Thump

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Rated 4.90/5 based on 20 reviews
A young and handsome African American, his white female boss, and an explosive sexual harassment trial that threatens to destroy the richest investment firm in Baltimore. "Balanced yet thrilling example of racism and sexual harassment. [Not] the classic "young beautiful woman who falls victim," [but] a young man in his prime. Plot twists that can make your heart spinning!" Hollywood Book Reviews. More

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About Avraham Azrieli

Avraham Azrieli is the author of eleven published books and several screenplays. His new novels, Deborah Rising and Deborah Calling (HarperCollins, 2016 and 2017), are inspired by the true story of the first woman to lead a nation in human history. A graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City, Azrieli represented business clients in numerous complex court cases before trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. His first novel, The Masada Complex (a political thriller) was published in 2010, followed by Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (an interfaith family drama), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism) and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). He also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash (a guide to dealing with lawyers) and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (an acclaimed WWII biography, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). Azrieli grew up in Israel, where he received extensive Talmudic education, served as an intelligence officer and, after attending law school, served as a law clerk at the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Residing primarily in the United States since 1990, he currently lives near Washington DC with his wife and children. Like Ben Teller, the protagonist in The Mormon Candidate, Azrieli often rides his motorcycle in the mountainous forests of western Maryland. To learn more, visit www.AzrieliBooks.com

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Review by: JB Lazarte on March 28, 2014 :
Avraham Azrieli writes like a more substantial John Grisham—his novel, ‘Thump’ is a sweeping, edge-of-your-seat novel that basically fleshes out the old saying, “Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.” Or something along those same lines.

‘Thump’, of course, is main character T.M. “Thump” Jefferson, an up-and-coming junior analyst in an investment firm. His upward mobility in the firm happens to be due to the machinations of his lover, the much-older Henrietta Kingman. But Thump, being the red-blooded guy that he is, could not help getting his paws inside the pants of a much younger girl—worse, he actually falls in love with her. When Thump attempts to break it off with Kingman for the sake of the younger one, all hell breaks loose—and that’s when the meat of this deeply engaging novel starts running through the grinder.

Azrieli, for a plot like this, wisely chooses the slow burn instead if the flashy narrative—hence, the build-up is more palpable, the plot twists—although visible from chapters away—are deliciously satisfying when they occur. Among the things that I love most about this book are the court room scenes—the way the arguments are fleshed out are jaw-dropping, to say the least. You can almost see the sparks flying from that viciously intense legal “swordfight”. ‘Thump’ is that rare literary gem that effectively touches upon a lot of other side issues, and thereby leaves you more educated than when you start reading the book. I highly recommend this so those who like a book that’s actually worth reading. Get a copy of ‘Thump’ today—enjoyment guaranteed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kelly Wallace on March 25, 2014 :
I read the blurb and thought Thump sounded intriguing, but it wasn't what I expected! The plot twists, roles are reversed, the future of the characters and big business hangs in the balance. Love, racism, betrayal, privilege and wealth are all woven into one well-written drama with a climatic ending. Once you get into the book you won't want to put it down! I love courtroom dramas, and this is a story that will remain on my virtual bookshelf for years to come!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: thomasmobius on March 15, 2014 :
Very creative! Racism, Sexism and the excesses of our modern lifestyle..I love the way Avraham weaves in so many subtle social commentary through the book. And the book is such an engaging read too! Great fast moving plot with decent character development.

I enjoyed reading this! Looking forward to more from the author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Emily D. on March 15, 2014 :
Impressive! Just an awesome creation by Avraham. The suspense throughout the story left me feel so excited. It's a page turner! The sexy plot line, drama, reality - all blended superbly till the end.

The story of a young black man who works for a prominent investment firm is nicely plotted here. The sexual harassment directed at him from his powerful white boss and the surroundings are organized in an awesome way.

