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."
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"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)
I have always enjoyed a good political thriller or detective novel, now in my fifties, I find that I have even less time to spend reading.
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.
"I highly Recommend"
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.
Yes. What happens behind the scenes at the White House played out around the world.
Samantha and Tripp
Fascinating global theater
Fascinating global theater within reach of your headphones.
"I was FINESSED - NO GOOD!"
I relied on the review rating shown when I ordered. This is definitely not a 5 star production.
"Stupid book and awful narrator"
Infantile plot and story line. Writing is 3rd grade. Much too much redundant wording.
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.
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.
Cover picture was nice.
Bodman and Sands are a good combo. Both are terrible.
"My time is too valuable."
Perhaps a woman with a strong voice and an ability to portray conversations in a more life-like manor.
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.
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!!!!!
"Want a refund!"
Everything. The dialogue was sophmoric and characters extremely boring. The plot was very predictable. Very boring.
I wish the bomb had taken care of that.
Do not read this book.
"Great Action Thriller"
Great action thriller. Good story and compelling dialogue with lots of twists & turns. Good read
No, Over time
need more audible books by this author with this narrator!! the best book I have listened to so far
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