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Summary

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 heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive - there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

©2004 John Grisham (P)2005 Random House, LLC

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"A killer combination of sheer story-telling nous and no-nonsense prose" ( Independent)

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outstanding

Grisham at his very, very best. thrilling intrigue, Political game playing, espionage, gripping characters. felt like I really got to know the main characters. audiobook reading first class.

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Amazing !!

I loved listening to this book because it was gripping from the first page and I don't say that lightly.
So many twists and turns making it very hard to predict!.
If you're trying into espionage pulse raising drama then this is definitely for you!
An easy 5 stars!

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Not the usual legal thriller, but...

...it is the same high standard you'd expect from Grisham!!

Think witness protection, with plot & intrigue, rather than courtroom battle and race against the clock.

I really enjoyed it, well crafted & read, and would highly recommend it!!

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The broker

A great story. Now I want to visit Bologna. I wish I had studied ITalian.

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Good, solid Grisham read

Any additional comments?

If you read Grisham, you know what you are getting. This delivers. Grabs your attention, delivers a good story.Not rocket science, but that's not what I was looking for!

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Addictive Storyline

I have to admit, I was slow to warm up to this story, due to all the Italian language, but it definitely picked up and I was waiting to find out what was going to happen next. I literally found myself rooting for the main character. I found this a very exciting book and normally books don't affect me like that. I was sincerely sorry that the book came to an end. I'd love to see a sequel to it.

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Takes way too long to get going

I really like Grisham but this one took way too long to get going. No real action or intrigue created until the last quarter of the book.

This book was narrated well but the overall story was very slow paced and I struggled to finish it.

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if its Italian it's smart

A little bit different by lacking the more legal parts of his work but very enjoyable. The author's statement at the end clarifies some of the questions you may have crossed you mind. Well recommend , so on to his next release.

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Learn to speak Italian

Take one learn to speak Italian book, insert pages from a very weak/thin novel, add a few pages from a tourist book and the end result is The Broker. The story is very weak and not a great deal happens to be fair. If all the detail about food/streets/learning the language is removed it would be very short. Not his best.

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Espresso connosoir

My fav.
story line and narrator both really appealing and entiscing.
Any fan of coffee will enjoy the story line. 😉

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  • 06-10-19

I loved the book.

been searching for a sequel.would love suggestions for a similar book. Great job John Grisham and to the outstanding narrator