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The Geneva Decision

(Sabel Origins #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  534 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Pia Sabel plays to win.

Until a few weeks ago, she was an international soccer star. But now she’s taken the helm of her billionaire father’s private security company, and she’s playing against a whole new set of opponents – the kind who shoot to kill.

On her first day on the job, Pia’s client is assassinated in front of her. There’s no time for training, so Pia must trust
Published December 1st 2012 by Seeley James (first published November 29th 2012)
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Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of action adventure, or of action heroines
The length of time it took me to read this fast-paced action novel is deceptive. I started reading it as a free e-book, having taken the author up on an offer he made in one of my groups, and I read in that format only intermittently; it doesn't fit into my schedule well. Some time later, he generously offered me a signed paperback copy (with no request for a review!); and I was delighted to accept, since I already knew I wanted a hard copy! From that point on, it flew pretty quickly; the narrat ...more
Seeley James
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote the best, most exciting story I could possibly write featuring a female lead, Pia Sabel. I hope you find her an engaging, thoughtful, caring, and (above all) ass-kicking, no excuses heroine.

I attempted to portray women in leadership roles who can plan and execute a complex mission without their primary conversations revolving around sex and fashion. I modeled these women after the women in my life.

If you would like a review copy, please don't hesitate to email me:
Zoë Sharp
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
After a slightly hesitant start, this book really got into its stride and kept going strong. I loved the character of Pia Sabel - there's a girl Charlie Fox would team up with any day! ...more
William Davis
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Action and Adventure on Every Page

If you’re an adrenalin junkie who enjoys breakneck pacing and action on every page, then The Geneva Decision is the book for you.

Pia Sabel is young, rich and a gifted Olympic athlete—a true action heroine. She reminds me of heroines in recent movies like Zoe Saldana in Colombiana or Angelina Jolie in Wanted.
Pia’s billionaire father has given Pia the top spot in his international security firm. And what is her first challenge? The assassination of one of her fi
Eric Wright
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is of an e-book copy provided to me by the author via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in return for my fair and impartial review. 978-0-9886996-0-1

James tells the kind of story I enjoy, one with a strong protagonist struggling against heavy odds in a contemporary and realistic setting slotted into an intricate plot that shifts between exotic destinations. The story is fast paced and well written.

The heroine is unusual, a young soccer star, Pia Sabel, who inherits Sabel Securi
Lance Charnes
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action-adventure fans who don't mind women kicking butt
The Geneva Decision does a lot of things that are different from the run-of-the-mill action thriller. For one thing, its protagonist and dominant personality is a woman; she’s not a guy with breasts, nor a cartoon ultravixen, nor does she wear Spandex unless she’s working out. She even keeps her clothes on through the entire book. (That may be a spoiler.) The good guys don’t work for some ultra-secret government agency; they’re private security contractors, and although well-heeled, they don’t h ...more
Dana Delamar
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Geneva Decision" is an action-packed, never-a-dull-moment thriller with an interesting protagonist. Pia Sabel is a professional soccer player who ends up running a security company. Her skills and background make her well-suited to the task in some ways, but she has a steep learning curve, and it's entertaining to see how she grows into the role.

Although the story flowed well and I was entertained throughout, I found myself shaking my head and yelling at Pia several times for her pig-heade
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Full disclosure - I was provided a copy of this book by the author.

This is an enjoyable book however I did feel that it lacked a central direction. This sort of made it feel to me like a number of incidents some what loosely connected together. Each scene in itself is well written and grabs the reader, however when they are over there just isn't that impetus to turn the page and keep reading.

