Monday 24 July 2017

Review ~The Freedom Broker by K J Howe

July 2017

What's it all about...

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 he 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 lease of kidnap victims around the world
And she has only one objective
Find him or die trying..

What did I think about it...

The Freedom Broker gets off to an all action start as we first meet Thea Paris as she is about to spring the release of an oil executive who has been kidnapped and held captive in Kwale, Nigeria. We see first hand how Thea operates, how she reacts under pressure and how she leads a team of highly competent negotiators who risk life and limb in order to track and find those who are being held against their will.

When Thea's mega rich father becomes the victim of a kidnap, she realises that it's a race against time to , not just track him down, but also to bring to justice those ruthless individuals who have turned her world upside down. However, in tracking her father, Thea must also face her own demons and confront bitter memories of an event which happened twenty years ago.

As with any new series there is a certain amount of getting to know the main characters and Thea Paris is certainly a complicated but feisty protagonist who I am sure we will get to know very well as the series progresses. That she is flawed and vulnerable also comes across which is what, I think, makes her such a likeable heroine. I think that the author writes well and with conviction and there are more that enough twists and turns in the story to keep the reader involved, not just in the complicated plot, but also in getting to know just what is going on in Thea's complicated family life.

The Freedom Broker is a strong and decisive debut novel by a new author and I look forward to seeing just how the series progresses in future stories.

About the Author

Born in Toronto, Canada, K.J Howe is the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, the annual writing festival for the International Thriller Writers organisation. She also has a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and has won several writing awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

My thanks to Samantha at Midas PR for my review copy of this book

The Freedom Broker is published on the 27th July by Headline 


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