The Negotiator by Ben Lopez
My Life at the Heart of the Hostage Trade

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Ben Lopez spends his life traveling the world, bartering with people who value money over life. Working for governments, law enforcement agencies, multinational corporations and private clients, Ben is an expert K&R (Kidnap and Ransom) consultant, supplying professional kidnap-negotiation services. He can be called out to anywhere in the world within twenty-four-hour notice to set up and command the negotiator's cell, bargaining with religious fanatics, hardened criminals, and other desperate people in order to save the lives of their captives. Alongside a shadowy team of former spies and special operatives, his arsenal of psychological techniques is just as powerful as brute force. He'll spend as long as is necessary to get the job done. And then he'll disappear.

This extraordinary book reads like a thriller—but for those involved in the stories within it, the drama and the tension are very real.


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Ben Lopez was born in New York and spent part of his childhood in Venezuela, where he witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of Kidnap and Ransom (K&R). His work has taken him across the globe, from Mexico to the Middle East. In more than twenty years in the K&R field he has never lost a hostage. Ben Lopez isn't his real name; if his name was known, it would be too dangerous for him to travel to many countries ever again.
Published July 21, 2011 by Sphere. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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As the author demonstrates, the real world of kidnap and ransom—or K&R as it’s known in the industry—isn’t about busting down doors with high-powered semi-automatics at the ready in the hopes of freeing a hostage.

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Looking back over his 20 years as a hostage negotiator, Lopez (a pseudonym) explains that kidnapping is an industry now worth more than $1 billion a year, thanks to “terrorism, recession, the proliferation of cheap weapons and the globalisation of organised crime.” With more than 20,000 kidna...

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