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In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker hey In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive, there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him? From the Hardcover edition.


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In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker hey In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive, there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him? From the Hardcover edition.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Broker, John Grisham The Broker is a suspense novel written by American author John Grisham and published in the United States on January 11, 2005. The novel follows the story of Joel Backman, a newly pardoned prisoner who had tried to broker a deal to sell the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder. Joel Backman is "The Broker," a Washington power broker-lobbyist, considered by some to be one of the most powerful men in Washington. However, his life falls a The Broker, John Grisham The Broker is a suspense novel written by American author John Grisham and published in the United States on January 11, 2005. The novel follows the story of Joel Backman, a newly pardoned prisoner who had tried to broker a deal to sell the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder. Joel Backman is "The Broker," a Washington power broker-lobbyist, considered by some to be one of the most powerful men in Washington. However, his life falls apart when a deal collapses involving a hacked spy satellite that nobody knows about, and Backman ends up in jail. Six years later, the political wheels in Washington have turned and other power-hungry men are eager for his blood. Bargains are made, and after an outgoing disgraced president grants him a full pardon at the behest of the CIA, he finds himself spirited out of the prison in the middle of the night, bundled onto a military plane, and flown to Italy to begin a new life. He has a new name and mysterious new "friends" who will teach him to speak the language and to blend in with the people in Bologna. However, he soon realizes that something isn't quite kosher in this new setup, in that he is under constant surveillance. In reality, the CIA is setting him up for professional assassins from China, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia and other countries. They intend to sit back and wait to see who kills him in an effort to solve the biggest mystery to hit the US government in decades: the question of who built this seemingly impenetrable and most advanced satellite ever. It turns out to be China; despite having low satellite technology, they stole the information from the U.S. Backman barely survives several assassination attempts and manages to establish communication with his son, Neal. He escapes surveillance and returns to his home to contract a new deal with the U.S. government. The CIA is told about the satellite, along with the taking of the satellite's program. In return, they agree to do what they can to get the countries targeting him to back off, though they caution him that some of them will not listen. Backman then covers his escape by pretending that he is resuming his old life, then quietly disappears and presumably returns to Italy. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوم نوامبر سال 2006میلادی عنوان: سوداگر؛ نویسنده: جان گریشام؛ مترجم: قاسم کیانی مقدم؛ سبزوار، امید مهر، 1384؛ در 400ص؛ شابک 9648605386؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 21م ریاست جمهوری «آمریکا»، در آخرین ساعات حضور خویش در «کاخ سفید»، حکم عفو جنجال برانگیزی را، در دقایق آخر، برای «جوئل بکمن»، صادر میکند؛ «بکمن»، فردی بدنام، و فوق العاده پرنفوذ، در دنیای قدرت، و سیاست است، که شش سال بگذشته را، به دور از انظار، در زندان فدرال، گذرانده است؛ اما چیزی که هیچکس از آن، خبری ندارد، این است که رئیس جمهور، تحت فشار شدید سازمان اطلاعات مرکزی «سی.آی.اِ (سیا)»، این حکم عفو را صادر کرده است؛ به نظر میرسد که «بکمن»، به اطلاعات فوق محرمانه ای، درباره ی پیشرفته ترین سیستم جاسوسیِ ماهواره ای، در جهان دست یافته باشد؛ «جان گریشام»، با کتاب «سوداگر»، بار دیگر داستانی بی نهایت جذاب، و قابل باور، برای طرفداران خود تدارک دیده، و مطمئناً توانسته انتظارات بالای آنها را برآورده سازد نقل از متن: (اکنون که افتان و خیزان، در حال خروج از آن بود، این فکر شیرین را مزمزه میکرد، که آخرین سیلی مستبدانه را، بر دهان حکومت واشنگتن، که چهار سال را از او دریغ کرده بود، بزند؛ تقریبا مطمئن بود، خبری از اینگونه دستگاهها نیست؛ اینکار از زمان «واترگیت» متوقف شده بود؛ «نیکسون» به قدری سیم در کاخ سفید کشیده بود، که برای شنود یک شهر کوچک، کافی بود، ولی البته تاوانش را هم پرداخت؛ رئیس جمهور حالا از ضمیر «ما»، استفاده میکرد، و این کاری بود، که هرگاه میخواست تصمیمی بالقوه نامطلوب بگیرد، بدان متوسل میشد؛ برای تصمیمات راحت همیشه «من» میگفت؛)؛؛ پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 04/11/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I don't have a whole lot to say about this book. It is an older Grisham book I have waited a while to read, and I could have waited longer. It was not great. In an author's note at the end he even mentions the subject matter and plot in this book are not his normal. While I applaud him for stepping outside of his comfort zone, I am glad he stepped back in. As you may have seen in other reviews, almost 2/3 of this book is learning Italian language and culture filler. It could easily have been summ I don't have a whole lot to say about this book. It is an older Grisham book I have waited a while to read, and I could have waited longer. It was not great. In an author's note at the end he even mentions the subject matter and plot in this book are not his normal. While I applaud him for stepping outside of his comfort zone, I am glad he stepped back in. As you may have seen in other reviews, almost 2/3 of this book is learning Italian language and culture filler. It could easily have been summed up "and then the main character spent some time learning Italian and I'm emersing himself in the culture" and we would have ended up in the same place. And, what is even crazier is that him learning to be Italian doesn't really play into the ultimate resolution of the book. So, if you want to try Grisham, don't start here. If you are a Grisham fan and you haven't read this yet, consider yourself warned before you try it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    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 c 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. Check out my John Grisham Shelf!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jr Bacdayan

