A young ambitious African American, T.M. Jefferson – better known as Thump – strikes an opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired at KKG, a prestigious investment firm. His opportunity only gets better as he is promoted to vice president. The tide quickly turns when a pertinent PowerPoint presentation that he put together goes missing, and literally overnight he is out of a work. Reflecting on his past ventures with the company, he realizes that he made serious mistakes. But his mistakes are nothing compared to those of the firm’s CEOs. It is time to confront them. It’s just a matter of who will be the key person to get them into the courthouse.
Rising author Avraham Azrieli has fashioned a story that is closer to reality than one may think. Racism is still alive and has evolved into another form in this riveting novel of patronization and exploitation. Written in third person, Azrieli’s obvious focus is on Thump, who patiently confronts one obstacle after another to achieve all his worldly goals. Wearing high-class business clothing, going to elite gyms in wealthier Baltimore neighborhoods, and driving a flashy sports car, Thump always remembers to provide a warm McDonald’s breakfast for the homeless man that he passes on his way to work.
Thump’s hope of attaining an MBA seems futile until he met Henrietta Kingman, the second in command at KKG. Realizing that he is about to be suddenly catapulted into the investment world – a dream come true – little does he know that this will come with a big price. Salacious favors need to be rendered if he wants to make headway in the company. But now without a job, Thump has to find someone who will believe his story. In a world where black men are looked at as men endowed with great sexual prowess, who is going to believe that a black man was taken advantage of sexually?
Finding the least expected lawyer to take Thump’s case, Azrieli masterfully utilizes a prominent person who has to face her own tainted past in the midst of Thump’s tumultuous court case. The court scenes are both uproariously funny as well as extremely poignant. Azrieli doesn’t miss a beat correlating his plot with the societal tensions that still exist today. Riveting and very engaging, Thump is more than a story. It sends a profound message of truth in today’s world.
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