Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Bruce Willis Sixteen year old autistic savant Simon Lynch is a genius with numbers capable of unraveling any mathematical problem placed be

  • Title: Mercury Rising
  • Author: Ryne Douglas Pearson
  • ISBN: 9780380802944
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Bruce Willis Sixteen year old autistic savant Simon Lynch is a genius with numbers, capable of unraveling any mathematical problem placed before him Distant and solitary, he lives in a private world that no one can understand or enter until he solves the wrong puzzle Now the brilliant, damaged boy has broken aNow a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Bruce Willis Sixteen year old autistic savant Simon Lynch is a genius with numbers, capable of unraveling any mathematical problem placed before him Distant and solitary, he lives in a private world that no one can understand or enter until he solves the wrong puzzle Now the brilliant, damaged boy has broken an unbreakable code, and rogue FBI Special Agent Art Jefferson is his only protection against a pathological government security apparatus and the world s most beautiful, deranged killer For Simon knows secrets that no one must know and for that he must die.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. Packed with Action and IngenuityThis 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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. The novel upon which the movie Mercury Rising was based where an autistic youth (older than in the film) cracks an unbreakable US Government code, placed as a test in a puzzle magazine, with consequent mayhem as nefarious Government agents try to kill him and the FBI agent who is protecting him. This is a fast-paced and tense chase-thriller with a memorable lead character.

    5. Description: “He's brilliant. Innocent. Helpless. And he's marked for deathIt 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 are hunt [...]

    6. 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 suspensefulIf you don't know the story, there are plenty of reviews [...]

    7. 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 σεν [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. “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 litt [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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.

    19. 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.

    20. 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.

    21. 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!

    22. 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

    23. 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.

    24. 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.

    25. It should have been better, but an interesting story was marred by cardboard characters and a jumbled plot.

    26. 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.

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