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Bishop, The: A Patrick Bowers Thriller [Paperback]

Steven James
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February 2011 The Bowers Files (Book 4)
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers's cutting-edge 21st-century geospatial investigative techniques and impeccable logic have helped him track some of the country's most grisly killers. But those skills are pushed to the limit in this new installment of the highly-acclaimed, award-winning The Bowers Files series.

This time it's a congressman's daughter who is found dead even as her killers launch a spree of perfect murders in the Northeast. With nothing to link the crimes to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet--even as his personal life begins to crumble around him.

Known for his intricately woven, masterfully plotted novels of high-octane action and spine-tingling suspense, Steven James delivers once again. The Bishop is a gripping, adrenaline-laced story for readers who are tired of timid thrillers. Strap on your seatbelt and get ready for a wild ride. The game is on.

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FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers's cutting-edge geospatial investigative techniques and impeccable logic have helped him track some of the country's most grisly killers. But those skills are about to be pushed to the limit.

A young woman is found brutally murdered in Washington DC as her killers conduct a spree of perfect crimes in the Northeast. With nothing to link the crimes to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet--even as his personal life begins to crumble around him.

Known for his intricately woven, masterfully plotted novels of high-octane action and spine-tingling suspense, Steven James delivers once again. The Bishop is a gripping, adrenaline-laced story that dives deep into the question of what makes us human. Strap on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride. The game is on. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The game is on.

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers's cutting-edge skills are about to be pushed to the limit. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Washington DC, her killers continue a spree of perfect crimes in the Northeast. But with nothing to link them to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet--even as his personal life begins to crumble around him.

The Bishop is a gripping, adrenaline-laced story for readers who are tired of timid thrillers. Strap on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride.

What everybody is talking about

"Be warned--James's books are not for the timid."--Mitch Galin, producer, Stephen King's The Stand

"Impossible to put down."--Kathleen Antrim, bestselling author, Capital Offense

"An intense, intelligent thriller. . . . Riveting!"--Karen Dionne, International Thriller Writers website chair

"James tells stories that grab you by the collar and don't let go."--Norb Vonnegut, author, Top Producer

"Absolutely brilliant."--Jeff Buick, bestselling author, Bloodline

"As thrilling and unexpected as any five-star action movie."--John Tinker, Emmy-award-winning writer

Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than twenty books, including the bestselling thriller series The Bowers Files. One of the nation's most innovative storytellers, Steven developed his skill as a performer at East Tennessee State University (MA in storytelling). He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot and protagonist Aug. 4 2010
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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The Bishop was the first book I had read by Steven James, although it is the fourth book in the Patrick Bowers thriller series.

Although previous cases and players are mentioned in the beginning, I was able to easily 'catch up'. The book opens with a pair of killers committing a horrific crime. They have a detailed plan to continue their 'game.' FBI Special Agent Bowers and his team are called in.

Bowers' speciality is fascinating - he consults with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency for the FBI. "Using the locations related to serial offenses and sttudying the timing, location, and progression of the crimes, we can work backward to find the most likely location of the offender's home base." The degree to which this was used was intriguing.

I liked Bowers as a character. He's introspective, intelligent, confident yet fallible. He is the sole guardian of his step daughter Tessa. Their relationship is a work in progress. Tessa herself is just as interesting as Bowers. She's highly intelligent and it is some of her reveries that spur truly thought provoking. philosophical conversations between many of the characters. Good vs evil, what separates man from beast, is evil predetermined, pre emptive justice and more. James has produced some incredible chilling characters in the killers.

The main plot is intelligent and carefully crafted, drawing on cutting edge technology and news. Read carefully though as there are twists and turns just when you think you know where the story is going. There are many sub plots playing out at the same time - political machinations and Bowers' love life. Lots of foreshadowing had me reading 'just one more chapter' and I found myself sneaking a peak a few pages ahead more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like watching it on screen Sept. 16 2010
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A brilliant book!!! The characters were amazing the story lines were riviting and the case, although decribed in graphic detail which I was warned ahead of time would be as such, was very well handled. It was so well done it was like I was watching it on screen, not just reading. Very well done!!

Thinking about it after, if I had not know it was graphic content and just stumbled onto content like this I may have been alarmed, however that was not the case. I found that the content was not sensationalizing anything but was just describing what was going on.

So without giving anything away, if you like crime scene tv shows or movies then I think you will like this book. It is easy to get wrapped up in so clear some time from your schedule! It's a thick book to get through.
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I have read all 4 Patrick Bowers novels and have enjoyed them a great deal. The author does a marvelous job and the story is quite intelligent and really clips along.
The single criticism I have is that (semi-spoiler!) the book has yet another villian who is 12 steps ahead of Bowers and is able to orchestrate & execute a complex series of events to lead to the desired conclusion. Quite simply, it strained credulity particularly when similar devices were part of the earlier books in the series.
The character of Tessa and her relationship with Patrick is terrific and the author shines in making them seem genuine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Suspense Thriller Aug. 2 2010
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"The Bishop"

by Steven James

This book was one of the best suspense thrillers that I have read for a long while. I am not a great fan of this genre, so did not know what I would encounter when reading it. I do question the fact that it is classed as Christian Fiction, as I did not find any reference to the faith that I feel it should have portrayed to be put in that category. That put aside, it was a fantastic read and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The first chapter grabs your attention and keeps it!!

FBI agent, Patrick Bower, has cutting edge skills and in this book push him to the limit when a young woman's body is discovered brutally murdered in Washington DC. Her killers continues his spree of murders which tend to be the perfect crimes- it seems no mistakes are made to leave clues behind to aid solving the crimes. As nothing seems to link the crimes, FBI Agent Bower faces the most difficult case yet- finding an answer to these murders is his quest. You can live this situation with him as the scenes are vividly described. Bower's personal life is crumbling around him, but he persists! He must find the answer at all costs and he does!!

The adrenilene flowed in my veins as I read this thriller, always wanting to know what was going to happen next- no predictable events in this book!! The author definitely engaged you actively in the crimes and emotions - his and others in the story. Well done. I highly recommend this to other readers- even those who don't like thrillers, may get "hooked". OH, and I love the connection to the Bishop in the chess set. What a unique idea!! Creativity flows in this author!! Now, I want to read the other books in his series!!

'Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. Available now at your favorite book seller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
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