The Geneva Decision

The Geneva Decision

by Seeley James

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Overview

Before the bestselling Sabel Security series, Pia Sabel took over dad's company. Ever wonder how that happened? Sabel Origins #1 chronicles Pia's foray into the business. Sabel Origins #2 details Jacob's first adventure with Pia back when he was still on his meds.


Until a few weeks ago, Pia Sabel was an international soccer star. But now she's taken the helm of her billionaire father's private security company, and she's playing against a whole new set of opponents – the kind who shoot to kill.


On her first day on the job, Pia's client is assassinated in front of her. There's no time for training, so Pia must trust her instincts and athletic skills to unravel the complicated maze of money laundering and piracy that will take her from Swiss mansions to the jungles of Cameroon.


Her battle-hardened employees suspect she's just a spoiled rich girl with a mean corner kick. But Pia's got some unexpected moves of her own. Will they be enough to bring her team through its mission?


Praise for Seeley James



A fine thriller with intriguing locations, intricate plot twists and a complex heroine. – Kirkus Reviews


I loved the character of Pia Sabel – there's a girl Charlie Fox would team up with any day! -- Zoe Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox novels


Seeley James has created a protagonist that is strong and yet conflicted. -- PJReviewofBooks.com


I fell in love with the characters and can't get enough of them ... I felt every ounce of rage and desperation. -- CarolAnn Review


An excellent fast moving action thriller -- Eric Crown, Founder of F500 company, Insight Enterprises


Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. Can't wait for the next adventure! -- Robert Manning, Amazon


"PTSD sufferer Jacob Stearne and his mythical Roman god Mercury take the reader on a fierce, unforgettable adventure." --Bill K. Yucatan Review


Interview with Seeley James from DigiWriting.com


DW: Do readers really compare Pia and Jacob to other literary heroes and heroines?  


SJ: I've heard Pia Sabel compared to Jack Reacher many times because she's a straight-forward, no-nonsense heroine who beats the crap out of people. Recently, I've heard Jacob Stearne in the same breath as Stephanie Plum because of his whacky lifestyle and romantic problems. It's appropriate because he's our comic-relief character.


DW: What is your favorite book of all time? How has it influenced you and your writing?


I don't have just one. One Shot by Lee Child, because it has such an intricate set of clues, ranks right up there with First Drop by Zoe Sharp, because she nailed the teenagers with incredible insight and humor.


DW: Did you always want to be a writer or did you fall into the profession?


I was nineteen and single when I adopted a three-year-old girl and raised her (More about that on my site, http://seeleyjames.com/about/ ). Kids need a lot of money and attention, so I worked in the upwardly mobile tech industry. Later in life, my career afforded me the ability to take a huge risk.


DW: Which authors have had a profound impact on your writing?


SJ: Gillian Flynn because she thinks way outside the Agatha Christie formula. Janet Evanovich because her books are just plain fun. J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has some phenomenal writing techniques. Daniel Silva, Harlan Coben, Russell Blake, John Sandford, James Rollins, A. G. Riddle, Lance Charnes, the list just goes on and on...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015823233
Publisher: Machined Media
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Series: Sabel Origins , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 218,157
File size: 733 KB

About the Author

His near-death experiences range from talking a jealous husband into putting the gun down to spinning out on an icy freeway in heavy traffic without touching anything. His resume ranges from washing dishes to global technology management. His personal life stretches from homeless at 17, adopting a 3-year-old at 19, getting married at 37, fathering his last child at 43, hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim several times a year, and taking the occasional nap.

His writing career ranges from humble beginnings with short stories in The Battered Suitcase, to being awarded a Medallion from the Book Readers Appreciation Group. Seeley is best known for his Sabel Security series of thrillers featuring athlete and heiress Pia Sabel and her bodyguard, veteran Jacob Stearne. One of them kicks ass and the other talks to the wrong god.

His love of creativity began at an early age, growing up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin. He carried his imagination first into a successful career in sales and marketing, and then to his real love: fiction.

