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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,348 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Finder Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781593979072
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 (starred review)

  • “This is fun stuff, with lots of plot twists. Finder once again proves adept at genre conventions and inventive in applying an action-movie sensibility.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Thrills and chills…Finder is a first-rate story weaver.”

    Booklist

  • “Truly frightening.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Clear your schedule before you start reading this one. It’s one of those books that once you start reading, you won’t be able to put down.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Master of a complex suspense formula…flawlessly executed violence, crisp dialogue, and taut pacing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2007 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2007 Barry Award Nominee for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/10/2014

    " It was a page turner that I enjoyed but certainly nothing memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noam Gordon | 1/25/2014

    " Page-turner? Yes. Thrilling? Yes. High quality? No.. Not witty neither. So...mixed feeling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/7/2014

    " Scott Brick does another great job narrating this audio book, but the story itself is fairly predictable, though somewhat enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricca | 12/19/2013

    " This is one of the best book I've read written by Joseph Finder. Its fast pace, the characters are three-dimensional, the plot is suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Linton | 12/11/2013

    " Lover the bonus interview snippet with Malcolm Gladwell at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick F. | 12/2/2013

    " THIS IS SIMPLY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ.The lead character is both real and witty- and Kurt Semko is one of the best written villians ever. There are a host of supporting characters who are also picture perfect. I did not want this book to end!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 11/28/2013

    " I've become quite a fan of these Finder books. They're very contemporary. Actually, this one was a little chilling in how closely it captured current day corporate politics. Kurt was a superb villain. Quite addictive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexsis | 11/22/2013

    " Was a little slow going to start, and abrupt with the end, but it was masterfully written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shae Johnnson | 10/8/2013

    " Suspenseful page-turner. Liked the twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tldougherty Dougherty | 5/20/2013

    " Short story, could have used more background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Manning | 5/14/2013

    " Pretty decent and entertaining. I felt like I could predict most of the book which is why I give it a three. I did like the plot though... and though it sounds a little twisted I enjoyed the revenge on Jason's rivals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/7/2013

    " Good suspense novel. Read it over the weekend as snow flakes continued to fall! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beanse | 12/24/2012

    " Meh.... Lousy ending. It was like this entire book was ripped from a movie on Lifetime. I was disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Havlovic | 12/16/2012

    " I enjoyed this read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 11/1/2012

    " New author for me...good book. I was annoyed at first because the jacket review told the plot too many important details, and the prologue seemed to give away the ending. But the author has a good writing style, so I pursued it, and was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Tilton | 10/24/2012

    " I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 11/24/2011

    " Very good! Even though the synopsis gives you an idea of what is going to happen in the book, it was still kept me wondering how it was all going to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Katz | 11/22/2011

    " Finder gives you the ending at the very beginning and even with that information I found it nearly impossible to get from point A (the beginning) to point B (the end). I really enjoyed this read and have thus moved on to the next Finder book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 9/8/2011

    " good, good, good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecelia/Ceil | 7/20/2011

    " This was a good audiobook read by Scott Brick which we listened to while on a road trip. It had tense situations and good characters. One was a little over the top in what he could accomplish, but this was a good corporate thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom & | 7/4/2011

    " Better than the last which was pretty good. John Grishamesque. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 4/27/2011

    " I don't ever want to work for that company!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 4/3/2011

    " I enjoyed this book although there were moments I wanted to slap a character or two but so goes life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Not quite as memorable as Paranoia. At least it has a better ending where the hero takes matters into his own hands to stop the bad situation. But not quite as intense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/6/2011

    " Good suspense novel. Read it over the weekend as snow flakes continued to fall! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 1/27/2011

    " I agree with Fortune:"At long last someone has done for executives what John Grisham did for lawyers."
    I really like John Grisham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter | 12/6/2010

    " Great story; lots of action "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/20/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well developed, and the plot had plenty of twists that keep it interesting until the very end. Finder did a great job with this book, and I look forward to reading another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ddindfw | 8/20/2010

    " I think this dragged on a little in the middle, but the twist at the end caught me entirely by surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 8/1/2010

    " One of the better industrial espionage books yet; interesting setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asad | 7/29/2010

    " very nice one. i am surprised by how much Finder knows about corporate world and sales process.
    I like to read more by now. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels, including Paranoia, Power Play, and Vanished.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.