This book didn't make any sense to me. Why the intense language lessons? Why Italy at all? The ending was so anticlimactic that I wondered what the whole point of the book was. I really liked The Firm, The Pelican Brief, etc., but this one is a definite pass. Maybe my copy was missing some pages but I didn't get it at all.
Since I have read and re-read all his books, especially this one, I just finished reading it for the third time, and every time, I found more and more interesting, and every time I wished that the story would go on further, did Joel ever reunite with his Italian lady friend? This book is full of suspense and somebody should make a movie or TV mini series with it
Found it terrible. Could not hold my interest.
Another gripper from Grisham. High powered lobbyist Joel Backman is serving a 20 year sentence for numerous offences, the most important of which is shopping secrets which could jeopardize the security of the United States. A terrible President in his last days in the White House unexpectedly pardons him. The question is why. The CIA proceeds to hide him in Italy to see which foreign government wants to limit their losses and kill him. Will it be China? The Russians? Others? A great adventure. Even if you don't like the book, you will improve your Italian!
Enjoyed this fast moving story. Would like to see a sequel to find out where the main character ended up.
I found this book slow moving and had trouble finishing it. It reads more like a travel book on Italy and Bologna. The ending was rather weak too.
Not one of his best. A bit slow at times but still entertaining and an enjoyable read
A real page turner with good characters and a continuing suspenseful plot. Excellent , as usual.
I love a good John Grisham book as much as anyone, but half of this book is about a guy learning Italian, and the other half isn't much better.
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