fast-paced, gripping, truly captivating detective story
February 3, 2017
This one was a reread for me, and I have to say that it was just as good my second time through.
Steven James is one of the most talented storytellers Ive ever encountered within the pages of a book. In-depth characters, twisty plots, complex storytelling.. all of these are major qualities in Steven James writing. Its so so good. He knows how to truly captivate his readers and relate to them. Even as he writes about an FBI detective tracking serial killers.
The Pawn is the fast-paced story of Patrick Bowers as he sets out to catch a bad guy.. a really bad guy who thinks of the graphic murders hes so intricately linked together as a game. Between all the dead ends Patrick faces with the case and the brick walls he finds himself up against with his teenage stepdaughter, he begins to realize that maybe he doesnt quite have life figured out as well as hed once thought.
This book is like a bag of barbecue potato chips. Quite addictive. Much like you find yourself reaching for another chip again and again, this tale and its intensity keep you turning page after page.
* Although the first published Patrick Bowers novel, I highly recommend reading the prequels prior to this so you get the big picture and the full effect of the mystery. I didnt have that luxury since I read this one way before the prequels existed, but this time around Im enjoying the opportunity to read them chronologically.
The Pawn, was a great read and wild ride. Author Steven James does a great job keeping the reader guessing at each step of the way. Whenever you think you have something figured out, another layer to the character and plot is revealed.
James is very persistent in his writing, and creates a realistic and intriguing plot thatll keep you flipping pages.
The book deals with mature themes and might be best for teenagers and older.
However, if you like thrillers and mysteries, this one is for you.
This is one of the most engaging books I have read. The author draws you in and doesn't let you go. Because I am from Wisconsin, Patrick Bower's adventures have particular relevance. It is also a joy to be able to read a suspenseful book without having to worry about foul language. I think Steven James can take his place with the best crime authors of all time!
Overall this was a good read. I did find it too graphic at times. I found myself wanting more of an emphasis on Biblical issues. I almost put it aside a few times and didn't plan to finish it, but I did finish.