The Broker

The Broker

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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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?
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2007
Additional Contributors: Beck, Michael 1949-

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KatiesDad
May 30, 2015

The download version is incomplete, it ends before the final chapter.

I was enjoying every aspect of this book, but did it end in chapter 9? I can't find anything that tells me how many chapters are in this book.

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easychair
Dec 19, 2012

Although I could not follow all the details of the plot involving espionage, satellites, high-tech what-not, political high-jinks, etc., it was interesting to follow the life of the exile who learned to live in Europe under an alias, learned a new language, used various disguises, modes of transportation, etc., to avoid being murdered. It was the political-thriller version of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".

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c210flyer
Aug 16, 2011

Good exciting book. 7 of 10 for me.

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bugsbonin
Mar 07, 2010

Unfortunately the first tape was ruined, so I never got to hear it.

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