I read The Bishop a while back and really enjoyed it. I'm pretty picky when it comes to books like this because it is not my favorite genre, but there are a few authors that I feel excel at writing suspense, and Steven James is one of those authors. One of my absolute requirements when it comes to suspense novels is they have to grab me right away. If there is no immediate excitement, there is very little chance that I will like the book. I remember how quickly The Bishop grabbed me, so deciding whether or not to read The Queen was a no-brainer.
This book did not fail to get my attention. There is nothing I like better than a good bad guy. That actually sounds weird, but you know what I mean. Equally important is the hero. I love the Jack Bauer type of hero and Steven James has created a great hero with Patrick Bowers. The tie-in with the very real Cold War and the very real problems with the Middle East made this book feel very real, and scary. I loved that!
This book may be a rather intimidating 516 pages long, but it does not feel like a long book. I read this book much faster than I thought I would. It was a difficult read to put down because Steven writes in a way that makes me want to keep reading. The chapters are short, so I kept telling myself "just one more chapter", but I would keep on reading. I highly recommend this book. I didn't start reading this series from the beginning, but I have never felt lost. These books could easily be stand alone books, so don't worry if you are new to the series. Just have fun!
Patrick Bowers' geo-spacial reasoning may not work as well as he intended. He might have to admit to profiler tactics!
While tracking down one serial killer, Patrick (Pat) is called to investigate a double murder/possible suicide in northern Wisconsin. There's not enough evidence to determine the specifics. While into that investigation, he falls headlong into another that involves high-tech hacking using Cold War secrets and today's technology, and additional abductions and murders by another killer.
Steven James' fast-paced scenarios keep your brain in a top-notch thinking mode throughout his complete novel, The Queen. You get to think right along with him, trying to figure out if some, all or none of the investigations intersect. And if they do, how?
He also includes a mixed bag of circumstances that include romantic tension, an anxious, sleep-deprived teenager, and a full-blown blizzard (only Northerners can grip the meaning of that!).
Steven's characters are real and personal. Some are dangerous and conniving, others willing to kill to meet their goals, all appear secretive, and many are vulnerable. You will find yourself getting involved with an emotional, personal episode, only to have Pat's job jerk him away, deserting them to handle more abductions and murders, leaving you with gaping, open wounds involving the previous characters. It becomes personal!
The technology aspect is well-organized and delineated by the author, so as not to lose your attention. The historical information comes alive as the old meets with the new in the tensions of the Middle East as only Steven can pull it together.
The ending will blow your mind! I may have picked up on a little, but I totally missed the unbelievable ending. A classic Steven James style! Reading Steven's book will keep you up at night-it's very addictive. The hard part now is to wait for his next book!!!
Although this is a very intriguing, dangerous and suspenseful book, my favorite is still The Bishop. But don't miss any in his series!
This book was provide by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant, Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.