    It's OK. Not that bad, not that good either. The plot was promising, but I got bored along the way. Because it's Grisham, the characters are always interesting and the writing is always great. But my problem here was the pace. There were a lot of instances where I thought Grisham was beating around the bush. He was rather fond of the Italian culture and took lengths to explain quite a few things and that would have been nice if this was a book about Italy. But, this is an espionage thriller of s It's OK. Not that bad, not that good either. The plot was promising, but I got bored along the way. Because it's Grisham, the characters are always interesting and the writing is always great. But my problem here was the pace. There were a lot of instances where I thought Grisham was beating around the bush. He was rather fond of the Italian culture and took lengths to explain quite a few things and that would have been nice if this was a book about Italy. But, this is an espionage thriller of some sort and there were quite a lot of dull parts. Well if this is a thriller, I wasn't thrilled. The ending was redeeming because it contained some excitement, but it was little too late. I was at the point of no return. I had already gotten bored and my mind was already filled with thoughts about how I wasted my time. That being said, I still think that Grisham's sub-par work is better than most out there. If you're a Grisham fan then read this. If not, then don't. You're better off reading his other books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pascale

    In this hefty 422-page wanna-be spy-novel-travel guide, -421 pages too long-, Mr. Grisham confirms that he is fortunate, indeed, to make so much money with so little talent. This book is generously peppered with little gems, such as, ‘”I love Stuttgart,” Marco said, just to watch it unwrinkle.’ Or, “He met Joel at the powerful oak door and they shook hands properly, but not like old friends.” “In other days, he’d have followed Elke anywhere, but now it was only downstairs.” Mr. Grisham, who is n In this hefty 422-page wanna-be spy-novel-travel guide, -421 pages too long-, Mr. Grisham confirms that he is fortunate, indeed, to make so much money with so little talent. This book is generously peppered with little gems, such as, ‘”I love Stuttgart,” Marco said, just to watch it unwrinkle.’ Or, “He met Joel at the powerful oak door and they shook hands properly, but not like old friends.” “In other days, he’d have followed Elke anywhere, but now it was only downstairs.” Mr. Grisham, who is no Paul Theroux, daringly forays into travel writing with his tedious descriptions of Bologna, Italy, and increases the word count by tediously writing delightful, rambling, mundane phrases, first in Italian, followed by the translation in English. “He had a brain, cervello. He touched a hand, mano; an arm, braccio; a leg, gamba.” The trees cut down for this book would have been more useful for toilet paper purposes, but nevertheless, not wanting to begrudge the book its value as in-flight low-grade soporific entertainment, one can best suggest to leave it on an airport bench somewhere, with a forewarning inside for its next unsuspecting reader.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sumit RK

    It starts promisingly.. Then it gets repetitive and reads like Italy's tour guide instead of a thriller. Even the ending seems too far fetched & implausible. It starts promisingly.. Then it gets repetitive and reads like Italy's tour guide instead of a thriller. Even the ending seems too far fetched & implausible.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric Dunn

