In his final hours in 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 that Backman,...more
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
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
Read by Michael Beck.
11 hours, 30 minutes.
The last two thrillers that I have read by John Grisham have been anything but. A couple of years ago I listened to The King of Torts and came away with a great education in class action lawsuits but at the cost of a disappointing story. With The Broker, I came away with a great education in Italian culture, cuisine and great insights into th...more
(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
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
El último libro de Grisham [JG] de este verano. Qué les voy a contar, estimados lectores. Odio la serie Zeta de “semibolsillo” que ha sacado Ediciones B. Con la excusa de que el libro es un poco más grande le doblan el precio y lo ponen a diez euros en lugar de a cinco, que es lo que cuestan muchos de sus libros de bolsillo. Truco barato que detesto.
En cuanto al contenido, JG es siempre JG. En esta ocasión nos narra las aventuras y desventuras de un abogado caído en desgracia que es liberado de...more
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
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
The characters in this book are well...more
I have read this book a few years ago. Came across this book again when I was looking for something in the storeroom. Read the synopsis and found that I have forgotten much of the story. Hence the interest to re-read this again.
Found that the beginning and the middle are very interesting. The suspense was there. But by the ending, the suspense just couldn't keep up. Many things just seems to coincidentally fell in step. It doesn't seem...more
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
Da un punto di vista tecnico, il romanzo è ben scritto: un buon uso del ritmo e della suspence, una scrittura scorrevole, una regia di personaggi notevole. Tutte caratteristiche di scrittori di professione del calibrio di Grisham.
Insomma, ad un'analisi profonda "Il Broker" è esattamente ciò che si definisce...more
Joel Backman is "the Broker"- a Washington power broker-lobbyist. But 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 t...more
The Broker was a little...more
Six years later he is pardoned by a President leaving office...more
Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more