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3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  3,806 Ratings  ·  290 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

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by St. Martin's Press
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Chris Birdy
Jan 31, 2015 Chris Birdy rated it it was amazing
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
S.R.R. Colvin
Apr 01, 2010 S.R.R. Colvin rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 06, 2014 Samuel Tyler rated it liked it
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 19, 2012 Kevin Allmaras rated it it was amazing
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 17, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2013 David rated it liked it
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
May 19, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it
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)
Apr 11, 2009 Nancy (Hrdcovers) rated it it was amazing
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
Julie Davis
Apr 12, 2012 Julie Davis rated it it was ok
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
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 14, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it really liked it
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
E.L. Lindley
Feb 25, 2013 E.L. Lindley rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2015 Sheila rated it liked it
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
Stan Usher
Jan 05, 2016 Stan Usher rated it liked it
Pretty good....surprised from looking at Finder's book list though that he has not written more with Jake as the main character.
Andrew Langert
Sep 20, 2016 Andrew Langert rated it liked it
This is the 3rd novel of Joseph Finder that I have read. I greatly enjoyed Company Man, giving it a 5-star rating, and I liked Paranoia almost as much. I was disappointed in Power Play.
As usual, the author set things up nicely by getting inside the business environment of an aerospace company, deftly creating characters and bringing the reader into the company's office politics. There appears to be some scandalous behavior that needs uncovering, and that comes to light later in the book.
But when
Feb 07, 2015 Judie rated it it was ok
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
Sep 30, 2014 Wayne rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it
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
Feb 26, 2014 Aldwin rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Darren Ashley
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 th
Sarah Hillgrove
Apr 17, 2008 Sarah Hillgrove rated it liked it
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.
Emily Philbin
Dec 11, 2015 Emily Philbin rated it liked it
I'm between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I have to say that at first I didn't really like it. Felt a little slow, a little too much technical detail in trying to "set the scene" for the readers, but then the story picked up with the actual drama/action and I will admit I was completely hooked. Did skip over some of the strangely detailed descriptions, had a hard time believing the main character would actually know all of that stuff from his time in juvie, etc., but the book kept me up at night ge ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2016 Joanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: finder-joseph
Fast-paced thriller with excellent character development, great & fast-moving plot, and good dialogue. The plot is certainly advanced well with every chapter. You can read a description of the plot on Amazon or somewhere else, so I'm not going into that, but I really enjoyed the alternating chapters that provided the back story of Jake's (main character) personality. I almost made a pot of coffee the evening I was almost finished just so I could stay up & finish the book, it was so hard ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Farhan rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2015 Katherine Clark rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok
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
Becky Schulman
Sep 12, 2016 Becky Schulman rated it really liked it
Jake Landry, is drawn into a corporate retreat gone wrong. With no electronic devices and no way to communicate with the outside world, the executives of Hammond Aerospace Company are at the mercy of a band of backwoods hunters intent on collecting a ransom. Jake may be an outsider, but he is also the best chance of making sure that the hostages survive.
This is fast paced and captivating. I really enjoyed the flashbacks to Jake's childhood which provided insight into what makes him capable of de
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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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