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- Verlag: Random House Audio; Auflage: Abridged (25. Juli 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0739334026
- ISBN-13: 978-0739334027
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,8 x 15,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 27 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 180.400 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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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“Most and best of all, it’s Grisham living up to his reputation as a great storyteller.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper. The author’s command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose.”—The Boston Globe
“[Grisham] is exceptionally good at what he does. . . . Indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better.”—The Washington Post
“Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow.”—New York Daily News
From the Paperback edition.
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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.
" 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.
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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Ein Grisham, der interessant auch in Europa handelt und sogar in Zürich stattfindet! Könnte auf einer Ferienreise von Grisham entstanden sein und enthält viele... Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 13 Monaten von KUX Ernst veröffentlicht
Wie immer gut geschrieben und sehr spannend. Für Grisham eine Story mit eher ungewohntem Umfeld. Trotzdem sehr empfehlenswert und spannend.Vor 15 Monaten von Amazon Kunde veröffentlicht
Das Buch ist spannend und vermittelt viel Wissen über Italien und seine Gepflogenheiten. Der Plot is ok, aber könnte für einen Grisham spannender sein.Vor 19 Monaten von Haenzi, Barbara veröffentlicht
Na, das war eine Überraschung - John Grisham verpasst seinem Protagonisten einen Crash-Kurs in italienischer Sprache und Kultur und lässt ihn durch jede Gasse und jede... Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 21 Monaten von Miezekatze veröffentlicht
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...Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2014 von John T C
Grisham überzeugt mit rasantem Erzähltempo. Er führt den Leser durch zahlreiche Abenteuer eingebunden in die romantische Kulisse italienischer Kleinstädte, was... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2013 von Peer
...ist diese Geschichte leider; es passiert einfach zu wenig....
wer keine Spannung benötigt, ist mit vielen Seiten eine Zeit lang beschäftigt. Lesen Sie weiter...
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
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