It is the end of a presidency and pardons are being granted. One of which is for a man by the name of Joel Backman, once a powerful broker and a force to be reckoned with in the inner power circles of Washington DC. He once commanded staggering fee's but his career was cut short after he was rushed to jail for his own protection. But from who?
Three computer scientists make an amazing discovery, a top secret satellite system the likes of which the world has never seen before. Eventually they manage to write software which is able to manipulate the satellites after which they are rendered useless. Now they get Backman to try and sell the product for them. Suddenly the suspicious deaths begin and Backman is afraid.
Six years later he is released following the pardon and whisked halfway across the world for his own protection. Or so it seems. The CIA has set him up to be killed and he must make his escape and once again fight for his very survival. But he has no money and is in a foreign country with few people he can trust. Backman goes on the run with trained and deadly assassins in pursuit. He stands next to no chance of survival.
When I first started this book it struck me as to how different it was in style from most Grisham books I have read and for the first time I thought that perhaps the rumors were true and Grisham didn't write his own stuff anymore. Despite this, I carried on and got used to the differences, and I am glad I did. It was thoroughly enjoyable to read, regardless of a slight change in writing style.
Although the writing seemed slightly different, the book re-enforced his position as master of the modern legal thriller. This book kept me up reading for hours for many many nights. As long as you can deal with the lack of sleep I would strongly advise reading this book. True to its genre this book was totally thrilling.
Title: The Broker