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The Queen (The Patrick Bowers Files #5)

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"A masterpiece of a thriller."--Special Agent R. Wayne Smith, FBI (retired)

"Steven James continues to raise the bar in suspense writing. The Queen takes readers to a new level of suspense and is the best book in the Patrick Bowers series hands down!"--Suspense Magazine

While investigating a mysterious double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent
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Published (first published September 1st 2011)
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Candy I would start at the beginning. The characters evolve so much in each book.
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Whoo-hooo! 4.5 stars. The Queen! Is a wonderful read. My favorite of the series so far.

A Tale of many stories

On one hand there is this killer serial killer story. Patrick Bowers serves at the head of the manhunt for the infamous Mr. Basque. One layer below that, there is a tale of international espionage that gets more and more tangled. Throw in a winter storm and rural Wisconsin and it only gets more tangled.

The standard suspense thriller is just as fun any other book. It’s both complicated
Kathleen Edwards
This past summer I attended a writer’s conference in Tennessee. Steven James was one of the main speakers, so I picked up The Bishop to read before I went. After all, I wanted to be familiar with the authors who would be leading the conference.
After reading the first few chapters I had to ask myself – “How in the world did I miss this guy?” The writing was tight, the plot complex, the pacing accelerating like a hopped-up Ferrari. However, the story was not for the faint of heart. Graphic and unn
Oct 01, 2011 Janna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steven James' books are not for the faint of heart. If you have trouble sleeping at night I might not reccomend them but for anyone who loves to get your pulse pounding and reading books is all about sitting on the edge of your seat - then the Patrick Bowers books are made for you!

To call what Patrick Bowers goes through a thriller is an understatement. There are so many layers to this story that it is impossible to even try and give you a heads up. It wouldn't be fair to the reader in you to t
Aug 24, 2012 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found The Pawn and The Rook at my local thrift store on the cheap, and bought them because they were Christian fiction, which is my favorite genre of books. Upon starting the series, I was blown away by the action and intensity, and got my hands on the subsequent volumes as soon as possible. Each volume ratcheted it up: the villains became more evil and cunning, the plots got increasingly convoluted, the stories were more engrossing, the threats were insanely more dire, etc., up until The Quee ...more
Ally (The Scribbling Sprite)
I... guessed the big shocking thing. Er... what was supposed to be the big shocking thing. Towards the beginning of the book. I'm not sure whether to feel satisfied or disappointed.

Still, a five star read. Complex, thrilling, and altogether BRILLIANT. As always. I'm glad I have The King waiting for me on my shelf! :)
Jun 21, 2013 Debi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another homerun! This series is some of the best suspense I've ever read and this latest installment is no exception. Read most of this in one day. Be prepared to have time available when you pick this one up cuz you're not going to want to put it down!
Though this book can stand alone, it helps to know the characters if you start with the first one and read the series in order.
1. The Pawn
2. The Rook
3. The Knight
4. The Bishop
5. The Queen

I actually have kept these as potential future re-reads, som
Eddie Snipes
Sep 14, 2011 Eddie Snipes rated it it was amazing
Steven James is a master storyteller. Each novel gets a little bit better. I’ve read each book in the Patrick Bowers series and this one raises the bar. The Queen is fast paced and holds the reader’s interest until the end.

The Bowers series has a great list of characters that are well developed and intriguing. Bowers loses his tough guy image around his teenage stepdaughter. It’s the one area of life where he can’t quite be the one in control. One moment he’s being heroic and trying to
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 Bill Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With THE QUEEN, Stephen James has again demonstrated that he was one of the best suspense writers in America today. In this fifth book of the series, James delivers a novel full of great characters, nail-biting suspense, and great plot twists. This novel easily gets five starts from me. James easily stands out as one of the best thriller writers in the market, HOWEVER, this may just be the worst book in the series. And I'll get to that in a moment.

