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, September 27, 2005
The main character in this book is a powerful lawyer named Joel Backman. He has been locked away for many crimes he didn't do, he said he was guilty to all of these crimes to be able to put in High Security Prison because he had over 3 countries assassins trying to kill him. This is his story.
6 Years ago, Joel Backman was the most powerful Lawyer in Washington D.C. One of his clients was a group of 3 Pakistanis where amazing programmers and one day they found a group of 12 Satellites they named Neptune. They found that no one was controlling these satellites and decided they'll make a program to control this group of satellites. After they did they found out that this group of satellites belonged to Red China. China stole the information from the 2 defense contractors from the US. They were able to launch this group of satellites only because they set up a big forest fire and launched 3 missiles carrying 4 satellites each in the middle of the fire. But then Red China wasn't able to control Neptune after it was launched. These 3 Pakistanis tried to sell their program to the Saudis for 100 Million dollars but then suddenly took the program to the Israelis. After the Saudis heard this they changed their offer to 1 billion dollars. After the Saudis thought they got scammed and then sent assassins to kill Joel Backman and the 3 Pakistanis. Backman started running with the 3 Pakistanis by this time the Israelis thought they got scammed too so they sent their assassins to kill Backman and the Pakistanis. Red China heard that Backman and 3 Pakistanis were the ones that made the program and stole their satellites so they sent their top most assassin to kill Joel Backman, Sammy Tin.
6 years later, a president was about to resign because he had done such a bad job and he was broke. The CIA offers him 1 million dollars to pardon Joel Backman because they want to see who kills him and they'll know more about what happened. President Morgan accepted that offer and pardons Backman. Backman is hurried out of the country into Bologna, Italy. There he is given the name Marco and a fake passport. The CIA's plan was to hide Backman for a year then carefully give information to the countries that they suspect have to deal with this situation. They want to monitor him closely and know who will come to kill him.
Backman is given tutors and a guide to teach him how to speak Italian. He is especially fond of his guide, Francesca. After about 5 months in hiding the CIA gets impatient and goes ahead of schedule and starts to give out the info on the whereabouts of Joel Backman. About 3 days after that all of the assassins were in Bologna. Backman sees some of them one night and then he ran for it. He went to Francesca's apartment, he explains his situation and she helps him out by giving him some of her dieing husbands things. She helped him bleach his hair and change his look. He looked like a completely different person.
Backman was a free man, he ran to the train station and there he waits in the bathroom until the train was about to leave he hurriedly runs out and catches the train. But he was surprised when some CIA agents followed him on the train, he could tell because they were wearing very American Suits. After he sees them getting on he hurried runs off and hides. He bought a first class ticket to the closest city and got on. That night he got a motel and asked his cab driver if he would take him to the Switzerland the next morning. He driver said it would cost 200 Euros and he accepted.
Next morning he was in front of the biggest bank in the city. He walks in and asks for the manager. He manager is surprised to see he and happy to help him out a little. He asks for one hundred thousand dollars to be wired from his account to a Maryland trust account. He then asks for a plane ticket to the US. He is using Francesca's husband's passport and the manager looked a little skeptic but agreed. Before he left he look the CD's in his vault that contained the program that can control Neptune out.
12 hours later he was in Washington DC. He called a few connections and got a appointment with the CIA Head. He discussed what he wanted in return for the CD's and information. They agreed and then The Brokers Back!
thats basicly what the books about its a great book i really liked it i havent read anyother John Grisham books but i really enjoyed this one