"Breathless action, great characters and convincing details make Howe's The Freedom Broker a surefire rocket to the top of the lists."Linwood Barclay, #1 Internationally Bestselling Author
"The Freedom Broker delivers big time with a compelling heroine, cracker jack action, and plot that grabs and holds to the last page."John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
"A masterful thriller that you won't soon forget after turning the last exciting pageand one that will leave you wondering how fast you can get your hands on Thea Paris's next extraordinary adventure."W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV, No. 1 New York Times bestselling authors
"I absolutely loved this read and its super-smart and able protagonist, Thea Paris! K.J. Howe's clever and action-packed storytelling is an exciting and groundbreaking addition to the genre."
Sara Blaedel, #1 Internationally Bestselling Author of the Louise Rick series
"Unrelentingly entertaining and impossible to put down, The Freedom Broker boasts the ferociously savvy, serious as hell Thea Paris, who brilliantly plots and fearlessly fights to rescue her kidnapped father from the clutches of expert, deadly opponents."
Karin Slaughter, Internationally Bestselling Author of The Kept Woman
"K.J. Howe hits the ground at a dead run with her new heroine-smart, tough, and extremely driven kidnap-retrieval expert, Thea Paris. It's clear Howe has done her research-on locations, the intricacies of kidnap negotiations, and the nitty-gritty realities of taking the fight to the bad guys. Expertly plotted, The Freedom Broker at once satisfies and leaves us impatient for the next one."Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of the Jericho Quinn series
"Smart, fast, and vivid, The Freedom Broker pitches brother against sister in a global power play that turns to war. Unique settings and expertly told, K.J. Howe knows her stuff."Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author
"An impressive debut that delivers a dazzling thrill ride, leaving the reader breathless and smarter. Rich with exotic locales and insights into the high-stakes world of international kidnapping, The Freedom Broker soars with high adventure as Thea Paris does it all in this outstanding series starter."Lissa Price, Internationally Bestselling author of the Starters series
"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
"A fast paced, action packed story that will keep readers guessing until the very end!"Write - Read - Life
"This story has many little items that you would not expect to read in a thriller...KJ Howe manages within a few paragraphs to bring Thea Paris to life...watch out literary world! KJ Howe has arrived!"
Authors on the Air
"Howe might be a first time novelist, but the razor sharp writing is without an ounce of fat. With loads of technical explanations of weaponry and procedures, this story could have easily been drowned in detail, but it only pushes the action forward. This will wind up becoming a contender for best thriller of the year. Easily."
Cemetery Dance Magazine
"Howe's book is a thriller that kept me up all night. I finished it in a single sitting and enjoyed every moment. I can't wait for the next installment."Scott's Diabetes Blog
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.