The Freedom Broker
"Razor sharp and full of you-are-there authenticity - a superb thriller."―Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
The Freedom Broker, authored by K.J. Howe, executive director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers, has received an abudance of praise by the best of the best in the thriller genre.
The novel introduces Thea Paris is the only female kidnapping and ransom (KNR) specialist in a business ruled by men.
Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same.
This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads Quantum Security International's black-ops team on highly sensitive rescue missions to political hot spots around the globe.
Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when her 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 left the entire crew slaughtered in their wake, but strangely, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests-just obscure and foreboding texts written in Latin sent from burner phones.
Thea throws herself into the most urgent and challenging rescue mission of her life, but will she be able to prevent this kidnapping from destroying her family for good?