I am used to reading Christians books where God is a prominent subject. Although, faith is mentioned in the book, it is not a prominent subject. I appreciated that there were no cuss words or sex scenes. The crimes were graphically described. So be warned.
Steven James is an author to watch. The Pawn begins a phenomenal series. You are on the edge of your seat and cannot wait to turn the page. Very well written. The plot pulls you in and won't let go. Can't wait to read future books!
The book is extremely gruesome, and so are the other books in the series. It does not have a very Christian theme, and I would not recommend it. Especially right before bedtime.The plot wasn't bad, but not overly good, either. So if extreme violence does not bother you, maybe you'd like it.
Reading the various reviews, I noticed a clear pattern. The high reviews raved about excellent writing, a fast-paced plot, and well developed characters. The negative reviews focused on attacks on the author's motives, faith, and spirituality. To me, this begs the question, what makes good Christian fiction? What makes good Christian fiction? Is it rainbows, singing, and happy endings? Or is it the use of skill to craft a book that avoids the pitfall of devolving into glorified sex and gratuitous violence? It is a testament to Steven's skill that he is able to evoke such a visceral response when he peels away the mask and lets us gaze into the face of evil. Fact is: If you enjoy a fast paced crime thriller, with plot twists and 3-dimensional characters, then this is a good choice. If you feel that books that include violence or conflict are evil, then don't read it. Oh, and you may not want to read the Old Testament, either.