- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (July 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800733029
- ISBN-13: 978-0800733025
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 187 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, Book 4) Paperback – August 1, 2010
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James, critically acclaimed author of the series the Bowers Files, sends new chills down the spine in his newest suspense thriller, told from various points of view and centering on FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers's criminology and geospatial tracking of serial killers. When a prominent congressman's daughter is murdered, seemingly unconnected crimes become evidence of a heinous game played by two people who have the same things coursing through their veins as their victims and the cops trying to catch them: love and hate. James packs the narrative with ethical dilemmas and subplots involving abortion and medical research ("It would have saved us all a lot of trouble if your mother had just gone ahead with the abortion"). The novel moves swiftly, with punchy dialogue but gruesome scenes. Readers must be ready to stomach the darkest side of humanity and get into the minds of serial killers to enjoy this master storyteller at the peak of his game.
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"Impossible to put down." --Kathleen Antrim, bestselling author, Capital Offense
"The nail-biting suspense will rivet you." --RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, top pick
"Breakneck speed doesn't even begin to describe the pace of The Bishop. Absolutely brilliant." --Jeff Buick, bestselling author of Bloodline
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The Bishop is another creepy, creepy story. James adds just enough detail to let the reader’s imagination take flight. The result is especially chilling. Patrick Bowers is a complex character, with many flaws, but also with deep love and loyalty. His personal life is as interesting as the gruesome cases he investigates. Tessa, Patrick’s step-daughter, is the character that contemplates the spiritual aspects within the novel. The Bishop focuses on man’s free will versus instinct. Tessa’s investigation of evolutionary theories and moral arguments is a great counterpoint to the crimes detailed within the book.
While The Bishop may not be for everyone (especially those with queasy stomachs), it is a thrill ride. Great writing, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes make this one a perfect choice for those looking for a suspense-filled thriller. Note: The Bishop is the 4th book in the series, but can be read as a standalone.
Biblically the book is about the same as the first three in the series. There are no Christians to give the reader a Biblical worldview but there are some discussions on morality and it's origins that bring creation in the picture. Abortion is also mentioned, leaving the answer up to the reader. Followers of Christ will probably consider this to fall under the category of "Christian Fiction" but unbelievers will not find offense to it. Even though "The Bishop" is not for the timid Mr. James skilfully keeps out the foul language and sex scenes that are so pervasive in the secular book market.
If you haven't read the first three book in the series I highly suggest reading them first but Steven does a very good job recapping the previous stories so you really don't have to read the other books.
I recently listened to an interview on Fiction Addict and Steven James said they signed a contract do make the Patrick Bowers series into a TV show (or at least a pilot). Please don't wait for the show. Read the books. Hollywood will only ruin the story and characters just like they do almost everything else.
1 Star = Pathetic
2 Stars = Fair
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing
I loved reading more about his relationship with his stepdaughter Tessa. Tessa is a throughly engaging and very intelligent 17 yr old that seems wiser beyond her years. The bantering back and forth between her and Patrick is a wonderful addition to this book.
The usual cast of characters is back with Margaret now his boss and both Cheyenne and Lien-hua as love interests. I love how Steven James usually leaves an opening or two and the end of the story to keep you wanting more, BUT, this time I didnt think it was fair that he ended the book with "TO BE CONTINUED". Yikes, we cant just tune in next week. That is the only reason I gave him 4 stars on THE BISHOP. I really wish he would have ended it. With that said, I am definitely getting THE QUEEN (book 5) to see how it ends. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait and the expense.
Overall, great great thriller.