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The Freedom Broker

(Thea Paris #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,586 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Kidnap negotiator Thea Paris has spent her entire life with survivor's guilt, following an unspeakable childhood tragedy. At eight years old, she watched, frozen in fear, as her twelve-year-old brother, Nikos, was abducted from their home in Kanzi, Africa. Although he was recovered nine months later, he was never the same after that; worse, Thea discovers that she was supp ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Headline (first published February 7th 2017)
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Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 book. ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
My curiosity piqued by seeing a promotional poster on Goodreads, 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, t ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this on April 29, but set it aside on May 1 for another book that was calling my name. I’m back to this one now, May 6, with undivided attention.

This book is about a “kidnap and recovery” business. It’s also the story of a family that experienced a kidnapping and has been in turmoil ever since the 12 year old son was returned nine months later. The boy is now a man, and he’s a damaged person.

For a debut, this is pretty good. It had a different premise and held my interest. It i
Maria V. Snyder
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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
“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 Munro

K.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 re
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.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is nothing I love more than being transported into a world of danger and action. I simply had to read The Freedom Broker. The 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 th
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It's always great to see strong female lead characters in an action thriller, as lets face it, there isn't enough of them about. Thea certainly gets right into the thick of things being a hostage negotiator. Right from the start we can see she is not someone you want to mess with as she knows how to handle herself as well as weapons.

I have to take my hat off to the author for incorporating someone in this role with having diabetes one. Due to the nature of her job Thea decides to keep this from
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2017

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
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Debra Webb
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Ronald Barak
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sean Peters
Jan 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
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:

Freedom Broker is an adrenaline-fueled, non-stop thrill ride. From the pulse pounding fir
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sherry Fundin
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 truth I fe
Khaled Talib
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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: her
John Kerry
Sep 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A good mystery thriller is always exhilarating, but a best thriller is even more so. Far-flung locales—unfamiliar to either the reader, the protagonist, or both—add an extra layer of intrigue to any thriller novel. The Freedom Broker by K. J. Howe This book will take you not only around the world, but into the hearts and minds. This novel has lots of twists and plenty of action. Very topical action filled thriller. Because of the twists in plot and the amazing scenes, this novel would make a gre ...more
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 ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
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.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Edward  Goetz
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, general-fiction
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.
InD'tale Magazine
“The Freedom Broker” is a fast-paced, highly entertaining suspense novel.

Read full review in the 2018 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Joseph Finder
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A terrific series debut — Thea Paris is a thriller protagonist to watch.
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
Dana Haynes
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just finished “The Freedom Broker” by K.J. Howe. A strong international thriller by a woman who writes very much in the same genre as I do! Thea Paris is a kidnap-and-ransom expert whose brother was kidnapped as a child, and whose father is a wealthy Greek oil magnate. The story revolves around the father’s abduction on the eve of a major petroleum deal in Africa. The settings are intense and well described (especially the beauty of Santorini, Greece). Howe has written two more Thea Paris thrill ...more
Karel Baloun
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 unique ...more
Chris  Miller
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Tom Tischler
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 and
when all else fails they go into action. Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when h
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Thriller on Red Bull

Sugar free of course. Thea is type 1 diabetes.
Fast paced, 1000cc's of adrenaline right out of the gate.
The Paris clan a super wealthy and highly dysfunctional family.

The story of Niko's captivity was well written and very disturbing.

Very well done for a debut novel.
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Kimberley Howe is the Executive Director of ThrillerFest. Thrillerfest is a conference of International Thriller Writers held every July in New York City. She is also a former medical, health, and fitness writer, as well as, a world traveler, cyclist, swimmer and tennis player.

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