The characters are engaging and distinct which make the book more enjoyable. What I would have liked to h
Miekey Rodriguez
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An heiress wants to know who killed her customer and goes all over the world to find out. I always hear people say "gripping story" but in this case it fits. She's a spoiled rich kid who retired from soccer (although we don't know why). I've never seen a soccer player in a thriller before. The first move she made is one I've done on the pitch (you will get a yellow card though) so I know it works. After that, she's pretty resourceful in using her strengths against a bunch of killers. What I like ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Geneva Decision. The main character, Pia Sabel has taken on a job where she may very well be in over her head. But she's not willing to admit defeat and she is not going to give up. This is a refreshing change to the mystery/thriller concepts where the protagonist can't do anything wrong. Pia is new at this. She makes mistakes. She learns as she goes along. She makes friends and enemies along the way, and people get hurt. All of this adds up to a reading experience that is both fun a ...more
Andrew Montooth
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great thriller featuring a woman character (heroine?) with other women in prominent roles. And none of them discuss shoes or men. These women actually strategize and discuss plans with each other. Then she goes off and kicks ass better than any other female lead in literature today. Highly recommended. More at ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall I thought this was a good fun read. Pia is a believable and likeable character. Book was fast paced. Looking forward to the next one.
Lex Allen
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a couple of things that make or break a novel for me. The first is... can the author set the scenes, chapter for chapter, and define the characters without excessive narrative detail; and the second is... can he or she tell a great story that keeps the reader guessing all the way through. Mr. James gets an A+ in both areas.

Pia Sable is a fascinating character and, as an ex-player, coach and life-long fan of the beautiful game, I was transfixed at how Pia used her football skills, both
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of crime novels. One of my favorite authors is John Sandford, and it’s because his character, Lucas Davenport, is different from most of the other detectives out there. I picked up The Geneva Decision based on a recommendation and I’m glad I did. I ended up liking Pia Sabel, the female lead, for the same reasons I like Lucas; she’s different. It took me a while to buy into Pia Sabel, but once I did, I found myself liking her.

The pacing was good and the story moved along nicely, alt
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to start saying that I am a big fan of "Jack Reacher". I was introduced to him 10 years ago and I followed all his past and current travels since then. So its obvious that a post on FB caught my eye "Is Pia Sabel the next Jack Reacher".

I am glad that I had a chance to meet Pia on her first mission in Geneva. Thanks to author Seeley James, I have one more hero who took my sleep for reading their adventures. The thought of a professional gold medal footballer turned head of security
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A new action series featuring Pia Sabel, former Olympic soccer player taking over dad's security firm. Pia is smart, naive and a quick learner as she goes to the 'field' in a fast-paced romp between Africa and Europe to uncover a web of intrigue (no spoilers here!) This one will certainly keep your attention and entertain. I had a little trouble keeping track of who was who as there are a number of players/characters & a bit over the top sometimes with Pia's new career change. This is a great fi ...more
Kathleen R.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just the type of book that kept my heart pumping and my eyes glued to the pages. literally. the style of writing slowly pulls you in, and without realizing it, half the day is gone! the action never leaves you wanting more, and especially, you see the other side, the unknown factor in what it takes to be the best of the best and surviving against all odds. bring on the next book in the series, because quite frankly, I can't wait to find out what will happen to our characters!! ...more
Gerald Nusbaum
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good read by Seeley James. Pia Sabel is former soccer star, who has taken over Her fathers security firm. This is the first time she has been out in the field. She has to prove to her co-workers that she can handle the field work, while chasing assassins. Seeley is a independent writer, Pia is 1st in this series. This was a good book and a fast page turner.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: s, 2013

About The Geneva Decision:

Pia Sabel plays to win.

Until a few weeks ago, she was an international soccer star. But now she’s taken the helm of her billionaire father’s private security company, and she’s playing against a whole new set of opponents – the kind who shoot to kill.

On her first day on the job, Pia’s client is assassinated in front of her. There’s no time for training, so Pia must trust her instincts and athletic skills to unravel the complicated maze of money lau
Michael Sherer
Seeley James has created in Pia Sabel a kickass competitor to Zoe Sharp’s Charlie Fox. James introduces readers to Pia in THE GENEVA DECISION, the first in what promises to be a series of adventurous romps around the globe.

