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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
TommyWinnipeg, MBAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great novelMay 10, 2016TommyWinnipeg, MBAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Its amazing how James keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire novel. I couldnt put it down, and kept flipping pages into the late hours of the night.
Its such an interesting mystery, but we see the personal struggles of Special Agent Patrick Bowers, and other characters throughout the novel.
A lot of truth is spoken in this book, to go along with a lot of big questions being asked by the characters. It might make you think about some questions in your own life.
Mature themes are discussed, so I might recommend you don't read this before you're a teenager.
All around, The Rook was engaging, intriguing, and exciting. James put a lot of work into this novel, and if youre a fan of suspense, thriller, or mystery novels; this one is for you.
Lyn47Lake Forest, ILAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 21, 2012Lyn47Lake Forest, ILAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Steven James is a talented author, and I particularily enjoy the books in the series with "The Rook". I have read all but one other book in this series, and hope there is at least one more to come.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5May 5, 2012alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed this second book in the series, it was well written and very well researched, but like the first book, God is rarely mention.
Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 10, 2009Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleJames writes exciting and well written books. I am enjoying his Bowers Files Series. If you like suspense, well developed characters and scenes that make you feel like you are there, than you will enjoy this book.
Lynn LaBrancheWindsor, ON, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5July 20, 2009Lynn LaBrancheWindsor, ON, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleThe is NOT a Christian book although it is a good mystery and thriller. It should be kept in a regular public library, not a church library. Only 4 references are made to God throughout the 488 pages: "Thank God I'd Been Wrong", Lien-Hua prayed,cried out to the God she wasn't sure was there", "Thank God She was Alive" and "a one word prayer, Please, Please" Certainly not enough for my library!
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.