Unlimited [Contemporary Book] ☆ Power Play - by Joseph Finder ✓

By Joseph Finder | Comments: ( 985 ) | Date: ( Dec 11, 2019 )

It was 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 And one last minute substitute a junior executive named Jake Landry He s a steady, modest, and taciturn guy with a gift for keepingIt was 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 And 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 the reader riveted until the very last page.


  • Title: Power Play
  • Author: Joseph Finder
  • ISBN: 9780312347482
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder s plan was to become a spy Or maybe a professor of Russian history Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS 2011 , winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT 2006 and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN 2005 Born in Chicago, Joe spent his early childhood living around the world, including Afghanistan and the Philippines In fact, Joe s first language even before English was Farsi, which he spoke as a child in Kabul After a stint in Bellingham, WA, his family finally settled outside of Albany, NY After taking a high school seminar on the literature and history of Russia, Joe was hooked He went on to major in Russian studies at Yale, where he also sang with the school s legendary a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs and likes to boast that he sang next to Ella Fitzgerald, an honorary Whiffenpoof Joe graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, then completed a master s degree at the Harvard Russian Research Center, and later taught on the Harvard faculty He was recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency but eventually decided he preferred writing fiction.His first book, published in 1983 when Joe was only 24, was RED CARPET THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE KREMLIN AND AMERICA S MOST POWERFUL BUSINESSMEN, the first book to reveal that the controversial multi millionaire Dr Armand Hammer, the CEO of Occidental Petroleum, had worked for Soviet intelligence in the 1920s and 1930s This book is no longer in print But RED CARPET was only part of the story that Joe wanted to tell So he wrote his first novel the only way he could legally tell the whole Armand Hammer saga Published in 1991, THE MOSCOW CLUB described events whose factual truth would only be revealed many years later THE MOSCOW CLUB was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best spy thrillers of all time and was published in thirty foreign countries What followed were critically acclaimed thrillers EXTRAORDINARY POWERS, THE ZERO HOUR sold to Twentieth Century Fox for a record sum , HIGH CRIMES and PARANOIA, which both became major motion pictures.Joe s next three novels COMPANY MAN, KILLER INSTINCT and POWER PLAY were all bestsellers in which things were decidedly not business as usual He was quickly hailed as the CEO of suspense In VANISHED, published August 2009 and an immediate bestseller, Joe introduced his new continuing character, private spy Nick Heller Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high powered intelligence investigator exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden He s a guy you don t want to mess with He s also the man you call when you need a problem fixed The second novel in the series, BURIED SECRETS, was published June 2011.Published in May 2014, the New York Times bestselling SUSPICION is a stand alone novel about a single father who, to protect his daughter, makes a choice with dire consequences THE FIXER, his latest novel and also a stand alone, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list when it was released in June 2015ILTY MINDS will be published July 19, 2016, and is the third novel in the Nick Heller series The private spy returns in an exhilarating and timely thriller exploring how even the most powerful among us can be brought down by a carefully crafted lie and how the secrets we keep can never truly stay buried.Joe lives in Boston with his wife, daughter, and a needy golden retriever, Mia, a dropout from seeing eye dog school.



Comments Power Play

  • Chris Birdy

    Executives having a corporate retreat in a Canadian hunting lodge - that's the begining of what looks like a corporate thriller. But then the executives are taken hostage by a group of armed men who appear to be redneck hunters looking for a big pay day. Nothing is as it seems.Some have called Joseph Finder the John Grisham of the corporate thriller. I disagree. Joseph Finder is well-versed on the corporate world. His protagonist, Jake Landry, may start out looking like a suit but he becomes the [...]


  • Jane Stewart

    Well done and exciting mystery suspense thriller.The beginning reminded me of Die Hard and Deliverance. A group of top executives are held hostage by five military types with guns in a remote location. Ordinary guy Jake is willing to take risks to do things against the hostage takers. He does unexpected things. Jake is not the military type. What he does have comes partly from surviving 18 months in jail as a teenager. The characters and plot are well developed. Dialogue is good. A couple lines [...]


  • Christopher Heard

    This is a fun, engaging novel "starring" a low- to mid-level corporate employee who gets caught up in corporate intrigue and an "offsite" gone wrong. I'm not going to say more for fear of spoiling the plot. I very much enjoyed the book; I found the primary characters engaging (and almost every one of the secondary characters had a key role to play in the book; there were few mere "extras"). I'd call it a "page-turner."


