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.
Point of view:
3rd Person. Multiple perspectives, always clearly defined.
While Skyjack can be listened to on its own, there are definitely spoilers to events from The Freedom Broker and you’ll want to read/listen to these in order.
Thea Paris and the Quantum team return in what is Summer blockbuster movie material and 11 hours of audio. Howe introduces an even larger cast of characters and new situations that individually are compelling – yet culminate in a thrilling ride with a slightly surprising ending.
This book has it all – a Broken Arrow, skyjacking, mobsters, kidnapping, secret societies, terrorist plots, boat chases, and numerous shoot outs. At times it seems like maybe a little too much, but overall it was a fast paced, enjoyable, and suspenseful thriller. I especially appreciate what is obviously a lot of research Howe does to provide accuracy and details to her story. She takes us to numerous locations and the descriptions were so rich I truly felt like I was there.
Note: I have the ebook & audio and read along at times while listening. I’m not sure why, but there were several parts of the audio that seemed “Americanized”. For example the book says “dustbin lorry” and the narrator said “garbage truck”. It wasn’t a huge discrepancy but it did seem odd at times given the setting and characters.
This is my first time listening to Thérèse Plummer and she will definitely be going on my list of narrators to follow. Her range and consistency of voices across genders, age, accents, and emotions was perfection. Combined with Howe’s writing – this was a fabulous audiobook and I’m going to go back and add the audio of book 1 to my collection.
About the author:
Born in Toronto, Canada, KJ 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 is a Thriller and Barry Award nominee, and she has won several writing awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellent in Mystery and Suspense.
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About the narrator:
Thérèse Plummer is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator working in New York City. She has recorded over 350 audio books for various publishers. She won the 2019 Audie Award for her work on the multicast, Sadie by Courtney Summers for Macmillan Audio, was nominated for the Mutlicast Any Man by Amber Tamblyn for Harper Audio and her solo narration for The Rogue Planets Shaken by Lee W. Brainard for Podium Publishing. The American Library Association (ALA) awarded her work on Sourdough by Robin Sloan as part of the 2018 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners.
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My Favorite Quotes
‘What are you doing?’‘Creating an alternative form of ingress.’ – Skyjack by @KJHoweAuthor narrated by @tplummer76 #Thriller #Suspense #KidnapAndRansom #StrongFemale #TheaParisTweet
Only a kid could think of this shaken-not-stirred flight as a good time. – Skyjack by @KJHoweAuthor narrated by @tplummer76 #Thriller #Suspense #KidnapAndRansom #StrongFemale #TheaParisTweet
Being taken down by a woman had probably done more damage to his ego than her forehead had done to his shattered nose. – Skyjack by @KJHoweAuthor narrated by @tplummer76 #Thriller #Suspense #KidnapAndRansom #StrongFemale #TheaParisTweet