The Pawn, The Bower Files Series #1   -     By: Steven James
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The Pawn, The Bower Files Series #1

Baker Books / 2007 / Paperback

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Special Agent Patrick Bowers has met only one person he's feared---until now. Working on a North Carolina serial murder case, he's caught in a macabre game of cat-and-mouse with a cunning killer called the Illusionist. The pieces of the puzzle don't add up. Can Bowers unravel the pattern in time to save the next victim?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0800732405
ISBN-13: 9780800732400
Availability: In Stock
Series: Patrick Bowers Files

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Special Agent Patrick Bowers had only met one man who made him truly afraid. Until now. When he's called to North Carolina to consult on the case of an area serial killer, he finds himself in a deadly game.
Cunning and lethal, the killer is always one step ahead of the law, and he's about to strike again. It will take all of Bowers's instincts and training to stop this man who calls himself the Illusionist. And just when the pieces start to come together, Bowers realizes they're not quite adding up. Can he unravel the pattern and save the next victim? Or will the Illusionist win the game by taking one of his opponent's pieces? Thrilling, chilling, and impossible to put down, The Pawn will hold suspense lovers in its iron grip until the very last page.

Author Bio

Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Story, A Heart Exposed, and the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series. He is considered one of the nation's most innovative storytellers and versatile authors, and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

Endorsement

“James writes smart, taut, high octane thrillers. But be warned—his books are not for the timid. The endings blow me away every time.”— Mitch Galin, producer of Stephen King’s The Stand and Frank Herbert’s Dune

Publisher's Weekly

In this riveting thriller, the first of a planned trilogy, James (Story) introduces FBI agent Patrick Bowers. His professional specialty is environmental criminology, which attempts to track lawbreakers by analyzing the significance of the time and place at which the crime occurred. When corpses of young women start turning up near Asheville, N.C., Bowers is called in. The killer's MO is to tie a yellow ribbon in his victims' hair and leave a chess piece somewhere on the scene. Bowers begins to suspect that the governor of North Carolina, rumored to be the next Republican presidential contender, is somehow connected to the murders, and that a cult with links to Jonestown might also be involved. Making matters trickier, the special agent supervising Bowers turns out to be a longtime colleague with whom Bowers has some bad blood. Bowers, a recent widower with a surly teenage stepdaughter to raise, tries to keep his grief and parental confusion at bay so that he can focus on the case as the killer targets more innocent women. Christian faith makes a subtle appearance in the story and appears to be a theme that will be developed in future installments. A gripping plot and brisk pacing will win James some fans eager for his next offering.(Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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    October 23, 2014
    Vicki Rodeffer
    Kent, Washington
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I thought that because it was bought at a Christian bookstore online that it would be a lot more "spiritual" and Biblically based. Too much graphic-ness!!! It was almost tossed in the trash.
  2. Winkler, Manitoba
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Graphic
    December 26, 2013
    Mina
    Winkler, Manitoba
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Pawn, The - eBook.
    Overall this was a good read. I did find it too graphic at times. I found myself wanting more of an emphasis on Biblical issues. I almost put it aside a few times and didn't plan to finish it, but I did finish.
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprised
    September 12, 2013
    Lynn Rowe
    Quality: 4
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for The Pawn, Bowers Files Series #1.
    I love suspense, mystery, intrigue, espionage, etc. type books. At one time I read Patricia Cornwell, Patterson, and others such as that. However, it seems as the success grew the books also did: each grew more unlike what I would think as believers we wouldn't read. I think that suspense does not have to be gory or in so much detail about that which is not so unedifying. There are many other authors who can keep one on the edge of the seat without the explicit details. The first of the series was enough. What surprise to find this for purchase on a Christian site. I normally recycle books to libraries, Salvation Army, Metropolitan Ministries, friends, neighbors, etc. This one went in the trash. When passing along books I hope to share that which reflects the Lord for others who might not know Him would want to read more about His character. Again other authors have written high suspense without sounding like an unbelieving author. If only judging the book's quality in grammatical terms and that the good guys always win, that quality would be good. Otherwise if quality is based on Biblical standards, no.
  4. Oak Hills, California
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    June 7, 2013
    GerBear
    Oak Hills, California
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is the first time I have read one of Mr. James books. He is excellent in grabing and holding your attention, and masterful at providing suspense and intrigue. However, I definitely anticipated more from a Christian writer. I stopped reading James Patterson's books because of how gory and descriptive they were, catergorizing him as a very sick man that defames women. I now find Mr. James doing the same thing. By the end of the book I grew more appreciative of his actual writing skills, and hope that the next books in these series are not so offensive. Yes, I will read The Rook, but I am hoping that it is not as descriptive with the murder scenes. Then maybe I can recommend his books.
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    September 14, 2012
    Jools
    Queensland, Australia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book and can't wait to get the next in the series. Well written suspense and thriller.

    However, I was searching for God in the pages, and never really found Him. I would recommend this book to many of my friends who read crime and suspense novels, but maybe not to my more "protected" (for want of a better word) friends who read less.... gritty novels.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Steven James
Submitted: November 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’ve written over twenty nonfiction books, but this is my first novel. I’ve wanted to write novels for a long time and have toyed with ideas for years, so it was a blessing to be able to finally craft one.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to examine, within the framework of an intense psychological thriller, the question of what makes us (specifically, me) different from those who do the unthinkable. Serial killers are just as human as I am; they’re not some kind of monsters, and yet they act in monstrous ways. Am I capable of that as well? That’s the question that drove the narrative.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I don’t write so much with an agenda in mind, that is, that I’m hoping readers will learn a lesson, as much as I am hoping they’ll examine and explore moral issues. But I would say that, in addition to being entertained, I hope readers will gain new insights into the fallen nature of man and of the need all of us have of a Savior.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  For this book I needed to do a lot of research on cults. When I saw the power of brainwashing, I was reminded once again of how powerful ideas are and how easily we can be deceived and led astray by them. Scripture warns against being deceived by the hollow philosophies of this age. It’s easy for all of us, me included, to get deceived. It’s not easy to admit that, but when we do we open ourselves up to grow more in the knowledge of the truth.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I remember reading Sigmund Brouwer’s novel Blood Ties and being struck by how groundbreaking it was in the Christian book market. It gave me confidence that my books would find an audience here as well.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Since The Pawn contains some graphic and violent scenes, some people have asked me if this book is a Christian novel. I would say that it is not by any means unchristian. If you like gripping psychological suspense without sex and foul language and written from a Christian worldview, you’ll enjoy this book.

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