by K.J. Howe

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K.J. Howe proves she owns a sub-genre that has long been ne­glected — the women’s ad­ven­ture mys­tery — in her sec­ond novel about kid­nap­ping and res­cue ex­pert Thea Paris.

Skyjack soars with a pow­er­ful plot, re­al­is­tic char­ac­ters and ac­tion that is, at times, over the top but al­ways be­liev­able. Skyjack inds Thea tak­ing a quiet and emo­tion­ally sat­is­fy­ing mission — de­liv­er­ing two or­phaned African brothers, Jabari, 12, and Ayan, 9, to their new adop­tive par­ents in Lon­don. But not long into the light, their char­tered light is hi­jacked to the Libyan Desert. Thea may be stranded, but she has mad skills, and quite a few high-tech toys to get in touch with her tac­ti­cal team, who will not stop un­til the pas­sen­gers, and es­pe­cially the chil­dren, are safe. Skyjack takes the read­ers on a tour through Europe con­nect­ing a WWII leg­end with an un­der­ground mil­i­tant group’s plan to re­lease a toxin that could kill mil­lions.

Sus­pense is in no short sup­ply in the ac­tion-packed Skyjack, bal­anced by solid char­ac­ter stud­ies.

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