The Pawn (Patrick Bowers Files Series #1)

The Pawn (Patrick Bowers Files Series #1)

by Steven James
3.9 1949

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The Pawn (Patrick Bowers Files Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1949 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This first book in his series is amazing! I could not put it down-I read all 3 of his in a row as I could not stop reading them. I had to know what was going to happen. Although each book could stand on their own--you are compelled to find out what else happens to the characters. It flows so well from one to the next that you cannot stop at just one! One of the best thriller trilogies I have read. All that I have read since have paled in comparison! Looking forward to The Bishop this fall! Great work and thanks for the thrilling ride!
Nook_Reader More than 1 year ago
While the writing of this book was very well-done, and while it held my interest, it was a bit too gruesome for my tastes. A flashback story of a cat that was tortured to death was the end of the book for me. I quit reading it and archived it on my nook, only because I don't know how to delete it. Good thing it was free, but even so, I spent my time on it, and ended up feeling horrible for having encountered it at all.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
The opening chapter resembles Romeo & Juliet. Two young teens are about to take their own lives because "It's a cruel world" and they believe "our love with unite us forever". It's very easy for Aaron to convince his girlfriend, Jessie, that it's necessary they take their own lives. Jessie is head over heels in love but ignorant to the fact that Aaron doesn't even know if he has feelings for her. Little does she know that he has no intention of taking his own life. Now Patrick Bowers has been called in to investigate. His reputation for tracking down killers is impeccable. This case is different from any other. It is almost as if the killer is invincible. Will Patrick be able to use the skills necessary to find this killer or has he finally come up against a worthy opponent? A major thrill-ride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm one of those readers who doesnt like too much information about a book before reading it. As a result I'll sometimes acquire a book soley on its Title and a brief look at the blurb or editorial comments. Thats the way I found, to my GREAT delight Steven James's novel THE PAWN A bookstore friend of mine loaned me the advanced readers copy he received and I'm deeply indebted to him for the favor. THE PAWN is one of those books that grabs you from the first page and doesnt let you go till the very last sentence. The story is fluid and the characters are believeable and very easy to get close to. I am not going to go into specifics of the story but suffice it to say that I was thrilled to learn that this is the first of a series and I cannot wait for the next installment. Trust will love this book
ShoalsChick More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read this genre, however I took a chance since it was a freebie. The story is riveting and will keep your attention. However, it does so in a "Silence of the Lambs" kind of way. You will be tense reading it. It will stress you out in places. I, for one, had to even put the book (nook) down a couple of times and take deep breaths when the scenes were a little "too" vividly written---which in most cases of writing this skill is considered to be a good thing. At least I didn't have to pull a Joey (from Friends) and put the nook in the freezer! I will buy the second book in this series from this author because overall I think he is an incredible writer. Though I personally would like a little less violence, I do realize this is a *crimal* thriller. Crime is violent. I plan to read the second book in the series, but if it too disturbs me, I may have to stop at that. As for this author's skill as a writer...superb. You might also appreciate that he incorporates the stuggle of man (and mankind) with a good God reigning over a world full of hatred. We get to watch as the main character reconciles this in his own life. Other points to note is that there is little to no profanity or sexual explicitness in this story. Hope this review helps you decide whether to read it or not!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read alot of books and this was one I couldnt put down, it is very exciting, and keeps you thinking throughout. This is a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks Steven James!!!! Finally a suspense novel that doesn't have all the sex and vulgar language!!! And it was free!! Now I have to get the next in the series... I'm hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pawn along with many other of steven james books is definatly one of the most thrilling serial killer novels i have ever read.I have read it over 4 times and I am still coming back for more. I highley recomend this book for anyone who wants to spend sleepless nights finishing the page turning adventure of special agent patric bowers, Tessa, and agent ralph. Don't overlook this novel, if you do you will be greatly dissappointed
ShirlSS More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, kept me guessing right up to the very end. It was full of twists and turns and every time I thought I had it figured out, I was taken to another level of mystery. Patrick Bowers is a great character and I look forward to reading more of Steven James books. Actually, when I saw that the book was free I went into it thinking it would be a boring read, but I was mistaken. I learned to never look a "gift book" on the cover. Thank you for the freebie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great murder mystery! Especially greater because it was a free download! Was pleasantly suprised with this one!
Mrald7 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book...drama, paced. will be looking for more of this authors work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure why previous reviewers couldn't keep track of the characters in this book. I didn't have that issue at all. The characters are well developed, the plot is intense and all in all it's a very good book. Better still that it was free. I did, of course, have to purchase The Rook as soon as I finished The Pawn. It was just that good...