The novel opens with Patrick Bowers investigatin
Sep 12, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read The Bishop a while back and really enjoyed it. I’m pretty picky when it comes to books like this because it is not my favorite genre, but there are a few authors that I feel excel at writing suspense, and Steven James is one of those authors. One of my absolute requirements when it comes to suspense novels is they have to grab me right away. If there is no immediate excitement, there is very little chance that I will like the book. I remember how quickly The Bishop grabbed me, so deciding ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Cathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You must be kidding me.

Not only was I fan from the The Pawn, but I have actively recommended these books to patrons who were looking for fast-paced, smart thrillers. Sometimes it was for someone looking for new and exciting Christian reads, but sometimes it wasn't. This series had appeal for a broad range of people, and I was proudly one of its cheerleaders. These were books I eagerly anticipated and even moved to the top of the to-read stack as soon as they arrived. But...really, Steven James?
Julie Graves
Aug 11, 2015 Julie Graves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Patrick Bowers is investigating a murder of a woman and her young daughter. Set up to look like a murder/suicide the local police are ready to wrap up the case. But Patrick has a more suspicious mind when it comes to dead people so he soon finds that things aren't always what they seem.

Patrick and his brother have a strained relationship because of something that happened when they were teens. It doesn't help that Patrick and his brother's wife Amber formed an emotional attachment while she and
Sep 19, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

It’s hard to believe I’m such a big suspense-fan, and I’ve never picked up one of Steven James’ books before. I admit, it’s my loss I’ve kept this talented master of suspense off my bookshelf for so long—but now I’ve remedied that! James’ newest release, The Queen, takes readers on one wild thrill of adventure alongside FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers.

One of the first things that struck me with Steven’s writing style is the depth he takes his charact
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steven-james, own
My quest to read all of Steven James’ Patrick Bowers Thriller novels started on August 18th, twenty-six days ago . . . and I enjoyed every minute of it! This series has taken me for quite a ride. Mind-bending, thought provoking, amazing characters, complex relationships, are just some of the words I would use to describe this series.

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers is once again embroiled in a case that starts off as a double homicide but soon snowballs into what could be the onset of World War
Clockstein Lockstein
The Queen by Steven James if the fifth book in the Patrick Bowers series about an FBI agent who uses geospatial techniques to track serial killers. Pat is working on finding his nemesis Basque's partner when he is called away to a case in Northern Wisconsin is a supposed murder-suicide of a retired Navy officer. He suspects immediately that there is more going on than he is being told, why would the FBI be called in a case easily handled by the local police, but as he investigates he quickly unc ...more
Trinity Rose
Sep 11, 2011 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 5 in Steven James’ Patrick Bowers series, The Queen. Steven is a great storyteller and I thought I knew who the main criminal, Valkyrie was, but was I wrong.
The Queen is a really long book it has 516 pages and 104 chapters. I thought it would take a long time to read, but got it done in a couple of days, because it is so good.
This is a very exciting psychological suspense book and it’s not for the squeamish. Steven James does not hesitate to explore evil and tries to honestly port
Imagine my surprise after reading all the Patrick Bower series by Steven James and in wanting to write a review of the books, to discover that this series is labeled as being published by a Christian publisher, as well as authored by a Christian...ergo, the Patrick Bowers series is labeled Christian Fiction. I'll tell you this, as an atheist, I didn't have a clue (not even a suspicion) of this throughout my reading of these novels.

Now, now, I am not implying that good Christian fiction doesn't e
Sep 02, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bower receives a phone call to investigate a murder. A woman and her four year old daughter were found shot and killed in the home. The husband, Donnie Pickron has gone missing. You might wonder why the FBI would be called to investigate a murder. Murders happen all the time. What makes this one interesting is that the husband is ex-military…Navy.

Pat is joined by Jake, a profiler. As Pat and Jake investigate, they uncover information about weaponry dating back to the C
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Latest in the Patrick Bowers series by Steven James is the best yet!

