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
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
Driving home from work one day, Jason ...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
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
Killer Instinct se publicó en el 2006 y ganó dicho premio en el 2007. Debutó en el lugar número 13 en la lista de Bestsellers de The New York Times compitiendo con novelas como The Da Vinci Code.
Es una novela de amistades peligrosas, ambición y el precio del éxito.
Joseph Finder sabe tejer una historia intrigante de principio a fin. Desde la presentación de personajes hasta los diálogos y la sucesión de eventos que desencadenan un desenlace que te mantendrá al borde de tu asiento.
Killer In ...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
This was a really good read -- and one that I really raced through. I more or less stumbled onto this book at a used book sale, and was intrigued by the reference to softball in the novel's synopsis. But, it was definitely more than just a curiosity.
The subject seemed topical -- and although there wasn't really a surprise in what h ...more
Killer Instinct is a tension-filled psychological thriller. This is one of only a hand full of books I could not ...more
Killer Instinct is not a blood-and-guts thriller as the title might suggest. It is the tale of a salesman for a large electronics company who is in need of developing a killer instinct to climb the corporate ladder. In this book, he is aided by an ex-army Special Forces guy who he firs ...more
I have a soft spot for Jase...in fact it is more like a BRUISE (!). He is a character with a lot of self-mockery, understanding, patience and a sharp insight into human characters! It is not a punishment to walk with him on his road to success and personal highlights. You sympathizes with his setbacks and would like to help him ...but...he has to do it all by ...more
Anyway, back to the book. It's a clean read. I didn't notice any major typos, and, yes, I could nitpick over a few little things, but, overall, it's consistent and doesn't ...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
Jason seems to have a low ambition threshold. His wife came from a wealthy family that became impoverished. She doesn't hold this up to him in any threatening way, but he feels he should do better for her.
His immediate boss is a rea ...more
Born in C ...more