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Simple Simon Paperback – April 5, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
Simon was not the only special one in the book, however. One of the villains, Keiko Kimura, was quite mentally disturbed. Anyone who enjoys torturing another that much is in need of some serious help. Her sadistic nature was treated as just an evil manifestation, however, without any reasons for her proclivities explored to add depth. Scenes involving Keiko made me squirm, as the torture is quite graphically described.
The pacing was intense, and the plot drove forward in a way that kept me going, if not compelling me to stay up all night reading it. Some pieces detracted from the overall quality, specifically:
-A paragraph describing the Chicago Field Office of the FBI is in present tense, while everything else is in past tense. This was a jarring anomaly, though not really a big deal and not repeated.
-This sentence was awkward and had a redundant description of action: "Kudrow entered quickly, with some haste Rothchild noted, and planted himself a few feet away, hands folded behind his back." (Ch. 8, p. 91 of Kindle version).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I have read this year! This one is not the first one in the Agent Art Jefferson series, but that does not matter. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Library Lady
When various branches of Federal government work at odds with each other and power hunger goes wild. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lindah
Good read, kept my interest and was not expecting the end to be of that nature. If you like shoot them up type novels you should
D love this one!
I would like to recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book which was made in to a movie with Bruce Willis. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
The movie was better. It is difficult to visualize the difficulties of dealing with an autistic childPublished 19 months ago by cooperkat10