  • Julie Davis

    Following up my pleasure at discovering Finder's "Vanished," I perused the shelves at the local library and found "Power Play" which promised more of the same high octane enjoyment. Low-key, junior executive Jake Landry is a last minute substitute for his company's high powered executive retreat at a remote lodge with no cell phone or internet access. That sounds relaxing but company politics are at a high boil thanks to the new female CEO who is instituting a lot of ethical policies that the go [...]


  • S.R.R. Colvin

    Five stars is not enough. This book was great! One of the cover blurbs stated that once you start reading it you won't be able to put it down. Well I thought, once kids and grandkids attack every book falls quickly to the wayside.Wrong. I finished this one at the horse barn where my oldest granddaughter was riding in preparation for an upcoming horse show. I couldn't put it down. I kept wondering about what turn the story might make next when I tried to come a stopping place. This is the first b [...]


  • Matt Garcia

    This was yet another terrific read. Finder really knows how to tell a tale and he’s at his best when company politics and corporations are involved. The pacing was quick and the tension and thrills were virtually non-stop. The plot was well formulated and exciting. The characters were very well written and I found myself feeling some sort of emotion for almost all of them, even minor characters. I enjoyed the flashback scenes that were sprinkled throughout that told of the main character Jake [...]


  • Cathy

    A testosterone-laden action thriller. Fast-paced and enjoyable, especially if you're the type of reader who's also drawn to Bruce Willis movies.


  • Lavender Dreamer

    Interesting and pretty scary too! Such a good author for making sure all the details are thought of and tied up at the end.


  • Farnoosh Brock

    Joseph Finder does it again – a corporate thriller sent directly to my house, the Advanced Reader’s Edition of “Power Play“. This is one of the perks of being a fan of Joseph Finder. The book was due out in August 2007 and I had already finished it as of July. The silly race is of course with no one but myself. All the same, it’s exciting to be asked to read an earlier edition of a favorite author. Of all Joseph Finder books from my list, I liked this as a 3rd best, with Paranoia still [...]


  • Maddy

    PROTAGONIST: Jake Landry, junior executiveSETTING: Remote British ColumbiaSERIES: Standalone corporate thrillerRATING: 4.25When you think of a place where you would set a thriller, a corporate environment would probably not be the first setting that would come to mind. After all, what excitement is there in the world of drones laboring in cubicles and stuffed shirts pontificating from their mahogany-paneled offices? Joseph Finder has managed to go beneath that stultifying surface to focus on the [...]


  • Nancy (Hrdcovers)

    Finder is a "POWER PLAYER"I'll start off by saying, "Yes, I'm a Finder fan and have been since I read High Crimes." I honestly think he's one of the best thriller authors out there and the reason is simply this.Finder never disappoints his readers. In the world of mystery/thriller authors, they can all take lessons from this master of the ultimate roller coaster ride.With that said, I'm So glad he switched his emphasis from spy novels to corporate espionage. Set amid the steel and glass towers o [...]


  • David

    Power Play is oine of those decent thriller that never rises to the level of true greatness, but offers an interesting premise, a moving plot, and clever plot twists. The premise is interesting. A group of executives on a retreat in a remote wilderness area are held hostage-- sort of like DIE HARD without the big building and the cops on the outside. This idea is well developed and the author obviously spent some time creating the tension of the situation, as well as a clever underlying reason t [...]


  • Jim

    Master story teller Joseph Finder's explosive suspense thriller, "Power Play", without question a thrill ride from start to finish. Creating a protagonist like Jake Landry is one of author Joseph Finder's real talents. Finder's ability to weave clever and chilling plots always make for some great reading. Jake Landry is down low on the totem pole of Hammond Aerospace working under Mike Zorn. The company's yearly executive retreat to the King Chinook Lodge is a day away and new CEO Cheryl Tobin w [...]


  • Samuel Tyler

    Never judge a book by its cover and never read the blurb on the back if you want a surprise. However, on occasion both of these are useful tools when trying to figure out what the book is actually about. For the first half ‘Power Play’ by Joseph Finder appears to be a character study of Jake Landry, a young engineer who finds himself on an executive retreat. If it was not for the fact that I browsed the back cover I would not have suspected the thriller that happened later.There is certainly [...]


