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... There is nothing wrong with being populist, but their needs to be some originality too and contrary to Mr Grisham’s views not all big city lawyers lack morals, I should know! But, finding this book half price, I purchased it and read it, well devoured it! PLOT Three judges, ... Read review
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The Brethren: Level 5 (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)) - John Grisham

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Contemporary / American English Three former judges are in prison. They call themselves ... more

the Brethren and organize a pen-pal scam. The
money is pouring in. But then the Brethren contact
the wrong pen-pal  -  a powerful man with
dangerous friends.

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Community Level 5KingHerrod

KingHerrod

Dirty judges, dirty politcians

AdvantagesGood thriller, good plot

Disadvantagespoor end

"...good guy wins out in the end? Not this one, I have not been a fan of Grisham’s latter novels, finding that the majority to follow the formula outlined above, I was tired of this and Grisham’s unoriginal subject matter, always taking a popular subject that the population of the world seemed to think was unfair on them (the smoking lobby, the medical insurers etc) he had a point but it was populist. There is nothing wrong with being populist, ..." Read review
22.03.2001

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Brothers, can you spare me a dime

AdvantagesLight, fast paced easily read crime drama.

DisadvantagesInsubstantial

"I’m sure you’ve read the book that has two entirely separate story lines. You know the set-up: Chapters 1, 3 and 5 are really Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of plot 1 and Chapters 2, 4 and 6 are Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of plot 2. You know as well that in some sort of way the plots will overlap and the characters from one will eventually become enmeshed in the trials and tribulations of the other. The main questions are the how and why – and whether the outcome is ..." Read review
29.12.2002

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Community Level 2byrnehel

byrnehel

Not one of his better novels

AdvantagesGood plot

Disadvantagesunderdeveloped characters, weak ending

"If you can get past the first 50 tedious and somewhat confusing pages you will be rewarded with a decent plot and Grisham’s inimitable style. I have read all of JG's work and seen all of the film adaptations to boot, so it is safe to say that I am a bit of a fan of his writing. This book seems to break the mould of his usual courtroom dramas and to me this is a shame as these are what he does best. There are two story’s interwoven ..." Read review
08.03.2001

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Community Level 5poet831

poet831

Grisham has done it again

AdvantagesHard to put down, it's well-paced. Keeps you wanting more.

DisadvantagesNone

"... The main part of the story begins in a minimum security prison named Trumble, with three former judges who are now inmates themselves. Somehow, they've managed to create their own little business in jail, helping the other prisoners with appeals and legal advice - at a price. And dispensing justice in the jail - it's minimum security so they don't want any jailhouse brawls going on to mess it up. That suits the warders fine too, makes their job easier, ..." Read review
24.02.2001

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Themastertaylor

a modern classic?

Advantagesinteresting

Disadvantagespoor ending

"...returns with another bestseller with the brethren. without giving away the plot the story centres around the cia and their attempt to select the next president of the usa. in a side line it also focuses on three convicted judges in a minimum security prison and their money making scams. the book twists and turns although it becomes predictable at an early stage. the ending seems to be a little poorly constructed - rather like a childs story where ..." Read review
23.07.2000

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Author John Grisham
Title The Brethren
Genre Thriller
Type Fiction
ISBN 0099280256; 0385497466; 0712680012; 0712680063

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