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by K.J. Howe

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 supposed to have been the target.

This defining experience drives Thea to become one of the top operatives in the field of kidnap-and-ransom consultancy. Nicknamed "Liberata" because she once secured the release of a captive from the Sicilian mob without her client paying a cent, she travels the globe trying to bring hostages home--mostly through negotiation, but occasionally through more forceful means. She is very good at her job.

Twenty years after her brother's abduction, Thea's worst nightmare is revisited when her father, oil magnate Christos Paris, is taken on his sixtieth birthday. He disappears from his yacht while it is moored at Santorini, the ship's whole crew slaughtered mercilessly.

Thea immediately calls in her team at Quantum Security International, premier K&R specialists. Following protocol, they break down Christos' life, looking for leads, but the list of enemies and business competitors is endless. Not surprisingly, Christos Paris has imprinted his designer shoe on innumerable backs during his journey to the top of the oil business. And he was abducted only a few days before the biggest deal of his career.

From there, the case only gets stranger. Unlike most abductions, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests. Instead, the kidnapper sends foreboding quotes in Latin by text from burner phones. What does the kidnapper want?

And most importantly for Thea, will she be able to prevent a second kidnapping from destroying her family for good?


KJ Howe is the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference for the International Thriller Writers. A former medical writer and three-time Daphne du Maurier winner, she completed her Master's in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. Travel, sports, and adventure are her passions--she has ridden racing camels in Jordan, surfed in Hawaii, ziplined in Costa Rica, swam with great white sharks in South Africa, and played with elephants in Botswana. Home is Toronto, Canada, but she is often missing in action.


"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." —Lisa Gardner, #1 NYT-bestselling author of Find Her

"With an alpha female heroine and a plot that's smart, detailed, and highly engaging, The Freedom Broker introduces a new name to the thriller genre: K.J. Howe. It's a fantastic debut . . . a pulse-pounding treat for anyone who loves action and adventure." —Steve Berry, NYT-bestselling author of The Patriot Threat

"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." —Clive Cussler, #1 NYT-bestselling author of The Pharaoh's Secret

"K.J. Howe's debut novel is a high-stakes geopolitical thriller that is truly a page turner. The Freedom Broker explores and illuminates the exotic world of elite Delta Force-type professionals who make a dangerous and deadly living rescuing kidnap victims all over the world. And we are along for the ride of our lives. Incredibly well-researched and expertly written, this is a behind-the-scenes story of how some hostage victims come home safely and why some do not." —Nelson DeMille, #1 NYT-bestselling author of The Panther

"K.J. Howe tells a spellbinding tale, her descriptions so vivid you can smell every heart-pounding second of her action, and she writes with a deeply human voice." —Peter James, bestselling author of You Are Dead

"K.J. Howe is a master at weaving together action and suspense. Her debut The Freedom Broker is an engaging, fast-moving, spellbinding international intrigue that will leave you breathless. In Thea Paris, Howe has created a smart, complex, yet kick-ass character that you'll want to follow and root for." —Simon Gervais, former RCMP counterterrorism agent and bestselling author of The Thin Black Line

"What a crackling debut! International kidnap rescue specialist Thea Paris is a beguiling hero caught in the case of her life, and KJ Howe writes about her with knowledge and precision. The Freedom Broker explodes with high-level excitement!" — Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The Freedom Broker combines terrific thriller writing and fascinating reserach about hostage rescues. This is fact and fiction at its best." —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The Freedom Broker has great bones: engaging characters, nimble pacing, and crackling action." —Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author

"The pulse-pounding excitement never ends in this remarkable debut novel . . . From Africa's violent backcountry to cosmopolitan Athens and the corridors of power in Washington D.C., Howe takes the reader on the thriller ride of a lifetime. All of kidnap negotiator Thea Paris's skills are tested when she has to save a billionaire who is also someone she loves. Memorable characters, muscular prose, and a world atlas of fascinating insider details make this a can't-put-down read. I loved it!" —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins

"A high-octane debut thriller from K.J. Howe. Kidnap negotiator Thea Paris is a heroine with brains, martial skills, and true character, whose own dark and deep family history drives her on as she travels the world bringing kidnapped victims home to their loved ones. Here's hoping Paris returns soon for another outing!" —Mark Greaney, #1 NYT-bestselling author

"The Freedom Broker is an adrenaline-fueled, non-stop thrill ride. From the pulse pounding first pages, through the shocking conclusion, Howe never lets up on the suspense, the twists, and the action. Hostage negotiator Thea Paris is my favorite kind of heroine -- fierce, whip-smart, and very human. We'll all be waiting anxiously for the next riveting chapter in her story." —Lisa Unger, NYT-bestselling author

"Breathless action, great characters and convincing details make Howe's The Freedom Broker a surefire rocket to the top of the lists." —Linwood Barclay, #1 Internationally Bestselling Author

"The Freedom Broker delivers big time with a compelling heroine, cracker jack action, and plot that grabs and holds to the last page." —John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author