Saturday, August 7, 2010

Review: The Bishop

The Bishop (The Bower Files series - Book 4) by Steven James

(For review from Revell)


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.


This isn't your typical suspense novel. It's fast paced, adrenaline pumping and full of surprises. The Bower Files series by Steven James is one of those series of books that you can't wait for the next installment to come out. It's action, action, action... from the first page to the last. James' style puts me in mind of James Patterson's action based thrillers. If you got to attend the facebook launch party, I'm sure you were able to get to chat with this wonderful author.

In this installment of the series, Bowers is after a killer. The congressman's daughter is dead and it's up to Bowers to figure out who did and why. This book is filled with some pretty gruesome descriptions and lots of great forensic science. It reminds me of those really really intense episodes of CSI. Patrick Bowers is such a great character. He is witty and very intelligent, which is always attractive in a leading character. I felt like the way he solved the crime wasn't fraught with a lot of coincidences. It was how a real agent might go about solving the crime. It was very authentic and well written.

The plot development was excellent. The story really flowed together. The overall feel of the book was edgy and packed with all the suspense we have come to expect with this series. If this is your first experience with Steven James, you'll love it and want to read all the other books in the series.

The Bishop is available from your favorite bookseller August 2010 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

This one is definitely a 5 out of 5 apple book, from my book bag!

Here is additional information about Steven James.

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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