Final Finesse [NOOK Book]


Samantha Reid, the White House Deputy Director for Homeland Security, deals with national security threats on a daily basis. When a natural-gas pipeline explodes in America’s heartland, she senses pending disaster and tries to convince reluctant officials to take action.

After several more explosions, Samantha teams up with Tripp Adams, Vice President of GeoGlobal Oil &...

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Samantha Reid, the White House Deputy Director for Homeland Security, deals with national security threats on a daily basis. When a natural-gas pipeline explodes in America’s heartland, she senses pending disaster and tries to convince reluctant officials to take action.

After several more explosions, Samantha teams up with Tripp Adams, Vice President of GeoGlobal Oil & Gas, owner of the pipelines, to investigate.

As they race to solve the mystery of the explosions and determine the motives of the shadowy group behind the havoc, Samantha and Tripp spend days . . . and nights . . . together, growing ever closer. Then Tripp is sent on a business trip to South America---and disappears.

Now Samantha must deal with political intrigue at the highest levels, finesse international plots, and break all the White House rules as she races to find Tripp and stop the team of foreign agents before they carry out their final deadly scheme.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Romance fans will best appreciate the third near-future political thriller (after Checkmate and Gambit) from Bodman, a former Reagan deputy press secretary and NSC senior director. When a natural-gas pipeline explosion in Oklahoma kills one and leaves thousands without heat during a cold snap, Samantha Reid, the attractive "Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security," gets on the case. More pipeline explosions follow. In the course of her investigations, Reid falls hard and fast for Tripp Adams, a vice president of GeoGlobal Oil & Gas, the pipelines' owner. After Adams disappears in Venezuela, Reid abandons her post without permission to move heaven and earth to find him, earning the dubious distinction of being the first senior White House staff member to become "completely unreachable." That Samantha tends to rely on her physical charms in her rescue efforts may dismay those who believe such tactics are unworthy of a high U.S. government official. (May)

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From the Publisher
“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.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of The Monster of Florence

“Karna Bodman gives us an insider’s view of a frightening situation that seems all too real. Fast-paced and suspenseful, romantic and ultimately hopeful, this is up-all-night reading at its best.”—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Fireside on Final Finesse

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 loved this book! Authentic and tense, Final Finesse is a can’t-put-down read by an author to watch. Karna Small Bodman has written a winner!”—Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of Cold Pursuit

"This exciting political romantic suspense thriller takes off from the onset . . . and never slows down. . . . Fans will appreciate this exhilarating tale as Karna Small Bodman once again combines strange bedfellows: romance and politics."—Harriet Klausner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429969758
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,332,413
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

The Honorable Karna Small Bodman served in the White House for six years. She was also on the air for fifteen years as a reporter, television news anchor, and political commentator in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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Chapter One

GeorgeTown—Monday Early Morning

"All nonessential White House employees remain home due to ice storm. Update in four hours."

Samantha Reid stared at the e-mail and pushed a strand of her long brown hair back off her forehead. She knew that most everyone would try to show up for work today because nobody wanted to be thought of as "nonessential." At least she had a four- wheel- drive jeep she'd been driving for years. Not the most chic car that regularly parked on West Exec, the driveway separating the West Wing from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—or EEOB, as they all called the big Empire place that housed most of the staff—but it was a car she'd bought near her parents' home in Texas, where everybody drives jeeps.

She glanced out the picture window of her tiny Georgetown apartment overlooking the Whitehurst Freeway. Just beyond was a narrow park lining the Potomac River, its trees weighted down with icicles. To the right, the Key Bridge was silhouetted in the dim predawn light where a lone taxi, trying to navigate the icy roadway, suddenly spun out and slammed into a guardrail.

Good Lord, she thought. It may look like a scene out of Swan Lake, but it really is treacherous out there. She had known a front was moving in, but an ice storm in early December didn't happen all that often and nobody had predicted it would be this bad.

She looked down at her computer again. She always checked her e-mail when she first woke up, as she often got urgent messages from her boss, the head of the White House Office of Homeland Security. They had been working practically round the clock on a whole list of issues and new safety measures, coordinating with the agencies, following up on tips and executing Presidential orders. She had stayed late last night summarizing the fallout from a threat to a big shopping center made the day after Thanksgiving. Thankfully, that one turned out to be a hoax.

Today she knew they would be focusing on other problems, including a new missile defense system they were trying to get deployed on a number of commercial airplanes. She checked her schedule and remembered that a group of airline executives were due for an 11:00 a.m. meeting in the Roosevelt Room. The mastermind of a new 360- degree laser defense, Dr. Cameron Talbot, was supposed to join the airline officers. But now, with the storm raging, she doubted if any of them would make it in.

