Winner of the International Thriller Writer's Best First Novel Award, 2018
Nominated for the 2018 Best Thriller, Barry Award
"Howe uses fascinating details regarding real-world teams that specialize in kidnapping with gripping action and thrills to make this an amazing page-turner. It's hard to believe that this is her first novel because the story, characters and pacing feel like the work of a much more experienced storyteller."Jeff Ayers, Associated Press
"Razor sharp and full of you-are-there authenticity - a superb thriller."Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
"Move over Jason Bourne, action has a new name as international kidnapping expert Thea Paris pulls out all the stops to rescue her own father in this clever and gritty debut."Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her
"This debut novel generates nonstop suspense, commanding attention from the start and never letting go. Intended as the start of a series, this is a must for thriller fans."
Booklist (Starred Review)
"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 . . . A spectacular start for what promises to be a great Thea Paris series."
Kirkus (Starred Review)
"The Freedom Broker combines terrific thriller writing and fascinating research about hostage rescues. This is fact and fiction at its best."
James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Howe provides non-stop action, believable characters, and a well-researched look at the world of international kidnapping."
"A debut of considerable power . . . Highly recommended for those seeking the comfort and thrills that an international thriller can provide in a world where fact and fiction seem intertwined. I am sure we will be hearing again from Thea Paris before too long."
Ali Karim, Shots Magazine
"Unparalleled storytelling by K.J. Howe . . . Her characters are memorable and realistic. She has a great talent for the description of landscapes, action, and an unerring detail for stealth from the beginning to the climactic end. I wish I could write as well."Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pharaoh's Secret
"It's hard to reach the level of Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben the first time out of the box, but K.J. Howe does just that in her masterful debut, The Freedom Broker."
"I figured Howe could deliver suspense and intrigue. What really surprised me is her ability to bring the action! She has her own unique style, and her diabetic, forced-to-thrive-in-a-predominantly-male-profession heroine, Thea Paris, is a great new character. Throw Gayle Lynds and Lee Child into a blender, and you get K.J. Howe. Do not miss this debut!"The Real Book Spy
"The action is fast-paced and believable...Thea is sharp and smart and knows her combat. The final confrontation pumps up the action to the max and kept me on the edge of my seat. I stayed up burning through the last hundred pages to find out the identity of the abductors and their motives. A great, solid entry in the espionage thriller genre that will please military buffs and those interested in the twisted world of global politics and the battle over resources that affects us all."The Criminal Element
"The Freedom Broker is for fans of fast-paced thrillers and anyone looking for some diabetes representation in their fiction."Diabetes Forecast
"Author K.J. Howe has given full measure to her debut novel."The Florida Times Union
"While there is a lot of action, the real heart of the story lies in Thea's relationships... This look at the softer side of the tough hostage specialist elevates The Freedom Broker above a typical bullet-laden thriller, and I'm interested to see what happens next in the Thea Paris series."MysteryScene Magazine
"an excellent debut from an exciting new talent. Such was the fast pace of my reading, it left me with a blister on my page turning finger! Brilliant stuff!"CrimeSquad
"The Freedom Broker is a winner. [K.J. Howe's] action scenes are realistic and exciting. Her pace is relentless. And her twists and turns are shocking."Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"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
"Howe has done her research. Her writing is tight and the situations and her characters come to life. It's hard to believe this is her debut novel. Howe doesn't fall back on standard thriller tropes; the story is fresh and unique. Thea Paris is a female Rambo, strong and resilient and this reviewer appreciates that Howe doesn't fall into the "romance" trap. The action in the story keeps you on the edge of your seat and you don't see the twist at the end coming. I highly recommend this novel."
"With an alpha female heroine and a plot that's smart, detailed, and highly engaging, The Freedom Broker introduces a new name to the thriller genre: K.J. Howe. It's a fantastic debut . . . a pulse-pounding treat for anyone who loves action and adventure."Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Patriot Threat
"K.J. Howe's debut novel is a high-stakes geopolitical thriller that is truly a page turner. The Freedom Broker explores and illuminates the exotic world of elite Delta Force-type professionals who make a dangerous and deadly living rescuing kidnap victims all over the world. And we are along for the ride of our lives. Incredibly well-researched and expertly written, this is a behind-the-scenes story of how some hostage victims come home safely and why some do not."Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Panther
"K.J. Howe tells a spellbinding tale, her descriptions so vivid you can smell every heart-pounding second of her action, and she writes with a deeply human voice."Peter James, bestselling author of You Are Dead
"K.J. Howe is a master at weaving together action and suspense. Her debut The Freedom Broker is an engaging, fast-moving, spellbinding international intrigue that will leave you breathless. In Thea Paris, Howe has created a smart, complex, yet kick-ass character that you'll want to follow and root for."Simon Gervais, former RCMP counterterrorism agent and bestselling author of The Thin Black Line
"What a crackling debut! International kidnap rescue specialist Thea Paris is a beguiling hero caught in the case of her life, and KJ Howe writes about her with knowledge and precision. The Freedom Broker explodes with high-level excitement!"
Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"The Freedom Broker has great bones: engaging characters, nimble pacing, and crackling action."
Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author
"The pulse-pounding excitement never ends in this remarkable debut novel . . . From Africa's violent backcountry to cosmopolitan Athens and the corridors of power in Washington D.C., Howe takes the reader on the thriller ride of a lifetime. All of kidnap negotiator Thea Paris's skills are tested when she has to save a billionaire who is also someone she loves. Memorable characters, muscular prose, and a world atlas of fascinating insider details make this a can't-put-down read. I loved it!"Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins
"A high-octane debut thriller from K.J. Howe. Kidnap negotiator Thea Paris is a heroine with brains, martial skills, and true character, whose own dark and deep family history drives her on as she travels the world bringing kidnapped victims home to their loved ones. Here's hoping Paris returns soon for another outing!"
Mark Greaney, #1 NYT-bestselling author
"The Freedom Broker is an adrenaline-fueled, non-stop thrill ride. From the pulse pounding first pages, through the shocking conclusion, Howe never lets up on the suspense, the twists, and the action. Hostage negotiator Thea Paris is my favorite kind of heroine fierce, whip-smart, and very human. We'll all be waiting anxiously for the next riveting chapter in her story."Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author
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.