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Simple Simon (Art Jefferson #4)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  268 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
An autistic teenager. A ruthless assassin. An FBI agent who must risk everything to protect an innocent person from a savage.

All three are thrust together when Simon Lynch, a sixteen-year-old savant, unknowingly breaks the newest, most secure code developed by the National Security Agency. Corrupt elements within that government behemoth, determined to protect their creati

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Published August 1st 1996 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published July 1st 1996)
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Aug 05, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The book that was the basis for Mercury Rising, with Bruce Willis as an FBI agent taking care of an autistic kid.

I thought the movie followed the book impressively closely, although there were still huge differences. I thought Simon, the autistic child, was very well written and developed and enjoyed his relationship with Art Jefferson (became Jeffries in the movie). In the book, Art and his psychologist wife were African American and taking care of Simon for an extended period of time.

It was of
Dale Lane
much better than the film
John L. Betcher
Jun 25, 2011 John L. Betcher rated it it was amazing
Packed with Action and Ingenuity

This review is from: Simple Simon (Kindle Edition)

I just finished reading Ryne D. Pearson's SIMPLE SIMON. I have to say it was a book I found very difficult to put down.

The action begins early in this story as we meet an autistic teen named Simon. Although Simon's social interactions are severely stunted, his doctors have discovered that he has amazing puzzle-solving abilities. As a sort of experiment, one of Simon's physicians gives him a MENSA-type magazine for
Scott Collins
Mar 21, 2012 Scott Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. I didn't realize it when I bought it, but it was made into a movie called Mercury Rising some years ago. The book is action packed and, in my opinion, well researched. There ARE a lot of characters, some of which could have been eliminated in my opinion, but I feel that the author did a fantastic job of taking us inside the main characters and giving us a glimpse into their hearts. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller.
Christine Myers

Amazon Description: “He's brilliant. Innocent. Helpless. And he's marked for death...

It took years to develop. Cost billions to perfect. A cryptographic system so advanced it safeguards the United States' most vital secrets. It is secure. Impenetrable.

Until sixteen year old autistic savant Simon Lynch happens upon a forgotten snippet of code, his damaged brilliance breaking the cipher with ease and unwittingly marking him for death. Soon, elements of a pathological government security apparatus
Shawn Hopkins
Sep 09, 2011 Shawn Hopkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 revi
Jun 27, 2013 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πρόκειται για το βιβλίο στο οποίο βασίστηκε η γνωστή ταινία του 1998 με πρωταγωνιστή τον Μπρους Γουίλις και πρωτοκυκλοφόρησε με τον τίτλο Simple Simon (που κολλάει το Μέρκιουρυ δεν πολυκατάλαβα). Το βιβλίο έχει μεγάλες και βασικές διαφορές σε σχέση με την ταινία, αλλά το γενικό σενάριο είναι ίδιο.

Ο 16χρονος Σάιμον Λιντς είναι αυτιστικός, αλλά άσος στο να λύνει γρίφους, να συναρμολογεί παζλ, να παίζει ντόμινο κλπ. Με τα πολλά πέφτει στα χέρια του ένα περιοδικό που απευθύνεται σε ανθρώπους με υψη
May 17, 2012 Carl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller or Mystery fans
Perhaps you saw the movie "Mercury Rising" staring Bruce Willis? 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. The movie was good; the book is better!

Ryne Douglas Pearson had me hooked on the first page of "Simple Simon"! I was skimming various books to pick a
John L. Betcher
Jul 01, 2011 John L. Betcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Ryne D. Pearson's SIMPLE SIMON. I have to say it was a book I found very difficult to put down.

The action begins early in this story as we meet an autistic teen named Simon. Although Simon's social interactions are severely stunted, his doctors have discovered that he has amazing puzzle-solving abilities. As a sort of experiment, one of Simon's physicians gives him a MENSA-type magazine for the super-intelligent, just to see if the puzzle section interests Simon.

As Simon
Oct 07, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
This was the second of the "Art Jefferson Thrillers" that I have read. If I have researched correctly, Simple Simon comes after Capitol Punishment, and it shows in the writing. This novel showed a definite maturing in the the writing. Where Capitol Punishment started slow, Simple Simon was full of action for the entire novel. There were also differences in the overall writing that made this novel seem more mature.

