All the top officers of the Hammond Aerospace Corporation are there, plus one last-minute substitute: a junior executive named Jake Landry. He's a steady, modest, and taciturn guy with a gift for keeping his head down and a turbulent past he's trying to put behind him.
Jake's uncomfortable with all the power players he's been thrown in with, with all the swaggering and the posturing. The only person there he knows is the female CEO's assistant - his ex-girlfriend, Ali.
When a band of backwoods hunters crash the opening-night dinner, the executives suddenly find themselves held hostage by armed men who will do anything, to anyone, to get their hands on the largest ransom in history. Now, terrified and desperate, and cut off from the rest of the world, the captives are at the mercy of hard men with guns who may not be what they seem.
The corporate big shots hadn't wanted Jake there. But now he's the only one who can save them.
Power Play is a non-stop, pulse-pounding, high-stakes thriller that will hold listeners riveted.
©2007 Joseph Finder; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"[This is Finder's] most entertaining and compelling novel of adventure and intrigue yet." (Boston Globe)
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"I really wanted to give it four stars!"
I really enjoyed Joseph Finder's previous 3 audio titles, so when I heard that a new title was coming out at the end of August I downloaded it immediately.
Killer Instinct shares great dialogue, realistic characters and an uncanny ability to create and describe the politics and back-stabbing that go on at the upper levels of corporations with Finder's previous 3 titles Paranoia, Company Man and Killer Instinct. The major weakness of Power Play is in it's under developed plot. Not that the theme of the book is not engaging; it is, it is just not enough to create a book of any substantial length.
The book is based on the question "What would happen if the high level managers of a major corporation brought together for corporate team building adventure games suddenly found themselves in a life or death situation?" This is a great question, but I am not convinced that Finder extracted all that he could out of it. Also, near the start of the book he introduced a potentially interesting sub-plot related to the manufacturing of fiber reinforced plastics for airplanes that I felt could have been used more effectively through the rest of the book.
The weak plot is tragic because this book could have been so much more. If we were using a 10 point rating scale I would have given it a 7 out of 10. I still enjoyed it, but my favourite Finder audio book is Paranoia.
There are a few elite writers that come out with terrific books every time. Nelson DeMille, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, and the great Joseph Finder have never let me down yet. This title follows the formula of "ordinary joe, somewhat under-doggish, thrust into extraordinary situation", that is always wonderful escape-ism if it isn't too predictable. You are rooting for the hero Jake Landry right from jump street, and he's a great hero to root for throughout the book. My only complaint is the 8+ hour time was too short!! I was left wanting more, but hopefully Mr. Finder has another one coming down the pike soon enough.
Narrators really make the read, and Dennis Boutsikaris was note perfect here. Scott Brick would be proud! I highly recommend this title to anyone who loves the above mentioned writers, I buy at least six audiobooks a month, having three different accounts with Audible, and this has been the best book in a while. Namaste!
"Power Play A Must Read"
Remarkable story, well read. Great hero.
Talk about a page turner! Can't put it down!
Say, are there anymore trite phrases to describe a great thriller?
If you like Finder, and I sure do, this might be his best yet although "Company Man" is still probably his classic for unexpected twists.
To my friends at Audible, please get more Finder.
"A classic Finder ..."
This was a very pleasant and fast read – and a classic Joseph Finder at that.
If this is your first Finder book – you can think of him as John Grisham – with the court rooms exchanged by the corporate highlife.
The first 1½ hours of the book is fairly slow – but it quickly picks up pace from there on.
Not a book that will stay with you for years – but simply plain old entertaining. And I guess, that’s probably what most people expect from a book....
"Great for a road trip"
We listened to this book during a long car trip; our first exposure to Joseph Finder.
We became totally lost in this gripping story. Our "pitstops" were quick so we could get back to the story. We also enjoyed hearing an interview with the author after the conclusion of this book.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading/listening to his other books.
"A Ton of Fun!"
This book was especially fun for me because I got it without reading the synopsis (I'm a big Joseph Finder fan, and just grabbed the book based on the author) so the story turns took me completely by surprise.
This book is a little different that the others by the author, and it's hard to pinpoint exactly why - it seems like a one-off; a little shorter, a little less character development, but a lot of fun.
Dennis Boutsikaris is a great narrator and did a good job.
A good enjoyable read with a likeable main character. Just long enough to keep the action going and wrap up with an acceptable finish. My first J Finder read, so I'll look for more.
"Corporate Die Hard"
I'm a big fan of Joseph Finder's previous work having stumbled across 'Paranoia' a while back and eagerly listened to all his books since then. While this latest work is definitely worth a listen, I think it is worth noting that Finder is slowly moving away from pure corporate drama towards more action based themes. This trend began with Company Man, continued through Killer Instinct and is definitely evindent in Power Play; the latter still being rooted in a corporate theme, but being mostly an action thriller along the lines of McGuyver or Die Hard. Great story, but more of a shoot-them-up than some may have hoped for based on earlier work, hence the 4/5 stars.
"Not his best, but entertaining"
I liked all of Finder's other books better, but this one still entertains. It starts a bit slow, but the action ramps up and his characterisations of corporate execs are spot on. If you like Finder's genre, you will like this one.
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