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Il broker

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Joel Backman, noto come "il Broker", un tempo socio di un prestigioso studio legale e uno degli uomini più ricchi e potenti di Washington, è in carcere da sei anni per aver tentato di piazzare sul mercato un software messo a punto da tre giovani pachistani, capace di neutralizzare il più sofisticato sistema di spionaggio satellitare. Ma la vendita è sfumata e i ragazzi pac ...more
Hardcover, Omnibus, 348 pages
Published 2005 by Arnoldo Mondadori
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Broker, John Grisham
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم اکتبر سال 2006 میلادی
عنوان: سوداگر؛ جان گریشام؛ مترجم: قاسم کیانی مقدم؛ سبزوار، امید مهر، 1384؛ در 400 ص؛ شابک: 9648605386؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 21 م
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
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
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
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Eric Dunn
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bodosika Bodosika
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
“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
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

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
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 25, 2015 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
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first, somewhat sluggish half is immersed in Italian lessons before gaining traction in the exciting second half. 8 of 10 stars
Jul 21, 2016 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-
Rebecca McNutt
Once again another excellent and thrilling novel in John Grisham's collection. Unlike his usual writing, The Broker veers slightly away from the law and attorneys, and drags readers into a sea of political mayhem. This is a great book, really fast-paced and a quick but worthwhile read.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

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
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
Una Tiers
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Broker has a painfully slow start, a nice middle and a preposterous ending.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Charlotte Smith
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started of slow but picked up half way through.
Rhonda B
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: john-grisham
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.
Tom Tabasco
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Bev Taylor
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
he broke the rules. now he has to pay .....

in his final hours in the white house the president grants joel a pardon. but why? he is a notorious power broker who has been in prison for 6 years for security after a deal went sour and one of his contacts was murdered

but this pardon was organised by the cia who want joel out of the way, permanently, but not before they learn his secrets and this will be made clear by whoever moves into to kill him

joel is now marco living in italy and trying to ble
Anne OK
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
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 ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 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
May 24, 2016 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
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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
“- Macie akta - odparł. - To było samobójstwo.
- O tak. Skoro w to wierzysz, to dlaczego przyznałeś się do winy i poprosiłeś o osobną celę?
- Bałem się. Samobójstwa bywają zaraźliwe.”
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