The Freedom Broker

The Freedom Broker There are twenty five elite kidnap and ransom KR 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

  • Title: The Freedom Broker
  • Author: K.J. Howe
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There are twenty five elite kidnap and ransom KR 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 neThere are twenty five elite kidnap and ransom KR 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

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    1. I received a copy of The Freedom Broker as a granted wish from Net Galley. The thing is though I don’t recall ever asking for this book. It is not one that would call out my name, as I tend to avoid international action thrillers like the plague. I was all set to inform Net Galley of their error, but on impulse decided maybe it was time to do an outside-the-box read as it had been a while. Those outside-the-boxers have been good to me more often than not, so I went ahead and downloaded the boo [...]

    2. My curiosity piqued by seeing a promotional poster on , I had to give this one a look. K.J. Howe storms onto the scene with her debut novel that pulls together a number of interesting perspectives and keeps the reader on their toes throughout. Athena 'Thea' Paris is a world-renowned and respected kidnap and rescue specialist, working for Quantum International Security. Her team has been able to facilitate the release of numerous high-ranking CEOs and members of the business community, though rar [...]

    3. I'm going to start out with a confession - K.J. Howe is my friend and was my critique partner back when I was writing Fire Study and the Glass books. Our busy lives intervened and we stopped exchanging critiques. I knew she had the talent and drive to get published and I was very excited to see her debut thriller on the "shelf."And it is a thriller - a scorching fast plot, nasty villains, bodies littered everywhere, and the stakes are so high they're in the stratosphere! I liked Thea right away [...]

    4. “I was amazed as people must be who are seized and kidnapped, and who realize that in the strange world of their captors they have a value absolutely unconnected with anything they know about themselves.”----Alice MunroK.J. Howe, the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, pens her debut crime fiction, The Freedom Broker which is the first book in her new thrilling series, Thea Paris. The story revolves around the kidnapping of a Greek oil tycoon, whose daughter, who is a part of a company that [...]

    5. For all my reviews, check out Clues and Reviewscluesandreviews.wordpress Thea Paris, a kidnap negotiator, prides herself on remaining disconnected. The only way she succeeds at her job is by keeping it at arm’s length and not getting too invested. This goes out the window when her father, oil magnate, Christos Paris is taken on his sixtieth birthday. Thea, battling past demons from her own brother’s kidnapping, calls in her team to help track her father down. Will she be able to save her fat [...]

    6. 3.4*There is a lot to like in this book if you like action packed thrillers. However, it does have some flaws.The opening chapters give you details about the main characters:Thea--She is the head of an operational team from Quantum International Security, which specializes in rescuing high profile kidnapped people, sometimes by an armed team, others by ransom.Thea's brother Nikos, who was kidnapped at 12 and returned nine months later a changed and hostile person.Rif--Thea's second on her team. [...]

    7. 2.5.Thea has specialized in preventing and rescuing people from kidnappers to make up for the fact she couldn't even scream when her brother Nikos was taken right before her eyes. Nikos was never the same, her whole family dynamics changed, and so she had to toughen up. And all that training can't go to waste now it was her father who was taken by a mysterious abductor that acts outside everything Thea has seen in the manual.This is action-filled and quick-paced. If you like solving mysteries, t [...]

    8. What an incredible book. Thanks to Chevy Stevens for putting a recommendation out there, if not for that I would never have found this author.Thank you Ms Howe for giving us a new female heroine, Thea Paris. The story is fast paced with non stop action and suspense. The author definitely did a through research in kidnapping, rescuing, and diabetes. We never find out until the end who the kidnapper is, and oh what an ending it is.Highly recommend this book. I'm definitely looking for the next thr [...]

    9. I was able to get my hands on an Advance Reader Copy of K.J. Howe's THE FREEDOM BROKER, the first Thea Paris novel, but certainly not the last! I read lots of thrillers. TFB is as entertaining as they come. Jack (Reacher) and Jason (Bourne) need to make room for Thea (Paris). Ms. Howe and Ms. Paris are definitely here to stay! And I'm delighted. And I think you will be too.

    10. Incredible and stunning! The story is one of the best action novels I've had the pleasure of reading. But there is so much more than action in this story. The characters are so well defined they're like long lost friends. The writing is shockingly vivid. I'm in love with K.J. Howe! When is the next Thea Paris novel?? I am definitely ready for the movie. Just wow!

    11. In my attempt to describe K.J. Howe’s powerful international thriller, The Freedom Broker, I found myself trying very hard to avoid certain words, phrases and sentences. I was afraid of giving away spoilers. What I can say is that you can expect to feel the vibration under your feet with sparks bursting from the author’s intensive and vivid writing style. The story centers around Thea Paris, a Kidnap and Ransom specialist and negotiator who finds herself embroiled in a personal family case: [...]

    12. The second kidnapping in one high-profile family ought to tip off our heroine that something is amiss; especially since the family is her own. She has made hostage release her life's work and has become one of the world's best, yet somehow she remains startlingly naive about her own upbringing and her uber-wealthy family. Parts of the mystery are good and compelling while other parts get bogged down in characters that defy common sense. Perhaps the next books in the series will have worked out s [...]

    13. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This story was fun and action packed.Unfortunately it was also silly in places and just too long which spoilt the enjoyment.

    14. 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 tru [...]

