The Broker (Unabridged)
by John Grisham
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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. 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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Grisham has done an outstanding job with this book. A lot of time is spent explaining the culture in europe which is not typical of a Grisham book. Nice change of pace and definetly worth the money....Added bonus of Michael Beck narrating.
This is a good story and a bit of a deviaton from the hard core legal thrillers from Grisham. I contend that the abridged version does not provide sufficient coverage of the plot lines so I would recommend the unabridged version.
I have listened to this book several times with the saw awe. Michael Beck does a fantastic job reading this book. I feel as though I am in Italy with the Broker. I am walking the streets, drinking coffe in the cafe's and seeing the sights. Without a doubt the unabridged version ofthe book is the best.