmaker, 1995

The Runaway Jury, 1996The Partner, 1997The Street Lawyer, 1998The Testament, 1999 The Brethren, 2000 A Painted House, 2001

Skipping Christmas, 2001The Summons, 2002The King of Torts, 2003Bleachers, 2003 The Last Juror, 2004The Broker, 2005

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With fourteen years left on a twenty-year sentence, notorious Washington power broker, Joel Blackman, receives a surprise pardon from a lame-duck president. He is smuggled out of the country on a military cargo plane, given a new identity, and tucked away in a small town in Italy. But Blackman has serious enemies from his past. As the CIA watches him closely, the question is not whether he will be killed, but rather who will kill him first.… (more)

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