    This is another novel in a long line of great books by John Grisham. You know it's going to be a fun book when the CIA is leaking someones whereabouts just to see who kills him. When I read the jacket of the book I was afraid that they may have given too much of the plot away. I was wrong. There was still plenty of suspense and drama to be had. This book had me guessing how it was going to end until it was over. I must admit that I didn't guess right at all. The characters in this book are well This is another novel in a long line of great books by John Grisham. You know it's going to be a fun book when the CIA is leaking someones whereabouts just to see who kills him. When I read the jacket of the book I was afraid that they may have given too much of the plot away. I was wrong. There was still plenty of suspense and drama to be had. This book had me guessing how it was going to end until it was over. I must admit that I didn't guess right at all. The characters in this book are well rounded and well developed. It seems that Grisham takes great pride in developing the characters and the settings of his books and it shows. The chase in this book takes you into 3 or 4 different countries and crosses paths with many, many people. If you are a mystery fan or a Grisham fan then this book is a good read for you. It's not as good as "A Time to Kill" or "Runaway Jury" but it's by far better than "The Brethren" (those references will make sense to the Grisham addicts out there). Overall Rating: 4/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    The first, somewhat sluggish half is immersed in Italian lessons before gaining traction in the exciting second half. 8 of 10 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    My brother recommended this book. Since I want him to read Joel Salatin, in a tit-for-tat deal I agreed to read The Broker. The first 13 pages, the political pardon arrangement, were hilarious. I was hooked. But not for long. After the main character, Backman, was whisked away to Europe by the CIA, the spy-vs-spy vs innocent-in-a-strange-land story - or whatever this was supposed to be - went awry. At this point Grisham's editor - he does have one, I presume - should have sent back the manuscrip My brother recommended this book. Since I want him to read Joel Salatin, in a tit-for-tat deal I agreed to read The Broker. The first 13 pages, the political pardon arrangement, were hilarious. I was hooked. But not for long. After the main character, Backman, was whisked away to Europe by the CIA, the spy-vs-spy vs innocent-in-a-strange-land story - or whatever this was supposed to be - went awry. At this point Grisham's editor - he does have one, I presume - should have sent back the manuscript and told his celebrated author to toss all pages from 14 on into the garbage and not only rewrite the book, but rethink the story. What is all this mangiare and vino and birra and espresso doing in a story of a man hunted by assassins? While I belong to the 1% of Grisham's readers who thoroughly enjoyed learning to speak basic Italian right along with Backman, I was expecting a thriller, not a language lesson and tour guide to northern Italy with an emphasis on Bologna. To repeat, where was his knife-wielding editor? Worse, The Broker doesn't make sense. It contains many plot Whys, but I'll note just 5 big ones. First, the CIA places Backman in Italy, gives him an apartment and wardrobe but no money or passport, tutors him in how and when to order a cappucino, and then gives the equivalent CIAs of 4 foreign governments a recent photo of Backman on the streets of Bologna just because the CIA wants to see who will kill him. The CIA says this plan is vital to the national security of the U.S.A., but even I, a non-reader of thrillers, recognize that this plan is pointless, so why do it? Second, how is killing Backman going to help the CIA get what they desperately want, which is JAM? Third, since the CIA believes Backman has JAM, why didn't they stick to Plan A and inject him with sodium pentathol when they had him under their thumb at the military hospital? Fourth, eventually we learn that Backman does have JAM. He's always had it. So why didn't he cut a deal with the CIA before he was sentenced to 20 years in solitary confinement? Of course, had Backman done that, this book would not exist. Fifth, while real life doesn't have neat endings, fiction does. But this story has no conclusion. Is Backman safe now from all his would-be assassins, or not? Is this sloppy mess typical of Grisham or was I just handed a lemon?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bodosika Bodosika

