Firstly I wish to thank Midaspr for inviting me on the Blog tour for SKYJACK by K.J. Howe
The electrifying sequel to THE FREEDOM BROKER, featuring Thea Paris, a kidnap and ransom specialist. For Thea, kidnap is always personal – her brother’s life was nearly ruined when he was taken as a child. Lisa Gardner says THE FREEDOM BROKER is ‘clever and gritty’ and Peter James calls it ‘spellbinding’. If you like David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell series, you will love this.
When Thea Paris’s flight is hijacked over the Libyan Desert, her first priority is the two former child soldiers she is escorting to a new life in London.
As an international kidnap specialist, Thea Paris negotiates for hostage release as part of her job. She knows one wrong move could lead to deadly consequences.
After she is forcibly separated from the boys and the other passengers, Thea and her tactical team quickly regroup. And in their desperate search for the hostages that follows, unearth a conspiracy involving the CIA, the Vatican and the Sicilian Mafia, and a plot far more sinister than Thea could ever have imagined.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Wow, this is like a big screen movie in a book with its all action packed page turning story. Thea Paris, a kidnap and ransom specialist, is taking two former soldier boys from Africa to the UK for adoption and a new life, when the plane they are on is hi-jacked. The pilot has locked himself in the cockpit and the plane is heading to a new destination where it lands in the Libyan desert. Thea’s expertise kicks in to full effect as she takes charge of the negotiations with an old adversary. Thea is in a race against time to find out why the skyjack has taken place. When the demand comes it isn’t quite what she was expecting.
Over in Austria, teenager Johann Dietrich has found his first love, Fatima a young Muslim girl, but his father is more than horrified. Johann’s father is the head of a secret underground movement to rid the world of all the middle eastern population, not just a few of them but all of them. The horrifying plans are ready to be put into motion but where will Johann’s loyalties finally sit?
This is a top-notch story with an author that doesn’t do things by halves. The research is obviously extensive and flows in the story perfectly. A mix between a political and crime thriller she has got that perfect balance of technical information with real people story lines where you feel invested for these people to survive. I have to admit to really liking Johann, a rare breed of young man. Thea makes a brilliant lead character, confident, fast thinking and vulnerable. Thea is an insulin dependant diabetic but it seems to have made her a stronger woman to succeed in anything she does.
Although this is the second book in the series it makes a perfect one-off read. Pure brilliance!
RESEARCH FOR SKYJACK
As research for Skyjack and the Thea Paris series, K.J spent time researching the dark world of international kidnapping, (commonly known as the Kidnap and Ransom, or K & R sector). She interviewed kidnap negotiators, security experts and SAS soldiers. She delved deep into aircraft information speaking to an experienced test pilot and stealth bomber pilot learning about thunderstorm penetration speed, hot landings, cockpit safety and aerobatics. She also wanted to bring a realistic approach to a skyjacking so spoke to crisis response experts and also former FBI Chief of the Hostage Negotiation Unit, Gary Noesner, with the intention of integrating their personality traits, tactics and strategies they shared so that readers could learn about this dark world. K. J. Howe is endlessly inspired by the people who risk their own personal safety and choose to dedicate their lives to international safety. Skyjack takes place in several countries including Turkey, Hungary, Austria, Libya, Italy and Bosnia. Howe lived in Austria for a year and recently spent time exploring Budapest where some key scenes are set. She also visited Istanbul and the Hagia Sophia where the final scenes of Skyjack are set. By using countries she has spent time in she substantially added to the atmosphere of each setting in the book.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Toronto, Canada, K.J Howe is the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, which takes place in New York each year and is one of the largest thriller/crime book festivals in the world. She was nominated for a Barry Award and a Thriller Award for The Freedom Brooker. 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
HERE IS A LINK TO THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES