The Broker (BBC Audiobooks) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Oct 2011
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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"
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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"
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I have to say I think this isn't his best work...by a stretch. I find it difficult, really difficult, to criticise anything Grisham does because everything he publishes is well written and well researched. But I'm struggling to come up with a word to describe how I found The Broker. "Disappointing" is probably the fairest way to describe it. If you ignore smaller novels such as Bleachers then The Broker is (as far as I'm aware) Grisham's third novel where he deviates from the courtroom (or from lawyers at any rate). His first one - A Painted House - I thought was excellent. I thought with his second one - The Last Juror - which, despite the title was actually about a newspaper editor was a little shaky, but I gave him the benfit of the doubt. This third effort has left me wondering if he's better off sticking to what he does brilliantly. To all those who are claiming this is his "best book ever" then I urge you to read A Time To Kill, The Partner, The Firm, The Rainmaker, The Pelican Brief etc etc. They are all vastly superior to The Broker.
I started reading it with the usual anticipation I have when reading a Grisham novel. It started out ok. I then waited for something to happen. And waited. And waited. I finished the book and couldn't help thinking that I had just read the longest "vacation report" every written. Grisham quite clearly loves all things Italian (and tells us as much in his author's note).Read more ›
Choosing a new Grisham novel is rarely a difficult decision, he's a good story teller and several of his earlier works have been converted into big-budget movies. I doubt that this will be one of them however. As I progressed through the story, I became more and more interested in the story that wasn't told - the events leading up to Backman's arrest 6 years ago - and wondered if this book was actually a sequel to a previous novel which covered that storyline. I'm pretty sure it wasn't, and it made me wonder if Grisham could have created a better novel if he had told that story rather than this "sequel". It seems to me that there would have been a lot more excitement, more tension and good old entertainment than in The Broker.
Much of the story takes place in Italy, where Backman has been forced to hide (by the CIA), and it wasn't long before I gained the impression that his culture-adaptation and learning of local history was similar to his own experiences (Grisham's) while he researched the book.Read more ›
2. Throw a dart at the country map, with your eyes open, as many times as it takes to hit the aforementioned town.
3. Buy a Michelin Guide and use it as material for 90% of the book you're going to write.
4. Go and see for yourself if the guide is accurate - take your time, avoid the mistake of eating your bread without dipping it in oil first.
5. Start your book with a funny chapter or two about a dumb President of the United States.
6. Mention a few times some mumbo jumbo about a secret satellite surveillance system that all super powers would kill to possess. Throw in spies and assassins, and a cranky CIA director in a wheelchair (a colorful touch.) Feel free to leave threads hanging in case you need to write a follow-up novel for your next vacation.
7. Choose a main character who can make your story conveniently hold together, no matter how ludicrous the plot. Give him the ability to master anything he puts his mind to.
8. Throw in a romantic interest, but discard the juicy bits, because you don't write tempestuous romance novels.
9. Wrap it all up quickly when you realize you've written yourself into a corner and anyway, your panini's getting cold.
10. Make sure you save all the bills for your research, and send a copy of your book to the IRS along with your business expense claim form. Smile sweetly and innocently when doing this.
Note: Remember to put in a little something for me in your expense account as a "royalty" for using the above guide. Enjoy yourself, and make loads of money.
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Excellent read. Typical Grisham, holds your interest all the time. Thoroughly recommend.Published 2 months ago by Ken Davies
Who was Grisham's ghost writer, Lee Child or Dan Brown?Published 2 months ago by Polish werewolf in Athlone
Ive read this before years ago but decided to read it again on kindle. Just as good 2nd time round. Love the Italian lessons - perfect for my holiday in Sicily. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lw
The story deserves a better ending. Careful build up of intrigue and tension throughout most of the book is spoilt by the 'Once out of the dungeon .... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Wright