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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary read, 18 July 2012
This review is from: The Negotiator: My life at the heart of the hostage trade (Paperback)
I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk given by Ben Lopez about his life as a hostage negotiator. Inspired and intrigued to know more I went out and bought his book and was not disappointed. The book goes into great depth about his background in Psychology and experiences as a hostage negotiator, revealing in great detail the intricacies of each case he has worked on and how he has applied the skills he has acquired over time to each one. Other than the odd Hollywood movie or TV series, little has ever been revealed about this particular profession until now - and it really isn't as glamorous as the films would have us believe... For those with an interest in psychology (and where a qualification in this profession could lead), crime and deviancy I would definitely recommend this book as a core read to add to their book list; however, that does not mean it acts to exclude others from reading it, for it is written in such an accessible way that it will also appeal to those who enjoy reading crime, action, thriller and suspense fictions, except there is NOTHING fictional about the stories told in this book.

Finally, at the end of the talk given by Ben we were shown a photo of the contents of the suitcase he takes on every negotiation he is/has been involved in. Within that suitcase there was a rubber chicken - why you ask? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out...
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