She also had a meeting to follow up on an attack on the Metro. Transit cops had nailed a guy trying to leave a backpack filled with explosives on board a D.C. train headed for the Pentagon. When the Metro was built, some genius had designed a stop directly underneath the building. What were they thinking?

She shoved her computer aside and padded into the tiny galley kitchen. It looked like it could have fit into a train, with shallow cabinets on two walls, sparse counter space, and a stove that was a relic from the eighties. Her whole condo was less than four hundred square feet, but she had gladly exchanged size for the convenience of a Georgetown address that put her within minutes of the White House, though this morning, inching along the icy Washington streets, she'd be lucky if she'd make it in an hour's time.

She flicked on the small TV set that took up way too much space on the kitchen counter and heard a commercial advertising a new drug. There were pictures of a kindly- looking grandmother pushing a laughing child on a swing while the announcer said in the tone of an afterthought, "Side effects could include dizziness, nausea, muscle weakness, weight gain, and, in rare cases, temporary loss of vision, coma, or stroke." She shook her head at the absurdity of it all, but then heard the news anchor come back on with the weather report. His map showed a wide swath of storms, snow, and ice reaching from Oklahoma all the way up to Delaware, with D.C. on the leading edge.

She measured the coffee, stuck an English muffin into the toaster, and checked her watch. She'd have to skip her morning workout in the basement fitness center. With the added commute time, maybe they'd delay their usual early- morning staff meeting, but she couldn't take that chance. As she reached for a coffee mug, she made a mental note to remind her boss about his appearance on CNN at noon to discuss the Metro train arrest and the shopping center situation. She knew she'd have to write his talking points, but wondered what other potential disaster would have to be added at the last minute.

Excerpted from Final Finesse by Karna Small Bodman.Copyright © 2009 by Karna Small Bodman.Published in May 2009 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    Karna Bodman hits the mark again

    This is her third book all of which I have read. And I must say that each book is as good if not better than the last the characters are carried through each book with new ones added to keep the story fresh. This book deals with terrorist from south america destroying our natural gas pipelines in the US. This book deals with the issues of the day and with real world leaders in rogue countries. This is a must read.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Semi-boring political mystery

    White House Deputy Director for Homeland Security Samantha Reid has been quietly making her boss look good for a long time. When natural gas line explosions begin happening in America's heartland, Samantha's background in the oil industry makes her sit up and pay attention, even though the explosions are not deemed worthy of White House attention according to her boss, in "Final Finesse."
    When a vice president of the gas company in charge of the lines that exploded requests a meeting with Samantha, she readily accepts, wanting to dig deeper into this mystery and perhaps prevent more deaths and suffering. When the gas company vice president happens to be Tripp Adams, a gorgeous man whom she went to college with, all the better for Samantha!
    Samantha and Tripp quickly mesh, both in their agenda to fix the gas line problem and in their personal lives. Then, only a week after being a couple, Tripp has to travel to South America for business negotiations, and Samantha troubles over what she'll do without him at Christmastime.
    Little does she know, her worries about Tripp are far worse than she thinks. Upon arriving in South America, Tripp is taken hostage for ransom by South American gunmen.
    Samantha is torn between staying home and championing her cause to figure out the gas explosions, or to head to South America to help with the plan to extricate Tripp.
    But heck, she's a woman-hear her roar-so why can't she do both?
    A polictical/romance, former White House Senior Director Bodman's third novel is interesting, but drags in places. A little tighter editing could have made the book a little more exciting.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    An exciting political romantic suspense thriller

    During a particularly wintry cold spell in Oklahoma, a natural-gas pipeline explodes leaving one person dead and thousands without heat. White House Deputy Director for Homeland Security Samantha Reid leads the investigation in determining the cause.

    More explosions occur to the pipeline leaving many to wonder if terrorism is the root cause. When Reid meets the pipeline's company GeoGlobal Oil & Gas Vice President Tripp Adams, she immediately wants him. He appears to reciprocate. When he vanishes without a trace while on a business trip in Venezuela, Reid dumps her work and goes AWOL to rescue him.

    This exciting political romantic suspense thriller takes off from the onset as the temperature in the home of a Sooner couple drops to 30 degrees and never slows down until the final energy segue in the State of the Union address. The story line is fast-paced especially when Reid and Tripp meet for the first time. Although readers will doubt a high ranking political appointee would abandon her post even for love and use her body to gain access on her quest to save Tripp, fans will appreciate this exhilarating tale as Karna Small Bodman once again combines strange bedfellows; romance and politics (see CHECKMATE and GAMBIT).

    Harriet Klausner

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