However, I am really surprised through the writing. It is fast paced story where characters are nicely developed. Avraham did an incredible job, I'm pleased. All suspense lover should taste 'Thump' and hope, none will remain unsatisfied.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Sofia Winters on March 14, 2014 :
Avraham Azrieli puts quite the titillating twist on racism and sexual harassment giving the reader a fresh perspective on these topics. Thump is an exciting, sexually charged novel that will grab your attention from start to finish and have you turning pages with wide eyes and longing for more! It’s exciting from start to finish and Avraham Azrieli is a very detail oriented, talented writer who knows how to throw in quite the windy plot twists that fill the book with surprises all the way through! Sex, suspense, realness, excellent story and just downright good writing make this well deserving of five stars! I highly recommend Thump and look forward to more from this author!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: J. Woods on March 14, 2014 :
A daring novel by Avraham Azrieli, I was pleasantly surprised with this very enjoyable read!
The story was both suspenseful and exciting; the characters were well developed as the story itself touched many different issues - a courtroom drama if you will. Such an unconventional and interesting twist on a drama with its unapologetic and sexy plot - I was engaged from the beginning and pleasantly surprised to find myself an author I will be picking up more from.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Erica Lucas on March 13, 2014 :
“Thump” is an entertaining fictional courtroom drama with a unique slant that delves into what exactly sexual harassment is, who it applies to, and how we usually define it in our culture. As the novel begins, T.M. “Thump” Jefferson is on top of the world—he has a beautiful and loving girlfriend, a successful career with one of the biggest investment management companies, and he’s even good-looking and generous to the homeless. However, part of how he rose to the top is engaging in affairs with his female clients—and when he tries to stay true to Tiffany and cut off his sexual ties with others, he finds himself without a job and filing a suit for sexual harassment.

“Thump” has a good, fast pace to it, with suspense rising not only from Thump’s relationship with Tiffany but also the court scenes (and you can tell the author took the time to research that thoroughly). Thump is a likeable character as well—charismatic and kind, even though his decisions to sleep with clients to get ahead makes him a bit morally questionable. However, given how he’s treated by others—like a toy, or “less than” merely because he’s not white—the book also spurs an intelligent dialogue about what you have to do to get ahead in some circumstances, and also if generally society is too narrow in its view of what is and is not sexual harassment. Henrietta Kingman is a formidable, unexpected villain, with Judge O’Connor becoming an interesting, complex hero figure as well. Recommended to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction (especially courtroom dramas) that not only entertain but also push you to think more deeply about certain issues.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JessRaine on March 11, 2014 :
From the moment I picked up this book I couldn’t put it down. The story was captivating and intense, as was the dialogue between characters. That being said the characters were strong and seemly perpetuated themselves. The plot was fantastic and flowed along without any dull parts at all. I loved it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JB on March 11, 2014 :
“Thump” is a wonderful tale of courtroom drama, sexual harassment, and racism. There’s an interesting twist, though: rather than a woman being the victim in this story, it’s a man. This fresh new take on sexual harassment does wonders for bringing to light the fact that men can be victims of sexual harassment just as readily as women.

The storyline moves along at a brisk pace, and the dialogue is clear and natural. The writing in this book is nothing short of wonderful, and I enjoyed every page of the book. Strongly recommended!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Darrin Lowe on March 10, 2014 :
Thump is a very unique and interesting take on a case of sexual harassment. The plot twists and turns were great, which kept my on my toes throughout the book. The author's writing style is great, which sucks the reader in from the beginning. I really enjoyed how the author didn't hold anything back in the story, even though it wasn't the typical type of case. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from Azrieli.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: DLoera on March 10, 2014 :
Thump enters with a bang- this was a powerhouse read that caused me not to get my errands ran this past weekend.
If you want a thrilling read that you absolutely will not want to put down – Thump is the book of choice.
The characters are well crafted and the plot so spot on it sucks you in fast.
Beyond excellent read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mike Gagnon on March 10, 2014 :
Thump takes everything you’d expect from a stereotypical sexual harassment story and turns it on its head. It follows the story of a young black man working for a prominent investment firm, and the sexual harassment directed at him from his powerful white boss. Examines the attitudes and perception of people in a very interesting way and how those are biased when perceived through the filters of race and gender. A brilliantly cerebral offering from Avraham Azrielli.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jane Lavuire on March 10, 2014 :
Thump is an overall absolutely awesome book from start to finish. It wasn't long until I found myself hooked right into Thump, and that didn't subside until the very end of the story. I must admit, at first I was expecting a thriller that was archetypal and generic like all of the others I come across these days... Instead, I pleasantly stumbled upon by far one of the most top quality books that I have come across all year. There's something about the writing style that drags you deep right into the story, giving the reader clues as to what may happen next, leaving them guessing... then suddenly- twists and turns come out of no where, adding a new element to the plot and a new layer of intrigue to the story. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but if you're huge thriller fan - as I am, then you absolutely must not overlook this read under any circumstances. Definitely worth checking out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: joawmeens on March 10, 2014 :
A “Thump”ing good read! #badwordplay