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The Geneva Decision (Sabel Security Thrillers, #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
WadeFaubert More than 1 year ago
You can definitely judge this book by it's cover. Nothing better than a hot lead character packing a gun. The action is nonstop throughout this novel as Pia Sable kicks ass and looks great chasing the bad guys.
charkieCW More than 1 year ago
Good for first time author, particularly like the "Google" links to pictures of places the story takes place. As stated in other reviews, hope there is a sequel.
AuthorRJParker More than 1 year ago
GENEVA DECISION by Seeley James is the first book in the 'Pia Sabel' series with more to come. This is a well-written, fast-paced, suspense, mystery that is packed with action and a dab of humor which is refreshing after some intense scenes. Pia Sabel is beautiful, just 25 years old, tip top shape, Olympic Soccer Star, rich and was just appointed the head of Sabel Security by her billionaire father. This in itself has caused hundreds of security employees to resign. Sabel Security is internationally renowned and many of the agents are given high profile and dangerous assignments in hotspots all over the world. Many are upset with having an inexperienced leader. When a Swiss banker is assassinated right before her eyes, Pia is determined to find the killers. She enlists a top ranking employee Jonelle, (the Major) to mentor her. The author takes us on a high speed chase from Geneva, Maryland, Zurich to the African jungles with action on land and sea. Pia's goals are to catch the killers: earn the respect of the employees, the business community, and prove that she isn't just a spoiled rich brat. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to future books by this author. 5.0/5.0 stars. Bestselling and Award-winning Author, RJ Parker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. Pia is rich but feels she has to prove herself. Then learns just like soccer it takes teamwork. It is full of excitement and you won't want to put it down. joy943
MKPMRP More than 1 year ago
Turned out to be a fairly good read. Kind of slow at the first but it did pick up and get better as the book went on. Good story line, characters were engaging.
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
I read book two first by accident then read this one but it was still a very good book. Very happy with reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could use a good editor and a proofreader who knows French - a captaine is feminine and is la not le.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little confusing at times .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but a little confusing at times. Overall kept my interest and includes likeable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Pretty fast paced. Spoiled rich girl shows her true colors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is unrealistic and not worth reading I couldn't even finish the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging. Good soccer knowledge as well?
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smanke More than 1 year ago
I loved The Geneva Decision. The main character, Pia Sabel has taken on a job where she may very well be in over her head. But she's not willing to admit defeat and she is not going to give up. This is a refreshing change to the mystery/thriller concepts where the protagonist can't do anything wrong. Pia is new at this. She makes mistakes. She learns as she goes along. She makes friends and enemies along the way, and people get hurt. All of this adds up to a reading experience that is both fun and engrossing. The title indicates that this is only book one of a series. I'm looking forward to book #2!
JuliaTW78 More than 1 year ago
Female leads in bestselling thrillers are rarely this realistic. She’s not panting over a man, not whining all the time, makes her own decisions - and still kicks ass. Pia Sabel must be the love child of Suzanne Collins’ Katniss Everdeen and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. The Hunger Games meets James Bond. In this first book, your heroine has been forced out of international soccer and into a role as president of a security company by her overbearing, billionaire father. (There is something off about the relationship and you learn half of it by the end of the book... tbc). First problem: assassins killed her first client. Bad for business and a challenge she takes on despite having no qualifications. She rises to the task but makes some mistakes along the way. By the time you get to the end you'll be rooting for her big time. The story felt a little awkward at first but really picked up a couple chapters in. it kept gaining speed and was blinding fast towards the end. Best book I've read in a long time.
EileenR More than 1 year ago
“She thought the man was an assassin the instant she saw him.” The Geneva Decision written by Seely James is a well-choreographed international mystery. Pia Sabel a retired Olympic soccer player has a new team, her billionaire father’s security company. Pia Sabel has to prove to her new team that she's more than a spoiled little rich girl. With privilege comes responsibility, has Pia taken on more than she can handle, can she gain the respect of her team and solve the murders? The Geneva Decision is a satisfying “Whodunnit” with all the right elements that will keep you guessing with each page.
