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The worst thing de Aaron J. Elkins
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The worst thing (edição: 2011)

de Aaron J. Elkins

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"Aaron Elkins has been hailed as "a master" (The Dallas Morning News) for his Edgarʾ Award-winning Gideon Oliver mysteries. Now, in an original new novel, he illustrates how quickly everything can go wrong when you ask: What's the worst that can happen? For Bryan Bennett, designing hostage negotiation programs is the perfect job--as long as he keeps a safe, theoretical distance. What he can't do is deal directly with kidnappers or their victims, as a result of his own abduction and imprisonment as a small boy. Thirty-some years later, intense nightmares still plague his sleep, and a fear of enclosed spaces prevents him from attempting to travel. So when Bryan's boss asks him to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, to teach his corporate-level kidnapping and extortion seminar, he automatically says no. But the CEO of GlobalSeas Fisheries, Inc. has specifically requested Bryan--or no one else. Bryan finally relents... For decades he's treaded gingerly around the edges of his deepest terrors. Now, on this trip, Bryan's taken hostage again and must face his fears full-on. Will he realize that in this battle of will and nerve, he is his own greatest enemy? Or has this fight already been lost, years and years ago?"--… (mais)
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Título:The worst thing
Autores:Aaron J. Elkins
Informação:New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2011.
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Bryan Bennett lived with his fears for many years. Because of an experience he had as a small boy, he feared being trapped in small places, feared being kidnapped, feared flying, feared going much distance from his own home. He experienced panic attacks when forced into these difficult situations, attacks that felt like impending death to him. To cope with the potential for panic, which often got to him in the middle of the night, he took xanax.

He designs programs for hostage negotiators. He used to act as a negotiator himself but another incident ended that run for him, and now he prefers to stay at his desk.

Then comes the offer: a company in Iceland wants him to teach a program to its employees, to help prevent kidnappings and to deal with kidnappers. Ultimately he goes, but only after trying a few sessions with a new therapist, trying, reluctantly, to see if he can overcome his fears. His therapist says he can. She says he has to face "the worst thing", make it as bad as possible, without any crutches. He has to get through it and then he will realize that he can, in fact, face it, and it will not have the power any more.

This type therapy is called by various names. It is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy, and works very well with persons who are committed to change. It is difficult but it works. I have watched all of the episodes of "Obsessed" on A&E- all are about persons whose obsessions are a way to cope with anxiety. They are all forms of Bryan. The therapists use these techniques and they work - when the patient is really committed.

Well, should I say the worst happens? He is again a hostage, again subject to the whims of others, again he might die.

Well-researched, especially on the subject of anxiety disorders. Probably on Iceland, too. Kept me reading, wanting him to do the right things. An interesting twist at the end. Unlike another reader on here, I did not find the twist unreal. In fact, it is the type thing that happens with our memories, which is why I liked it. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
The Worst Thing is an entertaining book with a couple of twists that will surprise the casual reader.

The book is about Bryan Bennett and his occupation of teaching others how to deal with hostage negotiations, especially that of ransom driven hostage taking. Bryan Bennett has a past of his own involving being taken as a hostage that has left him with debilitating panic attacks and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

His wife persuades him to leave his comfort zone and fly to Iceland for a negotiation seminar and then things fall apart from there.

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  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
4 stars for quality writing and in-depth background on hostage negotiation and corporate kidnapping! 3.5 stars for plot. 3 stars for easy wrap-up to the kidnapping situation. Publisher made a mistake putting the blurb about the surprise ending....would've been better if I didn't know it was coming I wouldn't have spent so much time figuring out the twist. ( )
  fbswss | Jul 9, 2013 |
This book gave me nightmares! It is an interesting departure from the Gideon books and promises to produce a series at least as intriguing. The main characters are empathetic and compelling. The only weakness is a very Holms-ism section in which characters make leaps of cognition based on no (or at the very most, scant) clues. ( )
  DrLed | Apr 30, 2013 |
Oops, somehow I never marked this as read. ???

Review to come then, since I thought I'd already finished it and now I have to think about it again. ( )
  MarieAlt | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The creator of forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver (Skull Duggery, 2009, etc.) plunges the egghead designer of a hostage-negotiation protocol into a harrowing abduction in far-off Iceland.

When he was five years old, Bryan Bennett was kidnapped and held for 58 days while his parents, working in Turkey, sweated to come up with the ransom. Small wonder that as an adult, he’s become such an expert on negotiating with kidnappers that he’s written the book for the Odysseus Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Security. Now his new boss, Wally North, wants him to fly to Reykjavik to lead a self-protection seminar for the executives of GlobalSeas Fisheries. Bryan’s own phobias—he doesn’t lead seminars, hates airline travel and still suffers from frequent panic attacks—threaten to make the trip a nightmare even before GlobalSeas CEO Baldur Baldursson, who’s already survived one botched abduction attempt, is snatched again, this time in the company of Bryan’s wife Lori. The kidnappers, who include the three clueless left-wing ideologues of Project Save the Earth and George Henry Camano, the ice-cold freelancer they’ve hired to coordinate the snatch, are no more happy to have grabbed Lori than Bryan is to have lost her. Their face-off pits the expert negotiator against the expert kidnapper and inevitably leads to Bryan’s exchanging himself for his wife. It’s only then that his ordeal truly begins.

A well-calculated change of pace for normally laid-back Elkins, with mounting thrills, a heavy emphasis on self-therapy and a nice surprise at the end.
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"Aaron Elkins has been hailed as "a master" (The Dallas Morning News) for his Edgarʾ Award-winning Gideon Oliver mysteries. Now, in an original new novel, he illustrates how quickly everything can go wrong when you ask: What's the worst that can happen? For Bryan Bennett, designing hostage negotiation programs is the perfect job--as long as he keeps a safe, theoretical distance. What he can't do is deal directly with kidnappers or their victims, as a result of his own abduction and imprisonment as a small boy. Thirty-some years later, intense nightmares still plague his sleep, and a fear of enclosed spaces prevents him from attempting to travel. So when Bryan's boss asks him to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, to teach his corporate-level kidnapping and extortion seminar, he automatically says no. But the CEO of GlobalSeas Fisheries, Inc. has specifically requested Bryan--or no one else. Bryan finally relents... For decades he's treaded gingerly around the edges of his deepest terrors. Now, on this trip, Bryan's taken hostage again and must face his fears full-on. Will he realize that in this battle of will and nerve, he is his own greatest enemy? Or has this fight already been lost, years and years ago?"--

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