Friday, June 10, 2005

The Brethren - Book Review

Why this book?
I borrowed "The Brethren" from a library because I wanted to read something and I just saw a guy returning this book. I started reading the novel with no expectations from it.

Who is the author?
John Grisham, the name is synonymous with legal thrillers. He was practicing law, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation before becoming a novelist. Seven of his novels have been turned into films

The story? (Don’t worry; I wouldn't reveal much of it)
The base of the story is that of a CIA chief trying to fudge the presidential election. A group of convicted lawyers serving their sentences in a prison are unknowingly affecting the CIA chief's plans. What follows is a slow-paced fall of events that are supposed to be the intellectual fight between the lawyers and the CIA chief, who don't know whom they are up against (either side).

My Take
The Brethren is definitely not a thriller. It could maybe called a time-pass novel. Comparing with some of the novels that I've read so far, "The Brethren" doesn't have the suspense of "The Devil's Alternative", or the flow of "DaVinci Code", or the details of "Airframe", or the different perspective of "Fountain Head", or the knowledge of "The Goal". But surely it's not boring to read. The author manages to keep some amount of the reader's interest throughout the novel.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Arch Storm said...

ooooh yeah i read The Brethen, i love John Grisham becoz i like to read about the insides of the law profession..but no book of his compares to 'The Firm'.

11 June, 2005 03:44  
Blogger Heidi Kris said...

Jammy good to know that u have resorted to reading novels to spend ur weekend. Nala velai :)

11 June, 2005 13:17  
Blogger Vetty Max said...

Looking at your review...seems like Brethren is a good page turner. :)

12 June, 2005 07:19  
Blogger Jammy said...

@Arch Storm
Yes, Firm is very good. I didn't read the novel, but got to watch the movie.

@Heidi
Weekend illa; weekdaysla busla padikaraen :)

@Vetty
It sure was

13 June, 2005 04:32  

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