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The Freedom Broker
     

The Freedom Broker

by K.J. Howe
 

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There are twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom (K&R) specialists in the world. Only one is a woman: Thea Paris. And she's the best in the business.

Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's

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There are twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom (K&R) specialists in the world. Only one is a woman: Thea Paris. And she's the best in the business.

Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same.

This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads Quantum Security International's black-ops team on highly sensitive rescue missions to political hot spots around the globe.

Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when her oil magnate father, Christos Paris, is snatched from his yacht off Santorini on his sixtieth birthday, days away from the biggest deal of his career. The brutal kidnappers left the entire crew slaughtered in their wake, but strangely, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests-just obscure and foreboding texts written in Latin sent from burner phones.

Knowing the survival window for kidnap victims is small, Thea throws herself into the most urgent and challenging rescue mission of her life-but will she be able to prevent this kidnapping from destroying her family for good?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/31/2016
Kidnap and rescue expert Thea Paris, the heroine of Howe’s promising debut, has suffered from survivor’s guilt ever since her brother, Nikos, was kidnapped 20 years earlier at age 12—despite Niko’s safe return. In the present day, the stakes get personal again when Thea’s wealthy father, Christos, is kidnapped on his 60th birthday from his yacht, which was moored at the Greek island of Santorini. A powerful oil baron about to make the deal of a lifetime, Christos has certainly made his share of enemies. Thea expects a ransom demand, but instead a series of foreboding messages in Latin come to her father’s phone. With no way to know whether her father is still alive, or who’s behind the kidnapping, Thea must fight the clock, her own secrets, and those of her closest family members in order to find the truth. Howe, the executive director of ITW’s annual Thrillerfest, provides nonstop action, believable characters, and a well-researched look at the world of international kidnapping. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates. (Feb.)
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"The Freedom Broker opens hot and stays that way. Author K.J. Howe and her protagonist, hostage-negotiator Thea Paris, are off to a high-octane start in this international thriller and series debut. Thea's oil-tycoon father is kidnapped — echoing the abduction of her brother two decades earlier — and it's up to Thea to solve the family's brutal business. A wickedly fast read."—Neely Tucker, author of the Sully Carter series

"You know upon reading the first chapters of her novel, Freedom Broker, that you are in the presence of an enormous potential. The writing is brisk, the tone confident, and the story not only eye-popping original but also riveting. It is one of those (forgive the cliché) can't-put-downers as you get enmeshed in the world of K&R."—Books du Jour

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-10-19
A fast-moving thriller featuring kidnapped oil tycoon Christos Paris and his kidnap-negotiator daughter, Thea. She's tough. She's smart. She's diabetic.Greek mogul Christos is snatched from his yacht, The Aphrodite, on Christmas Day, his name day, and his crew lies dead in pools of blood. Luckily, Thea's job at London-based Quantum International Security (QSI) is hostage rescue. She's a woman of "pure steel" in an "action-oriented domain." American Special Agent Gabrielle Farrah gets involved, because the Christos name is "synonymous with the oil that fueled America." There are no ransom demands, only cryptic messages in Latin. QSI has no idea who's holding Christos, but maybe it's the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, Nikos Paris hates his father, who he feels didn't do enough to rescue him 20 years ago when at age 12 he'd been kidnapped by a warlord. The family had been living in the (fictional) African nation of Kanzi, where for more than nine months Nikos' captors had forced him to become a murderous child soldier. Now, in addition to being the well-known son of a rich man, Nikos is also Ares, an arms dealer and "self-proclaimed God of War," though only a few know about his alter ego. He "could order someone's death with a casual whisper," but don't expect him to help in the search for Dad. And Helena Paris has little time to enjoy being Christos' fifth wife, because her limo explodes with her in it. "Bodies kept accumulating" around Thea, oh yes they surely did. The action largely takes place in Africa and is relentless, leaving just enough time for one vivid airborne sex scene. Thea tries to lead a prime minister through a ventilation system even as she fears she won't get her insulin dose in time. But the best scene—and who cares if it's plausible—involves bungee jumping over the Zambezi River. It's worth the price of the book. A spectacular start for what promises be a great Thea Paris series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781681443102
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
02/07/2017
Series:
A Thea Paris Novel Series
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
49,625
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

K.J. Howe is the executive director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers. A three-time Daphne du Maurier Award winner, she completed her MA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She is an avid traveler who has raced camels in Jordan, surfed in Hawaii, and dove with the great whites in South Africa. She became fascinated by the kidnap and ransom (K&R) world after meeting Peter Moore, a British computer consultant who became the longest-held hostage in Iraq and the only person to survive of the five men who were taken that day. This is her debut novel.

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