A World Cup soccer player before an unspoken, on-field calamity put an end to her career, Pia is given the helm of a global security firm by her adoptive father Alan Sabel despite the fact that she knows nothing about security let alone how to run a company. Eager to prove he
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pia Sabel runs Sabel Security for her billionaire adopted father, Alan. Just months before she was a star on the American soccer team, playing in both the World Cup and the Olympics. At twenty-five, she was pressured to retire and take over the company. Her father wanted her to be a desk jockey and run the business, schmoozing clients.

Pia had other ideas.

Which didn't set well with the employees. Nepotism and an inexperienced leader had them resigning in droves. Changes she instituted weren't hel
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
A very readable book. Pia Sabel is a kick-ass yet vulnerable female ex-Olympic footballer turned detective, and despite being mega rich, the author succeeds in making Pia an easy character to relate to.
The story races along at a good clip, jumping destinations like a Bond film, with plenty of the type of details that make it easy to visualise the setttings. Dialogue between the cast is snappy and believable, and carries the slightly dubious plot along even when it gets a bit far fetched.
I did fi
Mike Dishmon
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was offered a free ebook and accepted. Little did I know that it would gobble up much of my free time for the next few days. This tale is very engrossing, and grabs you fairly quickly. The initial action scenes are very well done and keep you wanted more. Pia, the main character, is one of the very few main characters in a thriller series that I fully enjoy. She is a former soccer star turned Security company badass....let's just leave it at that.
Without giving too much of the story away (I h
Melissa Krueger
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! this book captured my imagination quickly and held it. i stayed up way too late reading this one. Mr. James writes with impact and leaves every chapter hanging without making you feel like he was doing it on purpose. This one moved forward with more than just shoot-run type chase scenes--it had a reason for going everywhere it went. And it was fun. Really fun.

Especially nice to see a woman taking charge without deferring to a man somewhere along the line. This one has two powerful women lea
Babus Ahmed
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! What can I say about this book? It was high octane action spanning from Geneva to Cameroon which kept me on the edge of my seat from the start and Pia Sabel is a very likeable Lara Croftesque heroine. There were times i felt a little sorry for the seasoned soldiers with military training who were put to shame by Pia but she missed enough targets to make her somewhat human. Despite guessing some aspects of the conclusion of this mystery thriller there was a lot I didn't see coming and no dou ...more
Hailee Williams
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just read the first few chapters of this book (I didn't want to commit to buying it in case I didn't like it), and have now decided to buy the rest of it. At first I thought it would just be another action novel with a strong, female character who kicks butt and happens to meet and attractive guy who isn't really her type, but the story IS dynamic, and so far, has gotten me interested enough to want to know how it ends. Seeley has set up the characters and their stories in a way that has pr ...more
I was given this book to provide a review and after getting over the thrill of being asked, I was a bit disappointed. I usually like a good strong female character wrapped up in a mystery but I didn't find this main character very likeable or credible. It was a great mystery that finally came together in the end but there were several times that main character, Pia, would suddenly figure out the next step of the mystery without enough clues to the reader what was going on and I found myself freq ...more
Lorin Cary
Pia Sabel is a strong female character, a former champion soccer player. An heiress, her dad gives her the security firm he's built and she is off and running with a strange mystery. Bankers in Geneva are being murdered. So Pia heads up the investigation; one of the bankers had requested the company's service. This takes Pia and her team, some of whom think she's a worthless rich kid who knows nothing, into Africa and back to unravel a tangled web of mayhem. The pacing is quick and the dialogus ...more
Lynette Eakin
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I am glad I decided to read this book. I find this author to have a good grasp on writing a interesting story with lots of action. I am glad he wrote it so there can be many more stories with these characters. I was impressed with how well written the book was and didn't find typos as I usually do with e-books. I will definitely be getting more of his books.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Geneva Decision was AWESOME! Seeley James is an incredible author! I was sitting at the edge of my seat reading this book and I couldn't put it down! I loved all the twists and turns. I hope there are more books about Pia Sabel. I would love to know what other events life has in store for her. ...more
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