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Praise for the work of Steven James

“A mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James.” —Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Drop

“With a multidimensional quality, Steven James writes with a confident, assured ease. Just good, old-fashioned, gimmick-free storytelling that pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair

“Steven James has created a fast-moving thriller with psychological depth and gripping action. Opening Moves is a smart, taut, intense novel of suspense that reads like a cross between Michael Connelly and Thomas Harris. Young Detective Patrick Bowers battles his own demons as he uses his intellect and experience to track twisted killers. Full of twists and enjoyable surprise, Opening Moves is a blisteringly fast and riveting read.” —Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Threat Vector

About the Author

Steven James is the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed Bowers Files thriller series. He has a master’s degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication on three continents. When he’s not writing or speaking, you’ll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Bowers Files (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451239784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451239785
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,498 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jesus_Lover on July 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Once again Steven James has written a novel that is not only thrilling, but engaging, powerful, and very interesting. With The King, the latest installment of the Patrick Bowers Files, any preconceptions I had of the book were blown out of the water. I assumed the book would be good, but not as good as it turned out. Every moment I was awake I couldn't wait to crack the book again to find out what would happen next.

The story, as per the norm, follows Patrick Bowers, an agent for the FBI, as he searches for a relentless killer. Richard Basque, the anthropophagous serial killer that has haunted Patrick Bowers for the last thirteen years, is back once more.

As creepy as is sounds, I quite enjoy Basque's character. He's evil, but also really interesting to read about. He's one of those villains that is truly, inexplicably evil without being flat; I really enjoy that in villains.

The King is, from what I can tell, much more laid back in the intensity--or should I say graphicness--compared to the prequel of the series, Opening Moves. While I struggled to get through Opening Moves due to the intense descriptions, and terrible realities, I didn't with The King. I am not saying The King was any less intense, rather, less graphic. As well, it didn't delve into the idea of the killers copying the Modus Operondi of other real life killers.

There are two plotlines within the novel. Each seemingly unconnected at first, but ending completely, flawlessly together! Steven James never ceases to amaze me with the way he can craft such an intense, yet meaningful story!

In every novel I've read by Steven James, I have found myself learning something new. He takes my preconceived notions of law enforcement and shows me the total truth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace VINE VOICE on July 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I discovered Steven James books through a free ebook version of the first book in the Patrick Bowers series, titled "The Pawn." I was intrigued by the main character, Patrick Bowers, because he had the character depth that is lacking in many thrillers these days. In addition, the plot moved quickly, and there was plenty of mystery, action, and character development, all in one package. James is very good at, in each book, nicely tying up many loose ends, while leaving just enough plot threads hanging to keep you eagerly coming back for more.

I am also amazed that after what is it, 7 books in this series, James still spins a great yarn. He's like unstoppable. The recurring villian is still as scary as ever, Patrick is still learning how to be a dad to Tessa, and characters like Lien-Hua, Tessa, and even Margaret Wellington are still given good airtime and room for development. If you don't trust my judgement, just read the free sample of the prologue of this book.

Plot descriptions are not my strong suit, so I will end by saying "The King" is my favorite entry to the series after "The Knight." Here so many things are happening at once, but you never get lost, and are drawn in by the characters and mystery and heart-pumping action. There's suspense in every corner, as you never know who's going to get the upper hand in the tug-of-war between the good and bad guys, because James loves throwing a wrench into the thick of things. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

I will sorely miss this series when it ends with the final book, "Checkmate." But I will console myself with his other series, "The Jevin Banks Experience," which is just as unique and excellent. I'm a fan forever, Mr. James. Thank you for your wonderful writing and creative brain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cole Burgett - Author on July 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
There is a certain irony that comes in titling this book "The King," as The Bowers Files have essentially solidified Mr. James himself as the indisputable king of suspense.

For Patrick Bowers, this book is his best of times and worst of times. Without getting into spoiler territory, suffice to say that what fans have long awaited is finally here. But, naturally, along with this comes Mr. James's signature style, which includes, but is certainly not limited to, twisty plots, breathtaking cliffhangers, and dastardly nefarious villains that are as memorable as any from OO7's or Batman's rogues gallery. And "The King" does not disappoint.

Steven James has become something of a safety net. He epitomizes what people mean when they speak of "quality over quantity." Though he has authored numerous books outside of the Bowers series (or his latest thrilling series, which I can only best describe as a mind-grenade, the Jevin Banks Experience), Mr. James does not have the long list of published thrillers as, say, James Patterson. But give me Patrick Bowers over Alex Cross any day of the week. There is a certain weight that comes with reading a Steven James book, perhaps that's why I can only read one of them once, then put it back on my shelf and eagerly await the release of the next. But with that weight, there is also a promise which guarantees that the book you're about to read, so long as it has the name "Steven James" in the header, and the character(s) Bowers/Banks in its pages, is going to be unlike anything you've ever read before.
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