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The Broker

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  67,121 Ratings  ·  2,147 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Delta (first published 2005)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستان در موردِ «آرتور مورگان» رئیس جمهورِ آمریکاست که بعد از چهارسال ریاستِ جمهوری، به طرزِ مفتضحانه ای در رقابت و جمع آوری آرا از رقیبش «کریتز» که دوستِ و همکار صمیمیِ او بود، شکست خورد و تنها در ایالتِ «آلاسکا» رأی آورد
رئیس جمهور بعد از سالیان سال خدمت کردن به مردم در پست ها و مقام هایِ گوناگون، اکنون آهی در بساط نداشت... لذا به او پیشنهاد دادند در ازایِ دریافت رشوه حکم عفو و آزادی یک زندانی معروف به نامِ «جوئل بکمن» معروف به " سوداگر" را صادر کند... و از آنجایی که نزدیک به 1
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Broker, John Grisham
عنوان: سوداگر؛ جان گریشام؛ مترجم: قاسم کیانی مقدم؛ سبزوار، امید مهر، 1384؛ در 400 ص؛ شابک: 9648605386؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 21 م
Jr Bacdayan
Feb 03, 2013 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. But, this is an espionage thriller of s ...more
Eric Dunn
Jul 12, 2011 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
Oct 13, 2013 Salymar rated it liked it
“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
Aug 08, 2012 Pascale rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Dimitrios rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2013 Judy rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Apr 01, 2016 SumitRK rated it it was ok
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.

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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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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
Jesse Broussard
Mar 09, 2013 Jesse Broussard rated it liked it
Shelves: good, fiction
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
Tom Tabasco
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V. Gingerich
Jan 28, 2013 V. Gingerich rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2014 S. rated it really liked it
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
Stephen Escalera
Dec 21, 2010 Stephen Escalera rated it it was ok
I'm relatively new to Grisham's work, but even I could tell that this book was not up to his standards. The story follows Joel Backman, a high-powered broker who gets himself into a lot of trouble and is sent to a federal prison to be kept in solitary confinement. What that trouble is exactly we don't find out until about halfway through the book. When we are first introduced to Backman, he is described in such terms that make you glad he got caught. Surely, he is the bad guy in the book, right? ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it
Everyone who's ever read any Grisham knows that he has the world's most convenient plots. Things that wouldn't occur under any other circumstances happen in his books. To make the suspension of disbelief even harder for me, I've worked in the U. S. legal field for 40 years, in both civil and criminal litigation. Thus, I know how it really works.

I'd actually given up reading his books when during The Runaway Jury I said to myself four times "Like that would ever happen!" But I have a very good f
Feb 26, 2009 Weavre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of introductory Italian
I grabbed some John Grisham off the shelf for a bit of fiction, knowing I can usually count on him for a bit of solid storytelling. This work, however, was unusually ... well ... bad.

Perhaps this is because the brilliant author failed to follow the good advice to "write what you know;" unlike his Southern law sagas, The Broker takes place largely in Italy, telling a story of high-level political powerbrokers rather than Grisham's usual attorneys. The plot simply broke down.

More accurately, perha
Jul 21, 2016 GreekReaders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το λάτρεψα. Και την ιστορία του μεσάζοντα και τη γραφή του Grisham.

Ήταν το πρώτο που διάβασα από αυτόν το συγγραφέα, ενώ παράλληλα γεννήθηκε ένας νέος έρωτας για τα δικαστικά μυθιστορήματα που γράφει. Το συγκεκριμένο το κατατάσσω στην κατηγορία γυρνώ-τις-σελίδες-μέχρι-να-φτάσω-στο-τέλος.

