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[The Broker] [by: John Grisham] (edition 2006)

by John Grisham (Author)

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John Grisham, delivers another legal thriller of unparalled suspense. 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] [by: John Grisham]
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This was a "good read" for me. The plot was a bit weak, the scenarios often implausible, but I didn't care about that because I loved the premise of the main character being on the run and learning how to (mostly) outsmart the pursuers. I liked the characterizations and I was okay with all the espressos and the culinary details.

I think Grisham must have been tremendously influenced by his enchanting visit to Bologna, and allowed his impressions to occasionally overwhelm his story. Unlike many of his newer books, this is a paperback I'll be saving to re-read in a few years time. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Feb 25, 2024 |
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Reading his newer books and finding he still writes with such skill. He keeps the tension high and hte reader guessing what will happen. ( )
  ElizabethCromb | Aug 28, 2023 |
Un hombre con una valiosísima información clasificada se convierte en el blanco de los enemigos de Estados Unidos, mientras la CIA está dispuesta a sacrificar su vida en su lucha por la seguridad nacional.

Joel Backman, uno de los abogados más poderosos de Washington, es encarcelado en una prisión federal por haber tenido acceso a información militar clasificada relacionada con unos misteriosos satélites de los que nadie conocía la existencia. Seis años más tarde recibe el indulto del Presidente. Lo que no imagina es que detrás de esta decisión se ocultan intereses de la CIA.

Con el pretexto de que la información que posee podría ganarle enemigos, el gobierno pone a su disposición un avión militar que le llevará hasta Bolonia, donde Backman tendrá que empezar a vivir bajo una nueva identidad... Al menos en teoría. En realidad, la CIA tiene intención de informar de su paradero a los servicios de inteligencia de Israel, Rusia, China y Arabia Saudí, entre otros. A partir de este momento, ya no se trata de si Backman consigue sobrevivir -esto es imposible- sino de quién le matará...
  fewbach | Jan 13, 2023 |
Excellent ( )
  lynngood2 | Sep 27, 2021 |
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if you're expecting a great legal thriller, pick up an earlier Grisham novel. If you want a great political thriller, there are wonderful ones by Snow, Drury and Patterson. But if you will be satisfied with a workmanlike spy-cum-politics novel, with some first-rate cloak and dagger intrigue, an uplifting vignette of father-son redemption and a poignant pastiche of unrequited love, then "The Broker" is the book for you.
 
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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In the waning hours of a presidency that was destined to arouse less interest from historians than any since perhaps that of William Henry Harrison (thirty-one days from inauguration to death), Arthur Morgan huddled in the Oval Office with his last remaining friend and pondered his final decisions.
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John Grisham, delivers another legal thriller of unparalled suspense. 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.

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