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The Broker [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

John Grisham
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Kurzbeschreibung

22. November 2005
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?


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Kurz und knapp sind die meisten von John Grishams Buchtiteln: "Der Gefangene", "Das Urteil", "Der Anwalt", "Das Testament". Sie lassen bereits erahnen, dass der 1955 geborene Autor Jurist ist. John Grisham lebte in den 80er-Jahren als niedergelassener Anwalt in Southaven, Mississippi, und genau diese Tätigkeit brachte ihn schließlich zum Schreiben. Ein Vergewaltigungsfall mit einem minderjährigen Opfer ließ ihn nicht mehr los. So entstand sein erster Roman, "Die Jury", den er neben einem 12- bis 14-stündigen Arbeitstag vorwiegend in der Nacht verfasste. Diesem ersten Bestseller sind seither weitere Thriller gefolgt, die ebenfalls die Bestsellerlisten stürmten.

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Before he was sent to federal prison for treason (among other things), Joel Backman was an extremely powerful man. Known as "the broker," Backman was a high roller--a lawyer making $10 million a year who could "open any door in Washington." That is, until he tried to broker a deal selling access to the world's most powerful satellite surveillance system to the highest bidder. When caught, Backman accepted prison as the one option that would keep him safe and alive, since the interested parties (the Israelis, the Saudis, the Russians, and the Chinese) were all itching to get their hands on his secrets at any cost. Little does he know that his own government has designs on accessing that information--or at least letting it die with him. Now, six years after his incarceration, the director of the CIA convinces a lame duck president to pardon Backman, and the broker becomes a free man--and an open target.

The Broker marries the best of John Grisham's many talents--his ability to immerse himself in the culture of small town life (in this case, Bologna, Italy), and his uncanny mastery of the chase. The first half of the book focuses on Backman's transformation from infamous power broker to helpless victim in his own game. Upon his release from prison, Backman is taken into "protective custody" and whisked off to Italy where he is assigned a new identity, and a tutor to help him blend in. Sure he is on the run, but some readers may feel that Backman's time spent in Bologna is a bit too leisurely--readers join him on an almost cinematic tour through the Italian town, complete with language and history lessons. Impatient readers will be happy to know that the final half of the novel is classic Grisham--a fast-paced, thrilling cat and mouse chase pitting Backman against the numerous agencies that want him dead--as the broker makes a move to take back his life. --Daphne Durham

