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- Print Length: 37 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00701DBV2
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- Customer Reviews: 9 customer ratings
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What is the device? Who has it? What will it do? "Enemies" answers those questions and more.
The story is easy to read and doesn't bog the reader down with superfluous details about what the characters ate for breakfast or why they chose to boxers instead of briefs. "Enemies" is very straightforward with the two agents working methodically to catch a thief. Navarro's body language expertise becomes evident when he clues the reader in to the different "cues" displayed by each character. When I read the story, I felt as though I was in the interview room. A clever plot twist reveals just exactly who the "Enemies" are.
I encourage everyone who is interested in body language analysis, law enforcement, counter intelligence, and interviewing techniques to give "Enemies" a read. I have it on my Kindle... so should you.
Please also check out Joe Navarro's other books available here on Amazon.
This short story is just as easy to read as his other work, and has all the interesting elements that his personal anecdotes have in his other major work, but it also adds in a compelling work of fiction. The tension in this story is very well managed, mixing in just the right blend of extra detail to put you in the moment but without distracting you from the story's purpose. The story is engaging right from the first few pages, and continues right through the unexpected ending. This story REALLY left me wanting even more!
One of the most interesting things for me comes from my interest in studying human behavior and deception detection pretty intensively in real life. There is one section where the two agents go to the facility after hours, and the main character is walking through and looking over the work spaces of the employees who had access to the missing device. The details presented, and the way in which they're presented, paint a very lifelike picture of not just what the agent was seeing, but also of the people behind what he was seeing. I don't read a lot of fiction, but I do watch a lot of fiction in TV and movies, some of which is based on books, and as someone who has studied behavioral analysis, it's very rare to see such a thorough and accurate portrayal of evidence and evidentiary analysis. I was actually able to piece together about 80% of what was later revealed from what the FBI agent was looking at using what I'd use in a real life situation-- it's a masterful use of real life behavioral understanding. In most cases in a work of fiction, you're lucky to see more than about 40-60% accuracy in the presentation of evidence and how it can be used effectively in an investigation. Navarro's professional background really makes this aspect of his story shine.
In conclusion, this story in and of itself is a compelling read that's more than worth its price. When coupled with the author's background as a retired FBI agent himself, and his many years of work as a spy catcher, what you wind up with is something that's a cut above the rest and an excellent melding of real life science with great fiction. I can't wait to read more of Navarro's fiction, and coming from someone who rarely reads fiction, that's saying a lot.
Even more, I wanted the story to keep going.
The science and art of detecting deception is something that has fascinated me for a long time. That is a topic Navarro is one of the top experts at -- maybe the top. I first became aware of Navarro through his book Read 'Em and Reap with Phil Hellmuth.
Definitely worth the read.