Μη το κοιτάς, αν σου αρέσουν τα βιβλία που ανασκαλεύουν κρυμμένα μυστικά μέσα στο Λευκό Οίκο, αυτό είναι το βιβλίο σου. Αν πάλι δε ξέρεις αν σου αρέσουν αυτά, αυτό είναι το βιβλίο σου και σε αυτή την περίπτωση-
Jun 21, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Este livro foge um pouco ao estilo mais marcado de Grisham. O tema não versa completamente sobre o mundo dos tribunais, mas sim sobre a vida atribulada de um advogado que tenta vender um segredo industrial de um grupo de jovens paquistaneses. A vida de Backman, conhecido como “o corretor”, vira um inferno e passa pela sua detenção num estabelecimento prisional, durante seis anos. Após um indulto presidencial é deslocado para Itália mas a sua cabeça encontra-se a prémio sendo perseguido por agent ...more
La trama è spesso improbabile, ma la lettura risulta comunque piacevole. Apprezzabile la descrizione di Bologna, pur prevalendo una visione da turista americano che rende alcuni particolari di vita italiana non realistici.
Dec 05, 2008 Ronald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I reviewing is The Broker by John Grisham. It's a fiction story based on the world of politics, crime and espionage.
The broker is about Joel Backman who is a broker who has stumble onto a conspiracy about a satellite surveillance system that can corrupt the power in office and the he also try to sell this satellite to the highest bidder in the world for a great profit that will benefit him. What the government does is they incarcerate him for 6 years to make sure that the secret of the
Trennon Leavitt
Oct 26, 2010 Trennon Leavitt rated it liked it
This book is about a power broker named Joel Backman. During his time as a high ranking attorney in Washington, three young, but brilliant, Pakistanis discover a surveillance satellite that has technology that is decades ahead of everyone else. The Pakistanis find a way to take over the satellite and manipulate it to work for them. Joel Backman decides to help them sell the program but when all three are found dead and no one accepts responsibility for the killings or the satellite, Joel becomes ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Awais rated it really liked it
Shelves: john-grisham
The Broker by John Grisham
Another great novel by john grisham. He displays a chracter which is wealthy and rich and is basically a lobbyist.He is having all kind of luxuries and lavishness one can think of. He charge his customers huge sums of money. Owns a law firm. He is approached by a group of three scientists. whos have developed a software to hack Neptune (A group of nine satellites sent into space by chinese) by which they can not only trace the satellite by control it in a manner so that it can provide with the
Theresa Leone Davidson
May 13, 2016 Theresa Leone Davidson rated it really liked it
Picked this off of one of my bookshelves thinking I had not read it and fifty pages in, realized I had, but it is so good, especially in the lovely descriptions of one of my favorite destinations, Italy, that I read it again. I think I enjoyed it even more this time!

Most of this novel is set in Bologna, Italy, and I was reading it while vacationing in Warsaw, Poland, so I found myself absorbed by Grisham's descriptions of lovely Bologna (been to Florence, Rome, Pisa and Venice but not Bologna)
John Conrad
Fun, I liked the intro to Italy and tips for not looking like a tourist. I also liked the idea of a pardoned man escaping to Italy to hide (and be used as bait).

Some of the characters were memorable, but for the most part, the plot disintegrated about two-thirds through the book. Great villians were introduced and then abandoned. Suspense grew that there would be an attack on Backman, but it fizzled like a wet firework.

I would love to see Grisham as he was in The Firm, or Pelican Brief, but he
Sep 07, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
My husband has been reading John Grisham novels for years, and I just was not interested. Then, while we were on a beach vacation, our son and daughter-in-law asked if I wanted to join in their reading-aloud of a Grisham book they found at the house where we were staying. I was hooked after the first page, and now plan to read the large stash still sitting on our shelves at home. The Broker is full of political intrigue, curious interactions between people, intimate observation of life as an Ita ...more
Michael Twist
May 05, 2014 Michael Twist rated it liked it
Wow! I'm not entirely certain this book had a protagonist. All the same, an interesting premise with enough cleverness to keep me going.
Dec 24, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: raising-chickens
What else can you expect from John Grisham? Fun read, passed the time just fine. As with all of his books, it fulfilled my purpose of escaping into a book.
Mar 03, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grisham tells of a powerful lobbyist aka the Broker who got too greedy and was ready to sell the an intelligence satellite system that the Chinese made and three Pakistani programmers hacked into to the highest bidder.

The book starts with the President who lost re-election and decided to pardon the broker at the CIA's request so that the foreign governments could kill him abroad. It turns out the reason that the CIA wanted to free the Broker and have him killed was so they know who built the sy
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“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.” 8 likes
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