The Freedom Broker

The Freedom Broker

by K. J. Howe


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The Freedom Broker by K. J. Howe




The survival window for kidnap victims is small. And Thea Paris is running out of time.

Thea Paris, one of only twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom specialists in the world—and the only one who is a woman—is the best in the business. And she's facing the most urgent and challenging rescue mission of her life: her own father's.

As a child, Thea was forced to watch, paralyzed with fear, while her younger brother was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders. This life-changing experience drove her to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker.

When Thea's 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 leave the entire crew slaughtered in their wake. Can Thea rescue her father—and prevent this kidnapping from destroying her family for good?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681443102
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Thea Paris Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 514,198
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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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The Freedom Broker 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not heard of this writer. But I am very glad that I was able to read The Freedom Broker by K.J. Howe. As I read this absorbing book I could not help thinking that I was reading the work of a veteran writer. The story moves swiftly and is filled with intimate details that make the reader believe that he is right along with our illustrious hero. Freedom Broker is the kind of book that makes me hope for a long series commitment by the writer. I know that I will definitely read the next entry into the fascinating life of Thea Paris, A.K.A. the Freedom Broker.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Action packed
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Everything about The Freedom Broker by K J Howe, spoke to me. I am always on the lookout for strong female characters that are different, that walk to the beat of their own drum and Thea does that in spades. The thrills and chill begin early and never let up. I don’t feel I did this book justice in my review. For some reason, the words won’t come for the level of feelings I had for some of the characters…not the rich and famous…but the ones caught up in the maelstrom, for the sense of truth I felt throughout the story, even though I know it’s fiction. The level of brutality someone can callously inflict on another is indescribable. All hell breaks loose in Africa. . We have action from the beginning…a hostage to be rescued in Nigeria. Kidnapping is big business. Thea is one of the top negotiators in the world and the only female. Her team is the best of the best. When her father is taken, she will pull out all the stops to save him. There is no way she will step aside and let others run the investigation. Thea is not so much flawed or disabled, she just has to stay in tune with her body. She has diabetes, but it doesn’t stop her from trudging through jungles, fully geared up, fighting alongside men twice her size. Bullets are fired, throats are slit, bombs are exploding, bodies are literally falling off the cliffs, a plane crashing, and as the body count rises, so does the mystery for those investigating Christo Paris’ kidnapping. The brutal torture, starvation and filth the kidnapped endure is only compounded by the mental isolation and helplessness. Professional kidnappers, terrorists, political agendas. I was stunned at Ares’ true identity. He is wanted worldwide for gun trafficking, kidnapping and murder. This is really bad. Every time HE comes near Thea, I fear for her. When she does figure it out, I wonder what will happen. Every time I begin to relax, trying to put the pieces together, some danger rears its ugly head and more people die. An aura of danger permeates every page. We have many convoluted machinations within multiple factions, each with their own agenda. Betrayal…that word does not begin to describe what happens. I keep waiting…waiting…waiting…for her to learn the truth. The Freedom Broker by K J Howe is one of those books that reads like a true story filled with death and danger. The research K J Howe has done shines through. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of The Freedom Broker by K J Howe.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
A great debut book. I was riveted by the story from the very first page until the very last word. I certainly hope this is the start of a series that will include the major characters of this book. Very interesting.
spatt856 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but I can't say that I loved it. It almost felt like there was just a little too much of everything. If this continues as a series I would give the next installment a try, but it would need to knock my socks off for me to continue beyond that. I definitely see potential but I think the author needs to tighten up the story a bit. I'd rate it at 3 1/2 stars.