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Plus, if the CIA wanted information out of him, why didn't they simply hold him down and stick a …more I'm half way through and I have the same questions. Plus, if the CIA wanted information out of him, why didn't they simply hold him down and stick a needle in him when they had him? I was really loving this book at first, but now that it seems these questions will go unanswered, I'm souring on it - a lot. See all 6 questions about The Broker….

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. 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.

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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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

It could easily have been summ I don't have a whole lot to say about this book. 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! View all 6 comments. Feb 03, Jr Bacdayan rated it it was ok.

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.

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But, this is an espionage thriller of s It's OK. 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.

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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.

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View all 8 comments. Jun 21, Natalie Vellacott rated it really liked it Shelves: john-grisham , fiction. 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 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. Check out my John Grisham Shelf! Aug 08, Pascale rated it did not like it.


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In this hefty page wanna-be spy-novel-travel guide, pages too long-, Mr. Grisham confirms that he is fortunate, indeed, to make so much money with so little talent.

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Grisham, who is n In this hefty page wanna-be spy-novel-travel guide, pages too long-, 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 touched a hand, mano; an arm, braccio; a leg, gamba. View all 3 comments. Jul 12, Eric Dunn rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. 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. 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.

Dec 25, Sumit RK rated it it was ok. It starts promisingly.. Then it gets repetitive and reads like Italy's tour guide instead of a thriller. Jan 01, Bodosika Bodosika rated it really liked it Shelves: legal-thrillers. 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. Jul 25, Judy rated it it was ok. My brother recommended this book. 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. 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.