    Am a fan of John Grisham and if am not mistaken I have read almost all his work starting from "A time to kill,The firm,The pelican brief,The runner way jury, The client and so on and so forth. John Grisham don't disappoint. Am a fan of John Grisham and if am not mistaken I have read almost all his work starting from "A time to kill,The firm,The pelican brief,The runner way jury, The client and so on and so forth. John Grisham don't disappoint.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    WOW..... THIS WAS A WILD RIDE!!!! This starts out with a super secret meeting in the White House, doing HIGHLY ILLEGAL things, and from that first bit we go to a Federal Prison to get out "The Broker" A High command, High powered lawyer/lobbyist(Rubbing shoulders with Senators, Congressmen, Even Getting a President elected!!!!) in Washington D.C. He is out and from there whisked out of the country to Italy...... From there is where our main character is on his own so to speak with the deck stack WOW..... THIS WAS A WILD RIDE!!!! This starts out with a super secret meeting in the White House, doing HIGHLY ILLEGAL things, and from that first bit we go to a Federal Prison to get out "The Broker" A High command, High powered lawyer/lobbyist(Rubbing shoulders with Senators, Congressmen, Even Getting a President elected!!!!) in Washington D.C. He is out and from there whisked out of the country to Italy...... From there is where our main character is on his own so to speak with the deck stacked against them (That's was always the plan....) Can he figure out how to save his butt from whats coming, Can he use all his wits and skills to keep 1 step ahead of trained CIA, FBI, AND MORE!!!! Little does he know the last deal that put him in prison is far from over... and it could be ANYONE around the corner ready to jump!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sully (thysaltymar)

    “The president had shifted to the 'we' mode now, something he invariably did when a potentially unpopular decision was at hand. For the easy ones, it was always 'I.' When he needed a crutch, and especially when he would need someone to blame, he opened up the decisionmaking process and included Critz.” Every so often, we wonder how the decision making process goes inside the government, particularly in the seemingly superior branch of the government (go figure). The Broker gave us a little previ “The president had shifted to the 'we' mode now, something he invariably did when a potentially unpopular decision was at hand. For the easy ones, it was always 'I.' When he needed a crutch, and especially when he would need someone to blame, he opened up the decisionmaking process and included Critz.” Every so often, we wonder how the decision making process goes inside the government, particularly in the seemingly superior branch of the government (go figure). The Broker gave us a little preview of how the decisions go into process inside the government legally and (surprisingly…not!) illegally. In this novel, the process goes a little too corrupt. It began with a Washington power broker-lobbyist and a lawyer, Joel Backman. He is, in the story, the famous broker that was sent to jail for six years. Upon the dissolution of his sentence, the political wheels in Washington have turned and numerous powerful people want him dead. So, several bloody bargains were made. Unexpectedly, the outgoing disgraced president granted him a full pardon at the request of the CIA. Joel Backman now finds himself out of the prison in the middle of the night, bundled onto a military plane flown to Italy to begin a superficially new life. He began having a new name and mysterious "friends" who will teach him to speak the language and to blend in with the people in Bologna. The Broker is not a very good book but I don’t hate it. The novel’s plot has a lot to offer but I was surprised that it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to be. There are too many “extra scenes” and the pacing was too slow. For instance, the story intensively put the attention to Joel Backman’s idle days where he ordered pizza, cappuccino before 10:30am in an Italian café speaking Italian. The routine of his life is too reiterated, that it is too much to be told. Anyway, this book is one of my Vacation Reads , so I am off to read a new one! *happy*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Asghar Abbas

    John Grisham throughout his career had this weird affinity for Pakistan/Pakistanis, many of his minor characters featured in his books have been Pakistanis. Like for example in his holiday novella Skipping Christmas, the nonwhite residents that were driven out of the community by a zealot nosy neighbor were Pakistanis. And this fixation continued to this novel. But in it, Pakistani characters graduated to the main plot. That was nice. Considering he is popular and read widely in Pakistan. The no John Grisham throughout his career had this weird affinity for Pakistan/Pakistanis, many of his minor characters featured in his books have been Pakistanis. Like for example in his holiday novella Skipping Christmas, the nonwhite residents that were driven out of the community by a zealot nosy neighbor were Pakistanis. And this fixation continued to this novel. But in it, Pakistani characters graduated to the main plot. That was nice. Considering he is popular and read widely in Pakistan. The novel was serviceable, although more drama than a thriller. But ever since the Rainmaker Grisham has forgone the thriller format altogether and writes mostly in a contemporary general style entirely, that's fine. Speaking of this book, like him I like all things Italian too. Two things, the dude on the cover is John Grisham and in this book, he makes this really funny crack about Dubya that had me laughing. I relish his sheer contempt for incompetency. hehe.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dimitrios

