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Finder, Joseph: Power Play

  

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St. Martin's © 2007, 384 pages [amazon]
5 stars

Jake Landry is a junior executive with Hammond Aerospace, a company riven more than usually by corporate infighting since the recent selection of a new CEO intent on cleaning house. Jake is exceedingly competent, and in fact knows more than anyone else at Hammond about the new wide-bodied jet the company is rolling out. His expertise lands him a last-minute summons to the company's annual leadership retreat -- three days off the grid at a remote fishing lodge in British Columbia, team-building with a bunch of alpha male execs. But once they're arrived at the lodge, professional backstabbing takes a back seat to more immediate dangers: a gang of dead-eyed hunters take the group hostage and demand an enormous ransom for their release.

[INSET TEXT: His expertise lands him a last-minute summons to the company's annual leadership retreat -- three days off the grid at a remote fishing lodge in British Columbia, team-building with a bunch of alpha male execs.] Like Joseph Finder's previous corporate thrillers, Power Play is laced with technical jargon, which lends the story credibility yet somehow doesn't weigh down the pages.  The story is narrated in the first person by Jake, who turns out to have a complicated past that makes him particularly well suited to dealing with a bunch of heavily-armed baddies. Jake is arguably a bit cartoonish, a hero who stands up for the underdog and doesn't kowtow to power, who gets himself in hot water for his troubles. But he's sufficiently fleshed-out to carry this adrenaline-rush of a read. Finder is adept at dripping Jake's back story into the text. Come to that, he's expert at writing smart, edge-of-your-seat fiction that you'll want to read in one sitting: feed the kids before you start on this one.

(See also my reviews of Company Man, Killer Instinct, and Paranoia.)

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Thanks for the review. Mr. Finder is becomming more and more popular in our used book shop. This should only add to his popularity.

By the way, I love the name of your site. Does this mean we're related?

2.

Thanks for stopping by, Bruce! I'm glad to hear Finder is selling well. He deserves it.

Just had a look at your blog, which looks great.




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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  






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