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Killer Instinct Audiobook

Killer Instinct

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Publisher's Summary

Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason, and bad things start to happen to Jason's rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He's an overnight success. Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most "efficient", and ruthless, means available. After all, as Kurt says, "Business is war, right?"

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it's far more than just his career that lies in the balance. A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

©2006 Joseph Finder; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"[A] masterful business thriller....Readers who enjoy movies where you have to fight the urge to shout 'Stop! Don't open that door!' will love this one." (Publishers Weekly)
"Steadman's 10-month ride from complacency to terror is filled with...thrills and chills." (Booklist)

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done characters and story."

    Behind the scenes in the corporate world using war tactics.

    Not many stories are set within corporations. The author makes it interesting. His research is talking to corporate guys.

    The first half of the book was fascinating. Jason is a salesman of plasma tv screens. He sells to corporations like auto dealers (for their waiting rooms) and airports. Jason meets Kurt. They become friends. Kurt was in the army. Kurt talks about war, the enemy, getting intel. And then Kurt helps Jason by getting intel on Jason’s buyers and competitors. Kurt has no “off” button when it comes to evesdropping, spying, getting info, destroying property, and killing people. This is war -- to get ahead in the corporation.

    But the last third of the book was kind of a downer for me. It was scary with a helpless victim feel.

    I don’t like 1st person narrative books - which this was. I wish the author would use more 3rd person.

    Something I wanted to know before I read the book - Is it a happy ending?:
    CAUTION SPOILER:
    I “require” happy endings. I don’t want the guys I root for to go to jail or get killed. And the ending was good for me.
    END SPOILER.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Scott Brick is not a favorite of mine. He is sometimes too sarcastic, condescending, and smart-alecky. But in this book he was very good.

    Genre: suspense.

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    Amazon Customer 06-15-14
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    "Slow & uncharacteristically boring"
    Would you try another book from Joseph Finder and/or Scott Brick?

    Definitely


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Brick's performances are always top shelf


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Joseph Finder is one of my favorite authors. I was unfortunately disappointed with this book. Very slow to develop & I struggled to get through it.

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    Judy 04-12-13
    Judy 04-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done!"

    I like Joseph Finder each time I download one of his books and especially when Scott Brick reads them. Looking for more of the same to go with the others I listened to of his (A Company Man, High Crimes). Only problem is many of his books are only 6 or 7 hrs. long and it just isn't worth a full credit for such a short time. Other than that, I'd choose his books any time. Interesting, catchy, well read, endings not expected.

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    rebecca United States 11-15-12
    rebecca United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT DRAMA"
    What did you like best about Killer Instinct? What did you like least?

    I knew there was something up but couldn't really get get my head around it until the end. I love the way Finder helps us understand each characters mind


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Made me think...when would I have stopped?


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy speaker where I can actually distinguish each characters voice. Those subtle differences in tone


    Do you think Killer Instinct needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I don't think so. Main character is just ordinary sales person.


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    Jeff Kirtland, Ohio, United States 08-20-12
    Jeff Kirtland, Ohio, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It is entertaining- not great- but entertaining"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not to give away the critical moment in the first few pages of the book


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    Do you think Killer Instinct needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, nothing to follow- story ended


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    eahamilton 05-24-12
    eahamilton 05-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "outstanding"
    Would you listen to Killer Instinct again? Why?

    This as been one of the best books i have listen to that kept me wanted more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How someone could just cought up into something without even knowing it.


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

    how yes


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    Margaret Brighton East, Australia 04-23-12
    Margaret Brighton East, Australia 04-23-12
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    "Good, but predictable, fun"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd smarten up the main protagonist. He's just a bit too naive.


    Would you recommend Killer Instinct to your friends? Why or why not?

    Some of them. Many of friends prefer a more intellectual read. I'm happy to be entertained.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    They were all well performed. Scott Brick is an excellent performer.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure. I kept thinking that it would make a decent movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Madisonville, KY, United States 07-16-11
    Curtis Madisonville, KY, United States 07-16-11 Member Since 2017
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    "A Good Book!"

    The reviews for this book are all over the place. Some of us love it and others, well, not so much. Reading all the different reviews reminds me how different people are from each other. Just because 'John from Arizona' likes a book doesn't mean that I will, and vice-versa. I don't know anything about the corporate world, so Joseph Finder's books are very interesting to me. I think this book is well written, and the characters well developed- if not likeable. To me, that's just the way it should be. This book is well worth the money (or credit) and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the genre.

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    John 01-04-11
    John 01-04-11
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    "Finder and Brick pair up well"

    Love the main characters of Finder narrated by Brick. Good action, character development and story line. Not Finder's best (still like Paranoia the best) but worth the credit and corporate suspense/thriller is a nice change from my typical choices of espionage and detective/mystery.

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    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
    S new york, NY, United States 11-28-10
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    "Pretty good!"

    A different kind of suspense/thriller. Part "single white female" with "The firm" mixed in. The characters were really interesting and the plot was well paced. Definitely recommend!

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  • Creeda
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    3/13/17
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    "Quite thrilling - although the hero is a wimp!"
    If you could sum up Killer Instinct in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, frightening, gripping


    What other book might you compare Killer Instinct to, and why?

    Company man by the same author


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance in every way


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

    Not really - don't like to reach the end of a good book


    Any additional comments?

    The wife seems to be an absolute pain in the neck- first she keeps pushing her husband to make lots of money, while making no money herself, and then claims money is of no importance to her (once he has achieved a high position and salary). There's a rather rude word to describe people like her, but I pretend to be well brought up!!

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