    Some time ago, i entered a multistore in my area. I was just browsing books, when this book caught my eye. I took it in my hands to take a look at it. When i saw writers name, a had a feeling that i know this name. «John Grisham? John Grisham? I know him for sure…», i thought. It felt like, i’ve heard of him, before. Of course! It’s the write of «Pelican Brief», the book that, the 1993 homonymous film, was based on. As i start to read it, it felt like i was the main protagonist and i was commiser Some time ago, i entered a multistore in my area. I was just browsing books, when this book caught my eye. I took it in my hands to take a look at it. When i saw writers name, a had a feeling that i know this name. «John Grisham? John Grisham? I know him for sure…», i thought. It felt like, i’ve heard of him, before. Of course! It’s the write of «Pelican Brief», the book that, the 1993 homonymous film, was based on. As i start to read it, it felt like i was the main protagonist and i was commiserated with him. The book is about a big-time lawyer called Joel Blackman, which is entangled with goverment secret and some strange coincidences, involving White House, the secret agencies of several countries (CIA, FBI, Mosad etc.) and a group of hackers. The writer narrates in the third person , so his way , does not potentially confuses, the reader. After six years in prison for illegal possession of confidential documents, Joel Backman, suddenly gets pardoned by outgoing President , after a request from CIA. He is released from prison, but now, he must live in Italy with a new name and a new identity , while CIA is protecting him(?) The case is unfolding in Bologna, Italy, Where the author – narrator describes the entire city with tremendous accuracy. From the city monuments to the shops! This book has all the elements of a good spy story! Double-crossing, manhunt, disguise, even a love story. 5/5 stars from me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    I hadn't read Grisham for a while and The Broker was not a bad start to 2017. The story starts with a slightly more sardonic humorous tone than usual Grisham books introducing a quintessential 'worst president ever' who goes on to pardon the real MC Joel Backman aka 'the broker'. It's all part of a plot to get Backman killed something that basically just requires getting him off US soil and letting his enemies take care of it. The story starts powerful and tense, Backman isn't a hugely relateable I hadn't read Grisham for a while and The Broker was not a bad start to 2017. The story starts with a slightly more sardonic humorous tone than usual Grisham books introducing a quintessential 'worst president ever' who goes on to pardon the real MC Joel Backman aka 'the broker'. It's all part of a plot to get Backman killed something that basically just requires getting him off US soil and letting his enemies take care of it. The story starts powerful and tense, Backman isn't a hugely relateable guy but his underdog status makes us root for him, its horrible to see the machinery of the CIA and other nations spy networks work towards his demise. I did the find the plot petered out however. At first Backman was locked into a power struggle with his 'minders' but then a fair chunk of the novel was really just about him learning all about Italy which I couldn't help but wonder if Grisham himself was showing off his knowledge. When the story came to its inevitable climax it felt like like a letdown, without spoiling too much, the secrets Backman hid weren't that earth-shattering and all the contrived plots to kill him sort of fizzled out rather than dramatically resolved. (Of course the name of the book is Broker, so it makes sense Backman doesn't solve his problems with high stakes action but I think the problem was there were no moments in the 3rd act of the book that made me think 'oh no he's not going to make it')

  16. 5 out of 5

    wanderer

    I read every book Grisham writes but seldom read one twice. The Broker is by far my favorite, thanks to the Italian setting. (Yes, I know it's becoming cliche to set books in Italy but I am shamelessly in love with that country and believe you can't have too much of a good thing in this case.) Caution: do not read while hungry and especially not while in need of coffee with no way of getting any. I considered counting how often the main character drank espresso or some other delectable Italian co I read every book Grisham writes but seldom read one twice. The Broker is by far my favorite, thanks to the Italian setting. (Yes, I know it's becoming cliche to set books in Italy but I am shamelessly in love with that country and believe you can't have too much of a good thing in this case.) Caution: do not read while hungry and especially not while in need of coffee with no way of getting any. I considered counting how often the main character drank espresso or some other delectable Italian coffee drink but decided not to, as I was trapped on an endless toll road with days of indifferent McDonalds lattes behind and before me. The plot is perhaps improbable but kept my interest all the same. I liked the main character and most of the secondaries and this was one of those books you really want to end all tied with a bow.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deacon Tom F

