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Pressure Points

(2001)
(The Seminar)
A novel by

 
 
"A master of terror and suspense, Brooks crafts his characters [in Pressure Points] with care, lending them opaque dimensions that make them appear both sympathetic and loathsome." (PW)

The game is a weeklong retreat. It's located in a remote region of northern California. It's designed to build teamwork, establish trust, and increase awareness.

The players are three ambitious executives - one woman and two men, each prepared to put his physical, mental, and moral limits to the test. They never dreamed how far they could go.

The rules are simple. First you run. Then you hide. Don't appear weak, don't admit to the fear, and don't react to the pain.

The prize is staying alive. Let the game begin.

"Grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go . . . it's as scary as hell." - New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson

"Thrilling." - Thom Racina, national bestselling author of Deadly Games and Never Forget

From Publishers Weekly
Performance seminars have long been the bane of the corporate world, yet few authors have explored them in fiction to the candid degree that Brooks (Darkness Bound) does here. The first third of this addictive thriller introduces Brad Teeters, Mark Johnson and Pamela Wiley, three dedicated yet bitter senior employees at Wright & Wong, a successful Seattle-based ad agency. When the trio propose to buy out the firm, Wong agrees, stipulating that all three employees must first attend The Seminar, a week-long retreat for executives at a secluded site in northern California. In detailed prose, Brooks captures the first 60 hours of The Seminar, during which facilitators simulate airplane crashes and hostage takeovers in an effort to teach inner strength and trust. But when one of The Seminar's mind games goes awry, Teeters, Johnson and Wiley become unwittingly ensnared in an evil scheme masterminded by Wong and Beth, Teeters's sexy, manipulative wife. Beth, who up to this point has been a secondary character, becomes the focal point of an intricate conclusion involving betrayed friendships, apparent suicides and kinky sex games. A master of terror and suspense, Brooks crafts his characters with care, lending them opaque dimensions that make them appear both sympathetic and loathsome.

"An absolute must read, Deadly Faux is guaranteed entertainment. In Wolfgang Schmitt, Larry Brooks has created a wise-cracking protagonist who is witty, resourceful, intelligent, and, most surprisingly, vulnerable. Brooks plunges Wolf into a seemingly unwinnable caldron involving Las Vegas casinos, the mob, and femme fatales, then turns the heat up high. I finished Deadly Faux in one sitting, couldn't put it down, and can't wait to read the next book. Step aside Nelson DeMille and Stuart Woods - Schmitt happens!" - Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master, for Deadly Faux

"Though as modern as an iPad 5S, [Brooks] is truly and remarkably Chandleresque. He's dazzling. Check out his new one, Deadly Faux - it's sexy, complex, intelligent; a truly delightful novel with more plot twists than a plate of linguine swimming in olive oil." - James N. Frey, author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel, for Deadly Faux

Larry Brooks is the author of four critically-praised novels, including USA Today bestseller Darkness Bound, and the bestselling writing book Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing. Brooks teaches writers' conferences throughout the nation and is the creator of Storyfix.com, named two years running to the Writers Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers" list. He lives in Arizona.

    

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Hardback Editions

December 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
ISBN: 1-63026-405-9 / 978-1-63026-405-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turner
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Paperback Editions

December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
ISBN: 1-62045-459-9 / 978-1-62045-459-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turner
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November 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
ISBN: 0-451-41001-7 / 978-0-451-41001-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Onyx
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
ISBN: 1-5226-6416-5 / 978-1-5226-6416-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Pressure Points
Author(s): Larry Brooks
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
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