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Number of Pages: 448
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 6.50 X 4.50 (inches)|
Series: Patrick Bowers Files
Evelyn OlsonRiverton WyAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An excellent suspense novel.December 21, 2011Evelyn OlsonRiverton WyAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Besides 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.
Debbie @ Genre Reviews5 Stars Out Of 5December 12, 2009Debbie @ Genre ReviewsI 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.
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.