Killer Instinct

  • by Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Creeda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2006
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio