The Pure Audio CD – 1 Apr 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Uzi is a semi-psychotic, semi-retired Mossad agent working as a small time dope dealer come security guard in one of the seedier suburbs of London. Avner, another disillusioned if idealistic semi-retired spy, his close friend and former co-worker, plays his conscience and confident.
When Uzi meets the beautiful Liberty, a big time drugs dealer and leader of a gang of vicious Russian thugs, things can only get better, or much, much worse!
The Pure is fast paced, if occasionally fragmented novel and the flashbacks, while initially irritating do add to the complexity of Uzi's character.
Throughout, like all the best thrillers, this novel contains a frightening ring of truth, right until the very end, and that's just bonkers! Can't wait to see the film!
Unfortunately, two thirds of the way through three fundamental flaws in the book emerge that sink it entirely. The first flaw is the central relationship that forms between Uzi, the book's hero, and Liberty, a female American drug-lord and ex-CIA agent. We're supposed to see this as a grand romance that can conquer cultural, political and religious differences and change those involved on a fundamental level, but it never comes across as that. It is developed too hastily and the passionate connection the two are supposed to have never leaps off the page. Without that many of the events that follow fail to really ring true.
The second flaw is that the key plot twist, not revealed until the book's final twenty pages, becomes glaringly obvious about two-thirds of the way through to anyone who has read a decent number of thrillers or watched any number of spy movies. Once you're aware of what's really happening much of what follows becomes predictable and therefore much less thrilling.
Finally, once you can see the twist coming then certain aspects of the plot become utterly non-sensical.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published on 30 Jun. 2013 by Dave lewis
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.Published on 4 Jun. 2013 by MCMLXVII
The worst book i have ever purchased, the reading level of a 5 year old. I ended up giving this book to my retarded brother but even he said the book lacked depth. Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by Jay
A very well written book that held my interest to the very end,a good twist in the story.
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I enjoyed this book a lot and was gripped throughout and will be reading more of his... Read more
Terribly linear and episodic, without much decent character development. The twist was pretty obvious, and rather contrived. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2013 by Mr Jeremy Traynor
I liked the The Pure. It had quite an original story that in which it wasn't apparent just how it would turn out. I certainly didn't see the ending happening as it did. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by RedFive
Needed new bedside clock and saw this! Very useful don't need to get out of bed to charge up my IPod now. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by Cathy Jones
Item well made. Exactly as described. Well packed. Reasonable price. Rapid delivery. Excellent seller. Excellent buyer too, come to that!Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by MP