The Broker – John Grisham

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by John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 02, 2019  


I’ve read four other Grisham novels, with mixed reviews. I’ve also seen many of the movies made from his books and perhaps The Broker needs a few Hollywood twists to liven it up.
The story is about a Washington lawyer/power broker who’s greed lands him in jail. A presidential pardon gives his a second chance at life, but the CIA must hide him so other governments don’t kill him.
Without giving away all the backstory I thought this would be an action-packed spy thriller full of drama or intrigue. I was wrong. The author wasted about one hundred pages describing the Italian lessons the main character had to take while in hiding. Grisham said in his author’s notes that he was enthralled with Italy. I wished he would have spent half those pages describing food instead of Italian verbs.
The story dragged on and became predictable in the end. In thinking about the book and this review I was generous in giving it three starts. I’ve read much better from Grisham.

The Messenger – Daniel Silva

93793The Messenger (Gabriel Allon, #6) 
by Daniel Silva

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 16, 2018  


I’d read The Black Widow before this book, but it actually follows the Messenger. That wasn’t a problem because the story stands well on its own and some of the names are familiar adding more to the story.
Gabriel Allon is supposed to be the Israeli intelligence officer who assassinated the terrorists known as Black September for their killing of Jewish Olympians during the Munich Olympics. The character is also a world renown art restorer.
The story is a good old fashioned spy thriller where the good guys chase the bad guys through various exotic locations around the world.
I’m now a Daniel Silva convert.

The Lost Symbol -Robert Langdon

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Posting my previous Book Reviews:

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
by Dan Brown (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s Review on Goodreads

Read from May 25 to June 10, 2015


Excellent book!
Dan Brown grabs you within the first few pages and holds on to you through the whole book. There’s a great character twist at the end, but I was a tiny bit disappointed with the ending. The story went so deep into the symbolic and mythical world, I expected more. Perhaps I just wanted more.