  • Kevin Allmaras

    A terrific book in my opinion. Joseph Finder's Power Play is a bit of a mystery but also an obvious kidnap for hire that was well played out. Jake Landry a junior executive at Hammond Industries an airplane manufacturer has been chosen to replace his boss at a top executive retreat in Canada. As the other top executives either try to ignore him or use him Jake has only one friend his ex-girlfriend Ali a beautiful assistant to the new CEO Cheryl. When their meeting is crashed by hunters who seem [...]


  • Gina

    Wall Street Journal describes this book as "The action is swift keeps the plot bubbling and the pages turning." I agree!I thought it was really good! I liked Jake - a multi-layered character with a great head on his shoulders After all he'd been through, he doesn't take to bullies, and I like how he deals with them.I thought the plot different and never ending. Just when you think you know what's going on and who's behind it all, out pops something else that has you second-guessing yourself ove [...]


  • E.L. Lindley

    The back drop to Joseph Finder’s novel Power Play is the aerospace industry but it is populated by the kind of bullish, pompous characters that can be found in any corporate industry. Finder cleverly moves the action to a remote area where the tension between the characters mounts as they jockey for position. An elaborate hostage plan is then introduced which serves to expose the characters for who they really are. The hero in all of this is Jake Landry, more accidental hero than stereotypical [...]


  • Sheila

    This was my first novel by Joseph Finder. The narrative is about kidnapping CEO"s of a large corporation for ransom. The meeting is taking place at a very remote fishing lodge in Vancouver, BC-Canada without any electronic connection to the outside world. There was lot of suspense with how people react under the threat of losing their lives and one strong person may make a difference to everyone's survival. Jake Landry is strong and well developed character. Keeps you guessing who is involved fr [...]


  • Frederick Bingham

    Jake Landry is a workaday guy in a large aerospace company. One day he is suddenly given the job of attending the upper management retreat in a lodge in a remote part of British Columbia. At the end of the first day of the retreat, the lodge is taken over by a group of deranged hunters. They are interested in ransoming the entire upper management of the company for a lot of cash. Jake is the only one in the group with the wits and guts to stand up to them.


  • Sarah Hillgrove

    I enjoy suspense thrillers, but this one was a little too violent and graphic for my taste. It had an interesting plot, but it sometimes dragged and got hung up on technical stuff like the engineering description of an airplane. Would be a good read if you don't mind the gory descriptions.


  • Stan Usher

    Pretty goodrprised from looking at Finder's book list though that he has not written more with Jake as the main character.


  • Cheryle Fisher

    It was 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. And 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 [...]


  • Ben

    1. I didn't like the book for many reasons, but mostly because I didn't like Jake Landry. I found him smarmy and smug.2. I'm tired of "faggot" being thrown around by straight authors. The word "bitch" offends Landry, but that one is perfectly fine, apparently. Oh also: (view spoiler)[ As it turns out, there's a gay couple - secretive of course - we know they can't be out, God forbid - both die, naturally.(hide spoiler)] I didn't lower my rating because of it, I would have given it two stars anyw [...]


  • James Wirrell

    This book started slowly and also dragged a bit right after the hostage-takers crashed the resort. Once Jake decided to take action, the book became engaging and a real page turner. So I would give it 2 stars for the first two-thirds, and 4 stars for the final third. I liked the main character Jake Landry. I liked how Finder created him as a basic guy and just gave him enough of a background to make his actions somewhat believable.


  • Stephkay

    If you're looking for a page-turning suspense novel that doesn't leave you going "ugh, puh-leeze! predictable / impossible!" this is a good choice. Bonus points to the author for 1) having done his technical research and 2) not having the protagonist and his ex hooking up while bullets are flying around them, letting them finish the novel on good terms (up to the reader to imagine how good).


  • Kevin Acton

    This one was a little to predictable for me. It is amazing how much technology has changed in the past 10 years.


  • Kelly Fleming

    Good, fast-paced read.


  • Plum-crazy

    A gripping read that moves on at a cracking pace - think Jack Reacher with a job.oh, & a dog! :o)


  • Janet Brewer

    Enjoyed book. My first book by this author. Read most of Baldacci and Grisham. The plot and characters were good. Not quite as complex as I'm use too but will read more of his.


  • Walt

    Expected Die Hard. Got lots of talk instead. Endless talk. I'm a big Joe Finder fan and this ranks low in his oeuvre. Read PARANOIA or KILLER INSTINCT instead.


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