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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 h
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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
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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 a ...more
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
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Christopher Heard
Sep 01, 2007 Christopher Heard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like corporate dramas or action stories
Shelves: fiction
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."
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 a m
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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
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Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Jake Landry, junior executive
SETTING: Remote British Columbia
SERIES: Standalone corporate thriller
RATING: 4.25

When 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
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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
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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 as my fir ...more
Sheila
Apr 07, 2015 Sheila rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
Shelves: joseph-finder
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 ...more
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
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Judie
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
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Wayne
Early this summer I received an email suggesting I read Suspicion, a new novel by Joseph Finder. I enjoyed it enough to get another Finder book, then another. I have now completed 5 of his 12 novels and am looking forward to reading the rest.
Power Play deals with a young man, Jake Landry, with a minor position in a large aerospace industry. He is chosen to substitute for one of the major executives at an executive outing in remote British Columbia. Through him, the reader learns of the haughtine
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Joe
After bouncing amongst types of thrillers in his earlier books – several of which I enjoyed - this author has settled into the “corporate thriller” genre, which means more than just “office politics” and usually includes guns and violence. This author’s formula – introduce a regular guy protagonist, blow up his everyday work-a-day world and abracadabra – our hero - in this moment of great need and danger - discovers strengths and skills heretofore unknown to both him and his peers. I believe I’v ...more
Aldwin
Wow!!! If there's an unputdownable book, then this is it! Believe me, I'm a voracious reader and this surely beats a Grisham and a Dan Brown.

What makes this book unputdownable are the interesting interaction , dialogue, and the jockeying between the characters. You see, the top executives of a firm on an isolated retreat gets hostaged by a armed hunters. Each of these alphas is trying to take control of the situation and placing blame on others for this event (and the problems in the firm) even
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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.
Anthony Howarth
An Airport book yet it gets 4 stars?
Well, it is a very good airport book! Moves you right along from early check-in to gate, flight and destination.

Joseph Finder has his heart in the right place when it comes to observing modern corporate greed and guilt, in-fighting and utter irresponsibility. Really stupid people behaving badly.

As a "once was engineer" (as well as photographer and filmmaker) I enjoyed his honest depiction of the black art of composite structures. It was years before the indus
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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.
Shelley
This is the second book that I have read by Joseph Finder and I have really liked both. The executives from an aerospace company go to a retreat for some team building and run into much more than they had bargained for. All of the characters in the book are very distinctive and best of all they are not perfect -even the reluctant heroes. If you like suspense and books where people have to take action to get out of a really bad situation then his books are perfect for you. This was a more predict ...more
Farhan
A formulaic, though, exciting thriller from the ever dependable Finder. The top executives of an aerospace company are taken hostage at a remote fishing lodge in Canada. Among them is a junio executive who is a former bad boy with a violent past buried underneath an unassuming persona. Insights into corporate shenanigans at the highest level and interesting tidbits about the plane industry spark readers' interest in the beginning of the novel which, halfway through, quickly changes gear and abru ...more
Katherine Clark
I love this book so much. It is really a 4 and 3/4. This was the second time I've read it, and it is my all time favorite Joseph Finder novels. It features a first person protag who is the every man type of character with a dramatic past that has prepared him for this unexpected moment. I love his attitude and his ability. I love the commentary on class, which is incredibly subtle, and there is even a touch of romance. Wonderful book. I actually giggled after reading the first chapter, knowing w ...more
Robert W Talbott
90% of story was about executives with power struggle against CEO. Big corporation members on team building retreat to wilderness in Canada. Terrorists showed up demanding money or wire transfer funds. The action part seemed added on and after dozens of pages of arguing amongst the "suits". Back story of Jake was unnecessary-IMHO. His one man army routine was nothing worthy of a Die Hard. Again, most of novel focused on the corporation struggle and not enough on the terrorist/hostage situation. ...more
Mullgirl
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 re
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Michael
Intriguing and Suspenseful Story!

When I read the synopsis of this book in a book store I was delighted to find that it was a story woven around the corporate world. Memories of the book entitled The Monopoly Factor came to me. This was such a fantastic story of corporate deceit and murder that I couldn't wait to read another story that used the business arena as part of its plot. I thought that in this book Power Play, Mr. Finder created an excellent, and I would add a completely different stor
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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 ...more
Valeriane
J'ai reçu ce livre pour la sélection du prix des lecteurs 2010 du Livre de poche de mai... un chronique un peu tardive.
Résume : Enlèvement de milliardaires, détournements d'avion... les preneurs d'otages professionnels ne manquent pas d'audace. Mais s'emparer des dirigeants d'une grande entreprise, réunis le temps d'un séminaire dans un lieu coupé du monde, personne ne l'avait encore tenté. La demande de rançon est à la hauteur du coup : faramineuse. Et si ces hommes visiblement prêts à tout n'é
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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
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Joe Nowak
The premise is similar to the Siege movies of Steven Segal. A group of people are taken hostage. The only person who can save the day would appear to be something far less than what he is. Unlike Casey Ryback in the Segal films, Jake Landry has emotions, a sense of humor under pressure, and has his own personal demons which lead the reader to wonder if he can really do what needs to be done.

The plot revolves around a corporate trip to the wilderness. That's one of these faux "survival for execut
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Will
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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 tower
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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 C
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