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The Freedom Broker: A Thea Paris Novel Series, Book 1
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"RAZOR SHARP AND FULL OF YOU-ARE-THERE AUTHENTICITY—A SUPERB THRILLER." —LEE CHILD


"AN AMAZING PAGE-TURNER." —JEFF AYERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS


"MOVE OVER JASON BOURNE, ACTION HAS A NEW NAME!" —LISA GARDNER


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?

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"RAZOR SHARP AND FULL OF YOU-ARE-THERE AUTHENTICITY—A SUPERB THRILLER." —LEE CHILD


"AN AMAZING PAGE-TURNER." —JEFF AYERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS


"MOVE OVER JASON BOURNE, ACTION HAS A NEW NAME!" —LISA GARDNER


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?

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      • source: Jeff Ayers, Associated Press
      • content: 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.
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      • source: Providence Journal
      • content: 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.
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      • source: Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
      • content: Razor sharp and full of you-are-there authenticity - a superb thriller.
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      • source: Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her
      • content: 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.
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      • source: Booklist (Starred Review)
      • content: 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.
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      • source: Kirkus (Starred Review)
      • content: 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.
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: Howe provides non-stop action, believable characters, and a well-researched look at the world of international kidnapping.
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      • source: Ali Karim, Shots Magazine
      • content: 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.
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      • source: The Real Book Spy
      • content: 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!
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      • source: The Criminal Element
      • content: 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.
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      • source: Diabetes Forecast
      • content: The Freedom Broker is for fans of fast-paced thrillers —and anyone looking for some diabetes representation in their fiction.
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      • source: The Florida Times Union
      • content: Author K.J. Howe has given full measure to her debut novel.
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      • source: MysteryScene Magazine
      • content: 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!
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      • content: 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.
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        October 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.

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        Starred review from November 1, 2016
        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.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from November 1, 2016
        The crime of kidnapping unites a family. Nikos Paris was kidnapped when he was 12 years old, as his shocked younger sister, Thea, looked on; then the boy was held captive for nine months, an experience that irrevocably changed him. Thea has become a fearless response consultant for Quantum International Security, specializing in kidnap prevention, negotiation, and hostage extraction, and she hides her diabetes to avoid being judged weak. Then Thea and Nikos' father, oil magnate Christos, is kidnapped from his yacht in Greece just before his sixtieth-birthday celebration and as negotiations for a contract on an oil-rich area in Africa are about to begin. As Thea and her colleagues search for her father, Nikos' experience in captivity and dual identity are revealed, leading to a potentially fatal showdown on an elevated bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Fortunately Thea has an ally from the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell as well as Rif Askerher boss' son, father's godson, and childhood friend, who always has her back. This debut novel by Howe, executive director of the International Thriller Writers' annual ThrillerFest, 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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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"RAZOR SHARP AND FULL OF YOU-ARE-THERE AUTHENTICITY—A SUPERB THRILLER." —LEE CHILD


"AN AMAZING PAGE-TURNER." —JEFF AYERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS


"MOVE OVER JASON BOURNE, ACTION HAS A NEW NAME!" —LISA GARDNER


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...

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