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The Pure by [Simons, Jake Wallis]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1604 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E9QNFG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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The lead character Uzi / Adam starts out quite intriguing, living with voices in his head without being particularly mad. And when he gets into difficulties he pulls himself together and sorts them out. The structure is a typical thriller, though, and at the very end the resolution is rather conventional and ho-hum. An entertaining enough read, and reasonably well written, but I haven't been tempted to read another by this author
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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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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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A real roller-coaster of a read, particularly the twists and turns of the concluding chapters. It left me quite out of breath.
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!
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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2012
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The Pure is not a bad book; indeed for much of its length it has all the makings of a pretty decent thriller. As you would expect from a professional print journalist Jake Simons prose is generally sound, even if he tries a bit too hard and unsuccessfully to achieve the profound now and again. The plot, at least in the early stages, feels fresh and contemporary (although the references to Wikileaks already feels dated and a detour to Syria no longer works in light of recent events there). The espionage aspects of book aren't too implausible to begin with. Overall it holds the attention, entertains and makes you want to know where its going.

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.
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