The Queen

Books The Queen This past summer I attended a writer s conference in Tennessee Steven James was one of the main speakers so I picked up The Bishop to read before I went After all I wanted to be

Books The Queen This past summer I attended a writer’s conference in Tennessee. Steven James was one of the main speakers, so I picked up The Bishop to read before I went. After all, I wanted to be familiar with the authors who would be leading the conference.After reading the first few chapters I had to ask myself – “How in the world did I miss this guy?” The writing was tight, the plot complex, the pacing accelerating like a hopped-up Ferrari. However, the story was not for the faint of heart. Graphic and unnerving descriptions of serial murders were front and center. But the protagonist, FBI agent and geospatial intelligence specialist Dr. Patrick Bowers doggedly tracked down the killers as he handled problems on the home front with his intelligent and perceptive stepdaughter, Tessa. Since then I have read all James’ Patrick Bowers novels. Each one keeping me up late at night turning those pages, although toward the end of each novel I purposely slow down, not wanting to finish such a well-written book too quickly.The Queen, the latest in the series, does not disappoint. In fact, it’s the best Bowers book so far. Bowers finds himself in the wintery woods of northern Wisconsin investigating a double homicide, chasing an international assassin, and dealing with an estranged brother. As the snow drifts deeper, Bowser faces eco-terrorists and criminal masterminds with evil agendas all their own.As with all his novels, James expertly weaves the characters from previous books into the plot. If you’ve read all the books from The Pawn through The Bishop you are definitely familiar with James’ heroes and villains and the battle of good vs. evil. This conflict is what I appreciate the most. Bowers is indeed the “Good Guy” and the bad guys are, well, evil and yet James is not willing to allow us to settle for simple solutions, for black and white answers. James’ characters fight the evil in others and in themselves. Concepts of the evil within each human heart, guilt, and forgiveness are wrestled with sincerely but never heavy-handedly.The Queen is not just a good read, but a well-crafted story with multi-faceted characters, a storyline with a good many hairpin turns, and a plot that not afraid to explore our darker nature and yet unashamedly holds out hope.Steven James has certainly moved this queen into the checkmate position. It is a winner.. The Queen is Ebook While investigating a double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high tech conspiracy that twists through long buried Cold War secrets and targets present day tensions in the Middle East In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a multi layered storytelling tour de force that not oWhile investigating a double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high tech conspiracy that twists through long buried Cold War secrets and targets present day tensions in the Middle East In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a multi layered storytelling tour de force that not only delivers pulse pounding suspense but also deftly explores the rippling effects of the choices we make The Queen is a techno thriller that will leave you breathless, offered by the author Publishers Weekly calls a master storyteller at the peak of his game.. Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award winning, pulse pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY CROOKED PATH a taut, twist filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold If you ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY CROOKED PATH is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.Suspense Magazine, who named Steven s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he sets the new standard in suspense writing Publishers Weekly calls him a master storyteller at the peak of his game And RT Book Reviews promises, the nail biting suspense will rivet you Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights As critically acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.. A viral Book The Queen Whoo-hooo! 4.5 stars. The Queen! Is a wonderful read. My favorite of the series so far. A Tale of many stories On one hand there is this killer serial killer story. Patrick Bowers serves at the head of the manhunt for the infamous Mr. Basque. One layer below that, there is a tale of international espionage that gets more and more tangled. Throw in a winter storm and rural Wisconsin and it only gets more tangled. The standard suspense thriller is just as fun any other book. It’s both complicated and challenging. There is a lot of action and Patrick Bowers is as always, brilliant and human. Then there’s the Love Story between Patrick and Lien Hua. Patrick is such a dufuss sometimes. He’s the classic geek. So smart and focused he can’t see the bear trap in front of him until he steps in it. Oh, what a tangled web romance can be… especially if your love life history is full of minefields like Patrick’s is. Still, love wins out in the end. Then there’s the personal story that Patrick is dealing with while he’s trying to catch serial killers and stop