| Power Play by Joseph Finder
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks; First Edition edition (March 4, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0312347502 ISBN-13: 978-0312347505
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 especially with the arrogant, 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. The high flyers hadn’t wanted Jake to come along. Now he’s the only one who can save them.
15-Mar-08 to 17-Mar-08
Review: 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 over an over again. I was really surprised at the ending and how well in favor it played for Jake.
I could also understand Ali’s frustration, through the glimpses of the past, at Jake. You get several glimpses of how Jake grew up, and I could understand why he build walls around himself as personal protection. Still, if Jake truly felt something for Ali, he should have been able to crumble those walls just a little.
The action was good and close to never-ending. I liked how Jake thought things through, planned his actions, figured out what was going on. Right off you get a feel that something isn’t right – that you should be able to see what’s not right, but like Jake, you can’t quite grasp it.
Finder’s novels, Paranoia and Killer Instinct are getting rave reviews. I have this feeling I’ll be picking them up.