So, have you ever been behind a transport truck doing 85mph on a wet road hovering near the freezing mark? I was (and, perhaps keeping up, but I’ll never really admit it, or will I?). Its a slightly scary thing to witness, since you’re the one behind which will plough into it if it jacknifes. Its not the easiest feeling that you’ll have as you watch the trailer weave back and forth on the road.
So, I am borrowing a book from a co-worker who just can’t get into reading it right now. Its the new John Grisham book, “The Broker“. I must say, that after 31 pages, I’m already hooked. This book is shaping up to be a great read. I’ve noticed that as the books get written, Grisham is taking a tack away from the “lawyer” stuff and going more towards the “international intrigue” direction. Perhaps I’m daft, but that’s what I see.
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?
The above synopsis was taken from the back cover (or the website). Its still early, but I’m going to recommend this read so far, based on only 31 pages.
Yes, John, I’ve borrowed a book at work…to read at work! And, I picked up the book late in my shift…