Read more or purchase your own copy from any of these locations:
Goodreads | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | Chapters.Indigo.ca
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.
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?
About The Author:
Born in Toronto, Canada, K.J. Howe enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle during her early years, living in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean, which gave her an insider’s view into many different cultures. While abroad, she read every book she could find, which triggered in her a desire to create her own stories.
She attended Salzburg International Preparatory School, Neuchâtel Junior College, and Albert College before earning a Specialists Degree in Business from the University of Toronto. KJ found success in the corporate world, but her passion for travel, adventure, and stories drew her back to school where she earned a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She also won several writing awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.
You can follow K.J. Howe on various social media sites:
Facebook Instagram Twitter Website
Hard to believe this is a debut novel, as it had my sole attention from the very first page. K.J. Howe nailed the whole kidnap and ransom story in this tale about a personal attack on the head negotiator's own family. I loved this story so much, I travelled to Toronto to hear about the facts and research that went into creating this novel… and it was totally worth the 2.5 hour drive there and back. So much information was packed into two hours of K.J. speaking about her research, my hand was sore from taking notes. I think The Freedom Broker would make an awesome action-packed movie! I'm looking forward to reading the next Thea Paris novel. Write faster K.J. Howe!
(Because I love family drama stories with lots of action and adventure, because I love kidnap and ransom stories AND because I love an amazing kick-ass female protagonist. Thea Paris ROCKS!)