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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Schmuck & Underwood (April 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615486673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615486673
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,879,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Director Ron Howard bought the rights to turn this engaging thriller into a movie, and it's no wonder: the story of a 16-year-old autistic genius being protected by a renegade FBI operative against a secret government agency has all the elements of his kind of humanistic blockbuster. It also helps that Ryne Douglas Pearson--whose previous books, Capitol Punishment and October's Ghost, are also available in paperback--creates instantly likeable characters in unlikely situations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Sixteen-year-old Simon is autistic but very good at puzzles. When he breaks the main computer code for the National Security Agency (NSA), he is perceived as a threat. After the NSA's first attempt kills his parents, Simon is befriended by a Chicago FBI agent, Art Jefferson. The NSA then tries to eliminate Jefferson, first manipulating FBI charges against him, then arranging his wife's arrest. Running from the NSA and the FBI, Jefferson and Simon are then beset by a Japanese assassin with a taste for sadistic methods. The action culminates in a shoot-out on top of Chicago's Sears Tower and a fiery crash over Lake Michigan. Action-packed and fast-paced, with pungent prose, Pearson's (Capitol Punishment, LJ 7/95) latest novel is a cyberthriller that keeps the reader flipping pages frantically. Recommended for public libraries.?M.J. Simmons, Duluth P. L., Minn.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He writes thrillers and contemporary fiction, and is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, Confessions, and Cop Killer. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His works have been translated into Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Polish, French and other languages. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye.

Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Kelpie and a Beagle Vizsla.

Customer Reviews

Good story line, good character development.
Sgt. Greywolf
Although at the beginning it was somewhat confusing with all of the head hopping, it made it easoer to read so you wouldn't bore with one story.
A.L.Carlson
The plot is very interesting and things move right along and keep you turning pages.
Walker

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The inside cover blurb describes it as "Rain Man" meets "Wargames". Having recently seen Altman's "The Player", I thought this was a joke pitch. I was wrong, it was serious. Clearly written with a screenplay in mind. The graphic violence was unnecessary to make the point about the "bad guy" and will never make it to the screen. Unbelievable conversion of another "bad guy" from one who works through influence to cold-blooded murder. The "good guy" was too saintly. Interesting twist: a shadowy, secret goverment organization engaged in good works
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By myshell reads on May 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Simple Simon, the book that the movie Mercury Rising is based on is an awsome thriller. Great characters and fast moving action keep this book moving with far more action than Bruce Willis could ever keep up with. A great action packed read.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rob C. on November 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book had a great deal of potential. It seems to have been either over-edited or the author had not researched his subject matter very well.
It is very fast paced, extremely so, with shallow character development and only cursory details about where the action takes place. There is a subplot about a sadistic assasin that one wonders why is in the book. The premise tends to insult the reader's intelligence. It is also sexist and marginally racist.
It is also evident the author was not trying to authentically depict the intelligence establishment or the use of cryptography. There seems to be a 1970's sense of mistrust of the government written into the novel as well as a sense of governmental incompetence.
The characters are cliche but friendly and this book will keep you reading it, however, it will not take very long, the pace is maddening and the details few.
For a brief, if not unsatisfying, distraction, Simply Simon, fills the bill.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Hopkins on October 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you don't know this already, Simple Simon was made into the Bruce Willis movie, Mercury Rising. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the movie doesn't hold a candle to the book - as is the case most of the time a novel is changed for the big screen. If you've seen the movie, don't let that deter you from reading the book. There are enough major differences (more than I can count right now) to keep the reading of this novel fresh and suspenseful...

If you don't know the story, there are plenty of reviews that will reveal it for you, but I'm just going to point out what I liked without giving anything else away.

The main character, Art Jefferson, is a guy you can't help liking. His tenderness towards the autistic Simon is more than touching, and the relationship with his wife (yes, in the book he is married) helps make him more of a real person than the gung-ho, punch-my-boss-in-the-face, tough guy character played by Willis. I didn't know that there were three previous Art Jefferson books and, once I figured it out, I got the impression that the character would be even more engrossing once his previous experiences and relationships with other characters were taken into consideration. Those books, Cloud Burst, October's Ghost, and Capital Punishment are now on my read list to be sure.

The side of the story that deals with "Simple Simon", the autistic boy that has unknowingly cracked an ultra-secret NSA code named KIWI (Mercury in the movie, though before I watched the movie again, I thought the title just meant "Things Are Heating Up!") is very emotional. Without given anything away, there were parts in the book where my heart just broke for Simon, and all autistic children for that matter. Pearson does a great job at making that portion of the story very human.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy of Utah on April 24, 2012
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I started reading this story which went in many directions without any links. I stayed with it and the links finally connected into a believable suspense involving secret encrypted messages to keep the government secrets and communications out of the wrong hands. Obviously there are those who work for the government, but at the same time work on their own to make their riches by selling secrets. The story line is good, but the characters are too many and they are not that well defined to keep the characters straight in one's mind. Also, the writer's style tends to be a little too wordy and tends to burden the reader. Such style distracts from the excitement of the story. I wish I had passed on this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By pwagg@eliz.tased.edu.au on November 16, 1997
Format: Paperback
An interesting plot with an autistic teenager breaking a supposedly unbreakable code. The usual good and bad guys but an inexorable story which should appeal to thriller readers.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Gordon on July 2, 2011
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I decided to read this book because I loved the movie, Mercury Rising, with Bruce Willis as the story's hero. I enjoyed the book even more!

I'm a sucker for this stuff. Unlikely, but passionate hero. Defenseless victim in need of a defender. And a relentless pursuit by bad guy after bad guy after bad guy. Or in this case, a wickedly bad woman. Plus, I'm a puzzle nut, and Simple Simon weaves its multiple storylines into a plot-maze as intricately tangled as the secret code at its center.

Author Ryne Douglas Pearson had me hooked on the first page with a murder that made my skin crawl, then kept me there with convincing characters, a page-turning story, and his masterful ability to use the right string of words at just the right time. Every time.

If you're a fan of the thriller genre, Simple Simon rises above the norm.
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