World War III, catch a serial killer, and solve a double murder. A secret between Patrick and his brother, another between Patrick and his Sister in Law all seem to collide at the wrong time. And, beneath it all, his brother’s drinking problem is getting worse. Could the timing be worse for a family crisis? … nevermind, this is Patrick Bowers, don’t answer that. It can always get worse.There is also the ongoing story of Tessa (Raven). This time Tessa is still wrestling with her own demons from the end of the last book, The bishop. She had already been on shaky ground and now she battled the joy felt when killing a man who had tormentd her and caused her biological father’s death. In the third book she’d proven she could take care of herself, now she has to deal with what that means. She has her secrets to keep from Patrick too, yet, this is a time when she needs him to live more than anything. As always this is a sweet, father daughter thing. Steven James has three daughters. No doubt he’s got the life experience to figure this one out. It’s a touching story there. I bet in the next book, Tessa gets a boyfriend and Patrick has a heart attack.Add the story thread of an aging assassin with a dark past and a chip on his shoulder who’s out for vengence and we got a tangled plot. Then, mingled with all of the above is a message of faith, hope, what forgiveness means and how to forgive. These sweet spiritual messages have been in all five books, but I like this one the most. How do you forgive someone? How do you make amends? Does it really mean anything? In most cases, so many competing story themes would be distracting and take away from the overall entertainment value. In this case, each theme echoes the overall spiritual message in some way or another. It’s like staring into a kaleidoscope where the images shift and build on each other and the patterns are all similar, yet not the same.James helps us navigate the through the soul of the story and eventually, an answer comes that’s astonishing, relieving and heart felt. In his novels, Steven James does what Ted Dekker (Red, White and Black) and other Christian Writers have attempted to do with mixed success. Use an exciting story as an analogy to explain matters of faith that require more than simple words to understand.Having said that, this story is so well written, that, if you didn’t know that Steven James is a Christian author, you’d never guess and boy, the story is still fantastic. James doesn’t shove faith down your throat, he simply offers an explanation and allows you to enjoy it, then make up your own mind. The message is a good one, no matter your faith. And, regardless of the message of faith, this is a gripping, edge of your seat, suspense, THRILLER!, that is full of action and frightening characters, real heroes and acts of bravery and courage from start to finish. Really, a very good read. Warnings: 1) The characters, particularly Lien Hua and Ralph, have been established in earlier books. The stories and back story for Tessa has played out from book one to the fifth book and there are many other aspects of the story in play in “The Queen” that have developed over four books. You need to read them in order and start with the first one to get the full effect and most enjoyment. 2) Patrick Bowers hunts Serial Killers. Some of this subject matter is difficult to read about. James manages the most difficult parts gently, with enough to engage the fear centers of the mind, but without the gore or voyeurism that other writers put in their stories. This is a human story about human beings, no zombies, vampires or other creatures that thrive on gore and ghoul to make their mark. As well as they are handled here, you can’t talk about serial killers and be taken seriously without some tough to handle subject matter. 3) There is some violence. Again, like the note about serial killers, James manages these scenes well and, in my opinion, any Young Adult could manage these scenes without problems though it might offend pacifists and some Vegans. 4) There are some religious themes here. Strangely, I think that people fixed in their own religious views might take offense before agnostics, atheists and people with more flexible points of view on religion. The message is universal, if you want something more specific to a specific religious doctrine, you need to look elsewhere or simply enjoy the thrilling side of the story. Regret: just one. The theme of Forgiveness and how it plays out is very in keeping with what Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step Recovery groups follow. It might have been nice to have Sean, who comes to grips with his drinking problem at the end of the story and drives off in the night, to have gone to an AA meeting. Add this theme: It’s not, get right with God and your addiction will be over, it’s fix the drinking problem so you can get right with God. The idea is change the way you live your life, (change your life style) if you want to feel better about being alive. Just my opinion. The Bottom Line: This is another home run by Steven James, the latest in an outstanding series, Complex, exciting, edge of your seat writing of the highest caliber. A great read. Recommended for everybody from young adult to geriatric grumpy Curmudgeon.

