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Final Finesse | [Karna Small Bodman]

Final Finesse

Samantha Reid, Deputy Director of The White House Office of Homeland Security, deals with international challenges at the highest levels. The the story unfolds from the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in America’s heartland. Sensing impending disaster, Samantha tries to convince reluctant officials to take action, but they're focused on several other national security threats. When more explosions occur, Samantha teams up with Tripp Adams, the Vice President of GeoGlobal Oil & Gas, to investigate the mystery of continuing sabotage.
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Publisher's Summary

Samantha Reid, Deputy Director of The White House Office of Homeland Security, deals with international challenges and political intrigue at the highest levels in the audio version of this thriller by best-selling author Karna Small Bodman. Read by famed narrator Basil Sands, the story unfolds from the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in America’s heartland. Sensing impending disaster, Samantha tries to convince reluctant officials to take action, but they're focused on several other national security threats. When more explosions threaten not only America’s energy supplies, but many lives in the process, Samantha teams up with Tripp Adams, the Vice President of GeoGlobal Oil & Gas, owner of the pipeline, to investigate the mystery of continuing sabotage. They then must race to stop a team of foreign agents before this shadowy group can carry out their final deadly scheme.

The author served as Senior Director of The White House National Security Council and draws on her experience to draw the listener into real-life White House settings and dramas. New York Times best-selling author Douglas Preston describes the story as, “Written by a top White House staffer, Final Finesse, is a first-rate thriller packed with marvelous insider knowledge and richly drawn characters. I couldn’t put down this electrifying, authentic, and well-crafted novel.” Author Susan Wiggs calls it “Fast-paced and suspenseful, romantic and ultimately hopeful. This is up-all-night reading at its best.”

©2009 Karna Small Bodman (P)2012 Karna Small Bodman

What the Critics Say

“I loved this book! Authentic and tense, Final Finesse is a can’t-put-it-down read by an author to watch. A winner!” (Carla Neggers, New York Times Bestselling Author of Cold Pursuit)

“Karna Small Bodman gives us an insider’s view of a frightening situation that seems all too real. Fast-paced and suspenseful, romantic and ultimately hopeful, Final Finesse is an up-all-night reading at its best.” (Susan Wiggs, New York Times Bestselling Author of Just Breathe)

Final Finesse is a political thrill ride with unpredictable, hair-raising roller-coaster turns, made even more spellbinding by the authentic White House details provided by Karna Small Bodman. A White House insider’s look at terrorism that will keep you up all night.” (Joan Johnston, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Stranger’s Game)

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    What made the experience of listening to Final Finesse the most enjoyable?

    This readable and riveting romance and political thriller was terrific to listen to as it is the ultimate insiders view of what happens behind the scenes at the White House.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. What happens behind the scenes at the White House played out around the world.


    Which character – as performed by Basil Sands – was your favorite?

    Samantha and Tripp


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Fascinating global theater


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating global theater within reach of your headphones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Paso Robles, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Tom Paso Robles, CA, United States 02-11-13
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    "I was FINESSED - NO GOOD!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No One.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Basil Sands’s performances?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    I relied on the review rating shown when I ordered. This is definitely not a 5 star production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    r spring lake, nj, United States 05-21-12
    r spring lake, nj, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Stupid book and awful narrator"
    What disappointed you about Final Finesse?

    Infantile plot and story line. Writing is 3rd grade. Much too much redundant wording.


    What was most disappointing about Karna Small Bodman’s story?

    Totally stupid plot elements. Like when first kidnapper/hostage encounter is made, it is set up so the rescuers could have easily sniped the kidnappers and not go through all the other steps.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Basil Sands’s performances?

    Never again. His voice "imitations" of females, tough guys etc are so bad they seem like they are a spoof. They are a distraction to the story which is bad enuough to start.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Cover picture was nice.


    Any additional comments?

    Bodman and Sands are a good combo. Both are terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Fallbrook, CA, United States 05-12-12
    Susan Fallbrook, CA, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "My time is too valuable."
    Would you try another book from Karna Small Bodman and/or Basil Sands?

    Probably not.


    Has Final Finesse turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Basil Sands?

    Perhaps a woman with a strong voice and an ability to portray conversations in a more life-like manor.


    What character would you cut from Final Finesse?

    I only listened to the first 17 chapters and frankly found all of the characters boring due to the superficial dialogue. I wouldn't know who to suggest for deletion.


    Any additional comments?

    I doubt I could write much better fiction, but then again, I'm not a novelist. My love of authors such as Dean Koontz, who can paint pictures with words, tends to spoil me for such trite prose. I worked for 25+ years in government, dealing with politics at local, state, and federal levels, and I do not believe the people talked like those protrayed herein. It's very difficult to get interested in the plot when you trivialize the issues with two people "throbbing" for each other. Please!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DIANNE United States 04-17-12
    DIANNE United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    What disappointed you about Final Finesse?

    Everything. The dialogue was sophmoric and characters extremely boring. The plot was very predictable. Very boring.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    David Baldacci


    Would you be willing to try another one of Basil Sands’s performances?

    NO


    What character would you cut from Final Finesse?

    I wish the bomb had taken care of that.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Roseville, California, United States 10-29-12
    Fred Roseville, California, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Action Thriller"
    If you could sum up Final Finesse in three words, what would they be?

    Great action thriller. Good story and compelling dialogue with lots of twists & turns. Good read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Action


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Better diferentiation


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, Over time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Stewartsville, MO, United States 05-19-12
    Michelle Stewartsville, MO, United States 05-19-12
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    need more audible books by this author with this narrator!! the best book I have listened to so far

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    "Thoroughly enjoyed listening"

    It was great, if a little far fetched. Once the characters had been established I really did want to get to the end as soon as possible.

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