Opening Moves (Patrick Bowers Files Series #6)

Opening Moves (Patrick Bowers Files Series #6)

by Steven James
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Opening Moves: The Bowers Files 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptional beyond words. Invest in every word he has written, you'll thank me later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Steven James. This prequel did not disappoint! I can not wait until the next in the series comes out. I believe it is titled The King.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the entire Patrick Bowers series and this one is no different. Enjoyed the twists and turns and liked the way everything was brought together. Still has a little room left for another book before the first one. Hint, hint. I will not give away the plot or expected unexpected twists. Let's just say this is Patrick Bowers that "Queen" talked about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by Steven James. He kept you guessing throughout the whole book.
Melanie19 More than 1 year ago
I think Opening Moves might be one of Steven James' most chilling and creepy Patrick Bowers book yet (although all of them are creepy in their own way). I found Opening Moves very interesting and I loved getting to see Patrick Bowers in the way that we do and finding out more about this case (which was mentioned in other Patrick Bowers books). The story was super suspenseful and (at times) very gruesome - even I had trouble reading it at times and I don't get creeped out by many books - so I'd only recommend this to people who like scary books and can take gruesome scenes. There were a few things I personally didn't like, including when someone said "oh my ***" and a few other edgy things. That said, I did love the story very much and am still giving it five stars because it was so great! One thing I definitely have taken away from reading the Patrick Bowers series (and especially this book) is a reminder of how depraved humanity is and how we are all born sinners and in need of salvation which can only be found through faith in Jesus Christ. While Opening Moves does contain evil, it doesn't glamorize it or show it in a positive light. Some of the crimes talked about in Opening Moves actually occurred in real life which made this book all the more chilling and (at times) hard to read. This book made me think, held my attention throughout, and there were a lot of twists I didn't see coming! A great read that, as long as you enjoy thrillers and don't mind some gruesome/violent scenes, I completely recommend! You don't need to have read the other books in the Patrick Bowers series first because this is considered a prequel. After reading Opening Moves I now can hardly wait to read the next Patrick Bowers book, The King, which is set to release July 2013! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Steven James brought us Patrick Bowers in his debut novel “The Pawn” and the series has continued onward, earning Steven rave reviews and many awards along the way. His last book “The Queen” continued the events of Patrick Bowers both professionally and personally, but one thing was always in the back of my mind, how did Patrick get this way? With many series characters, the author sets you in the middle of their life, leaving the reader to wonder what happened to them in the beginning. Steven answers that question with his latest book “Opening Moves.” While this book is the sixth in the series, it should be read as the first. Steven is not only a master storyteller, but actually does have a master’s degree in storytelling from ETSU. “Opening Moves” takes the reader back to 1997 in Milwaukee, WI at the height of the Dahmer crimes. With a city still recovering from those events, Patrick is now on the hunt for a copycat killer. At that time, Bowers was a homicide detective and thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse, giving the reader the exact point at which Patrick’s life changed. “Opening Moves” is a high octane thriller that expands on the life of Patrick, while taking the reader through a journey that is both horrifying and suspenseful. Put “Opening Moves” in your library, and then continue on through the rest of the series. Very few writers can do what Steven has done with this series and that is what puts him at the top of the thriller genre today. Reviewed by John Raab, CEO/Publisher for Suspense Magazine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next Patrick Bowers story!! Steven James rocks!!! Hey Steven....I think Tessa needs to follow in Patrick's footsteps. I love that kid!
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taralynee More than 1 year ago
A truly edge-of-your-seat series that I recommend to many… That’s what Steven James’ Patrick Bowers novels are. Each one has more creativity and uniqueness than I could begin to describe, so you’re just going to have to read them and see for yourself. Opening Moves takes us back to the 1990s, with portable phones and videos. We meet Patrick Bowers, a homicide detective in Milwaukee, and quickly realize that he’s something special. His observation skills and the depth of his thinking, paired up with his loyalty and perseverance, make him a detective unlike any other. He often finds himself pondering how our choices and experiences shape our lives, and what justice really looks like. Pat, as his friends call him, is investigating a series of terribly grotesque crimes. The villain seems to be honoring past twisted criminals, including a cannibal, with his crime spree, and each one is progressively worse and more cruel than the one before. In order to catch the bad guy and end this horrific series of events, Pat turns to new and nearly unheard of investigation strategies. Nobody is above suspicion as this young detective seeks out the truth. Personally, I highly recommend this book be read first, even though it wasn’t written until after several of the other books in the series. While this series can be read out of order if you insist on it, and they each have an individual storyline, they all fit together like a puzzle, and to get the full picture in the best possible way, they need to be read in order. There are continuing characters and plot lines that show up throughout the series… and this should be respected and used to make the most of the story! Before I finished reading my first novel by this amazing storyteller, he had already earned a spot as one of my favorite writers. As great as they are, though, be aware that they can be somewhat graphic, due to the nature of Patrick’s line of work. After pondering this for quite a while, I think I’ll go with taco salad as a food comparison for this series. There are so many flavors and textures… just as Steven James’ writing is made up of many levels of story, so very intricately woven together to draw in the reader.
Jennifer Yates More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Gosh! If these books got any better, I couldn't stand it. Well-researched, believable, honest characters whom you will fall in love with. Plot twists that keep you guessing and still surprise you. This book takes you back to the beginning of Bowers's story, making you feel like an insider, from his mini-Maglite obsession to his coffee snobbery. I think I know Patrick personally. That's how you hook me with A book. Fantastic characters who struggle with real life questions. Can't wait for more from Steven James.
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Lv2ReadDA More than 1 year ago
I started reading this author through a free sample than B&N was featuring and have become addicted! I love the Patrick Bowers series... if you're not familiar with this series, think Criminal Minds in a book... definitely start with book one, although each book has its own plot and story, there is enough carry through from prior books to warrant it. Buy it - you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
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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wizard76 More than 1 year ago
Good but not as good as the other 5. Seems that this really was written first from a writting style. It does give some background that is helpful. I really recommend his other 5 in the series.
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PastorDave More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent prequel to the Patrick Bowers series. I enjoy the development of characters and relationships throughout the series, as well as the action and suspense. This sets up the later roles and the situations for the relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago