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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...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Delta (first published 2005)
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Salymar
“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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
Michael
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...more
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...more
Weavre
Feb 26, 2009 Weavre rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Tabasco
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Michael Twist
Wow! I'm not entirely certain this book had a protagonist. All the same, an interesting premise with enough cleverness to keep me going.
arcobaleno
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.
Ronald
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...more
Maggie
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...more
Awais
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...more
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...more
Jessica
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.
Nancy
An entertaining story with a fast moving plot.

I had an urge last week to read a story by John Grisham and The Broker was my selection. Before that I had read "The Summons"(It was a fair read). I don't read his novels in sequences which fortunately for someone like me there is no need, because each of Mr. Grisham's books will stand on their own. I thought The Broker was an easy read that was very entertaining. There was a lot of intrigue woven into a fast moving plot. I thought the class room in...more
Olga
The last time I read a book by John Grisham was in high school after The Rainmaker with Matt Damon came out and I was on a Grisham kick for a while. I remember liking the pacing of his novels, the characters doing what is right despite the odds being stacked against them, and Grisham's easy writing style that provided enough detail to sympathize with the underdogs but never crossed into too much familiarity. So when I came across the paperback of The Broker memories did their thing and the book...more
Stephen Escalera
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
Patrick
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...more
Trennon Leavitt
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
Margaret
The good part: Michael Beck's terrific reading of this unabridged audio edition of the book. Mr. Beck moves things along, gives each character a distinctive (and consistent) voice, and makes all the right and proper inflections of a good story teller. Bravo to him!

The not so good part: John Grisham's strengths as a writer are (1) moving a plot along in gripping, relentless fashion, and (2) making the unbelievable believable. He's not so good at these in this book, so it was a near flat Grisham t...more
Geun Ho - ISB Lee
This is my second book of John Grisham. After reading the Pelican Brief, I was fascinated with how intelligently and well this author could write. On this farely recent book of his, I was not disappointed but even more amazed at how amazing an writer John Grisham is. Similar to the Pelican Brief, it seemed to me that Grisham again showed some opposition to the US government as in both books this government is the "bad guy". But his use of the idea of "space race" was very entertaining since I co...more
Jesse Cozean
So "The Broker" was the worst John Grisham book I've read - though that's a bit like choosing my least favorite chocolate bar. Unlike most Grisham books, the plot unfolds predictably and very slowly. The vast majority of the book consists of an extended Italian lesson as the main character, a former Washington lobbyist, tries to blend into a witness protection program. He seems already aware, somehow, that the CIA broke him out of jail just to let him get killed, and he conveniently flees moment...more
Ndahdien Ramadhan
Di akhir masa jabatannya sebagai Presiden, Arthur Morgan yang baru saja mengalami kekalahan telak dan memalukan duduk bersama Teddy, pimpinan CIA untuk mendiskusikan pembebasan Joel Backman seorang Broker ulung yang dijebloskan dalam penjara isolasi dengan tuduhan membahayakan rahasia negara. Bagi Morgan pembebasan itu hanyalah tamparan kepada Washington yang sudah mempermalukannya, sedangkan bagi Teddy pembebasan Backman hanyalah sebuah pancingan agar pihak-pihak yang terkait kasusnya memperlih...more
John
"Blah blah???"
"Blah blah blah!"
"Blah blah blah..."
"Blah."
"Blah blah blah blah blah blah."
*sighs*
"Blah blah blah blah."

This book was terrible. I couldn't finish it.

"The Broker is smart, quick and fun. Time will slip by ... It has 'Major Motion Picture' written on every page." - Rocky Mountain News

I stopped reading at page 208 because I said to myself that I am not going to let time slip by while reading this book. I replaced the above dialogue with blahs because after a while I just stopped carin...more
V. Gingerich
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...more
Erin Ethier
Ater the last Grishem book The Broker is definately a bit more..how do I say ..."cant put down" book. Very entertaining. Every page is keeping my attenion. Broker, lawyer goes to fed prison for his extortionist back door deals..amongst other things. He is pardoned and is put under "protection" in a small town in Itay where he has to learn the language and the language and the culture like he was a tru italian man. As he is concentrating on becomming 'Marco'. A normal italian male, he suspects te...more
Sai Thein Than
I'd say for sure that it is definitely not a great novel. A good one, maybe. But that's only because it presents a hefty, nasty world of politics. Maybe Grisham wanted it to be quite shoestring 'cause he was quite bored with the hypes and the best-seller title(I've no idea about that since it's my 1st John Grisham's). The 1st and the last third of the novel are quite good. The middle part in which Backman's roaming in Italy is the part that really bores me. The story may be better if Backman's t...more
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more
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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.” 5 likes
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