_The Testament_ and _A Time To Kill_ are still my favorite Grisham books. This one is interesting on some levels and left me scratching my head on others. The setting is different than Grisham's typical southern US town this time...instead, he takes us to Italy, which Grisham has obviously visited and loves. In that regard, the book is great.
As for the story, it's a bit far fetched, even for Grisham. The people who wanted the main character dead could have easily seen to that in the first chapter or so...instead, they put him with a handler, buy him clothes, teach him to speak Italian so he can blend in, and then they sell him out???
This book was a bit disappointing. I expect court room drama from Grisham not a spy novel. I have read some very good spy novels which made reading this book an absolute bore ? except for the travel. While this was not a true spy novel, it had enough badly written cloak and dagger stuff in it to make it frustrating. I?d like to recommend to Mr. Grisham that he let Tom Clancy write the spy novels.
the first half was a bit slow, but as the novel progressed my interest picked up. Especially enjoyable was the description of Italian countryside and food ! Probably would have rated this better, if I hadn't enjoyed so many other Grisham novels.
i was a bit worried about this book based on all of the bad reviews. But I really enjoyed it. I loved the parts in Italy. Makes me want to visit. The story had me on the edge of my seat at parts. This book is not the Firm or his other law books, but I liked it as much as The Juror and A Painted House.
I kept waiting for the action, the plot twist, the surprise. All I got was a lousy Italian lesson. When I finished the audiobook I kept thinking "is this all there is"? Robert Ludlum, Grisham is not!
This book looks like it was published by the Food Network. Half the novel they are talking about food and the other half its predictable. Not the best novel by this author.
There were places that it held my interest but overall I was disappointed. It didn't make sense that the CIA wanted to see who would kill Joel Backman but they already knew everyone wanted to kill him. There were a lot of details that didn't move the plot forward. The ending seemed very anti-climatic.
What an outstanding tale of an imprisoned power broker, released under mysterious circumstances and exiled in Italy. Grisham's research in Northern Italy is apparent in his colorful rendering of the picturesque area, as his tale of intrigue unfolds.
This audiobook (unabridged version) kept me hanging on every word and really gave me something to look forward to as I progressed through the story. The characters were well developed and, although the reader did all the voices (male and female), he successfully portrayed each as its own character.
The Broker made me remember how much I once wanted to become a writer. My hat is off to John Grisham. I highly recommend this audiobook (esp. the unabridged version) to anyone who loves a great story, well told. Additionally, those interested in traveling to northern Italy may enjoy the tale on those merits alone.
I have read all of John Grisham's novels and have watched a spiralling, downward trend. It's not that his books are not readable, it's just that they have become so formulaic as to be almost boring. This story is passable, but with every new novel, I hope to read something different, something closer to "A Time to Kill" but I'm always disappointed. I'm not wishing he will write about racism in the South or anywhere else; I just long for something with more body, something that displays his gift for storytelling, such as the homespun pull felt in "The Last Juror." I really don't think I will be reading any more of his books, because I know now, that it will be the same old story, just a differnt character name and setting.
This is definitely the worst book I have ever read. I wanted to quit listening after the first 30 minutes. I wait impatiently for a new John Grisham book as I am sure others do and this was a a terrible disappointment. If I had had to listen to one more description of Joel Backman and his Italian lessons (For what???) and him ordering expresso several times per day I believe I would have been driven to strong liquer. I agree with the person who said John Grisham must have made a bet to see if he could publish this terrible sustitute for a book and how many people he could trick to buy it. I rate this book a ZERO. This is one loyal Grisham fan who will definitely rethink my next purchase.