Book Review; John Grisham, The Bretheren

John Grisham The Brethren published 2000 paperback

The story is of three old guys in prison who run a scam, a nice little earner, from the prison. One day they snare a big fish.

One of the sidebars is intriguing because it could have been written today about the present Russian leader.

“We thought we could McDonaldize the damn place, and it’s been a disaster”. Was this a portend?

The politics are interesting, basically; How to buy the presidency! The more money you have the better your chance of winning. Makes you ponder on the claim that America is all about democracy per se.

It’s a snapshot of what could easily happen; and how we are all duped into believing that democracy works. The backdrop is how money dictates the political race in America. And elsewhere!

  • “We’ve examined his dirty underwear – nothing to hurt us”. P48
  • “Fame won’t win the election. No it won’t. But money will”. P52

If you are into politics it is a good read. If you’re not into politics – grow up!

There are a few flaws in the plot line e.g. asking about his private life – sex life. P30

It is perhaps not the ending many would expect or suspect. Is the end a soft one or a hardnosed republican belief? Do we have character flaws that we cannot change?

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I’ve recently just finished reading the James Patterson novel Mistress paperback 2014.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. What caught my attention was the use of the Russians as the bogeyman. It seems the Yanks haven’t got another as the Cold War still dominates their thinking. I suppose that any political book published today might have the ISIS as the new bogeyman. But Russia is a good choice at the moment with Putin throwing his weight about.