The Negotiator: My life at the heart of the hostage trade
"I'm writing this book under a pseudonym.If I used my real name, I may become a hostage myself. And I don't want that. I've seen what it can do to people."
Ben Lopez is a Kidnap-for-Ransom consultant. He spends his days travelling from one crisis zone to the next, negotiating with people who value money over life.
On behalf of government agencies, law enforcement teams, multinational corporations and private clients, Ben sets up and commands the negotiator's cell, bartering with some of the world's most desperate people for the safe return of their captives. Working alongside a shadowy team of former spies and special operatives, his arsenal of psychological techniques is just as powerful as brute force. He remains on location for as long as it takes to get the job done. Then he disappears.
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THE NEGOTIATOR: My Life at the Heart of the Hostage TradeUser Review - Kirkus
A dissatisfied psychologist abandons the therapist's couch for the high-pressure world of hostage negotiations.Lopez (not his real name) recounts his fascinating journey from inchoate postdoctoral ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Aula - LibraryThing
Ben Lopez is a psychologist and works as a hostage negotiator (the book says he's been doing this for 20 years but if you do the calculations from the dates he mentions it's more like 10). While he ... Read full review