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The Ransom Drop is a work of fiction in the military genre and is the first installment in The Response Files series. It is aimed at the mature adult reading audience and was penned by author Robert Phayre. The book tells the story of a hijacking performed by inexperienced Somali pirates and the ensuing rescue attempt undertaken by a crack team of experts from multiple fields. With only one objective in their sights, the team must race against time to save the crew and prevent a disaster with international implications.
There is an authenticity to writing thrillers about hostage negotiations that can only come from lived experience, and Robert Phayre fully utilizes his experience as well as his skills as a writer of prose to create an edge of your seat tension that veers away from Hollywood and into the real world of hostage takers and those who try to negotiate with them. Each of the characters that form the dream team of hostage rescue is thoroughly grounded in the real world, and all of them contribute to an exciting and dynamic story filled with twists and turns. The Ransom Drop will stay in your mind when you try to put it down between chapters as your imagination starts to play out what might happen next, only to pick the book back up again and have it blow those predictions out of the water. An absolutely essential read for fans of thrillers and military fiction.