Power Play

  • by Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's the perfect retreat for a troubled company. No cell phones. No BlackBerrys. No cars. Just a luxurious, remote lodge surrounded by thousands of miles of wilderness.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.

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What the Critics Say

"[This is Finder's] most entertaining and compelling novel of adventure and intrigue yet." (Boston Globe)

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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.
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- Amanda "I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it."

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.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio