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The Worst Thing

A novel by Aaron Elkins

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Interesting suspense novel about hostage negotiation and panic attacks

  • May 12, 2011
"The Worst Thing" is a suspense novel about hostage negotiation and panic attacks. The author wove vivid details into the story about hostage negotiation, what it's like to be a hostage, and what it's like to deal with panic attacks. This was very well done and very interesting.

The characters were varied, complex, and quirky in an engaging way. I always understood why the characters were acting the way they did. I had a hard time putting the book down because I found it so interesting and suspenseful. The suspense was created by the danger of the kidnapping situation and by Bryan's inability to handle his intense panic attacks. Despite the serious situations, there was an underlying humor in how the characters viewed the situations and their fear.

There was some explicit bad language. There was no graphic sex. Overall, I'd recommend this well-written, suspenseful novel.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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For Bryan Bennett, designing hostage negotiation programs is the perfect job--as long as he keeps a safe, theoretical distance. What he refuses to do is deal directly with kidnappers or teach his own programs. They bring back memories of his own kidnapping as a small boy. Thirty-some years later, he still has a fear of enclosed spaces and intense panic attacks that follow nightmares of his imprisonment.

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, his worst fears come true and he has no choice but to face them head-on. Will Bryan and his wife survive when a kidnapping plot goes wrong and throws them into harms way or will a man from Bryan's past take this chance to get revenge?
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ISBN-13: 9780425240991
Author: Aaron Elkins
Genre: Suspense fiction, Crime Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
Date Published: May 3, 2011
ISBN: 9780425240991
Format: hardcover
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