The Broker by John Grisham

Synopsis

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

Review-

I can’t believe that I hadn’t read (or listened to in this case) this book sooner.  The story pulled me in immediately and I found  myself rooting for the”bad guy” and in the end ( I bet you thought I was going to tell you what happens) something happens that made my day.  I think it would make a great TV movie but until then be sure and check it out in paper format or audio.  You won’t be sorry.

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Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child

Synopsis

The riveting new adventure thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child takes listeners to the top of the world–200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

A group of scientists sponsored by a major media conglomerate are sent on an expedition to Alaska’s Federal Wilderness Zone, one of the most remote places on Earth. When the group makes an astonishing find, an ancient animal encased in solid ice that appears to a giant cat, the parent company quickly plans the ultimate spectacle–the animal will be cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed on live television. Ignoring the dire warnings of a local Eskimo group, the scientists make one more horrifying discovery: the beast is no cat…it’s an ancient killing machine. And it may not be dead.

From the Compact Disc edition.

  

Review-

This book reminds me of the movie THE THING, about a monster frozen in the ice, gets cut out and taken back to the home base and thaws out and starts killing everyone. The story here is very similar but we don’t really know what the “monster” is and it is only vaguely described until the end.  I enjoyed this book very much and will add this author to my list.