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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JB Lazarte reviewed on 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)
Kelly Wallace reviewed on 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)
thomasmobius reviewed on 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)
Emily D. reviewed on 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)
Sofia Winters reviewed on 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)
J. Woods reviewed on 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)
Erica Lucas reviewed on 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)
JessRaine reviewed on 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)
JB reviewed on 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)
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