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 father and prevent a second kidnapping that would destroy her family for good?
After reading (and loving! ) Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb, I was in the mood for another action thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat. Enter, The Freedom Broker by K.J Howe. This novel was quite the original story; it isn’t often in a thriller that you see the behind the scenes of a hostage negotiator. From the first few pages, this one packed a punch.
Immediately, we are drawn into Thea’s world of high-risk hostage negotiation and it is INTENSE. Tensions rose almost immediately. My eyes were glued to the pages. Her character was awesome and I think Howe spent the most time developing her, which was great! I relished in her initial encounters and consistently rooted for her throughout the book.
I did find that the middle of the book dragged a little bit and the pace slowed, but it picked back up in the end and ended in a way that had me wishing the second book was out!
Overall, if you are interested in a fast paced, action adventure, then you’ll be a fan! I rated this one 4/5 stars.