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Joseph Finder

Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
Language English
ISBN-10: 0755342054
ISBN-13: 978-0755342051
August 9, 2007

Image: Front cover of the book 'Power Play' by author Joseph Finder


Joseph Finder, with his latest novel, Power Play, has delivered a novel that, initially satisfies, but somehow runs out of steam three-quarters of the way through and, sadly, becomes a something of a cliché.


It was the perfect retreat for a troubled company. No cell phones. No Black Berries. No cars … just a 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.

When a band of backwoods hunters crash the opening-night dinner, the executives suddenly find themselves held hostage by armed men who will do anything, to anyone, to get their hands on the largest ransom in history. Now, terrified and desperate and cut off from the rest of the world, the captives are at the mercy of hard men with guns who may not be what they seem.

Sound familiar?

To be fair, at first there was some captivating writing going on – the scene was brilliantly set, with Jake Landry coming across as a likeable guy in the wrong place at the wrong time and sympathies were built well with peripheral characters that, it was hoped, would be sustained throughout. Yet, sadly, it all sort of turns into Die Hard: Bruce Meets Everyone He’s Never Met Before Who Might Pose A Threat. Okay, so what’s been done has been done well - Landry has a neat line in cool one-liners, I really do want to sleep with Alison and there are some genuine moments of sadness and laugh out loud joy – but an awful lot has been done a thousand and one times before with similar conclusions, all of which makes the last quarter a bit of a drag in comparison with the beginning.

Okay, Joseph Finder has clearly dug deep from the research well and delivered the goods, but it all comes across as a little bit flat and Pizzazz-less when denouement time rolls around which makes the novel something of a disappointment, after such a breathtaking and promising start.

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