The Freedom Broker – K. J. Howe (Thea Paris 1)


The Freedom Broker was published by Headline on 23 February 2017 and is available to buy here

The first in a brand new series featuring Thea Paris, a kidnap and ransom specialist. Lee Child calls THE FREEDOM BROKER a ‘superb thriller’, Lisa Gardner says it’s ‘clever and gritty’ and Peter James calls it ‘spellbinding’. If you like the thrillers of James Patterson and Lee Child, or are a fan of Jason Bourne, you will love this.

At eight years old, Thea Paris watched her brother being snatched from his bed.

Her inability to save him has haunted both their lives ever since.

Twenty years later, the unthinkable happens when her billionaire father is abducted.

But this time, she is prepared.

Now, Thea is at the top of her game as a freedom broker, negotiating for the release of kidnap victims around the world.

And she has only one objective:

Find him or die trying…

My thoughts

There is nothing I love more than being transported into a world of danger and action. I simply had to read The Freedom BrokerThe Freedom Broker is the first in a brand new series by K. J. Howe. It introduces the tough Thea Paris, a kidnapping and rescue expert.

We become part of a world, where high profile individuals are kidnapped for their net worth. One family is incredibly unlucky. Twenty years ago, Thea’s brother, Nikos, was kidnapped and several months later returned to the family. In the present day, a rich Greek oil tycoon disappears from his yacht. It is Thea’s father. The race is on to trace and rescue him. Luckily Thea works for Quantum International Security. She is surrounded by friends and colleagues who can help her. She has the skills and ability to find her father. Will she get to her father in time to prevent him dying, at the hand of his kidnappers?

There is much to love about The Freedom Broker. The plot is pure escapism and loads of fun. The pace is just right and we feel a part of the action. It is easy to go with the flow and just accept how it plays out. Thea Paris and her adventures make her very much a character with potential. She is smart and intriguing. Thea’s life with diabetes adds an extra layer of realism. We also get the hint of romance, with her colleague Rif. I am not so sure about Thea’s brother. He was less convincing and more one dimensional. I didn’t feel we got a full understanding of his psychological state, in the same way as his sister. This is a debut novel, so I am more forgiving of flaws.

This was an engaging and action packed thriller, that I raced through at top speed. It put a smile on my face. I enjoyed myself. We have a memorable lead in Thea. I will be definitely seek out the next book, in the series.







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