    If you know me, you know that I am a Grisham fan through and through. So I loved this book!!! The Broker was intense, fast-paced and well written. I missed sleep because I couldn’t put this novel down. From the presidential pardon to the tour of Italy, this book moved quickly Of note,his characters were complex and evolved at the right pace. Joel’s struggle to learn Italian is a struggle that I can relate with. I have struggled with German my whole life. The ending caught me by surprise. I loved If you know me, you know that I am a Grisham fan through and through. So I loved this book!!! The Broker was intense, fast-paced and well written. I missed sleep because I couldn’t put this novel down. From the presidential pardon to the tour of Italy, this book moved quickly Of note,his characters were complex and evolved at the right pace. Joel’s struggle to learn Italian is a struggle that I can relate with. I have struggled with German my whole life. The ending caught me by surprise. I loved it. Grisham stiles again!! I highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    The Broker has a painfully slow start, a nice middle and a preposterous ending.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andre Gonzalez

    Should have been five stars, but the ending fell flat. Brilliant writing as always, and the entire time throughout the book was a big build up toward what I thought was supposed to be an ending with fireworks, but it ended without a bang and sort of fizzled into nothingness.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://lasrmystery.blogspot.com/2012/... He might have pled guilty, but that doesn't mean he was. Okay, so why would an innocent man plead guilty if he wasn't? That's what The Broker is about. There are a very few auto-buy authors for me. John Grisham is one of those authors. Once I sit down to read one of his books, I'm there for the long haul. I never know what will happen next and can't wait to find out how it happens. Joel Backman did a lot of bad things. He brokered deals Originally posted at: http://lasrmystery.blogspot.com/2012/... He might have pled guilty, but that doesn't mean he was. Okay, so why would an innocent man plead guilty if he wasn't? That's what The Broker is about. There are a very few auto-buy authors for me. John Grisham is one of those authors. Once I sit down to read one of his books, I'm there for the long haul. I never know what will happen next and can't wait to find out how it happens. Joel Backman did a lot of bad things. He brokered deals, moved money, oh and he had these disks. What are on those disks? That's what everyone wants to know. Joel managed to get his hands on a satellite system, but he refused to give it up fast. So the government intervened. Someone will off the man who has the secrets, right? I knew going in this would be a tale full of twists and turns. I wasn't let down. There were times when I thought I had this story figured out and I was totally off. I love that in a book. I also got really involved in the story. I wanted to make sure that certain secondary characters were treated with dignity, and made it out alive. I can't say what all happened, but I am one satisfied reader. Joel might have done those bad things. He might have swindled some money and made promises no one can keep, but his evolution through the book made me root for him. I wanted to see him get his happily ever after. I thought about him and the secondary characters long after I had to put the book down - because I fell asleep. I wanted to keep reading but my eyes didn't cooperate. That's a great thing. If you want a book that's got twists, turns and a plot you won't forget, then this might be the book for you!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Smith

    This book started of slow but picked up half way through.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tom LA

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Waiter, waiter! Bring some more tortellini and ricotta, will you, I'm doing research for my new book...". Ok, I read the negative reviews below. Many readers are disappointed and say this is a slow book that Grisham wrote just to have an excuse to spend more leisurly time in Italy, and that he spends far too much time describing details of Italian towns and Italian language that are totally irrelevant to the plot. I adore Grisham, but it's all true: after the first few chapters, that I found gri "Waiter, waiter! Bring some more tortellini and ricotta, will you, I'm doing research for my new book...". Ok, I read the negative reviews below. Many readers are disappointed and say this is a slow book that Grisham wrote just to have an excuse to spend more leisurly time in Italy, and that he spends far too much time describing details of Italian towns and Italian language that are totally irrelevant to the plot. I adore Grisham, but it's all true: after the first few chapters, that I found gripping and intriguing as ever, Grisham's fast, punchy writing comes to an almost complete halt, when the main charachter arrives in Italy and he starts taking in all things Italian so that he can blend in as much as possible. Pages and pages of details on how wonderful Italy is, the life there and the food and the people. Well, I am Italian, so all this is very flattering. Yes, a little too much of an idealized Italy, especially an idea of Italy that very much exists in the minds of tourists, but nonetheless, flattering. And yes, a pleasure to be reminded of the beauty of my country, as I don't live in Italy anymore. But these pages where Grisham takes us through the main charachter's Italian lessons and his wonderings in Bologna are just so useless and so far removed from the plot, written with a completely different pace and mood, that they seem like those weird candies that you sometimes find in a piece of chocolate: they have nothing to do with it, and they actually end up ruining the experience of eating that piece of chocolate. Maybe he was trying to write something a bit different, something like a mix of espionage thriller and romance, but there is just something that doesn't quite work out with the two parts of this book. For this book to be as strong as most of his other books, he should have stuck to the initial plot, and driven it relentlessly to its end. I loved the idea of the secret satellite system, and oh my God I sincerely loved the idea of having the Chinese burn an entire forest in order to launch these satellites without being seen by other countries. The Russians did it for real, I think, but I'd have to google that and i cant be bothered now. Anyway, overall a nice read, but what Grisham is asking his loyal readers, in this book, is a little too much. He was the one who had the most fun with this book, that is for sure!!! So, not his best one, but I still love him.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Broussard