    15. There are 25 elite Kidnap and Ransom specialists in the world and only one is a woman. Thea Paris, and she is the best. Twenty years ago a terrified boy was ab-ducted in the middle of the night while his sister watched. Returned after 9 months Thea's brother has never been the same. This experience drove Thea to become what she is today, a world class freedom broker. Thea leads Quantum Security's black ops team andwhen all else fails they go into action. Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when h [...]

    16. This is well-written just plausible fun. I like a good adventure yarn, but too often in publishing today that means "older white guy shoot the bad guys (who are frequently not white), liberals are pussies" porn.No offense if you are into that.It's a big red flag, for example, if the book has a former special forces "operative" who must save the world and the book has a plug from a Bill O'Reilly type.Not doing that.

    17. This was a fantastic debut thriller with a new protagonist, Thea Paris. Thea is a Kidnap and Recovery Specialist suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. Thea is tough, strong and just a bit sassy. The author does an excellent job blending Thea's driving need to rescue her kidnapped father while hiding her diabetes from co-workers. Without getting all spoilery, while you know (or think you know) who the bad guys are there are still some surprising reveals at the end of the book. It had really good pacing [...]

    18. “The Freedom Broker” is a fast-paced, highly entertaining suspense novel. Read full review in the 2018 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.

    19. This was a fun, fast and entertaining debut of a new series featuring Thea Paris, an elite kidnap and ransom specialist. The action is non stop, the locales exotic and vividly described, and the characters an interesting mix of good and bad. Thea is, as expected, almost a superwoman with mad skills in combat and surveillance. The interesting aspect of her character is that she happens to be an insulin dependant diabetic so has to watch her diet, activity and blood glucose levels. The daughter of [...]

    20. The kidnapping of hostage rescue specialist Thea Paris' billionaire father Christos off his yacht in Santorini, Greece becomes problematic when no ransom demands are forthcoming. Complicating the issue for Thea was the kidnapping of her brother Nikos in Africa when they were children. Nikos was never the same after his 9 month captivity and she fears for the survival of her father. Teaming up with her able assistant and former US Army Special Forces officer Rif Hakan, the FBI Hostage Rescue and [...]

    21. I was extremely fortunate to get an ARC of The Freedom Broker by KJ Howe and I was extremely impressed! As a debut author her storytelling is right up there with the best in the game! She has detailed characters with great backstories and emotional and physical scars that help add depth to the story. I believe this will be one of the best debut authors for 2017 and can't wait to see where the Kidnap and Ransom Thea Paris series goes from here! Synopsis:Thea Paris is a Kidnap and Ransom operator, [...]

    22. A fabulous debut! Very intense and a great behind the scenes look at how negotiations and recoveries of hostages are done. Recommended!

    23. I had the honor of reading this as an ARC, and the world is in for a treat when the book is released in February 2017!

    24. ★★★1/2 (rounded up)This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- Thea Paris is such a cool character -- she's like a combination of Charlie Fox and Vanessa Michael Munroe -- but with a very different load of emotional baggage. When she was a child, her brother was sleeping in her room to help her make it through a hard night when he was kidnapped. She's spent the following decades convinced that the only reason he was kidnapped is that the abductors thought he was Thea. Yes, he [...]

    25. Prepare yourselves for a lot of Eeeeeeek’s and OMFG’s peeps as this book has me sooooooo excited, you may actually hear me squeal!Set in various parts of the world, such as Nigeria, Columbia, Greece and the main HQ in London, The Freedom Broker has the reader facing kidnapping, survival, guilt, anger, revenge, denial, betrayal and family relationships – of a semi dysfunctional sort!The plot was unrelenting, riveting and kept me hooked from the get go. I love it when a book has my heart rac [...]

    26. Debut novels are special — boldness of a new voice trying new things, the careful research and polish of a patient full focused effort. This adventure is a very readable novel, hard to put down over a 24 hr binge. Each setting, especially Santorini and Victoria Falls, was meticulously polished and realistically detailed. Clearly Howe had travelled and scoped these sites, and I enjoyed virtual visiting experience. The “journal entries” that appear later are exceptionally well writing, in a [...]

    27. Unnerving Magazine ReviewDoing reviews via request can ​really bog down a brain and then reading can become a chore if the books are too similar; in genre, in pacing, in styles. It happens when the brunt of a venue’s interest falls into one category. There is a cure for this feeling: find a great read that is nothing like the request list.Typically when I step out on horror it’s for crime, then literary (though usually still dark), and then science fiction. I’ve read numerous straight-u [...]

    28. Thea Paris is The Freedom Broker in K.J. Howe’s new kidnap-and-ransom thriller novel. Ripped from the headlines, this evil crime of kidnapping has become a dark, international financial exploitation. The protagonist in this fast-paced, forceful novel is one of the good guys who fight for captured victims. In addition to incredible actions scenes, and tense strategic maneuvering, this novel reveals the physical and mental injuries inflicted on kidnapping on the victim, as well as their family [...]

    29. Thea Paris is part of an elite group, trained to bring back hostages safely, by negotiation or other more direct means. Her brother was kidnapped as a child, and even though he returned home safely, it affected the whole family. Thea has devoted her life since, to making sure others don't go through what her brother had to endure. Her father, Christos, is the head of a billion dollar oil company, and that brings unwanted attention alongside all the trappings of wealth. When he's kidnapped in the [...]

    30. The book was so addictive, it had me stealing time from all my activities to keep reading. The author has brought to life an exceptionally strong, smart and intelligent woman in Thea Paris. I am positive she will be going on a series of adventures and I can hardly wait to see where they take her next.

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