BOOK REVIEW: KILLER INSTINCT
When does a friendship cross the line to turn into something terrifying? What goes wrong and could it have been stopped before the final disaster?
Joseph Finder writes a wonderful book about corporate intrigue and friendship gone bad. It is a book you will not soon forget and one of the best I have read this year.
Jason Steadman has a small accident while driving and using his cell phone. Kurt Semko, the tow truck driver, hauls his car to the body shop and gives Jason a ride home.
Jason is a 30-year old sales executive who is moving very slowly up the corporate ladder. In fact, Jason feels his career has reached the point where it will go no further. Kurt is an ex Special Forces officer just back from Iran. Although there is a world of difference in the two people Kurt and Jason hit it off immediately.
Kurt gets a good deal with a friend on Jason's car repair. Jason invites Kurt to fill in on the company's ball team. Soon Kurt is pushing Jason to become better fit - to work out at his gym. As the two are drawn closer together Jason decided to recommend Kurt for a job in Corporate Security with his company. Jason manages to swing the deal even though Kurt received a dishonorable discharge from the service.
Jason is in line for a promotion but doesn't have a lot of hope of getting it. Jason's wife wants a better house and to have a family. Kurt gains some inside information about one of Jason's prospects which enables Jason to complete a good sale. Jason is appreciative of the fact but is not used to getting ahead through unsavory means.
Other things happen to Jason's opponents in the race for promotion. Tires are damaged. Messages delayed. Products to be demonstrated fail. Jason begins to feel that Kurt is causing most of this chaos and he is beginning to be afraid of where it might end.
The intrigue builds as Jason tries to figure out how to break it off with Kurt without causing damage to himself and his family. Jason draws on resources that he didn't even realize that he had to free himself from the predicament he has found himself in.
The idea of a book on corporate intrigue didn't sound very exciting to me at first but you will find that it is an exciting book. It will make you wonder how much of this type of undercover work goes on in our big corporations.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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