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  1. Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award winning, pulse pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY CROOKED PATH a taut, twist filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold If you ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY CROOKED PATH is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.Suspense Magazine, who named Steven s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he sets the new standard in suspense writing Publishers Weekly calls him a master storyteller at the peak of his game And RT Book Reviews promises, the nail biting suspense will rivet you Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights As critically acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.

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  1. Whoo hooo 4.5 stars The Queen Is a wonderful read My favorite of the series so far A Tale of many stories On one hand there is this killer serial killer story Patrick Bowers serves at the head of the manhunt for the infamous Mr Basque One layer below that, there is a tale of international espionage that gets and tangled Throw in a winter storm and rural Wisconsin and it only gets tangled The standard suspense thriller is just as fun any other book It s both complicated and challenging There i [...]


  2. I found The Pawn and The Rook at my local thrift store on the cheap, and bought them because they were Christian fiction, which is my favorite genre of books Upon starting the series, I was blown away by the action and intensity, and got my hands on the subsequent volumes as soon as possible Each volume ratcheted it up the villains became evil and cunning, the plots got increasingly convoluted, the stories were engrossing, the threats were insanely dire, etc up until The Queen, which lacks mu [...]


  3. This past summer I attended a writer s conference in Tennessee Steven James was one of the main speakers, so I picked up The Bishop to read before I went After all, I wanted to be familiar with the authors who would be leading the conference.After reading the first few chapters I had to ask myself How in the world did I miss this guy The writing was tight, the plot complex, the pacing accelerating like a hopped up Ferrari However, the story was not for the faint of heart Graphic and unnerving de [...]


  4. This is my third attempt at writing this review I listened to the audiobook, and that format suited this read This is an intriguing combination of geopolitical thriller and serial killer procedural, and for the most part, it was successful.Patrick Bowers works for the FBI and catches serial killers He s not a profiler Instead he uses computers to track a serial killer s movements On top of that, he s also a stepfather and a widower who is about to ask his girlfriend to marry him And he s an estr [...]


  5. Steven James books are not for the faint of heart If you have trouble sleeping at night I might not reccomend them but for anyone who loves to get your pulse pounding and reading books is all about sitting on the edge of your seat then the Patrick Bowers books are made for you To call what Patrick Bowers goes through a thriller is an understatement There are so many layers to this story that it is impossible to even try and give you a heads up It wouldn t be fair to the reader in you to try and [...]


  6. I guessed the big shocking thing Er what was supposed to be the big shocking thing Towards the beginning of the book I m not sure whether to feel satisfied or disappointed Still, a five star read Complex, thrilling, and altogether BRILLIANT As always I m glad I have The King waiting for me on my shelf


  7. With THE QUEEN, Stephen James has again demonstrated that he was one of the best suspense writers in America today In this fifth book of the series, James delivers a novel full of great characters, nail biting suspense, and great plot twists This novel easily gets five starts from me James easily stands out as one of the best thriller writers in the market, HOWEVER, this may just be the worst book in the series And I ll get to that in a moment.The novel opens with Patrick Bowers investigating a [...]


  8. Steven James is a master storyteller Each novel gets a little bit better I ve read each book in the Patrick Bowers series and this one raises the bar The Queen is fast paced and holds the reader s interest until the end.CharactersThe Bowers series has a great list of characters that are well developed and intriguing Bowers loses his tough guy image around his teenage stepdaughter It s the one area of life where he can t quite be the one in control One moment he s being heroic and trying to save [...]


  9. I read The Bishop a while back and really enjoyed it I m pretty picky when it comes to books like this because it is not my favorite genre, but there are a few authors that I feel excel at writing suspense, and Steven James is one of those authors One of my absolute requirements when it comes to suspense novels is they have to grab me right away If there is no immediate excitement, there is very little chance that I will like the book I remember how quickly The Bishop grabbed me, so deciding whe [...]


  10. You must be kidding me.Not only was I fan from the The Pawn, but I have actively recommended these books to patrons who were looking for fast paced, smart thrillers Sometimes it was for someone looking for new and exciting Christian reads, but sometimes it wasn t This series had appeal for a broad range of people, and I was proudly one of its cheerleaders These were books I eagerly anticipated and even moved to the top of the to read stack as soon as they arrived Butally, Steven James Really It [...]



  11. REVIEWED BY FRED STLAURENTThe Book Club Network Latest in the Patrick Bowers series by Steven James is the best yet I am lucky enough to be married to a woman who reads voraciously and happens to know many authors A couple of years ago Nora happened to hand me a copy of The Pawn by Steven James She knows me well and understands that I cannot resist a good detective novel I am captured by thrillers, mysteries and lawyers fighting in the court room stories From the very first chapter of Steven Jam [...]


  12. Imagine my surprise after reading all the Patrick Bower series by Steven James and in wanting to write a review of the books, to discover that this series is labeled as being published by a Christian publisher, as well as authored by a Christiango, the Patrick Bowers series is labeled Christian Fiction I ll tell you this, as an atheist, I didn t have a clue not even a suspicion of this throughout my reading of these novels.Now, now, I am not implying that good Christian fiction doesn t exist I h [...]


  13. First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.It s hard to believe I m such a big suspense fan, and I ve never picked up one of Steven James books before I admit, it s my loss I ve kept this talented master of suspense off my bookshelf for so long but now I ve remedied that James newest release, The Queen, takes readers on one wild thrill of adventure alongside FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers One of the first things that struck me with Steven s writing style is the depth he takes his characters G [...]


