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“While the writer is always excellent at the mystery thriller form as well as background information fo the story he writes, and this book is no exception, this one on the other hand gives a special pleasure in the history of Bologna and its detailed description and beauty. One wishes one could...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This book was good and an easy read. It was not as fast paced as the usual John Grisham novels or as intriguing and I expected some characters to be explored later in depth but they were not. What I did like is the way we got to explore a little of Italy.”see full review » see other reviews »
“One of my all time favourites. The story is so exciting, interesting and it just makes you want to know more! Once you start reading, you just can't really stop until you finish ii.”xElizzex wrote this review Sunday, November 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Did not like!”Deloris Mercer wrote this review Monday, October 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The descriptions of Italy are great with lots of suspense.”Marathon Man wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“John Grisham has his formula for writing and it always seems to work! There's plenty of adventure and suspense, and it keeps you wanting to read more. ”Michaela S wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book--don't know how I missed a Grisham when it first came out. Fortunately--happy accident--I picked it up on an audio set. The great thing about that was the Italian language--it is so musical. I absolutely loved hearing the Italian and English often spoken out loud together. Now, I'm not buying that Marco could pass for Italian after a couple months of lessons, but it was wonderful to listen to. The only drawback was that I wanted to grab a book and find out what happened!! There's no sneaking a peek at the back page with an audio book. ”Rita M wrote this review Thursday, September 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I liked this story. It was engaging, interesting, and a fun read. There are some flaws in the plot that need to be overlooked. But I enjoyed the characters and the introduction to Italy.”Weasel Boy wrote this review Saturday, June 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The subject matter I was not interested in at all. But Grisham who is one of the best authors caught me in his web & I couldn't wait to get to listening to it while I was on the treadmill each day.”Mikie wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty interesting and a fast read. A broker, a glorious lobbyist from the past, now confined in a maximum security prison suddenly receives presidential pardon and is moved out of country to Italy. There, he is under constant scrutiny of CIA and soon other secret organizations. There are some secrets only he knows and realizes that he is in a race against time to save his skin. More than the story, it's the city of Bologna, the lovely architecture and the Italian cuisine that stands out. Must visit one day!”Saranga S wrote this review Thursday, May 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved it for what it is - a great beach read. ”Patti B wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this after The Racketeer.Very different books. Contras: there's little "suspense" in this book. No mysteries or plot twists. It's a straightforward story following what happens to a once very powerful man, The Broker when he becomes a pawn of the CIA in an chess game of international espionage.
It also continues as further literary indulgence of Grishman's love affair with Italy with in-depth and detailed "life in Italy". I enjoyed it a lot and is a big part of the reason I'm fond of the Playing For Pizza book as well.
It was rather relaxing to read... action but at a leisurely pace. ”