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The Broker

The Broker (Paperback)

The Broker (Paperback)

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Published by Delta Publishing Company

384 pages

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0385340540

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9780385340540)

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

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The novel follows the story of Joel Backman, a newly-pardoned prisoner who had tried to broker a deal to give the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to t.. More details The novel follows the story of Joel Backman, a newly-pardoned prisoner who had tried to broker a deal to give the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder.

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 turned and other power-hungry men are eager for his blood. Bargains are made and an outgoing disgraced president grants him a full pardon at the behest of the CIA and he finds himself spirited out of the prison in the middle of the night, bundled onto a military plane and flown to Italy for a new life. He has a new name and mysterious new "friends" who will teach him to speak the language and to blend in with the people of the city of Bologna.

But something isn't quite kosher in this new setup, and he is under constant surveillance. In fact, his own government is setting him up for professional assassins from Russia, China, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. The CIA intends to sit back and wait to see which one gets him first, trying to solve the biggest mystery to hit the US government in decades; seeing who built this seemingly impenetrable and most advanced satellite ever.

Quite a thrilling read. The suspense keeps you on the edge till the very last page!
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If you have read Grisham’s ‘Playing for Pizza’, you would find his “The Broker” very similar to it. Only this one is legal fiction and the former isn’t. The B.. More details If you have read Grisham’s ‘Playing for Pizza’, you would find his “The Broker” very similar to it. Only this one is legal fiction and the former isn’t. The Broker is a complex story told in a subtle manner.
Joel Backman is a rich American broker who tries to sell a program that controls the biggest satellite of the world, only to know that his act is illegal. He is put in jail for this act. Now the President- who is leaving his power by the way- has the power to relieve a prisoner out of the jail. The president relieves Joel. But the problem is that he is not safe outside. The countries that were making the deal with him are annoyed now and want him dead. So, the CIA transports Backman to Bologna, Italy for his ‘protection’. But nowhere in Grisham’s world are people black and white. They all have ulterior motives. So does the CIA. They want to know who tries to kill Backman and therefore who is the enemy… Backman is just bait who has to survive deadly attacks from his enemies.
The Broker is slow and distracted. It is so distracted that at some points you start thinking if you are reading an Italian travel magazine. Plus, the snail-paced narrative doesn’t help. But Grisham it seems loves his setup. Soon you get used to the slow and subtle style of writing as the story explores the big shot’s craving to live a better life. There are extremely tense situations here and there to induce the experience of thrills. But all you are left with after reading the book are the lovely memories of the tasty food and the protagonist’s transformation as a person.
Very subtle and patient in its treatment to the subject matter, The Broker is worth a read.
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The protagonist of this novel is Joel Backman, who was once a Washington power broker and one of the top lobbyists but is now serving time for the role he played in tryin.. More details The protagonist of this novel is Joel Backman, who was once a Washington power broker and one of the top lobbyists but is now serving time for the role he played in trying to broker a billion-dollar deal for some software that controls the latest spy-in-the-sky satellite system. What is unknown is who put up the satellite and who was trying to buy the software. The CIA has the usual suspects: the Chinese, the Israelis, the Saudis and the Russians. So they arrange for Backman to be pardoned after serving only six of his twenty year sentence in order to tempt the suspects. Each of them has the cause, the resources and the opportunity, but only one will take the bait and try to kill the broker, and that will be the country that has the highest stake in the satellite program. The C.I.A. ''hides'' the broker in Bologna, Italy where Backman realizes that he is the target and does not intend on playing along as a dummy. Thus begins the chase, as the broker attempts to dodge both his C.I.A. ‘guardians’ and the motley collection of foreign agents, who are after his life. The spy-versus-spy conspiracy is well structured and fast-paced, but it essentially focuses on high-tech satellites and modern Internet communication. Backman is convincing and remarkably appealing. The climax is described in delightful detail that will keep the reader hooked till the very end. Kudos to Grisham for giving us yet another enjoyable thriller that is hard to put down. Hide details
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The bestselling author, John Grisham comes up with a spy thriller rather than a courtroom drama this time. He displays his uncanny mastery of the chase yet again in ‘Th.. More details The bestselling author, John Grisham comes up with a spy thriller rather than a courtroom drama this time. He displays his uncanny mastery of the chase yet again in ‘The Broker’.
Joel Backman was an extremely powerful man. Being a lawyer making $10 million a year he could do anything he wanted in Washington until he acted as a broker to sell the access to the world’s most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder. The deal backfired and he got caught and was pleased to go to the prison as that was the safest place for him then. But his own government wants him dead so that he would not reveal the information to anyone. Thus being granted a last minute pardon by the President he becomes an open target for the incredibly dangerous parties: the Israelis, the Saudis, the Russians, and the Chinese.
The first half of the book is a cinematic tour of the Italian culture which Grisham seems to have fallen in love with, while the latter half is a fast-paced, thrilling cat and mouse chase pitting Backman against the numerous agencies that want him dead. The reader will surely feel a connection with the broker and will be cheering for his survival and freedom.
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John Ray Grisham Jr. was born on 8 February, 1955, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is an American author ...

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