The Rook, Bowers Files Series #2   -     By: Steven James
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The Rook, Bowers Files Series #2

Signet / 2009 / Paperback

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While investigating a series of baffling fires in San Diego, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue where nothing is as it appears to be. With his own criminology research being turned against him and one of the worlds most deadly devices missing, Bowers is caught up in a race against time to stop a criminal masterminds trap before it closes around him and the people he loves.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Signet
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 6.50 X 4.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0451412818
ISBN-13: 9780451412812
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Series: Patrick Bowers Files

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A baffling fire rips through a top-secret Naval research facility, and Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called in to investigate. His unique ability to pinpoint the time, place, and spatial factors of any crime tells him that the arsonists were going after something very specific?and they have succeeded. Now, with a device of unimaginable lethal power in the wrong hands, Bowers must stop a criminal mastermind from enveloping him and those he loves in a trap from which there is no escape?



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  1. Evelyn Olson
    Riverton Wy
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent suspense novel.
    December 21, 2011
    Evelyn Olson
    Riverton Wy
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Besides Ted Dekker novels Steven James writes novels

    that hold my interest until the very end. The Rook keeps

    you guessing who is guilty and what is next to occur.

    The whole book is clean reading with no cuss words or

    offensive language. When I start reading, I find it very

    hard to put it down because I am always questioning

    what will happen and where it will happen. Besides the

    mystery part it also contains family oriented sections

    involving the main character Patrick and his stepdaughter

    Tessa. This is an excellent book for anyone who likes

    mystery and suspense stories.
  2. Debbie @ Genre Reviews
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 12, 2009
    Debbie @ Genre Reviews
    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher. "The Rook" was a well-written, fast-paced forensic/detective thriller. This is the second Patrick Bowers novel, but you don't need to read the first book, "The Pawn," to understand what's going on in this one.The first novel had a very well-written "who-done-it" element (which I loved), but this book was more a thriller with a good dose of romance. While still a bit dark, "The Rook" wasn't as gruesome as "The Pawn." The crimes and crime scenes were chilling, though not particularly graphic (i.e. he gives you just enough to let your imagination fill in the details).The details about the city, people, and investigation made the novel come alive in my imagination. The characters were complex, interesting, and had realistic emotional struggles. I especially liked the emotional struggles Bower's stepdaughter, Tessa, went through as fallout from what happened in the first novel. I also liked how the author portrayed the main women as smart, competent, respected, and not trying to be men.The main detective characters struggle with the evil they see every day in the criminals they're out to stop and in their own dark desire to hurt the bad guys--blow for blow--for the harm they've done to other people.There was no sex. There was a minimal amount of swearing and the cussing was in the "he cursed" style. Overall, I'd highly recommend this thoughtful, well-written thriller.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Steven James
Submitted: November 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’m an author and storyteller with a Master’s Degree in Storytelling. It’s an unusual degree, but I’m thankful for the chance to make a living telling stories. This is my second novel.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I actually had the idea for this novel when I was reading a book about sharks to my eight-year-old daughter. It mentioned that sharks have a scientifically-proven sixth sense. I found that amazing ,and as I thought more about it, that one fact opened up the whole story to me. This book has a special place in my heart because the seed for it came from story time with my daughter.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  With this book I wanted to explore the question of what it would take for Patrick Bowers to step over the line and become like those he hunts. I’d love for readers to reflect on that question for themselves—what would it take for them to step over and do the unthinkable? What keeps us from doing so? How does that lead us to humility and thanksgiving?

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I gained a new understanding of how each one of us has threads of evil running through our hearts. We are, all of us, capable of doing the unthinkable. That insight frightened me a little bit but led me to more seriously take to heart the promises of Scripture and the power of God’s Spirit.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  For this book I gained some insights from my reading of the Christian mystics—specifically Francis De Fenelon. I love his introspective and thought-provoking spiritual writings.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This book isn’t as intense as The Pawn, but rather deals with a terrorist plot. It’s more like 24 than a CSI episode. You’ll find Patrick Bowers at his best, but you won’t have quite such shocking scenes of psychological suspense. And by the way, if you love stories with a twist, you’re going to love the ending of The Rook.

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