The King: The Bowers Files

The King: The Bowers Files

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by Steven James
     
 

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FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has matched wits with some of the most violent serial killers in history—and one of them has never forgiven him....
 
Patrick Bowers has pursued the nation’s fiercest serial killers—and now one elusive foe is back for revenge.

Settling into a new post at the FBI academy, Patrick and

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FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has matched wits with some of the most violent serial killers in history—and one of them has never forgiven him....
 
Patrick Bowers has pursued the nation’s fiercest serial killers—and now one elusive foe is back for revenge.

Settling into a new post at the FBI academy, Patrick and his fiancée, Lien-hua Jiang, are planning their future together with his stepdaughter, Tessa.

But just when his life seems normal, a demon from the past returns to draw him down a dark road he hoped had closed forever. Forced into a desperate hunt to save the two women he loves most, Patrick is in a race against time to stop an international conspiracy from becoming the most widespread act of terrorism in U.S. history.

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“A mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James.” —Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Drop

“With a multidimensional quality, Steven James writes with a confident, assured ease. Just good, old-fashioned, gimmick-free storytelling that pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair

“Steven James has created a fast-moving thriller with psychological depth and gripping action. Opening Moves is a smart, taut, intense novel of suspense that reads like a cross between Michael Connelly and Thomas Harris. Young Detective Patrick Bowers battles his own demons as he uses his intellect and experience to track twisted killers. Full of twists and enjoyable surprise, Opening Moves is a blisteringly fast and riveting read.” —Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Threat Vector

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451239785
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
144,804
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for the work of Steven James

“A mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James.” —Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Drop

“With a multidimensional quality, Steven James writes with a confident, assured ease. Just good, old-fashioned, gimmick-free storytelling that pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair

“Steven James has created a fast-moving thriller with psychological depth and gripping action. Opening Moves is a smart, taut, intense novel of suspense that reads like a cross between Michael Connelly and Thomas Harris. Young Detective Patrick Bowers battles his own demons as he uses his intellect and experience to track twisted killers. Full of twists and enjoyable surprise, Opening Moves is a blisteringly fast and riveting read.” —Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Threat Vector

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Meet the Author

Steven James is the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed Bowers Files thriller series. He has a master’s degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication on three continents. When he’s not writing or speaking, you’ll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

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The King: The Bowers Files 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Beester More than 1 year ago
As with all of Mr. James books they are gut wrenching can't put down thrillers that make you want to turn the page even if you are only going to get three hours of sleep for the next workday.  In true style the method of telling the story by short chapters conveying specific acts or thoughts grabs the reader and doesn't let go.   The King was as I expected it to be.  I finished in two weekdays and really thought about losing more sleep just to finish it.  The spunkiness of Tessa's character is so fitting for a teen and the portrayal is spot on.  The complexity of Pat in the story is always there and leads to the connecting plot twist in The King to bring it to a precipice just before Mr. James yanks the mountain out from under you. The only suggestion I would add is the development of Basque.  What drove him and his emotional state when making choices in the book would have been a nice addition.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steven James is my favorite author! I can't wait to jump into the latest in the Patrick Bowers series. I love the characters and wonder what's next. This is perfect timing for my vacation read. Steven, thank you for what you do, it is a God given talent!! Everyone...do yourself a favor and read everything he's written. One of my favorites is Quest for Celestia, great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steven James is the author of five previous high-octane thrillers that fall in The Bowers Files series. His masterful writing captures the attention of publications and readers everywhere. He weaves a wicked story and leaves his readers in utter shock with the turn of each page. He weaves his web of conspiracy with his word usage and his ability to tell stories that are not easily forgotten. Just like his five previous Bowers Files novels, The King grips the readers and keeps them locked in it's grasp until the very last word. Steven James is a master at storytelling and he is also a master at leaving readers wanting more.
NickyCaffey More than 1 year ago
This is a great new thriller from Steven James. The characters are all very interesting. The plot unfolds nicely. I found it very hard to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptional beyond words. Invest in every word he has written, you'll thank me later.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not my favorite of this series but still an enjoyable read.
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birds123_74 More than 1 year ago
I do like all his books.Would like to see him write a book about Patrick step daughet Tessa.
CateCK More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this entire series!
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The characters are growing with each installment, especially Tessa. So many threads are being untangled. Can't wait for the next book
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jojoLJ More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed the Patrick Bowers series, they are well written, interesting and enjoyable to read.
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Not worth the time compared to his other novels this was boring, nonrelational and predictable---