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Power Play: A Novel de Joseph Finder
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Power Play: A Novel (2007 original; edició 2007)

de Joseph Finder (Autor)

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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 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.… (més)
Membre:sunnydrk
Títol:Power Play: A Novel
Autors:Joseph Finder (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Press (2007), Edition: Reprint, 420 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:***
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This book had so much potential with the plot but, fell way short in the story telling. The beginning takes way to long to get to the point. ( )
  sunnydrk | Nov 24, 2020 |
My first Finder novel. I liked it, but didn't love it. Enjoyed the beginning and middle more than the end. Felt like the end was a little convenient and rushed. Was expecting a little more, but I will probably read another Finder book sometime just not right away. ( )
  Charlie-Ravioli | Jan 18, 2016 |
I’m still entertained that I read this. Even more so that I actually finished it. But when you are half-way round the world in a hotel room, and jet lag is making sleep all too illusive, and you just refuse to pay the equivalent of $15-$20 for a paperback in English, well, you sift through the spouse’s backpack and read whatever you come across. This is one such book.

Power Play is a he-man sort of book. The kind that sadly feeds men’s insistence that women really only like bad boys . . . even reformed bad boys. Let me make it clear to Mr. Finder: there is nothing romantic or mysterious (in a good way) about knowing that your man once killed someone.

The plot stays on its carefully crafted tracks throughout. So I can’t have much to complain about there. It’s the track itself that bothers me. In this story, a man who knows quite a bit about airplanes happens to get sent to his company’s executive, good-ole-boys yearly retreat at some cabin in the middle of nowhere. I’ll spare you the detailed contrivance that gets him there. Conveniently for the author, the protagonist’s lost true love, who is not an executive and who broke up with him because he never shared anything about his personal life, also magically, contrivedly, appears on scene. Within precious few hours, the cabin has been taken over by a band of renegades seemingly bent on taking the entire executive staff hostage so as to make off with much of the company’s money. And of course, they are unopposed to using far more violence than necessary to accomplish their goal.

Of course, just to keep it interesting(??), Mr. Finder also adds liberal dashes of executive in-fighting, whining, and crotch-scratching stopping just shy (or not) of chest thumping their masculinity. Actually, I think the rescue from the almost-rape scene of the protagonist’s long lost love that crosses the chest thumping line. Or is it her overly heart-felt reaction–her desire to be touched by the protagonist so soon after the ordeal who only saves her by exercising brute strength force. I guess that’s how some men feel manly, by protecting their women folk.

My review jumps around because the story also jumps around. There are numerous flashbacks designed to let the reader into the mind of the protagonist, so that naturally by the end we understand who he is much better than those around him. And of course, he gets the girl in the end.

Contrived, contrived, contrived. While I really didn’t enjoy the actual story line, I will say that Mr. Finder knows how to write a story that moves along. He was neither too light nor too heavy with the dialog, and his general structure was well-written. In my preparation to write this review, I discovered that he has at least half-dozen acclaimed books released before this particular novel. I’ll have to ask my husband if they are all cast from the same sort of mold. Or if this was a blip in an otherwise good repertoire.

When I completed the book, I looked at my spouse and commented on the total unbelievability of the plot and wondered whether men really buy that kind of thing. And he silenced me well and good by querying the same thing of women for most of my favorite chick lit books. Touché.

But I can’t help thinking that few of the books that I choose to read for their modern fantasy appeal are half as ridiculous as Power Play. ( )
  mullgirl | Jun 8, 2015 |
was unavailable for the company’s annual executive retreat at a sports lodge in Canada. The purpose of the retreat was team building and to ensure attendees paid attention to that task only, there was no contact with the outside world, in person or by electronic device, during the program.
The new CEO, Cheryl Tobin, called on his assistant, Jake Landry, to substitute for him since Jack knew more about their new 880 model than anyone else.
While he really didn’t want to go–he was nowhere near the financial or social level of the other participants–he had no choice.
When the previous CEO died suddenly, the board hired Cheryl, an outsider, to take over the job. That did not sit well with the rest of the executives who openly resented that they had been passed over for promotion and that she was a woman.
While they were airborne in the luxurious company jet, Cheryl told Jake his real job there was to help learn about illegal activities being carried out by staff members, particularly the executives.
The agenda quickly changed when a group of mountain men burst in and held the entire group hostage. Arguments quickly began as to how to defuse the situation.
POWER PLAY has many meanings in this book. Flashbacks show how Jake became the man he now was. It is used to demonstrate the company dynamics and the dynamics when the attackers enter the story.
The story has many twists and surprises and is basically a good read. There is a lot of information about the airline industry. For example, most companies today use parts that are outsourced and do the assembly in the US. However, many of the characters are stereotypes and the situations unrealistic. In addition, the book has too many unnecessarily short chapters, often taking place at the same place and the same time. I automatically deduct one star for that because I think it insults the reader’s intelligence and is too unecological. ( )
  Judiex | Feb 7, 2015 |
Excellent thriller! The Wall Street Journal review blurb said, "The action is swift...keeps the plot bubbling and the pages turning." I couldn't agree more! ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Aug 6, 2014 |
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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 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.

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