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The Pure [Paperback]

Jake Simons
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Book Description

3 Mar 2012
Buckle up. There's a new Bourne in town. The time is now. The place is London. Meet Uzi, a disaffected, deadly ex-Mossad agent with revenge on his mind. When he gives details of a top-secret Israeli assassination operation to WikiLeaks, he makes himself a sworn enemy of the Mossad. But a mysterious, sexy woman known as Liberty is becoming strangely interested in him. Meanwhile, Iran is getting ever closer to building a nuclear weapon . . . What follows threatens to change the power balance of the Middle East and endanger the security of the world.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (3 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846972264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846972263
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you are a thriller addict then this is definitely for you.' --Birmingham Jewish Recorder

About the Author

Jake Simons is a features writer for the 'Sunday Telegraph' and other publications, and a broadcaster for BBC Radio 4. Under the name Jake Wallis Simons he has published two acclaimed literary novels. This is his first thriller.

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Joy to Read 9 Mar 2012
The latest offering by Jake Simons, one of London's most talented young writers, is a one-of-a-kind thriller. *****

There is fresh intrigue on every page. Characters are flawed and real. There is a nerve-racking sense of danger and claustrophobia taking its toll on the main character, with shocking and unexpected violence which threatens to engulf his life. Simons' The Pure, like the works of Capote and le Carré, is honestly about as suspenseful as literature gets. The novel, of course, is very topical, with the realities of a nuclear Iran and Wikileaks playing a key part in a story which brings plausible events to life. This was a truly exhilarating novel I didn't want to end, and I join thousands of others who eagerly await Jake Simons' next work.

Among the members of our London-based Book Club, I was not the only one to have been quite unable to put this thriller down. Like the English German Girl, Simons' previous masterpiece, The Pure kept me up at night, so compelling to read and enchanting to think about afterwards.

Jake Simons is of course renowned for the exhaustive research that goes into each book, and fans will be pleased to learn that The Pure is no exception. In the epilogue, Simons reveals that he interviewed a number of British and Israeli intelligence personnel in preparation for its writing, which help make the story ring true. The set pieces left me full of adrenaline, but unlike James Bond and other ludicrous Hollywood plots, were very believable. You feel as if Uzi and the other main spies are genuinely risking their neck, and you do not start off with any obvious assurances of a happy ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable thriller 24 Jan 2013
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I read a lot of similar books and I am always looking for a new author to get into. I didn't have too much sympathy for the main characters so I had to work a little to keep at it, but in the end was rewarded by a few good twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is so different and brilliant! 13 Jan 2013
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To begin with, I nearly gave up on this book as it starts in a rather dreary and understated fashion with a character who just does not appeal! However, persevere and you will find yourself reading a totally fascinating book which lays bare many facets of the security services, not least of which is The Mossad, which is the main theme of this book. Totally compelling once you have got into it and difficult to put down. Terrific climax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More like this please 1 July 2013
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I thorougly enjoyed this rattling good yarn on my Kindle, although I knew nothing about the author before I started. As others have commented, it gets off to a slowish start, but to say it took 2/3 to get going is rather harsh in my opinion. If the end was a little predictable, so what? It was a pleasing journey getting there. I hope Mr Simons can produce more like this, although considering the huge amount of research that has gone into a book of this quality, I don't expect future stories will come exactly thick and fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got better, stick with it 30 Jun 2013
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Started too slowly and I gave up a few times before returning to it. Found that about two thirds of the way through, it really got going and became an excellent novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Workaday thriller 4 Jun 2013
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Nice to see a book about Mossad rather than American, Russian or British spies. And it's a gritty, thrilling, slightly disturbing ride. Nothing remarkable but not bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Pure 19 May 2013
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A very well written book that held my interest to the very end,a good twist in the story.
Allan Miller
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 5 Feb 2013
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The kindle offers have been a godsend meaning I can try new authors for a very low price.
I enjoyed this book a lot and was gripped throughout and will be reading more of his work.
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