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Killer Instinct par [Finder, Joseph]
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Starred Review. At the start of this masterful business thriller from bestseller Finder (Paranoia; Company Man), Jason Steadman, successful salesman at Entronics, an electronics company that's right up there with Sony and Panasonic, drives into a ditch near his office outside Boston while talking to his wife on his cellphone. Jason befriends the tow-truck driver who comes to his rescue, Kurt Semko, an ex–Special Forces soldier, and recommends him for a position at Entronics. In gratitude, Kurt begins performing fiendish little jobs for Jason that boost his sales and fortunes with the company. But Kurt eventually goes overboard, and people begin to die. The likable Jason finds himself trapped in a battle with a scary, seemingly unbeatable foe that builds to a rousing and satisfying climax. The villains may verge on the cartoonish, but readers who enjoy movies where you have to fight the urge to shout "Stop! Don't open that door!" will love this one.
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No narrator portrays irony and sardonic expression more instinctively than Scott Brick. And that ability comes in handy in Joseph Finder's new corporate thriller. Jason Steadman, a mid-level electronics executive whose career has stalled, suddenly begins to rapidly advance up the corporate ladder as his rivals meet misfortune. As a gesture of gratitude, but unknown to Steadman, an ex-Special Forces member has been secretly sabotaging Steadman's competition. The disclosure results in a classic clash of wills and a surprise ending. Brick's narration is crisp and fast paced, but mellow at the same time. He has you on the edge as Steadman and his maniacal benefactor meet in the climax. A.L.H. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1250 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 428 pages
  • Editeur : Head of Zeus (1 juillet 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Ce roman est un "page turner" de très bonne facture. L'excellente intrigue située dans le secteur des grands groupes japonais d'électronique est épaulée par un fond et des mécanismes qui reflètent le travail de recherche important qu'a fait l'auteur. Travaillant moi-même dans un des groupes cités dans le roman, j'étais encore mieux placé pour mesurer la vraisemblance des actions décrites.
Et puis, il faut dire ce qui est, comme beaucoup d'hommes j'aime les histoires qui mêlent du high tech et des forces spéciales, et justement, c'est exactement ce qu'on retrouve dans un savoureux mélange dans ce roman. J'ai donc passé un très bon moment.
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J'ai lu Killer Instinct après Power Play, d'où une légère déception : dans Power Play, l'action démarre plus vite et plus fort ; l'atmosphère est bien plus pesante ; je me suis plus vite attaché au héros.
A côté de ça, Killer Instinct reste un bon thriller : on sent la menace s'intensifier sur le héros page après page (on a d'ailleurs vite peur pour les membres de la famille du héros), le "méchant" est crédible et la fin surprenante (on se doute que le héros survivra, mais on se demande vraiment comment).
J'ai bien aimé la satire sociale que l'auteur dresse au passage sur les services "commercial" et les grosses "boîtes" américaines.
Bref, je recommande ce roman.
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HASH(0x98c046cc) étoiles sur 5 Instincts to Pick Up Finder Novels Are Always Spot On! 14 juin 2006
Par James N Simpson - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Killer Instinct, although not as fast paced a thriller as Paranoia or Company Man and to be honest not in the same masterpiece quality league as those novels nevertheless is still a great read.

In Killer Instinct, Jason Steadman lives a highly stressful corporate life in the fast paced area of sales in one of the world's major TV and other electronic appliance suppliers. Job security is a big issue, his boss treats him like a doormat as well as steals his ideas and there are rumours going around that the Tokyo owners will soon decide if they are to be shipped to Dallas, which his pregnant wife refuses to contemplate or closed down all together when merged with other acquisitions. Stressed out and driving while talking on his mobile phone he looses control and his badly damaged car needs to be towed. Having nothing in common with Kurk the tow truck driver on the long ride to the garage, who is a dishonourably discharged Iraq/Afghanistan serving special forces soldier, he comments on a baseball game call and soon discovers they share a passion for the game. Jason's company softball team is terrible so he invites the driver to come along and as they become better friends Jason helps the poor guy out and gets him a job in security in the company. Kurk tells him he never forgets a favour and soon every hurdle the Jason whinges about seems to miraculously turn around in his favour. Soon Jason's rivals suspect Jason is responsible and when he confronts Kurk he realises he can only have Kurk as either a loyal brutally helpful friend or a deadly enemy.

