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Power Play (Hardcover)

Author: Joseph Finder

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A Good Mystery / Thiller

on 11/30/2007

This was my first Joseph Finder novel and I was pleased. The story is exciting and the build up is well done. If you have ever been involved with a group doing a ROPES-type course you can appreciate what would happen if certain parties used it to achieve their own objectives. I enjoyed it so much I'll be getting additional copies as a gift.

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The critically acclaimed, "New York Times" bestselling master of the modern thriller ("The Boston Globe") returns with his most entertaining and compelling novel of adventure and intrigue yet.

From the Publisher:
It was the perfect retreat for a troubled company. No cell phones. No BlackBerrys. No cars. Just a deluxe lodge surrounded by thousands of miles of wilderness and a desolate seacoast.

Jake Landry is a junior executive at the Hammond Aerospace Corporation, a steady, modest, and taciturn guy with a gift for keeping his head down—and a turbulent past he prays he’s put behind him. Ordered to fill in for his boss at the annual offsite, he’s out of his element. He’s uncomfortable with the lavish accommodations and especially with the arrogant, swaggering men who run the company and the only person he knows there is the new special assistant to the CEO—who happens to be Jake’s ex.

Then a band of hunters, apparently lost in the woods, crash the opening-night festivities. Soon the execs of a billion-dollar company, cut off from the rest of the world, find themselves at the mercy of a group of men with guns...and a cunning plan to take Hammond Aerospace for all it’s worth.

But the hostage takers aren’t who they appear to be and neither is Jake Landry. The high flyers hadn’t wanted Jake to come along. Now he’s the only one who can save them.

From The Critics:
Mr. Finder's strong suit is technical expertise, and he fills this book with seductive bits of inside information…Power Play starts cleverly and later devolves into more conventional suspense tactics. But its premise is enough to send chills through corporate boardrooms, and through civilian readers too. Janet Maslin - The New York Times

Publishers Weekly:
If Jake Landry, a tough guy with an understanding of airplane engineering and an innate grasp of corporate politics, is too good to be true, he's still fun to watch in this sleek thriller from bestseller Finder (Killer Instinct). A junior executive at California's Hammond Aerospace, Landry possesses a remarkably flexible intelligence, which lands him on a high-end corporate weekend at a lodge called Rivers Inlet, where the new CEO, Cheryl Tobin, discreetly asks Landry to help her identify corrupt executives. Almost immediately, the lodge is assailed by five men who at first appear to be hunters turned vicious at the sight of the weekend participants' enormous wealth. As they interrogate the executives, however, it becomes clear that they know quite a bit about Hammond and its workings. Landry's job, then, is to figure out their purpose as well as rescue the entire crew. Tight, fluid writing more than compensates for the occasional plot implausibility. 200,000 first printing; author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Library Journal - Jeff Ayers
Finder (Company Man) continues his exploration of the business world with this thriller, set in the aerospace industry. Although he's low on the corporate food chain, Jake Laundry receives an invitation to the annual company retreat far from civilization. With his boss abroad, Jake doesn't have much of a choice. The others at the rustic lodge include the new female CEO, who is despised by most of the company, and Jake's ex-girlfriend, who now works as the CEO's assistant. Before he has a chance to prove that he deserves to be at the lodge as well, their isolated location becomes a source of terror as a group of local hunters take them hostage. Now, instead of bonding with his fellow workers, Jake must help them stay alive. Juggling the dog-eat-dog ethics of corporate life with a tense, scary plot, Finder's nail biter of a read is recommended for all popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ4/15/07.]


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312347482
SKU 204174985
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0312347480
Release Date 8/21/2007
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