    This is probably my favourite of Grisham's books, despite a smattering of sentimental cliches that make me desire to inspect the brains of some fairly central characters with a fire poker. The worst one: (She:) "Have I offended you?" (He:) "You could smile more." She nodded slightly and her eyes were instantly moist. She looked away, through the window, and said, "I have so little to smile about." This type of thing, along with the rhythm (wretched) of most of his prose convinces me that Grisham ou This is probably my favourite of Grisham's books, despite a smattering of sentimental cliches that make me desire to inspect the brains of some fairly central characters with a fire poker. The worst one: (She:) "Have I offended you?" (He:) "You could smile more." She nodded slightly and her eyes were instantly moist. She looked away, through the window, and said, "I have so little to smile about." This type of thing, along with the rhythm (wretched) of most of his prose convinces me that Grisham ought to be a screenwriter, not a novelist. The singular strength that has propelled him to stardom is that of his plots, which usually aren't bad. It is a rare writer that can combine intriguing plots with good prose and fully developed characters. Grisham is one for three, and that one is occasionally debatable. Yet, with his characters flat and his prose poor, I'm still reading him due to my inability to pass up fifty cent books when coins are comingling with the pens in my pocket. I'm just not reading him fast enough to be done with him before I'm annoyed at him. To top it off, he spent six months in Italy "researching" gelato, architecture, cuisine and language for this book. I empathize. Let us say with the Hindu: life is suffering, get a helmet. P. T. Barnum's famous quip that no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public gives me hope to one day become independently wealthy. Perhaps my first book ought to take place in the Mediterranean instead of Mexico...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    I definitely must be spouting off too often and too much about the undercurrents and underbellies of political world. This is the second time since the first of the year that a "friend" has passed along a Grisham book to me. Early on I read quite a few of Mr. Grisham's novels, but I grew weary and frankly just bored. This one had a little more strength to it. I didn't hate it, nor did I love it (or even really like it). I can read the newspapers these days and get more action and espionage and d I definitely must be spouting off too often and too much about the undercurrents and underbellies of political world. This is the second time since the first of the year that a "friend" has passed along a Grisham book to me. Early on I read quite a few of Mr. Grisham's novels, but I grew weary and frankly just bored. This one had a little more strength to it. I didn't hate it, nor did I love it (or even really like it). I can read the newspapers these days and get more action and espionage and dirty politics. But it was a free read and though I skimmed far more than I'm inclined to do most of the time, I'm not suddenly going to become an avid Grisham reader.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nigel

    It's ages since I read any Grisham books but I thought I'd give this one a try. One of those where you remember that some people simply write well. I really liked the Broker as a character. Baddie he may be but I quickly found myself liking him. Other characters were generally good. The basic story idea was ok. I really liked Marco's time on the run in Italy - it felt well worked. As I said I did like as a character and simply couldn't see how he could survive the situation he was in. Hence the It's ages since I read any Grisham books but I thought I'd give this one a try. One of those where you remember that some people simply write well. I really liked the Broker as a character. Baddie he may be but I quickly found myself liking him. Other characters were generally good. The basic story idea was ok. I really liked Marco's time on the run in Italy - it felt well worked. As I said I did like as a character and simply couldn't see how he could survive the situation he was in. Hence the 4 star rating - the ending didn't really do it for me but certainly not a bad read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vishakha Motwani

