Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Rook by Steven James

Publishers Weekly Hails “caffeinated plot twists and intriguing characterizations”

(NASHVILLE, TN) Following up his breakout hit, The Pawn, Steven James gives his fans another story about FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers. And this time, his readers won’t know who to trust.

James offers another intricately plotted thriller in The Rook with his in-depth study of geographic profiling, strategic crime analysis, and environmental criminology methods. Real-life retired FBI agent E. Cleon Glaze says, “Steven 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.”

Full of fast-paced action and mind-bending plot twists, The Rook is an adrenalinelaced
page-turner that will keep readers up all night. Book 2 in The Bowers Files, this riveting look into the darkness that lies in every soul is the perfect follow-up to James’s critically acclaimed bestselling thriller The Pawn.

What others are saying...

“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…”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Steven James hooked me with his debut, The Pawn. Now in this explosive
sequel he has absolutely blown me away…”


Steven James is one of the nation’s most innovative storytellers and a bestselling author. He has writtenmore than twenty books and is a full-time speaker, having appeared more than 1,500 times throughout North America, Europe and Asia since 1996.

His first mystery thriller, The Pawn, has already hit the bestseller lists and is a finalist for the 2008 Christy Awards. On August 1, 2008, his second book, The Rook, joins the high-octane thriller series, The Bowers Files. A third book, The Knight, is set to join the
expanding series in Summer 2009.

James has had many outlets for his creativity. He holds a Master of Arts in Storytelling. In 1997, when he completed this degree, he was one of only a hundred people in the world with such a degree.

For years, James has focused on crafting nonfiction books that explore and broaden the connections of story, imagination, and Christian spirituality. He has recently contracted several more titles with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. His recent nonfiction books include Sailing Between the Stars and the criticallyacclaimed Story: Recapture the Mystery, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. He has been honored with six national awards for his writing and storytelling, including a nomination for an ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award.

In addition to his books, James has written hundreds of articles and stories that have appeared in over eighty different magazines and publications, including Writer’s Digest and Guideposts for Teens.

James lives and writes in eastern Tennessee near the town of Jonesborough, the heart of the modern storytelling revival. He likes rock climbing and science fiction movies. When he’s not writing or speaking, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Here is my review of this exceptional novel:

“The Rook” is Steven James’ thrilling sequel to “The Pawn”. Time is running out as Special Agent Patrick Bowers pursues the trail of a killer and a missing military uber-weapon in this fantastic suspense novel. Although second in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to pick up the first in the series.

James’ talent to weave an intricate political plot rivals that of mainstream superstar authors like Tom Clancy. Crisp dialogue and intelligent plots are threaded together in this wonderful story that snatches the reader’s attention and holds it captive until well after the last page is turned.

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