The Pawn, Bowers Files Series #1
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Special Agent Patrick Bowers has met only one person he's feared---until now. Working on a North Carolina serial murder case, he's caught in a macabre game of cat-and-mouse with a cunning killer called the Illusionist. The pieces of the puzzle don't add up. Can Bowers unravel the pattern in time to save the next victim? 448 pages, softcover from Signet.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Signet
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 6.88 X 4.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0451412796
ISBN-13: 9780451412799
Series: Patrick Bowers Files

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As an environmental criminologist, Patrick Bowers uses 21st-century geospatial technology to analyze the time and space in which a crime takes place. Using an array of factors, Bowers can pinpoint clues to solve the toughest of cases. Bowers?s skills have made him one of the FBI?s top agents?until now.

Called to the mountains of North Carolina to consult on a gruesome murder, Bowers finds himself in a deadly duel with a serial killer who seems to transcend Patrick?s analytical powers. Forced to track the killer?s horrific murders one by one, Bowers finds his techniques and instincts are put to the ultimate test?

Author Bio

Steven James is the national bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the critically acclaimed thrillers The KingOpening Moves, and The Queen. He has won three Christy Awards for best suspense and was a finalist for an International Thriller Award. His thriller, The Bishop, was named Suspense Magazine’s book of the year. Publishers Weekly calls him "[a] master storyteller at the peak of his game." James has a master’s degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication around the world.

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  1. taralynee
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    fast-paced, gripping, truly captivating detective story
    February 3, 2017
    taralynee
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    This review was written for The Pawn, The Bower Files Series #1.
    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.
  2. Tommy
    Winnipeg, MB
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intense
    May 10, 2016
    Tommy
    Winnipeg, MB
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Pawn, The Bower Files Series #1.
    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.
  3. coll
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Pawn
    June 23, 2015
    coll
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  4. Vicki Rodeffer
    Kent, Washington
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Disappointed
    October 23, 2014
    Vicki Rodeffer
    Kent, Washington
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for The Pawn, The Bower Files Series #1.
    I thought that because it was bought at a Christian bookstore online that it would be a lot more "spiritual" and Biblically based. Too much graphic-ness!!! It was almost tossed in the trash.
  5. Mina
    Winkler, Manitoba
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Graphic
    December 26, 2013
    Mina
    Winkler, Manitoba
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Pawn, The - eBook.
    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.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Steven James
Submitted: November 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’ve written over twenty nonfiction books, but this is my first novel. I’ve wanted to write novels for a long time and have toyed with ideas for years, so it was a blessing to be able to finally craft one.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to examine, within the framework of an intense psychological thriller, the question of what makes us (specifically, me) different from those who do the unthinkable. Serial killers are just as human as I am; they’re not some kind of monsters, and yet they act in monstrous ways. Am I capable of that as well? That’s the question that drove the narrative.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I don’t write so much with an agenda in mind, that is, that I’m hoping readers will learn a lesson, as much as I am hoping they’ll examine and explore moral issues. But I would say that, in addition to being entertained, I hope readers will gain new insights into the fallen nature of man and of the need all of us have of a Savior.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  For this book I needed to do a lot of research on cults. When I saw the power of brainwashing, I was reminded once again of how powerful ideas are and how easily we can be deceived and led astray by them. Scripture warns against being deceived by the hollow philosophies of this age. It’s easy for all of us, me included, to get deceived. It’s not easy to admit that, but when we do we open ourselves up to grow more in the knowledge of the truth.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I remember reading Sigmund Brouwer’s novel Blood Ties and being struck by how groundbreaking it was in the Christian book market. It gave me confidence that my books would find an audience here as well.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Since The Pawn contains some graphic and violent scenes, some people have asked me if this book is a Christian novel. I would say that it is not by any means unchristian. If you like gripping psychological suspense without sex and foul language and written from a Christian worldview, you’ll enjoy this book.

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