Paranoia was a niche, new and exciting. The prospective of corporate espionage, high-tech spying, survival of the most devious, it was a great concept, an exciting new story (as I read it I could almost smell the movie popcorn, the upcoming blockbuster). But then came Company Man, with its disappointing tale and unbelievable characters. And now - Killer Instinct.
What happened, Mr. Finder? Commercialization got in the w...more
The story is about a salesman who is not getting ahead. He has tried to climb the corporate ladder, is approaching middle age and still isn't seeing any solid success in his life. He meets a tow truck driver and the two have an instant connection that leads to...more
Not many stories are set within corporations. The author makes it interesting. His research is talking to corporate guys.
The first half of the book was fascinating. Jason is a salesman of plasma tv screens. He sells to corporations like auto dealers (for their waiting rooms) and airports. Jason meets Kurt. They become friends. Kurt was in the army. Kurt talks about war, the enemy, getting intel. And then K...more
Both Paranoia (2003) and Company Man (2005) captured the power plays implicit in the business world and put Joseph Finder at the top of the corporate thriller game. Killer Instinct doesn't disappoint. Finder, who convincingly portrays how salesmen close the deal in a cutthroat environment, focuses on character development: Steadman's wife, for example, is no Lady Macbeth but an empathetic character. Although the plot never suffers, a few reviewers called it more predictable and less intricately...more
Killer Instinct is a tension-filled psychological thriller. This is one of only a hand full of books I could not...more
Not sure what to think about this book - quite a bit different from the police and detective thrillers which I'm used to and prefer. The book revolves around Jason, who is trying to sell plasma TV's in a cutthroat corporate world and finds nearly everything going his...more
Definitely recommend Killer instinct as a fast read, especially if your flight is delayed or you are flying a long way. Or, as in my case, you are stuck in bed after an operation and need a page turner without too...more
Todavia, tal não aconteceu! O autor consegue descrever o mundo onde Jason trabalha de forma simples e clara, de maneira a que qualquer pessoa possa nele entrar. Leva-nos a...more
Knowing we like "thrillers", a friend passed along an advance reading copy of Finder's pre-release seventh novel, "Killer Instinct"; and sensing an unusual setting, we dove right in. We were quickly rewarded with a story not only to which most of us can relate, but one that turns ever more dark and mysterious as the lively, inventive plot proceeds. Our hero is Jason Steadman, a high-achieving salesman for a high-tech plasma TV company...more
While I actually prefer the style protagonist you'd find in a David Morrell novel (well-trained and super-equipped), a kind found in Finder's earlier novels,...more
I've come to the conclusion that the very best time to review a Finder book is as soon as you've finished the very last page. At that time, you're so wound up that to wait a day or two before penning your thoughts would be doing the book an injustice. So with that thought in mind, I've just completed my 4th book by this amazing author and am, once again, ready to sing its praises.
How does he do it? Every single book is a page turner and every single boo...more
This was an ok novel with a semi interesting plot but I think what ruined it mostly for me was his writing style. He really seemed to be trying to drop as many brand names as possible, and also overloading the book with way too much information, that was not central to the plot, or more likely not even central to the paragraph it was found in.
Overall, a very underwhelming attempt at what could have been a good story. I don't think I will be picking up any more of his books.
'KILLER INSTICNT' grabbed me from the very beginning when Jason Steadman meets tow truck driver & ex-special forces Kurt Semko and they immediately hit it off.
Jason soon gets Kurt a job at his company as corporate security. And before Jason knows it things begin to look up for him, his beautiful wife is with...more
Rising sales executive in an electronics company meets an ex-special forces guy and helps him join the firm. Trouble is, that from initially being very helpful it becomes apparent that the guy is unhinged, cunning and very dangerous.
Finder does well with his characterisation and certainly nails the big corporation/sales/contracts side very well. As things spiral out of control for our hero Jason he realises that he may have taken on someone willin...more
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