- File Size: 1315 KB
- Print Length: 433 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800732405
- Publisher: Revell; 1st edition (February 1, 2007)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2007
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B5J4RAY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Pawn (The Bowers Files Book #1) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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"In this riveting thriller.... A gripping plot and brisk pacing will win James some fans eager for his next offering."--Publishers Weekly review
"In his brilliant debut novel, Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart. The Pawn is not to be missed." -- Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author
From the Author
I'd originally intended to write a story about a one-armed detective and a guy who snuck into cult compounds to free people for their family members. Neither of those storylines worked.
However, all of the research that I did on cults led me to the Jonestown storyline in The Pawn. While researching the book, I was able to interview one of the three people still alive who had survived the Jonestown massacre. The book is dedicated to his wife and his son, who both died on that tragic day.
People often tell me that the opening scene to this book is one of the most visceral and shocking scenes in all of the Bowers Files. The final twist only came to me after many months of working on the book.
If you love stories with a jaw-dropping twist, check this one out.
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And, one of those authors from whom I will be getting second and third helpings is Steven James because I found The Pawn to be great - as good as any story from mainstream authors.
The Pawn is the first in a series of books that are centered around Dr. Patrick Bowers, PhD and Special Agent of the FBI. If there were a genre called Mystery/Thriller, The Pawn would fit squarely in it. While it's a good mystery at its heart, James takes the reader on a thrilling ride during which I found my heart pounding from the adventure.
The Pawn is a story of redemption on one level. But, working alongside is a story about family values and how they can form the finest relationships in our lives, or how they can be twisted and used to manipulate, which you will find is a sub-theme.
The highest praise I can offer is that I would want Dr. Bowers as a friend. He's not perfect, but he is good.
Read The Pawn and you will discover a new friend, or maybe several of them.
Rating: 4.9 - just great. I've already bought the second book in the series.
My favorite parts of the crime shows, like CSI, NCIS, etc are the forensic investigators. I'm amazed how they know what they know, learn what more they can, take the smallest clue and find the bad guy. In written form, Sherlock Holmes is still my favorite, but Patrick Bowers is running a close second right now.
Read this deadly chess game between two brilliant opponents - one a serial killer, the other determined to stop him. The Pawn - which one?
The only downside is now I have to read more Patrick Bowers books. What can I say? I love chess, I enjoy crime thrillers, and now I'm hooked on this series.
Like many people nowadays, I have quite a reading list. Recently I did some catching up and found the Pawn to be a fairly good serial killer suspense novel.
James has an engaging voice and crafts a story well. Later in the book, the plot seemed to march rather than dance. Lots of challenges were thrown in the path of the protagonist. I began to feel the story lost some of its focus when the Jones Town incident came into the plot.
The lead character, Patrick Bowers, has a troubled step daughter who has resorted to "cutting" after her mother died. Bowers and Tessa's relationship is strained. This added to the stakes and is an issue I haven't read much about in fiction. Though not a main part of the plot, this is one example of how James raises the stakes for his characters.
All in all a good story, entertaining, but I had my hopes set a little too high after hearing James speak. He is a truly gifted orator. The stories he told at the conference had eveyone on the edges of their seats.
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But I digress. I loved this book and will be buying the next one. It kept me turning the pages and I didn't guess the identity of the serial killer or how he managed to be at the crime scenes un-noticed (although I had several guesses along the way).
I liked the character of Pat (unlike some other reviewers) with his approach of trying to use geography to pinpoint where the killer was capturing / killing / dumping his victims with a view to predicting where he would strike next. I found the plotline different (and I've read PLENTY of serial killer type books) and I liked the characters. Action on every page an no padding of overly describing scenery. Recommend it.
Not only is there the main plot line of the murders that are taking place but there is a sub-plot where revenge is being plotted on a catastrophic level. Both of these are woven together brilliantly with the links between the two slowly beign brought to light.
Added to the mix is some brilliant characters, the bad guys in The Pawn are truly evil, James takes us back into their history to show that they've had life long issues. The good guys also have issues (nobodies perfect) and I thin that these are played out brilliantly. All of the characters are very well portrayed and I particularly liked Bowers relationship with his step daughter, I'm hoping that she's given a larger role in future novels.
James's writing style reminds me of early Patricia Cornwell novels or maybe James Patterson, some of the scene's are very descriptive and definitely made me cringe. It was mentioned on Amazon that this was Christian fiction, I have no idea what categorises a book as Christian but I find it very difficult to believe that this could be it. There wasn't any profanity used but I wouldn't have expected Christian fiction to be quite so graphic. As Bowers is still getting over his wife's untimely death from cancer The Pawn also questions God in places which seems like a natural reaction to me, although not in a novel that's allegedly Christian fiction.
All in all I was surprisingly impressed with this book and I'm looking forward to the other 2 books in the trilogy, maybe I should have read more of the freebies I've downloaded!
Great story, great characters, superbly clever plot construction..this book will grip you from the first page to the last.
I've only had my Kindle for a month, and already I've been tempted to try several 'new to me' authors..Gordon Ferris, Robert Crais,Charles Shea, J R Rain..all absolutely wonderful reads and with a back catalogue that will keep me fully occupied until the next Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp!
How DID I manage without my Kindle?!
Overall however, it's written well enough, and the plot moves along fast enough to make things all the more thrilling, and the characters made for what was overall an enjoyable story.
without the plot layout of Pattrick the 2nd should be action packed page turner.
Very enjoyable read. Good story, kept me turning the pages.
Will be looking for more books from this author.