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The Broker by John Grisham
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The Broker (edition 2011)

by John Grisham

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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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Title:The Broker
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Arrow (2011), Paperback, 480 pages
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"The Broker," more than anything, was a way for Grisham to expense his trip to Bologna, Italy. Out of 400 pages, there was maybe 100 of story. The rest was a tour of primarily Bologna, and endless translations of dialogue, histories of various cathedrals, and lots of food ordering.

Having said that, the story itself was pretty good.

Spoilers ahead.

The story is that of Joel Backman, a major power broker in DC, who gets pardoned by an outgoing president six years into a 14-year sentence for crimes against the state—he was trying to sell technology that could control satellites. But it was the CIA who pressured and orchestrated the pardon because they wanted to see who would come after Backman once he was freed; the Israelis, the Chinese, or the Saudis. The CIA gets him to Italy where he's to learn the language (and get lots of history lessons!) before they begin leaking where he is. After tiring of this, Backman escapes and makes his way back to the states so he can turn over the software that landed him in prison to begin with. ( )
  Jarratt | Nov 18, 2019 |
On the run, former wealthy Washington power broker finds himself in Italy with a new identity and with no control over his fate. ( )
  sleahey | Jul 28, 2019 |
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 |
SOFT
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
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 |
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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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