I was blown away last year when I read THE KNIGHT by Steven James and have been looking forward this book since then. Of course by the time I started reading it I had read over 200 other books so I was a little hazy on the details. Not to worry, Steven does a great job of bringing it all right back and more. I suddenly remembered why I loved the THE KNIGHT so much - Steven James is a brilliant writer! His characters explode off the page while his storylines are unbelievably believable and the suspense and tension in the books are amazingly gripping. I settled in for this really long book to take me all weekend - I finished it in a 24 hour time frame, I couldn't put it down. His books are not for the faint hearted, there is a distinct Ted Dekker feel to some of the more descriptive scenes, while his subject matter can be very intellectual, in this book there is a lot on primate research and stuff like that. I was thoroughly engrossed in this book from start to finish and was sorry to see it finish. The good news, there will be more Patrick Bowers. The bad news, not until 2011.
The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, Book 4) revolves around FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers, his step daughter Tessa or 'Raven', and how their lives are impacted by the newest case he has been assigned ... as well as their own personal complex life situations. This suspense novel is the 4th in a series surrounding Agent Bowers, and is part of an 8 book series named after a chess theme (it was preceded by the publishing of The Pawn, The Rook, and The Knight.)During his launch party hosted earlier this week, author Steven James stated "When I approach a new book I always let a deep moral question drive the story forward. For example, in The Bishop, the question was 'What makes humans different from animals?' It led me to some surprising conclusions. I don't set out to teach a lesson but to bring up issues and questions about the human condition that matter. I do learn as I write and it give ms a good place to sort through what I believe."In The Bishop, this moral question is wrapped up in the chase of two very strong and complex villains who are 'scary good' at their own form of detached and evil game play. Additionally, the book covers the topics of teen angst, stepfather/stepdaughter relationships, job tensions, and multiple love interests.As I read the book I kept asking myself ... if you were surrounded by death and murder in your work life and your personal life were also filled with more than the average amount of complex situations, how would you cope with the stress? A great read, and very hard to put down! I have not yet read the first three books in this series and found that I was able to enjoy this book as a stand alone read. I also feel that the book would appeal to both male and female readers who love suspense.* This book was provided to me for review by Revell Publishing.
The Bishop by Steven James is the fourth book in the Patrick Bowers series. FBI agent and geospatial specialist Patrick Bowers returns with stepdaughter Tessa to track down a new killer who is framing innocent people for his crimes. Tessa's biological father makes a play for custody and Patrick finds that working with former girlfriend Lien-hua makes this case even more fraught with danger. James is an incredibly intelligent author who creates terrifyingly demented antagonists who Patrick has to stay one step ahead of in order to keep those he loves safe. Some old characters pop up, stretching Patrick to his limits. James also makes insightful commentary on contemporary issues through his characters. In another author's hands, these could weigh the book down or slow the action, but James keeps the action thrilling and the story moving. There's something for every fan of police procedurals: inter-agency conflict, terrifying villains, complex crimes, a romantic triangle, and family drama. I don't think 500 pages have ever flown by so quickly.
I enjoyed this book, however I found it to be a little to technical. This book was not quite as good to me as the other 3 in this series but I did enjoy it and would recommend it to others. I am looking forward to his next book in this series.