I love thrillers and was happy to be able to read and review The Queen, but since this is my first book by Steven James I wasn't sure what to expect and I didn't know about starting out with the fifth book in the series. Well, all I can say is WOW. Patrick is in Wisconsin on a case of finding out who murdered a woman and her young daughter, with the father a suspect and missing. Why did Margaret pull him off the long going case he was working on to put him on this murder case? Well, that's just a long story that you will need to read the book to find out. You will not be disappointed!
The plot is so complex and with all of the twists and turns that you can't let your mind wander when reading because will miss something, and then be out of the loop. Just when you think you have something figured out, another major twist and you start all over again! I loved it though! And who on earth is this mysterious Valkyrie man, or is it a woman? Well more twist and turns and I begin to think maybe James wasn't gonna reveal the identity, but he just makes you wait until the end, and of course I didn't figure it out. I loved the cast of characters he created and the way he gives you a look into their personal lives in such detail. And I loved seeing how Pat's mind worked throughout the book as he tried to put the puzzles together about the case. It was amazing. And I will be reading the first four books in this series. Steven James is a great new author for me!
If you like thrillers this one is a must for you! It is over 500 pages long, so grab you a copy of the book, a cup of coffee and sit down for a thriller ride of your life. Just hang on to your seat because once you start reading, you will be glued to the pages until the very end!
"Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. 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 55
The Queen is part of a series, preceded by The Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, and The Bishop. I confess that I haven't read any of the previous Patrick Bowers thrillers. BUT, after reading The Queen, I will be going back and reading through the entire series. I love a good crime-related suspense, and Steven James delivers with The Queen.
It took me a few chapters to enter into the thrill of the story. Although James opens well, I struggled to figure out who was who until around the sixth chapter. This is probably just me, and if I'd read the previous books, I might have known sooner. Once I figured it out, the story took off, and I couldn't put it down. He had me guessing who the mysterious Valkyrie was all the way to the very end.
I had the honor of meeting Steven James at the 2010 Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. I admire his enthusiasm for the craft of writing, and it shines through in his novel. He masterfully switches from Special Agent Bower's first person view to the third person view of his criminals and his loved ones. It makes the character-filled story easier to navigate.
Available September 2011 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Please note: I was provided a free copy of The Queen from Revell for the purposes of this review. I was not required to provide a good review, and I believe by crafting a great story, Mr. James has earned the five stars I've awarded him.
I have yet to be disappointed by any Steven James book. The Queen is no exception. In fact, his skills improve with each book. Loved the vocabulary a reader rarely finds in contemporary fiction. How refreshing to find a few words above a typical high school level!
5th in Patrick Bowers series is high-octane thrill
September 15, 2011
The Queen by Steven James if the fifth book in the Patrick Bowers series about an FBI agent who uses geospatial techniques to track serial killers. Pat is working on finding his nemesis Basque's partner when he is called away to a case in Northern Wisconsin is a supposed murder-suicide of a retired Navy officer. He suspects immediately that there is more going on than he is being told, why would the FBI be called in a case easily handled by the local police, but as he investigates he quickly uncovers a wide reaching conspiracy that could bring about nuclear war. Plus, by returning to the area where he grew up, Pat is forced to deal with long buried feelings between he and his brother Sean. James really is the best in the business at writing thrilling suspense stories, and I mourn the day when this series ends next year. Pat and Tessa, his stepdaughter, are still dealing with the aftershocks of the previous novel, The Bishop, when she killed a man and lost her father all in one night. James teases readers a bit when Lien-hua, Pat's love interest and sometime partner, and Pat banter about what they enjoy best about thrillers and throw out several ideas that will have readers wondering and worrying whether any will come to pass in The Queen. The writing is intelligent, suspenseful, and high-octane; I swear I didn't breathe for the last fifty pages!
Are you ready for another great thriller from Steven James? Well your wait is over. Steven James has out did himself again. The Queen is another great thriller in the Patrick Bowers Thriller series. The Queen pretty much starts (give a few months or so) form where The Bishop ended. Patrick is on the case of another major crime. Tessa is trying to deal and cope with the all the stuff that took place in the previous book. Add in a few new characters mixed with the old and you get another great story! One thing about this book is... it's not as gory as the last one.(if you are the faint at heart you will appreciate this) So what's the story line. Well here it is:
While investigating a mysterious double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high-tech conspiracy that ties together long-buried Cold War secrets with present-day tensions in the Middle East.
In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a pulse-pounding, multilayered storytelling tour de force that will keep you guessing.
The Queen is the latest Patrick Bowers thriller from the author Publishers Weekly calls a "master storyteller at the peak of his game."
If you are a mystery lover, than you are going to love this book. It has the thrill of the hunt action that will keep you guessing! If I gave out stars on how I liked a book than I would give it 5 stars..... it was that good!