  14. Patrick Bowers is investigating a murder of a woman and her young daughter Set up to look like a murder suicide the local police are ready to wrap up the case But Patrick has a suspicious mind when it comes to dead people so he soon finds that things aren t always what they seem Patrick and his brother have a strained relationship because of something that happened when they were teens It doesn t help that Patrick and his brother s wife Amber formed an emotional attachment while she and Sean we [...]


  15. My quest to read all of Steven James Patrick Bowers Thriller novels started on August 18th, twenty six days ago and I enjoyed every minute of it This series has taken me for quite a ride Mind bending, thought provoking, amazing characters, complex relationships, are just some of the words I would use to describe this series.FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers is once again embroiled in a case that starts off as a double homicide but soon snowballs into what could be the onset of World War III Whil [...]


  16. This is book 5 in Steven James Patrick Bowers series, The Queen Steven is a great storyteller and I thought I knew who the main criminal, Valkyrie was, but was I wrong The Queen is a really long book it has 516 pages and 104 chapters I thought it would take a long time to read, but got it done in a couple of days, because it is so good This is a very exciting psychological suspense book and it s not for the squeamish Steven James does not hesitate to explore evil and tries to honestly portray th [...]


  17. The Queen by Steven James if the fifth book in the Patrick Bowers series about an FBI agent who uses geospatial techniques to track serial killers Pat is working on finding his nemesis Basque s partner when he is called away to a case in Northern Wisconsin is a supposed murder suicide of a retired Navy officer He suspects immediately that there is going on than he is being told, why would the FBI be called in a case easily handled by the local police, but as he investigates he quickly uncovers [...]


  18. FBI Special Agent Patrick Bower receives a phone call to investigate a murder A woman and her four year old daughter were found shot and killed in the home The husband, Donnie Pickron has gone missing You might wonder why the FBI would be called to investigate a murder Murders happen all the time What makes this one interesting is that the husband is ex military Navy Pat is joined by Jake, a profiler As Pat and Jake investigate, they uncover information about weaponry dating back to the Cold War [...]


  19. The most recent in the series and a little change to Mr James format While this falls under Christian fiction, I haven t noticed anything that would mandate it fall into that category, starting with Pawn book 1 The format changes here in that Mr James does start weaving stronger elements of faith in the story It still doesn t change the thrilling action, but perhaps enhances it as people do tend to get religious when they are on the verge of death Killer ending to this one Looking forward to the [...]


  20. Queen by Steven James is the 5th book in the Patrick Bower Files Patrick Bowers is a FBI geospatial investigator James is a first rate thriller author Christian or non and really ratchets up the suspense throughout his novels Major characters continue to be well defined The faith themes are present and honest but not the least bit preachy That said, this is my least favourite of the Patrick Bowers series so far but the others are pretty much perfection The novel just takes too long to get going [...]


  21. I don t know why everyone has rated this as 5 star book It took me around 100 pages to actually get interested in this book d after reading 100 pages , I just wanted to finish reading because I like to finish what I start The story line is good but at times while reading I felt I am going through an article or a manual regarding internet protocols and complex kind The whole conversations with the echo tech group felt very lame I just skipped reading them I couldn t even relate with the whole em [...]


  22. I ve really enjoyed this series just wish I didn t have to wait a year for the next installment I love how the characters, good and bad, have been woven through each book I ve especially enjoyed how Pat Bowers and his stepdaughters relationship has developed through each book The exploration of good and evil that exists in each of us, and of guilt, forgiveness and faith runs is especially thought provoking throughout the thriller mystery plots.


  23. Another rip roaring read by Steven James I have almost forgiven him for sequencing The Rook ahead of The Knight which doesn t follow the value of the pieces Could there be only one in the series Maybe he ll switch to Monopoly or Risk for his book titles.






  24. It wasn t my favorite book in the series, but it wasn t awful either I wasn t able to guess who Valkyrie was I actually think that was the best twist of the book I was a little disappointed that a couple new characters were added, one being a sibling, and yet there has never been any mention of this prior to this book that I can remember anyways I have always thought Patrick was an only child However, those parts of the story did seem to add another level of complexity to the always complicated [...]


  25. If you have been reading the series and expect this to follow suit, than you are sadly mistaken This jumps completely away from hunting serial killers and has Patrick looking into the deaths a mother and daughter and the missing dad Most people think that he is dead but Patrick and his team, well some of them anyway feel that he could still be alive and behind a much larger plot A good story with a first time look into his relationship with his brother There is also a twist near the end which ta [...]


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