I am lucky enough to be married to a woman who reads voraciously and happens to know many authors. A couple of years ago Nora happened to hand me a copy of The Pawn by Steven James. She knows me well and understands that I cannot resist a good detective novel. I am captured by thrillers, mysteries and lawyers fighting in the court room stories.

From the very first chapter of Steven
Jun 18, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
The most recent in the series and a little change to Mr. James format. While this falls under Christian fiction, I haven't noticed anything that would mandate it fall into that category, starting with Pawn (book 1). The format changes here in that Mr. James does start weaving stronger elements of faith in the story. It still doesn't change the thrilling action, but perhaps enhances it as people do tend to "get religious" when they are on the verge of death! Killer ending to this one. Looking for ...more
I don't know why everyone has rated this as. 5 star book . It took me around 100 pages to actually get interested in this book .and after reading 100 pages , I just wanted to finish reading because I like to finish what I start.
The story line is good but at times while reading I felt I am going through an article or a manual regarding internet protocols and more complex kind . The whole conversations with the echo tech group felt very lame ... I just skipped reading them . I couldn't even relat
Mar 23, 2015 Katelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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Dana Sahm
Sep 08, 2011 Dana Sahm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really enjoyed this series; just wish I didn't have to wait a year for the next installment!

I love how the characters, good and bad, have been woven through each book. I've especially enjoyed how Pat Bowers and his stepdaughters relationship has developed through each book. The exploration of good and evil that exists in each of us, and of guilt, forgiveness and faith runs is especially thought provoking throughout the thriller/mystery plots.

Dec 02, 2014 Candy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 14, 2015 Ryanxpauls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After already 4 books in the series, there's lots of wondering if there can be more stories made up in the U.S. that can still be relevant to today's modern FBI cases. This time we get a completely different setting that is home to the main character, but the middle of nowhere for anyone who hasn't lived in Wisconsin for 10 years.

What really makes this book distinct from the others is how the story involves segments of the U.S.'s history and its current relations. Which the series hasn't includ
Vickie Buenger
Jun 22, 2012 Vickie Buenger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gym-books
Another rip-roaring read by Steven James. I have almost forgiven him for sequencing The Rook ahead of The Knight (which doesn't follow the value of the pieces). Could there be only one more in the series? Maybe he'll switch to Monopoly or Risk for his book titles.
Mar 02, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one of Steven James' great thrillers. So far I have only missed reading one of them and I was able to pick up bits and pieces of the one I missed in this one.

With all the drama and murders and crimes being committed in these books Patrick Bowers does have a private life. He is raising his stepdaughter Teenager, Tessa whose mother was married to Pat but died from cancer in the first book The Rook. Tessa and Pat had a rocky relationship at first, but they seem to be working it out nicely i
Feb 06, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it
Number 5 in the Patrick Bowers series and so far, each one of them have been a home run. Fast paced, hard to put down, even though they get really detailed in some of the technical stuff, I still tend to really enjoy these books. Devour them, really. I had bought #4 and #5 on a sale over a year ago and it took me a while to get back to them in my Kindle list (I have SO many books clogging up my list of to-reads). Now, I'm in a real quandary - I want to read the final two in this series, but they ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell behind in this series several years ago and decided this week that it was time to take it up again. I was 20 chapters in (they are short) before I realized that I've already read this one!! Obviously not remembering the finer details of the story, I decided to stick with it. I had even forgotten who "the bad guy" was! It was a pretty good story, as I remembered. It is Tessa, however, who bumps the series up a full star. I just love her grit, her heart, her smarts and her honesty. Will be ...more
Pearl Drolet
Sep 26, 2014 Pearl Drolet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all his books. He keeps you riveted to the page and you never know what's going to happen next!
Aug 07, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, the author kept me turning page after page, while ignoring the needs of the day. It was wonderful!
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The Patrick Bowers Files (8 books)
  • The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, #1)
  • The Rook (The Patrick Bowers Files, #2)
  • The Knight (The Patrick Bowers Files, #3)
  • The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, #4)
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