Thrillers of all kinds are right in my wheelhouse, and I am always looking for different types and styles. When I read the description for this, the courtroom stuff reminded me of Law & Order, which I have been a fan of since it debuted 86 years ago, so I thought I would give it a shot.

The story centers around an African American man who tries to take revenge for being wrongfully terminated, by suing the company for sexual harassment. The problem was, it’s not so cut and dry, and it might not have been unwanted, or against his will.

First off, this is much better written, and much smarter than any episode of Law & Order, and it is much more than that. The character dialogue itself is fantastic, and sharper and more intelligent than your normal primetime procedural. It was very fast paced, and an enthralling read from start to finish. I recommend it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Janja K on March 10, 2014 :
Great novel!

“Thump” is a great novel with so many interesting themes that will definitely not leave you indifferent: there is a lot of drama, emotion, suspense, inequality, abuse and many other themes that make the story interesting.

The book is well written great to read - It has great plot, great characters and very captivating story with interesting twists. Overall, it is a great read, I really enjoyed reading that book and I am sure that you will enjoy it too. I recommend it!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: R. Coker on March 10, 2014 :
What I loved about this book was that it had a hard yet sexy edge to it that delved into some hard hitting issues and left me feeling as if I'd been thoroughly entertained. The author has a gift for weaving a story that is filled with emotion, action, drama, suspense and intrigue. Thump is a story that is rife with tension, from racially charged commentary to insights into office sex, harassment and discrimination. With a clear aim to not only make the novel enjoyable, but to start conversations about the delicate subjects explored in the book... this was an exceptionally engaging novel that had me eagerly flipping from one page to the next until the very satisfying end.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Piper Westwood on March 10, 2014 :
"Thump" is the kind of intensely riveting novel that hooks you from the very beginning and sends you on a tumultuous journey of lust, intrigue, greed, power, sexual harassment and racial tension. It's a drama that deals with sex and racism, office liaisons and questionable actions; it's sharp, well-written, vividly engaging and rife with tension that sets a wonderfully compelling tone from start to finish.

Avraham Azrieli does an excellent job of pulling the reader into the story, building up layer upon layer as characters are introduced, intentions are revealed and a courtroom battle takes place that is as dramatic as it is captivating. The story is filled with thoughtful commentary on everything from discrimination to racism and sexism. It's the kind of story that you just have to finish and that lingers with you long after the story is over.

Overall, I was completely captivated by "Thump" and the author's talent at drawing me into the story. As an introduction to Avraham Azrieli as an author I think this was a promising start to a successful career as an author.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: S Gallardo on March 09, 2014 :
This is my first book by this author and I do have to recommend it. This was a well-crafted thriller from start to finish. I really didn't want it to end but I couldn't put it down. There are some strong themes in the book like racism and abuse and they were handled superbly by the author, in my opinion. Recommended read!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Ana Cristina on March 08, 2014 :
I got this book simply because the description caught my attention - it is not your typical storyline! And I got exactly what I hoped for - a super interesting, unique and unconventional plot which kept me on the edge of my seat on each and every page! I literally couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting. I'd Highly Recommend it to anyone looking for an unconventional read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: winchester168 on March 08, 2014 : (no rating)
Avraham Azrieli writes like a man in a delicious frenzy: restless-sharp-eyed, ruthless and tender at the same time
I’d walk a long ways to buy one of his stories. I plan to buy half a dozen copies just so I can give them away saying, “Look at this. You have never before read anything like this”
Catherine Winchester
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: bayareanorthernsoul on Feb. 23, 2014 :
This book is a quick paced and fascinating read. Author Azrieli has a created a story that keeps you hooked til the end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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