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Killer Instinct

Reviewing: St. Martins Press Killer Instinct  |  Rating:
By turtle on
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I was drawn to this book by the title and cover art. I hadn't read anything by Joseph Finder before. I picked up the book and read the synopsis on the cover. While I don't usually read books about corporate intrigue and inner office politics, I wanted to see how the social misfit anti-social special forces veteran was going to fit in this setting.

Jason Steadman is a young man who works for an electronics company. His career seems to have stalled and maybe flatlined. One night driving home from work having an emotional cell phone conversation with his wife, he looses control of his car and veens off the road. While he assures his wife he is ok, his car is undriveable. He calls for road assitance and waits for the tow truck.

Kurt Semko, former special forces soldier with a dishonorable discharge, is at the wheel of the tow truck. On the ride to an auto body shop, Jason and Kurt bond over baseball. Sensing Kurt's disatisfaction as a truck driver, Jason offers Kurt a job in his company's security department. From here Jason's life impoves.

Jason's office rival is about to make a major proposal when his computer crashes losing not only the formal proposal, but all the notes and work leading up to the finished product. While Jason recieves inside tips, others in the office have electronic malfunctions and are given and use misinformation. Jason attempts to stop Kurt but Kurt is taking over. As Kurt gets stronger and bolder, Jason has to develop the killer instinct he never had as a salesman to stop Kurt.

As I stated in the beginning, I don't usually read books about corporate intrigue and am not compelled to change my mind. I found that I did not care about the characters or what happened to them. It was my obsessive compulsive personality that makes me finish all the books I start. Perhaps if you are someone that appreciates inner office politics and corporate intrigue, you will find this book a good read.

Joseph Finder is a very good writer, compelling, precise, and a good story teller, but I don't have the motivation to run out and get another one of his books.