berries674 More than 1 year ago
Wow, this may be the best book I've read of it's kind. The interwoven plots were enough to have you biting your nails off, but never left you confused. Every single character was brought to life and jumped off the page...I literally LOST sleep over this book!!!! I'm so tempted to go right to Book #2!! I LOVE Patrick Bowers and I also like how James included some of his personal history, which makes him even more likeable! I can't say enought about this book....and it's currently PLEASE DOWNLOAD THIS ONE!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
FBI environmental criminologist Patrick Bowers is sent to Asheville, North Carolina to analyze the corpses of several murdered women in order to precisely determine time and place based on the environmental clues. The serial killer leaves behind a yellow ribbon tied to the hair of the victims and a chess piece nearby. Bowers begins to tie the clues together, but fears his suspicion might prove politically explosive as he suspects the state governor Sebastian Taylor, who is expected to make a strong run for president, is in the middle of the homicides. Bowers also finds a connection with a cult and Jonestown. With some run-ins with the special agent in charge, Bowers focuses on the case while hiding his grief over his wife's recent death and fathering a churlish seventeen year old stepdaughter Tessa who wants nothing to do with him as she feels her parents abandoned her; unaware the Illusionist is watching him. THE PAWN is a super FBI serial killer police procedural starring a unique full blooded hero. Patrick is terrific as an environmental forensic expert while turning to God to help him through his grief and family crisis; as he does not know how deal with his or his stepdaughter's grief. The serial killer is a bit typical of the genre while the governor is not. Fans will enjoy this fine chess match between Bowers and the Illusionist. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book....Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my attention to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finish this book ana it was great. Great aurthor. I felt I was reading something that James Patterson wrote. Looking forward to reading his other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The prologue took my breath away! This fast paced thriller reminded me of a Bone Farm novel or even a Bones style mystery/thriller. I didn't guess the killer even though I was sure I had it nailed. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading more in the series.
JimCunning More than 1 year ago
Think of this as the Lifetime version of a James Patterson thriller. The lead character is ultra sensitive to his relationships with others. How could this guy survive as long as he has? I'm glad this one was cheap. The crime spree is pretty standard stuff and the other characters only get a very superficial role in the drama.
galations522 More than 1 year ago
Steven James is brilliant and The Pawn is wonderfully suspenseful, without the sexual content and language that many other authors use.
Ree2010 More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I downloaded this book. I discovered a new author I never read before and the story was so good I didn't want to put the book down! Because of this book, I'm now reading the Rook and I have the Knight to read next. Try this book, you won't be disappointed. If you like James Patterson, Lisa Gardner or Karen Slaughter, you'll like Steven James.
3puddycats More than 1 year ago
'The Pawn' was my first read on my new Nook. I hadn't read any of Mr James' books before, but I was very impressed. He had a well developed plot, with enough twists and turns to keep you wondering how it would ultimately resolve. His writing style was also easy to read and the book flowed along well. There was no confusion of who was who, what was what or flipping back a few pages to see where one had gotten off the track! (I hate that in a book!) His protagonist was well-developed, believable and likable. I noticed that another reviewer gave this book only two stars and remarked that it was 'gruesome' as it described the torture of a cat. Let me say that I LOVE cats - check out my user name, really! While it did describe the situation, the author did NOT dwell on it and his purpose was to give you a feeling for what type of character this person was. Could he have left it out? Sure. Did it get the point across - you bet. What I'm saying is that I don't think that is a reason not to read this book. While it's not impossible to write a thriller without some uncomfortable stuff, it's not often that you find one. After all, murder is not pretty. Should you read this book? If you enjoy a good murder mystery, serial killer thriller - YES. If you're a bit squeamish, but can skim past a paragraph or two - YES. If you're any more sensitive than that, you're reading the wrong genre. ENJOY!
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
The Pawn's protagonist, Patrick Bowers, an environmental criminologist for the FBI, is struggling to understand his wife's death from cancer and the resulting estrangement from his step-daughter. This on his mind, he is trying to track down a ruthless and brilliant killer who leaves chess pieces at the site of each murder. The author's manner of tying the murders together with conspiracy theories and historical mysteries that makes this complex and riveting story such an interesting page-turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out a little slow for me, but after the first few pages I was hooked on it. I only put it down when I could no longer keep my eyes open from lack of sleep. If you like murder mysteries, this is a great ebook to get!
ProoferTX More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great way to be introduced to this author since it is a free book. The suspence was great.