giacomog More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of crime novels. One of my favorite authors is John Sandford, and it’s because his character, Lucas Davenport, is different from most of the other detectives out there. I picked up The Geneva Decision based on a recommendation and I’m glad I did. I ended up liking Pia Sabel, the female lead, for the same reasons I like Lucas; she’s different. It took me a while to buy into Pia Sabel, but once I did, I found myself liking her.  The pacing was good and the story moved along nicely, although at times I would have liked a few of the secondary characters to have had a little more page time.  Seeley James does a good job of creating the setting and taking the reader to new places. The story starts off in Geneva, but the chase leads the reader to Africa and Vienna also. There are a lot of nice specifics, especially in Geneva, that help transport you there and make you feel more of a part of the story. His writing style makes for an easy read, and the book isn’t riddled with errors like so many books are. I think James is a writer to keep your eye on, and I’m looking forward to the next Pia Sabel book. 
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EricWright More than 1 year ago
This review is of an e-book copy provided to me by the author via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in return for my fair and impartial review. 978-0-9886996-0-1 James tells the kind of story I enjoy, one with a strong protagonist struggling against heavy odds in a contemporary and realistic setting slotted into an intricate plot that shifts between exotic destinations. The story is fast paced and well written. The heroine is unusual, a young soccer star, Pia Sabel, who inherits Sabel Security from her very wealthy step-father. Early in her life, her parents were assassinated and she was adopted. Growing up in this privileged environment she thrived in sports and became a star. The confidence and insights she developed on the soccer field stand her in good stead in her new position. When the banker her team is protecting is killed in Geneva, she is propelled into an international chase involving other murdered Geneva bankers, millions in missing money and hijacked tankers. The team of hardened men and women she gathers around her to chase the elusive foe view her as a neophyte who may compromise their safety and the success of the mission. Her father urges her to come home and accept a desk job running the business. She refuses. Along the way she makes mistakes and some enemies. The shifts in action from Geneva to the Cameroons to Vienna make it an interesting read. The only quibble I have with the book is some unrealistic aspects of Pia, the protagonist. The book chronicles many fights in which she performs almost super-human feats, albeit tempered by realistic emotions of fear. In my opinion the author should This review is of an e-book copy provided to me by the author via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in return for my fair and impartial review. 978-0-9886996-0-1 James tells the kind of story I enjoy, one with a strong protagonist struggling against heavy odds in a contemporary and realistic setting slotted into an intricate plot that shifts between exotic destinations. The story is fast paced and well written. The heroine is unusual, a young soccer star, Pia Sabel, who inherits Sabel Security from her very wealthy step-father. Early in her life, her parents were assassinated and she was adopted. Growing up in this privileged environment she thrived in sports and became a star. The confidence and insights she developed on the soccer field stand her in good stead in her new position. When the banker her team is protecting is killed in Geneva, she is propelled into an international chase involving other murdered Geneva bankers, millions in missing money and hijacked tankers. The team of hardened men and women she gathers around her to chase the elusive foe view her as a neophyte who may compromise their safety and the success of the mission. Her father urges her to come home and accept a desk job running the business. She refuses. Along the way she makes mistakes and some enemies. The shifts in action from Geneva to the Cameroons to Vienna make it an interesting read. The only quibble I have with the book is some unrealistic aspects of Pia, the protagonist. The book chronicles many fights in which she performs almost super-human feats, albeit tempered by realistic emotions of fear. In my opinion the author should have reduced the number of these encounters, and deepened those threads that sketched her character. Nevertheless, a good holiday read
MickeyRodriquez More than 1 year ago
An heiress wants to know who killed her customer and goes all over the world to find out. I always hear people say "gripping story" but in this case it fits. She's a spoiled rich kid who retired from soccer (although we don't know why). I've never seen a soccer player in a thriller before. The first move she made is one I've done on the pitch (you will get a yellow card though) so I know it works. After that, she's pretty resourceful in using her strengths against a bunch of killers. What I like about her is she makes time to help people. She's a nice person. The story starts out a little slow for my taste but gets into the action about a third of the way in and never stops after that. The battle in the jungle had me speed reading to see what happened. I can't say without a spoiler, but it was good. The ending was pretty amazing too. Fast and furious. If you like women in lead roles, this is a great book.