An arsonist has struck a top-secret research facility at a key US naval base. But it's not just a random terrorist attack. These people were after something specific. When Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called in to investigate, he is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue and deception. With his own criminology research being turned against him and one of the world's most deadly devices missing, Bowers is caught up in a race against time to stop an international assassin before it's too late. Full of fast-paced action and mind-bending plot twists, The Rook is an adrenaline-laced page-turner that will keep readers up all night. Book 2 in the Bowers Files, this riveting look into the criminal mind is the perfect follow-up to James's well-reviewed The Pawn.
Bestselling author, Steven James has mastered the thriller, and with only two fiction books under his belt, has surpassed many of the big name thriller authors.| Posted January 08, 2009
As in The Pawn, The Rook finds FBI geographic profiler Patrick Bowers hot on a serial case, this one seemingly involving only arson. But before long the stakes ratchet up to include kidnapping, suicide, murder, taunting video tapes, a challenging deadline, and a serial killer of surprising identity. And fueling it all is a biotech weapon, one of the world’s most deadly devices and one of the military’s darkest secrets. I want to give you more specifics about the plot, but I am forcing myself to stop here as I don’t want to ruin the page turning surprises you will encounter in this almost five hundred page thrill ride.
Bestselling author, Steven James has mastered the thriller, and with only two fiction books under his belt, has surpassed many of the big name thriller authors. Clearly James understands the concept of the BIG novel as in both The Pawn and The Rook, you couldn’t ask for a more aggressive, big, and I mean really big plot. As a writer I admire his ability to think on such a high level, his unique plot lines, and his diligent research.
Equally important as the race to the end plot are the characters James has richly developed. My favorite parts of the book involve the interplay between Tessa and Patrick. James gave us a glimpse of this tumultuous relationship in The Pawn, but in The Rook, Tessa is more of a starring player. James has captured the wit, sarcasm, and emotions of a teenager, though I have to say, Tessa like everything else in this book is not what she seems on the surface.
I am one of the plethora of readers who loved The Pawn, but before I read The Rook I had the chance to sit down with Steven James for an interview. As the book unfolded and the plot built, I kept remembering what he told me in the interview—all the technology he expertly used in The Rook exists today and all that is left is for someone to put it together and make the weapon. Wow, did this up the thrill of reading the book for me. And hopefully it will for you as you listen to my INTERVIEW with Steven James.
The Rook Rocks!!!!!!| Posted October 28, 2008
Steven James has created a great character in Patrick Bowers. This is the 2nd book about FBI agent Bowers (the 1st being "the Pawn"). James has brought a lot to the suspense thriller genre and I was amazed at how great these books are. I know this genre has been overdone quite a bit but these books really stand out. With great characters and great plotlines these are must reads. Bowers is investigating some arson fires in San Diego when a woman goes missing. Do the 2 cases relate and who is this mysterious person called Shade. He also has his teen step daughter along since he thinks it will just be a quick case to find an arsonist. The step daughter deals with a lot of situations that alot of teens are dealing with and put them in a new light which I think is great. Again a great book that I highly recommend.