Simple Simon is the story of an autistic teen who inadvertently wreaks havoc on the
Larry Enright
Jun 10, 2011 Larry Enright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Simple Simon” is a fast-moving thriller that is difficult to put down. Superbly written and well thought out, the book was a pleasure to read cover to cover. It is a techno-thriller to be sure, but the most beautifully written part is the portrayal of the character of Simon. An autistic teenager, Simon’s life has been highly regulated and structured by his parents and doctors to provide a mechanism for him to cope, to interact with people, and to function within the bounds of his own little wor ...more
Glenn Gordon
Jul 03, 2011 Glenn Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 R
Jan 27, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
What do a sadist, an FBI agent, an autistic boy, a dead man, and several secretive government agents have in common? Kiwi. Huh? You'll have to read the book to find out, but when you do you are in for the ride of your life! When Simon Lynch cracks a secret code, the effects are far-reaching. Those who realize what happened are after him and will stop at nothing to get to him. They are willing to destroy anything and everyone in their paths. Even the beautiful but deadly Keiko Kimura has her pant ...more
Nancy Silk
Mar 02, 2012 Nancy Silk rated it liked it
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 th ...more
Lake Oz Fic Chick
Simon Lynch, a 16-year-old autistic savant, cracks the National Security Agency’s new and supposedly unbreakable computer code by figuring a puzzle in a magazine. When he comes to the Feds’ attention, Simon is regarded as a threat to U.S. security and becomes a target of government-sponsored assassins. Throw in a cannibalistic terrorist with an interest in the code, and a big-hearted FBI agent with a Superman complex and you have the ingredients of a rousing (if at times improbable) thriller. Se ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stand by my other comments that the Keiko character's atrocities were unnecessary to the plot of this particular story. She would be threatening enough as a regular old assassin without the nipple-carving and other sexual stuff. It was nice to actually have more than one heroic figure in this story. The ending was good, but left completely unresolved what happened to KIWI and whether the governmental agencies were at risk or not. I would give it four stars if the Keiko character was not so atr ...more
Nate Solberg
Dec 05, 2013 Nate Solberg rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The beginning was definitely a bit of a shocker to me, but I wasn't offended as were some of the other reviews that I've read. It was a little over the top, but I much prefer that to the many books I've read where the action doesn't really start until page 100. Ryne Pearson did a nice job of launching quickly into the story, and then maintaining the fast pace. The ending was just a little convenient for my tastes, but it didn't detract from an enjoyable read. In all I'd reco ...more
Sally Bisbee
Sep 02, 2010 Sally Bisbee rated it it was amazing
Ryne Douglas Pearson is the author of two my very favorite books. Simple Simon - the book that was released as a Bruce Willis movie called Mercury Rising, and Top Ten - a book about, yup, serial killers. I know, I know, shocking!

These are the only books I've read by Pearson, but they were both outstanding. I highly recommend them.
I was a bit taken back by the hit-woman/serial killer, but stuck with it and am glad I did. I really enjoyed the portrayal of the autistic Simon. My only complaint was that there seemed to be to many coincidental relationships - this character just happens to be married to that one, or works for that one. But overall enjoyed it.
John Boettcher
The book was definitely better than the movie. Of course. Why even put that disclaimer in there. But with the premise of the book, I thought it could have been much, much, much better. I think in the end, the movie ruined the book for me.

It was a Meh.

Only quasi fun to read.
Sep 30, 2011 Jtp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book got better and better as it went along - I couldn't put it down. The suspense and action at the end was incredible.

The first time I've read this author - will definitely add to my list of favorites!
Easy, fast read. One thing really bugged me-- the author often referred to the hands of the 16(!) year old boy as "small." I think he had to think of the character developmentally as a young boy because the boy was autistic-- but that wouldn't stop him from growing...
Feb 07, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story of an autistic boy Simon, the FBI agent and doctor who try to save him as various people try to kill him on a government label because he can figure out a code that could cripple the security of the nation.
Oct 29, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this story, read it because of the movie, Mercury Rising. Both the story and movie had excellent qualities and some points I didn't care for so much. On the whole I probably preferred the movie, but the book was still quite excellent; tense, with good pacing.
Jul 29, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
It should have been better, but an interesting story was marred by cardboard characters and a jumbled plot.
I didn't like how jumpy the narrative was. I felt like I never really got a chance to sit with the characters. It was an interesting story though.
Sep 15, 2012 JR rated it did not like it
Zzzz x 2
Jul 30, 2012 Ronnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book which was adapted into the movie "Mercury Rising" starring Bruce Willis.
The movie Mercury Rising (Bruce Willis) is based on this book.
May 17, 2012 Tess rated it liked it
Good conspiracy/detective book. I would have like a little more conspiracy and explanation of the end results of a few characters but still a good book! Would recommend!
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Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He 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 novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he ...more
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