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Publication Date: 2008
Series: Patrick Bowers Files
Full of fast-paced action and mind-bending plot twists, The Rook is an adrenaline-laced page-turner that will keep readers up all night. Book 2 in the Bowers Files, this riveting look into the criminal mind is the perfect follow-up to James's well-reviewed The Pawn.
The Rook is not an overtly Christian book. The characters are not professedly Christian, and they make only brief, vague allusions to God or religion. There is no profanity, but there is a fair amount of violence, and there are some sexual references. Nevertheless, there are many explorations of religious themes, such as the main characters struggle with his violent nature. His internal battle is like that of Paul, who wrote in Romans 7:19, For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to dothis I keep on doing.
Steven James writes short, snappy chapters, and his action-packed book is filled with many twists and turns. Amidst the thrills, he also includes interesting information about Bowers specialty: environmental profiling. In a few places the dialogue seems a bit directed, but for the most part, the author manages to let you forget he is there, letting you read the story uninterrupted.
Although the writing may prove too intense for many readers, the scientific and investigative details should appeal to readers of other contemporary thrillers. Ultimately, James tells a tale filled with danger and deception, but also with a subtle, veiled message of redemption. Nathan Biberdorf, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Author: Steven James
Submitted: November 27, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. Im an author and storyteller with a Masters Degree in Storytelling. Its an unusual degree, but Im 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. Id love for readers to reflect on that question for themselveswhat 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 Gods 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 mysticsspecifically Francis De Fenelon. I love his introspective and thought-provoking spiritual writings.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This book isnt as intense as The Pawn, but rather deals with a terrorist plot. Its more like 24 than a CSI episode. Youll find Patrick Bowers at his best, but you wont have quite such shocking scenes of psychological suspense. And by the way, if you love stories with a twist, youre going to love the ending of The Rook.