Power Play Hardcover – Aug 21 2007
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From 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.)
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The best-selling author known for his business thrillers (Paranoia, 2004; Company Man, 2005)here focuses on the aviation industry, as the management team of Hammond Aerospace gathers in a lodge off the coast of British Columbia. The hard-charging businessmen are in full preening mode, showing off their high-end gear and slamming the company's female CEO. Jake Landry, who has been asked to step in for his boss and does not have quite as privileged a background, has brought the wrong clothes and the wrong attitude. When the lodge is overrun by a group of hunters, Jake suspects there's more to the scenario than a robbery, especially since the thieves are toting military-issue weapons. Finder's not much on dialogue and characterization (it's hard to keep all the egotistical businessmen straight), and he throws in just enough tech talk to give his story a realistic veneer. What he does do is hook his readers big time with an irresistible premise: watching the swaggering businessmen cower as a smart-mouthed former juvenile delinquent picks off the bad guys, one by one. Joanne Wilkinson
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Detail oriented, this author's characters are vividly realized, at times clearly defined by a phrase, such as shrugging a sleeve to display an expensive wristwatch; "dyed copper hair and a ghostly pallor;" or one wearing a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers: who "needed only a porkpie hat to look like one of the Blues Brothers."
As has been said God is in the details and Finder knows this well.
Hammond Aerospace Corporation employs a jillion people. Pretty low on their totem is Jake Landry, a junior executive. He's a laid back kind of guy without professional aspirations, and still hurting from his break-up with Ali. Both complex and affecting, Jake is a bit of a mystery which unfolds in flashback form. Thus, Finder has created not only a pulse stopping suspense scenario but a fascinating character study as well.
Jake is more than surprised when he's asked to be part of the company's retreat, a three-day session of bonding and games (more accurately life threatening exercises) with the top dogs. The gathering will take place at a remote lodge, luxurious but accessible only by water. No cell phones, Blackberrys or other forms of communication allowed. All of that was puzzling enough, but when he arrives to board the company jet, Ali is there, too, now assistant to CEO Cheryl Tobin.Read more ›
The book starts with an air crash and fabrication problems with an airplane tail section, and I thought of an old favorite, AIRFRAME by Michael Crichton. But POWER PLAY leaves the production and operation details behind and focuses on the sometimes ugly top management politics of the Hammond Aerospace Corporation.
All the company leaders are on a wilderness retreat, along with one ringer: our hero, Jake Landry, whose presence is demanded at the last minute. The retreat goes badly wrong when intruders force their way into the lodge and demand the electronic transfer of a large sum of money. Only Jake steps up to take on the intruders in a bold, nearly suicidal confrontation that (of course) ultimately saves the day.
Predictable? Maybe. Original? Not entirely. But Joseph Finder has a way with his characters that keeps you absorbed in the story. The flashback scenes of Landry's formative past give insight and pace the book well, without distracting from the action. The love interest contributes to the plot, both committing Landry to the rescue and reining in his actions. The characters are well differentiated. The business and finance elements create a framework for the action.
Most of POWER PLAY is set in the confines of the remote lodge, and this mise en scene allows Finder to focus our attention on his strengths: action and dialogue. You can count on lots of excitement from this fine writer! I'll be in line for the next book by Joseph Finder, and I recommend POWER PLAY for a great escape.
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The best part of this book are a couple of plot feints early on (which I wish the author had pursued). But soon it becomes a standard "one man against all odds" story. Read morePublished on May 16 2011 by Jeffrey Swystun
As many people say, best-selling author Joseph Finder does for CEOs what John Grisham does for attorneys--makes them exciting, entertaining, and larger than life! Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2007 by betty l. dravis