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Joseph Finder
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Power Play

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  4,100 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
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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Chris Birdy
Jan 19, 2015 Chris Birdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 26, 2010 S.R.R. Colvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Heard
Sep 01, 2007 Christopher Heard rated it really liked it  ·  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."
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 14, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2009 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads
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
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
Sep 05, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kevin Allmaras
Jan 17, 2012 Kevin Allmaras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
E.L. Lindley
Feb 10, 2013 E.L. Lindley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2015 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  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
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 good....surprised from looking at Finder's book list though that he has not written more with Jake as the main character.
Jan 29, 2017 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started out a little slow, but it picked up pace and suspense and I couldn't put it down.
I really liked how Jakes young life was revealed as the book progressed.
Clayton Yuen
May 08, 2017 Clayton Yuen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many twists and turns of a simple company retreat that keep me on the edge. What a great mystery and action saga ..... intellectual fisticuffs.
Mar 18, 2014 Mullgirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Once again Finder doesn't disappointment.
RJ McGill
Jul 22, 2007 RJ McGill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense, mystery, thriller, action, lovers
Shelves: reviewed

Power Play is a clever, action packed read that’s firing on all cylinders…intelligent, intriguing and absolutely entertaining– a boardroom blockbuster that demands to be read in single sitting and leaves you breathless, yet wanting more.

When CEO, Peter Rawlings, suffers a fatal heart attack while golfing at Pebble Beach, Cheryl Tobin is named as his replacement. In Hammond Aerospace’s male dominated executive suite, this wrinkles more than a few oxford button downs. Then a competitor’s ne
Jun 10, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Jul 30, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, male-author
At the last minute Jake Landry is asked, or rather required, to attend an "off-site" with the top executives of Hammond Aerospace Corporation. This comes as a bit of a surprise to Jake because he's far from a top executive. But he finds himself en route to this resort in Canada where there are no phones or computer lines, not even cell phone reception. And while he's in the lush, lavish company jet, he's summoned to the CEO's private quarters. Here he encounters an old girlfriend, Allie, who is ...more
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
Feb 07, 2015 Judie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Power Play was another powerhouse read by Joseph Finder. I think I particularly liked this because it reminded me so much of Die Hard, one of my favorite Bruce Willis movies. Here, Jake was unexpectedly asked to attend a corporate off-site retreat with the leaders of the company. As a lower level employee, he felt extremely out of place until he realized that he was brought there to act as a spy for the new female CEO. Within just a few hours of their arrival, a group of men invade the retreat a ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Thirteen executives of Hammond Aerospace head for an offsite bonding trip at a remote lodge in wildest Canada. The Company is in trouble. The new (female) Chief Exec has ordered a hunt for the culprit. But just when it seems to be heading towards Agatha Christie Ten Little Indians who-dunnit territory, the whole party is held hostage by a group of violent nasties. So we have a mystery inside a thriller. A neat idea. Whether the delivery fully satisfies depends upon expectation.

Pace, surprise, s
Phyllis Sommers
As is evidenced by how fast I read this novel, it was a riveting, fast-paced read. Joseph Finder is a quality writer, no question. The only reason I didn't give a higher rating is that I would have liked a little more depth built into the story.

Jake Landry is kind of cocky for a young 20-something assistant to one of the executives of Hammond Aircraft Company. When Jake is asked, at the last minute, to fill in for his boss at an executive retreat in a remote part of Canada, he desperately doesn'
Nov 01, 2010 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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).

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