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?
©2004 John Grisham (P)2005 Random House, LLC
"A killer combination of sheer story-telling nous and no-nonsense prose" (Independent)
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"Grisham but a bit different"
if you've come to enjoy the courtroom law based Grisham novels this one is a little different.
based around an anti-hero pardoned by an outgoing president and released from prison it centres on his life after prison adjusting to a new identity and trying to stay alive.
it chugs along at a good pace and at every step of the way you're left thinking, "what would I do in his shoes".
I really enjoyed it and the narration, which I struggled with at first soon grew on me. give it a try I'm sure if you're a Grisham fan you'll enjoy this too.
I loved listening to this book because it was gripping from the first page and I don't say that lightly.
So many twists and turns making it very hard to predict!.
If you're trying into espionage pulse raising drama then this is definitely for you!
An easy 5 stars!
"Not the usual legal thriller, but..."
...it is the same high standard you'd expect from Grisham!!
Think witness protection, with plot & intrigue, rather than courtroom battle and race against the clock.
I really enjoyed it, well crafted & read, and would highly recommend it!!
Grisham at his very, very best. thrilling intrigue, Political game playing, espionage, gripping characters. felt like I really got to know the main characters. audiobook reading first class.
"John Grisham does know where Eurostar operates :-)"
Eurostar trains do travel between Milan and Bologna (contrary to a statement from another review)
Le Frecce high-speed trains:
Frecciarossa has 78 daily connections and runs on the route from Turin to Salerno with hourly departures from 6am – 8 pm between Milan and Rome.
Turin – Milan – Bologna – Florence – Rome – Naples – Salerno
A great story. Now I want to visit Bologna. I wish I had studied ITalian.
"Average at best"
This was listenable to on a long journey, but not something but not nearly as good as most of the rest of his books which I would give 4 or 5 stars. Everyone has an off day though. Very shallow story. Too many loose ends, and what was with all that Italian.
"One of grishams classics"
Excellent story well read. Most enjoyable. One of John Grishams very best. Just a shame he doesn't understand where Eurostar operates!!!
Very poor. no story at all. Just an Italian lesson. self indulgent. waste of £15
"Good, solid Grisham read"
If you read Grisham, you know what you are getting. This delivers. Grabs your attention, delivers a good story.Not rocket science, but that's not what I was looking for!
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