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Queen, The: A Patrick Bowers Thriller (The Bowers Files) Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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While investigating a mysterious double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high-tech conspiracy that ties together long-buried Cold War secrets with present-day tensions in the Middle East.

In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a pulse-pounding, multilayered storytelling tour de force that will keep you guessing.

The Queen is the latest Patrick Bowers thriller from the author Publishers Weekly calls a "master storyteller at the peak of his game."

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"A masterpiece of a thriller."--Special Agent R. Wayne Smith, FBI (retired)

"Steven James continues to raise the bar in suspense writing. The Queen takes readers to a new level of suspense and is the best book in the Patrick Bowers series hands down!"--Suspense Magazine

Praise for Steven James's novels

"Thriller writing at its highest level."

"James clearly knows how to spin a yarn."--Booklist

"Exquisite."--Fiction Fanatics Only

"Pulse-pounding suspense."

"John Sanford might have to start looking over his shoulder."--Crimespree magazine

"Exhilarating."--Mysterious Reviews

"Seriously intense."--Pop Culture Tuesday

"Steven James has mastered the thriller."--The Suspense Zone

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Product Details

  • Series: The Bowers Files (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named James' 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."

With a Master's Degree in Storytelling, James has taught writing and storytelling around the world and is one of the seven Master CraftFest instructors at ThrillerFest, North America's premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top crime writers in the world, James deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As Christy Award-Winning 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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on September 4, 2011
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Steven James has created a real dilemma for himself. He has written four Patrick Bowers novels to date, fashioning some of the best suspense fiction on the market, and so the bar is raised high when readers come to this fifth in the series. "The Queen," on so many levels, surpasses those expectations.

This time around Patrick, Lien-Hua, and Tessa find themselves in the frozen landscape of a wintery Wisconsin. A mother and daughter have been murdered in their own home, and the father is nowhere to be found. Is he the murderer? Or another victim? This mystery leads them into an ever-expanding conspiracy that involves a Russian assassin, a radical eco-terrorist group, and the deeper truths and lies regarding Patrick's old nemesis, serial-killer Richard Basque.

James does two things here as well as he's ever done them. The snowy wasteland becomes a very real character in the story, and Patrick almost becomes a victim to this harsh reality in one of the best scenes in any Patrick Bowers book. In that same scene, he encounters a man named Alexei Chekov, who is one of the most refreshingly three-dimensional villains in suspense fiction. While brutal in his methods, Chekov also shows empathy and traits of heroism. As the book wraps up, Chekov's dimensions are expanded even more, and I can't wait to see what happens in his next confrontation with Patrick.

While raising the bar--and boy, does he!--James also risks losing the attention of readers who must juggle multiple viewpoints and plot threads. There is more going on here than in any other Patrick Bowers novel, enough material for two novels by most authors, including a nuclear missile attack. We also discover entire new levels of Patrick's own family history.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steve Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 17, 2011
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First let me say I'm a big fan of Steven James to the point where he's on my short list of must-read authors. He truly is a gifted storyteller and a fantastic writer - one of the best ever. I've highly enjoyed all of the Patrick Bower series and The Queen was no exception. In this book Patrick not only deals with a freed serial killer who's killing again but a possible world shattering catastrophic event. The writing is superb as usual. The story is very good but here is where I have an issue. Half of the story is personal drama dealing with Patrick's family, mainly his brother and sister-in-law. Although it's well written and the spiritual questions and thoughts on forgiveness are quite powerful, it took way too much time away from the thriller aspect of the story. In the past the family drama was just a side thread but in The Queen it cover's way too many pages and slows the story down. The world-shattering plot could have made this the best Bower's book yet but unfortunately that did not happen. Don't let this stop you from reading this book; it's still worth buying. When the thriller aspect picks up you'll be losing a lot of sleep and the whodunit question will keep you guessing until the last page.

The surprises at the end of the book made me sit for a long time and try to think if they made sense. Obviously I can't tell you what happens but if you're the thinking type you may be in for a brain spasm. To me there were no clues to whom the main villians were even though it was explained how they were figured out in the end. Was it a cheap shot by the author or was it really thought out? Read it for yourself and find out.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Travis Hutchins on September 8, 2011
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I LOOOOVVVVEEEE Steven James' Patrick Browser Series. They are great books. Very clean. I am so glad that I can read a thriller novel that doesn't have any dirty scenes or tons of cussing. Thank you Steven James! I am so excited to get started on this book, and I am already excited about the next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bassgiraffe on September 27, 2011
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This is the 5th book in a Patrick Bowers series. And even though I haven't read any of the other books I was easily able to get caught up on the characters and their lives. An after reading "The Queen" I really want to pick up the first 4 books. I'm in love with the characters, Patrick Bowers, his daughter Tessa, Lien-hua and the rest of the gang.
In "The Queen" Bowers is trying to solve 2 cases at once. The first going back over 14 years of a man and maybe an accomplice that love to violently kill people. The other is in a small town in Wisconsin, a double murder and possible murder or suicide. When he gets to the small town in Wisconsin he learns that not everything is so cut and dry. That maybe there is more to what's going on.
It was hard for me to put this book down every night. Some nights I'd read until 1 in the morning because the book was getting so good. It really does keep you going and I found myself holding my breath hoping and wishing for the best.
On top of being a great detective, thriller book, it's also a Christian book. Tessa needs to learn how to forgive herself and others. but in order to do that she first needs to find who God is and what His plans are for life. And that He has forgiveness.
I LOVED this book and want more. I know I have 4 other books to read and I'm sure there are more books to come.
If you like action, crime, suspense and Christian books I think you'll love this one.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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