A must read and if you haven't already done so also check out Paranoia and Company Man as well.
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HASH(0x98c04720) étoiles sur 5 Godfather Redux 3 juin 2006
Par Red Rock Bookworm - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Finder tends to write about ordinary folks in the workplace confronted with extraordinary situations. The result is a riveting story filled with intensity and suspense, abounding with colorful characters and a maze of corkscrew plot twists. Granted, the scene where a character finds a 6 ft. diamondback rattlesnake in his spouses bed is reminiscent of The Godfather (finding a severed horses head in your bed) but this can be forgiven because on the whole the tale is well written and enormously satisfying. This book is nearly impossible to put down. Finder's first book, Paranoia, was a spectacular, his second, The Company Man, somewhat of a disappointment....but with Killer Instinct he's back in top form. This book is a definite winner.
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HASH(0x98c04b58) étoiles sur 5 Finder does it again! 28 mai 2006
Par Debbie Lee Wesselmann - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Once again, Joseph Finder has found intrigue and suspense in the most unlikely of settings: midlevel business. Jason Steadman is a sales associate, neither at the top or at the bottom of his department, a guy who loves to play softball on the company team and who is generally happy with the status quo -- until that is, his wife Kate hints that he should be more ambitious. Jason, though, is down on his luck. His rival Trevor, who tops him in both sales and softball skills, is sure to get the promotion that has just opened up. When Jason drives his Audi into a ditch because he was trying to do too much at once, he meets tow-truck driver, former minor league pitcher, ex-Special Forces Kurt. They take a liking to each other on the drive to the auto body shop, so it seems only natural when Jason offers to get Kurt a better job, one in security, at his company, Entronics. Kurt never forgets a favor, but when Jason's rivals for the promotion start dropping away for mysterious reasons, Jason starts getting nervous. Is Kurt sabotaging other people's work and lives to Jason can go straight to the top? Or is all that happens mere coincidence? What is more important: ethics or pleasing his beautiful wife? When the stakes turn deadly, Jason must decide how he can both keep his new job and get rid of Kurt. The only problem is, no one gets rid of Kurt.

Finder is a master at creating suspense in small, incremental moments that build toward the end. Killer Instinct is not the kind of novel that prompts the reader to read quickly just to see what happens but instead is enjoyable on every page. His characters are likeable and believable -- at least, as much as they can be in a thriller Even wife Kate comes across as a fully drawn: a woman complicated by her past and by the pressure her sister puts on her. It helps that Finder's competent prose does not distract from the plot. It is neither overblown nor mundane, sentences with just enough voice to evoke the stakes of the situation.

Joseph Finder's fans will not be disappointed with this latest effort. It makes for great vacation or late night reading.
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HASH(0x98c04f24) étoiles sur 5 Excellent, exciting thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat 4 juin 2006
Par N. Larrabee - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Jason Steadman is in his fourth year as a salesman for Entronics, a major electronics company. He was once salesman of the month but now is starting to feel burnt-out. He meets Kurt Semko, a former Navy Seal, when he accidentally drove his car off the road trying to do too many things at once. Jason invites him to drop by his company's slow-pitch game when he hears Kurt was once drafted by the majors. Jason also pushes to get Kurt hired at Entronics. His wife is pushing him to push for a long overdue promotion. Two others are up for the same promotion. Bad things or just coincidences start to happen to everyone else but Jason. As Jason succeeds on the job and gets noticed by his bosses; he tries to stop Kurt from helping him. Great characters and plot keep you riveted to the end.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x954d6024) étoiles sur 5 Don't talk on the phone while driving 10 juin 2006
Par Love Historical Fiction - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I was somewhat surprised of the reviews written by a few detractors of this novel. I found the story to be very suspenseful, a real page turner.

Jason Steadman is a saleperson for a high tech company that is continually attempting to increase its niche in the electronics arena. Gordy, his scum bag boss, is constantly stealing Jason's ideas while thinking of ways to promote one of his highly aggressive peers. You see, Jason does not have the killer instinct. Jason's wife, who grew up somewhat of a spoiled rich kid, loves her husband but continully strives to illustrate to Jason just how much more he is capable of accomplishing in his career.

Along comes Kurt Sempko, a dishonorably charged Special Forces agent who works part time for a towing company. They meet when Jason flips his car while talking to his wife while driving home. Jason befriends Kurt and finds him a job as head of security for his firm.

Kurt utilizes his expertice in electronic gadgetry and espionage, that he learned while in the Special Forces, to help Jason climb the corportate ladder. Jason is fully aware of the underhanded means by which Kurt accomplishes his tasks and looks the other way at first. However, when people begin to get hurt, or worse, well, that's another story.

But, you see, breaking off a friendship with Kurt may not be the healthiest thing to do.

Read on, you'll be glad you did. 4.5 stars
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