The Broker by John Grisham
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (357 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea
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?
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, moved money, oh and he had these disks. What are on those disks? That's what everyone wants to know. Joel managed to get his hands on a satellite system, but he refused to give it up fast. So the government intervened. Someone will off the man who has the secrets, right?
I knew going in this would be a tale full of twists and turns. I wasn't let down. There were times when I thought I had this story figured out and I was totally off. I love that in a book. I also got really involved in the story. I wanted to make sure that certain secondary characters were treated with dignity, and made it out alive. I can't say what all happened, but I am one satisfied reader. Joel might have done those bad things. He might have swindled some money and made promises no one can keep, but his evolution through the book made me root for him. I wanted to see him get his happily ever after. I thought about him and the secondary characters long after I had to put the book down - because I fell asleep. I wanted to keep reading but my eyes didn't cooperate. That's a great thing.
If you want a book that's got twists, turns and a plot you won't forget, then this might be the book for you!