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    11 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
    Format:Taschenbuch
    I love many of Grisham's books. "A time to kill", "The Rainmaker", "The Runaway Jury" and the "Street Lawyer" are among my most favorite books and are certainly a must for everybody who likes fast paced law thrillers and brilliant dialogues in court rooms.
    However, in his newer books Grisham can unfortunately not keep up with his earlier work. "The Broker" is another example which starts out with a promising setup, but then quickly drifts off and becomes a barely average story about a guy who is on the run and tries to hide from a number of evil, but stupid intelligence agents.
    In the author's note Grisham writes: "My background is law, certainly not satellites or espionage". I think that's exactly the point. Maybe Grisham should simply return to his roots and write about the things he understands, instead of boring us with medium quality CIA stories.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Return to form 4. Februar 2005
    Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
    Yes, finally Grisham is back as one of the most entertaining thriller writers. I skipped " Christmas " and " The Bleachers " because I had regretted buying quite a few of his previous novels, but thought I might give him another chance with this one. And was unexpectedly but pleasantly surprised!
    " The Broker " is the story of a former Washington lobbyist who took his luck too far and gambled too high trying to sell highly classified information to several countries at the same time. When he notices he's up the creek without a paddle, he decides he'd rather spend a few years in an American jail than getting killed out in the streets. Alas, an outgoing president grants him an 11 o'clock pardon and he finds himself in Bologna, Italy, with a new identity and under close CIA observation. He thinks he's a free man but soon it dawns on him that he's just bait for a number of intelligence agencies who by trying to kill him might show that they are connected to the secrets that he tried to sell. And on it goes.
    This is not exactly a legal thriller, more like something by Robert Ludlum. Grisham spends a lot of time trying to describe an American's attempts to understand - or even adapt to - the ways of life in " OLD " Europe. This is interesting, informative
    ( you get a free Italian language lesson ) and occasionally quite funny. And I have never known Grisham for his sense of humour, so far.
    Anyway, if you thought Grisham was a " has-been ", you might want to give him another try.
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    There was a time long ago when Grisham was the master of storytelling. I was absolutely spellbound by "Time to Kill" and I loved "The Rainmaker". The concept of the little guy versus the establishment was one I loved. Then after a promising start came the stinkers ("Painted House" being the worst offender) and I was desperately hoping for a storming return by Grisham. But after reading the Broker, I am once again bitterly disappointed. How can Grisham take a great story idea and turn it into one big mess?
    The start was quite promising but from the moment Backman arrives in Italy, the story instantly self-destructs. It becomes one big promotional puff-piece about tourism in Italy, Italian food and the Italian language. Characters such as Luigi are wooden and one-dimensional, sub-plots start and then quickly fizzle out and the bad guys are portrayed as stupid clowns. You are constantly waiting for the plot to suddenly take off and when it doesn't, you constantly get frustrated and annoyed. You end up skipping pages when the dialogue gets boring and rambling. Then it's the end - Grisham doesn't really end the story in the best way and you are wondering if the last 5 pages got accidently chopped off at the book printing factory.
    Grisham does inject some humour at the start when the incumbent president loses every state in the election with the exception of Alaska. The winner decides he wants Alaska too and he challenges the election result to get the 3 remaining electoral votes! I thought that was amusing. But from chapter 2, I was extremely bored and there was no rescuing me.
    People buy Grisham's books because they feel obligated to as a reader. It's like Jack Higgins' books - you feel you're missing out on something until you've read the book.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Grisham at his best 11. März 2006
    Von "kbot2"
    Format:Taschenbuch
    When Washington power broker Joel Backman gets a presidential pardon after serving six years of his twenty-year sentence in federal prison for compromising national security, he is given a new identity and sent to Italy. He undergoes an intensive language and culture training program to integrate him into Italian life and hide him from danger... at least that's what he's told. What he doesn't know is that he has been set up by the CIA as a target for assassination in order to determine which foreign agency he tried to sell secrets to.
    Joel Backman might be a former lawyer, but this is no legal thriller. There are no courtroom scenes, crime investigations, or legal maneuvers. It borders more on an espionage thriller, although the cloak-and-dagger action is minimal. The book consists mostly of Backman's struggles to keep a low profile in a foreign country and outfox his nameless pursuers. There is some amusing humor at the start of the book as the completely inept president, in his last hours in office, is bullied by the CIA into pardoning Backman. But that rapidly falls by the wayside as Backman goes into hiding. I found that the best part of the book was its delightful travel narrative, with Backman playing tourist and absorbing the local color of Treviso, Bologna, and other Italian cities. I imagined myself sitting with Backman in the cafes, drinking espresso and dining on fantastic local cuisine, learning Italian, and wandering the arched portico-covered sidewalks while absorbing the scenic panoramas of Bologna.
    Although the first half of the book was fairly suspenseful, the ending was very disappointing. It seems that Grisham grew weary of Backman's predicament and decided to tie up the loose ends far too tidily.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen A breath of fresh air
    The Broker is an exciting, action packed fiction and page-turner of the top class. I found it as enjoyable as most of his previous titles. Lesen Sie weiter...
    Vor 8 Monaten von John T C veröffentlicht
    4.0 von 5 Sternen gute Unterhaltung
    Grisham überzeugt mit rasantem Erzähltempo. Er führt den Leser durch zahlreiche Abenteuer eingebunden in die romantische Kulisse italienischer Kleinstädte, was... Lesen Sie weiter...
    Vor 19 Monaten von Peer veröffentlicht
    2.0 von 5 Sternen langatmig...
    ...ist diese Geschichte leider; es passiert einfach zu wenig....
    wer keine Spannung benötigt, ist mit vielen Seiten eine Zeit lang beschäftigt. Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 2008 von Reisender
    5.0 von 5 Sternen Not a typical Grisham but still a great page-turner
    Ok this is not the typical lawyer story which I also love. But then again it's not THAT different- it's still about a lawyer, it's still a good stroy and it's still a... Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2007 von Tragno
    4.0 von 5 Sternen Where is the Beef?!
    Ich habe die englische Originalfassung "The Broker" gelesen. Man bekommt beim Lesen gleich noch einen kleinen Italienischsprachkurs mit. Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 28. Dezember 2006 von Jean-Paul Marat
    5.0 von 5 Sternen Der gute alte Grisham ist wieder da!
    Nachdem einige der letzten Grisham-Bücher eher langweilige Südstaatenbetrachtungen waren (Der Richter, Die Liste), ist "The Broker" endlich wieder ein spannender... Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 12. Oktober 2006 von Matthias Damm
    5.0 von 5 Sternen Gut und spannend!
    Zuerst dachte ich, dass es mal wieder eine einseitige, politische Story ist, aber nachdem Joel Backman aus dem Gefängnis kommt, beginnt einen das Buch zu fesseln. Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 18. August 2006 von Viel-Lese-Tante
    5.0 von 5 Sternen Einmal ein anderer Grisham - schön zu lesen!
    "The Broker" ist sicherlich kein typischer Grisham - zumindest wenn man sich an seinen frühen Werken orientiert, die ihm seinen Weltruhm eingetragen haben wie z.B. Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 9. August 2006 von TV-Fan74
    4.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr guter Grisham der neueren Sorte
    Das Buch ist nicht vergleichbar mit den "alten" Grishams wie "Die Akte" oder "Die Firma", sondern durchaus ruhiger, aber dennoch sehr spannend, da von Anfang an klar ist, dass... Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2006 von C. Schladebach
    1.0 von 5 Sternen Langweilig
    Ich kann mich meinen Vorrednern nur anschließen, das Buch ist eine absolute Enttäuschung. Lesen Sie weiter...
    Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2006 von Audrey
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