Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Biog Tour: The Queen (Review)

A multilayered, techno-thriller - Steven James has crafted a page-turner with his newest book, The Queen.

The fifth in the Patrick Bowers series, The Queen continues the story of Bowers, his stepdaughter Tessa, and a host of other characters.

While it is piece in James' bigger literary puzzle, The Queen can be read as a stand-alone novel, because the primary case (or plot) of the book centers around a series of murders and events in a small Wisconsin forest.

Graphic at times (but truly nothing that you won't see on CSI or Criminal Minds, or read in a James Patterson book), James fills his thriller with sub-plots of redemption, grace and real life situations.

Bowers is not a "squeaky clean" main character. His flaws are there, for the world to see - along with his vulnerabilities and his attempt to live life not only as a FBI agent, but also as a Christian.

I found this book hard to put down. In fact, I read it over the course of less than three days. As a "late-comer" to the series, I would like to go back and read the first three books, just so I could understand the continuing storyline a bit more.

I believe this is a strong series, and definitely one that you could hand to someone who loves James Patterson, as an introduction to Christian fiction without fear.

Judging from the last chapter, this series - and Bowers' tale - is not over. I look forward to the next installment, even though I know I'll be waiting a full year for its release.

More About The Author
Steven James has penned 30+ books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, prayer collections, dramas, monologues, a nine book series on creative storytelling, YA fantasy, and inspirational nonfiction.

He has received wide critical acclaim for his work including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and 2009 and 2011 Christy Awards for best suspense. His latest thriller, The Bishop, was named both Suspense Magazine's and The Christian Manifesto's 2010 Book of the Year.

Steven earned a Master’s Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers.  He is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest, and has taught writing and storytelling principles on three continents.

He lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife and three daughters. When he's not writing or speaking, he's rock climbing, playing disc golf, or (shh....) slipping away to a matinee.

Online Resources
Read An Online Excerpt Of The Queen
Read More About the Bowers Series
Visit Steven James' Website
Buy The Queen at Amazon.com
Follow Steven James on Twitter
Like Steven James on Facebook
Read my review of The Bishop (Book 4 in the Patrick Bowers series)

Watch a book trailer about The Queen 

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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