    The beginning was exciting and so were most parts of the book but there were times that I lost interest in the book only because it felt more like a tourist guide for Italy. Personally, I like fast paced mysteries and thrillers and this book can somehow make it to that category but I need more action in the book than this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda B

    Put yourself in a new country, state, city and do not know a soul, the language, where you are. Now try to keep out of sight from those watching you....wee...the ride is on and the writer keeps the words flowing so the pages keep turning. What a good book all the way through. I could not help but cheer Joel/Marco on.

  28. 5 out of 5

    S.

    I'm toying with the idea of only commenting on books on other people's entries, but although this is a departure from typical GR practice, it might end up just adding lots of complexity to the site. but it does prevent people from reading straight book reviews if they're located on some other person's account. and, it involves losing data control over that review to another person. decisions, decisions! since a chunk of time has passed since departure from Club H, I guess feelings have calmed dow I'm toying with the idea of only commenting on books on other people's entries, but although this is a departure from typical GR practice, it might end up just adding lots of complexity to the site. but it does prevent people from reading straight book reviews if they're located on some other person's account. and, it involves losing data control over that review to another person. decisions, decisions! since a chunk of time has passed since departure from Club H, I guess feelings have calmed down enough to permit some retrospective analysis. I won't go on and on about the affair. it lasted 2.5 weeks plus some preliminaries, it was pretty in its own way. in the end, if you are hired by a regional manager but opposed by the director of HR and a senior foreman, your time is limited. I'd try to be more bitter, but unlike certain fall adventures, less time was invested, less emotional commitment made. and THE BARTENDER EXPERIENCE, consisting of rotating a person through 45-55 minutes of conversation without saying anything in the least bit controversial is itself an interesting experience. it's not really a trade secret I'm revealing this, as I think pretty much everyone understands that if you make a billion dollars and join a private club, the personnel there are trained in more than just fluffing your pillows. they are also specifically trained in how to speak with you, and soak your pillow with tears if that amounts to alienation from the human race. what do people want? well, the rich also fake sometimes, and they're definitely human not octopus monsters, a 10-15% chance to break into some of their circles is not really worth loss of peace of mind, on the other hand, I have no idea whether there's a single HR email or not, we're going to have to check it out all out at some later date. as for "what's next," presumably that remains continued adventures on the continent. if I'm not moving directly to France, at least assurances have been made for some kind of income. I'd like for things to be off plastic, but if they're plastic, they're plastic. [or if I'm detracting by not mentioning the Tube strike, so be it] I am addressing, I guess, things in particular rather than the general whole. if みみからミサイル means we're all taking extra precautions these days, well then that doesn't amount to an absolute determination in favor of すのうまじくぺらだいす。 rather, I'm hoping for a better picture of paper cranes, paper dragons, and paper tigers, in that order. and will Friday decide? and who will Makiko? oh god. it's just me and the penguins. march march march

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    4 Stars. Another gripper from Grisham. High powered lobbyist Joel Backman is serving a twenty year sentence for numerous offences, the most important of which is shopping secrets which could jeopardize the security of the United States. A terrible President in his last days in the White House unexpectedly pardons him. The question is why. The CIA proceeds to hide him in Italy to see which foreign government wants to limit their losses and kill him. Will it be the Chinese? The Russians? Others? T 4 Stars. Another gripper from Grisham. High powered lobbyist Joel Backman is serving a twenty year sentence for numerous offences, the most important of which is shopping secrets which could jeopardize the security of the United States. A terrible President in his last days in the White House unexpectedly pardons him. The question is why. The CIA proceeds to hide him in Italy to see which foreign government wants to limit their losses and kill him. Will it be the Chinese? The Russians? Others? The CIA wants to know who he was dealing with previously. Who's worried he might spill the beans? A great adventure. Even if you don't like the book, you will improve your Italian! (August 2017)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    If I wanted a tour guide for Italy or a tutorial on learning Italian, I would not go to John Grisham. Once we get past that nonsense, the book picks up and gets quite interesting. The ending left me wanting for more and wondering if Grisham has a sequel in the process for Joel Backman. 6 out of 10.

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