Opening Moves: The Prequel, Patrick Bowers Files Series #0   -     By: Steven James
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Opening Moves FBI agent Patrick Bowers' first major murder investigation begins in Milwaukee, 1995. In a city still reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a woman's body is found with the lungs removed. Local cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose. But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective for the Milwaukee Police Department, sees from the timing and location of the crime that this is not a copycat at all, but a killer with an entirely different agenda.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: Signet
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0451237765
ISBN-13: 9780451237767
Availability: In Stock
Series: Patrick Bowers Files

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In The Bowers Files novels, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has stopped some of the most vicious serial killers ever imagined. Now, in the fifth exciting installment, author Steven James takes readers back to Bowers’s terrifying beginning.

Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they’ve ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose.

But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation’s history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror.

Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world. Chilling, gritty, and packed with twists and turns, Opening Moves is Steven James’s most heart-pounding novel yet.

Author Bio

Steven James is the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed thrillers The Pawn, The Rook, and The Knight. He has a master’s degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication on three continents. When he’s not writing and speaking, you’ll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking French roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] master storyteller."—Publishers Weekly
 
"Opening Moves is a mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James." —Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Drop

"With a multi-dimensional quality, Steven James writes with a confident, assured ease. Just good, old-fashioned, gimmick free storytelling that pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond." —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair

"Steven James has created a fast moving thriller with psychological depth and gripping action. Opening Moves is a smart, taut, intense novel of suspense that reads like a cross between Michael Connelly and Thomas Harris…Opening Moves is a blisteringly fast and riveting read." —Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author of Ballistic

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  1. TBMN
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    dark, disturbing...
    September 17, 2014
    TBMN
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I love mystery, suspense and anything with military or police. However, I had to stop reading this book because it was too graphic and disturbing. Too many things from the bad guy's perspective and way too much cannibalism for me! I did not see any redeeming or "Christian" things in nature except the verse the bad guy would quote from the bible from his sicko father.. very disappointing. I was looking forward to reading the others, but I do like to be able to sleep at night! I like shows like NCIS that are not too graphic overall, but this was more like a CSI to the max.
  2. Sally Stevenson
    Shoreline, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 18, 2013
    Sally Stevenson
    Shoreline, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    I love Steven James Patrick Bowers series! The man is a genius.
  3. Harry
    Gaion OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding
    October 26, 2012
    Harry
    Gaion OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Prequel to Bowers series was every bit as good as the Chess title series.
  4. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspenseful Thriller Introduces Bowers & Basque
    October 12, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Steven James in his new book, "Opening Moves" The Prequel in the Patrick Bowers series published by Signet Select introduces us not only to Patrick Bowers but to his supporting cast of characters as well.

    From the back cover: In The Bowers Files novels, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has stopped some of the most vicious serial killers ever imagined. Now, in the fifth exciting installment, author Steven James takes readers back to Bowers's terrifying beginning.

    Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they've ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose.

    But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation's history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror.

    Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world. Chilling, gritty, and packed with twists and turns, Opening Moves is Steven James's most heart-pounding novel yet.

    So far there have been five books in the Patrick Bowers series and in each one the character of Richard Basque has either been mentioned or has appeared. His character has always been dangerous and as he has evolved one cannot tell if he is lying or not. Basque is a marvelously creepy villain. Now, in "Opening Moves", Basque makes his premiere appearance and this is quite an introduction. During the course of the series Mr. James has told us various scenes from their initial encounter. Well get ready these flashbacks never prepared us for what is between these pages. There is a reason for why Basque scares Bowers and now we know what it is.

    "Opening Moves" is unique in that all of the characters, including Patrick Bowers, are new. They are not the characters that we know as they have not become them yet and we are even treated to meeting the woman who will become Patrick's wife and his future step-daughter. Have no fear this is your typical Steven James roller-coaster ride breathless thriller where we are on the hunt for a cannibal serial killer. This book races along at lightening speed and all the characters are put their paces trying to solve this homicide spree and put all the pieces together. Another really great offering from the pen of Steven James. If you enjoy a good adventure thriller then this is the book for you!

    If you missed the interview for "The Knight" and/or would like to hear the previous interview where we discussed the first two books and would like to listen to it and/or listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Signet Select. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. kisarn
    Macon, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    James' usual intense suspense!
    September 20, 2012
    kisarn
    Macon, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Is one of those books you cannot put down! Steven James has a way with suspense that is "bar none."
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Steven James
Submitted: November 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’ve been a full-time author and storyteller since 1996. I love trail running, rock climbing and watching matinees whenever I need a break from a long day of editing.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  About sixteen years ago my father was on the hit list of a killer in Wisconsin. I wanted to explore that story and use it within the context of a fictional thriller to connect fiction with real life and give readers a glimpse into the minds of killers.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I wanted to take readers on a journey to look evil eye-to-eye to better understand what it’s really like and how disturbing it really is. Ultimately, my goal is for readers to be drawn more toward the light and more turned off from the darkness of our world, and in our own souls. But there is also hope. This ended up being my most spiritual book as well as my most disturbing one. The light shines the brightest through the darkest night.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Opening Moves gave me nightmares. Some of the scenes were just too real, too disturbing. Within the book I never glamorize evil, but the story reminded me of how fallen our world is, how fallen each one of us is—and how much we are in need of a Savior strong enough to rescue us from ourselves.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I love Tosca Lee’s wordsmithing and Ted Dekker’s gift for storytelling.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Be prepared. Since this book references actual crimes done by serial killers throughout our country’s history, it has some very disturbing images. If you like your thrillers a little less intense, try out my new series beginning with the science thriller Placebo.

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