The Rook by Steven James – An Introduction

Originally Posted at Bibliophile’s Retreat by Melissa Meeks

I am not normally a suspense and thriller fan however this series intrigued me from reading what other readers thought and the cover info on the books. I decided to give it a go and will let you all know what I think as soon as I get it read. I need to read The Pawn first though and haven’t gotten ahold of a copy just yet.(Personal quirk about reading series in order)

In the meantime here’s a synopsis of The Rook and some quotes from readers and reviewers, followed by video teasers for both Patrick Bowers books.

About the Book:
Revell (August 1, 2008)
Special Agent Patrick Bowers is about to uncover the military’s darkest secret . . . and his own dark past.

While investigating a series of baffling fires in San Diego, Special Agent Patrick Bowers is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue where nothing is as it appears to be. With a killer on the loose and one of the world’s most deadly devices missing, Bowers is caught in a race against time to stop a criminal mastermind’s trap before it closes around the people he loves.

Full of fast-paced action and mind-bending plot twists, The Rook is an adrenaline-laced page-turner that will hold you captive until the very end. (ISBN#9780800732691, 496pp, $13.99)

Endorsements: Praise for The Rook
“James ratchets up the thrills and chills, the twists and turns, and our connections with the characters. This is first-class suspense, with threads of wisdom tying it all together. I’m panting for the next book already.”–Eric Wilson, author of A Shred of Truth and Expiration Date

“James’s ability to use modern, up-to-date investigative techniques to solve his criminal mysteries places him at the forefront of current mystery writers. [This is] a book you hate to put down even when you reach the end.”–E. Cleon Glaze, retired FBI agent

“Steven James does it again! The Rook is a riveting nail-biter that takes the reader on a wild ride of suspense, thrill, and danger. James seamlessly combines the edginess of contemporary crime-solving stories with the real world struggles of romance, broken families, loss, and honor.”–John Thurman, counselor and radio personality

“Steven James has certainly done his homework. His level of detail and knowledge in the area of the military characters is superb. . . . [They] almost come to life as you read his books. I could not put this one down! Top-notch work.”–LT Robert Bess, US Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations

Reviews
“Sophomore slump? Fuhgeddaboutit. In his second thriller about FBI criminologist Patrick Bowers, James delivers the caffeinated plot twists and intriguing characterizations that made The Pawn a welcome addition to the suspense genre. In this installment, Bowers is called to San Diego to investigate a rash of fires, but he begins to suspect that a seemingly random kidnapping and suicide may be related to the arson attacks. As Bowers digs deeper, he uncovers a chilling biotech conspiracy. Fans of CSI and Law & Order will enjoy the police work and forensics, but this jacked-up read feels more like an explosive episode of 24; it’s a wild ride with a shocking conclusion.”–Publishers Weekly starred review

The Pawn Teaser Video:

The Rook Teaser Video:

Codicil:
Click the book cover to purchase a copy and read more about this intriguing thriller. Visit the author’s website. Don’t forget to look for my review.

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