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The Knight (The Patrick Bowers Files #3)

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,076 Ratings  ·  209 Reviews
In "The Knight," the third installment in the bestselling series of thrillers featuring FBI criminologist Patrick Bowers, the stakes have never been higher.
Agent Bowers is used to tracking the country's most dangerous killers, but now it looks like a killer is tracking him. When he realizes the murderer is using clues from an ancient manuscript as a blueprint for his crim
Paperback, 492 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 28, 2015 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Entertaining
Characters: Well Written
Plot: A killer with a story to tell
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Patrick

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
This installment was better than the last and brought me to what I expected after reading the first. This author knows how to multilayer a story to keep your interest throughout.

For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:
Julie Graves
Jun 30, 2015 Julie Graves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Patrick Bowers is in his home state of Colorado trying to locate a serial killer that likes to depict stories in his killings. Several people have died and it looks like Pat is on the killers list to play a leading roll.

At the same time he is working the case in Colorado Patrick is having to fly back to Chicago to testify in the retrial of one of his most infamous foes. Richard Devin Basque was one of the first serial killers that Patrick put away. Unfortunately Pat made a mistake while arrestin
Aug 28, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
Whoa! If ever there was a book written that is just itching to be made into a movie - it is definitely "The Knight" by Steven James. Without even reading books #1 and #2 in the Patrick Bowers Thriller series I would say that this could be the next great trilogy of movies!

I am literally sitting on the edge of my bed, my eyes skimming the pages as fast as possible because the writing is so tight and intense that I fear I'm going to miss something! Is the killer going to succeed before Pat gets th
Dec 18, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have a confession, long time ago as a college student I loved to read true life crime stories and all Stephen King books. Some of them being "difficult" to read. So before I review this book I want to pass along what I was told myself (but be sure to read my opinion about the book below):

*A word of caution: this book is considered "gritty, chilling and intense". It contains graphic descriptions of disturbing crime scenes. While not for the faint of heart, the series has been described as "susp
Nov 19, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
"The Knight" is probably my favorite book in The Patrick Bowers Series so far. The story concept it so unique - a killer telling what he is going to do next through a medieval manuscript and then doing it. Although you'd think it would be easy to stop him, it's so not!

In this story Tessa (Patrick's Stepdaughter) finds a box in Patrick's closet (while packing his stuff) that is filled with her dead mother's momentos. One of those momentos is a key...but what does it go to? And how will it affect
Aug 16, 2010 Shiela rated it liked it
Although I quite enjoy this third book in the Patrick Bowers series (I remember just LOVING the other two), I felt that there were just too many loose threads and unanswered questions at the end of this one for it to merit more stars. I'm not sure if the author is planning on addressing these in the fourth book "The Bishop," but is seemed to me that they should have been attended to while the details were still fresh in the reader's mind.

Nevertheless, the chase was still a thrill with so many u
J.S. Bailey
Oct 21, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing

Seriously. That's the conclusion I've gathered from reading Steven James's books.

In The Knight, a serial killer who calls himself Giovanni murders people in specific ways to match grisly deaths that were portrayed in a book dating from the 14th century. A lot of the book is told from Giovanni's point of view. Since I've read two other James books I knew that Giovanni was going to be someone whom the main characters were already acquainted with, and I was right. I had my suspicions
Ally (The Scribbling Sprite)
Originally posted at The Scribbling Sprite.

Where do I begin with this one? Anything I say about it feels repetitive. I've already gushed about how amazing the first two books are. Guess I'll just have to say it again.

This book was a-maz-ing! Deja vu, anyone?

Well, it was. You might say, "well, why the four stars then, Ally? If you LOVED it, why not five?" Patience. I'll get to that.

You see, I did something stupid. Not like, 'riding your bike into a ditch' stupid. But still. Be prepared to gasp in
Victor Gentile
Aug 25, 2009 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing

I had the privilege of interviewing Steven James, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for his new book, The Knight, the third book in his series on Patrick Bowers published by Revell. If you haven’t read the first two books you have missed a great treat. Steven James writes like Alfred Hitchcock directed, with incredible tense scenes that have way more going on in them then meets the first run through. Let me tell you right away this book is 492 pages of roller coaster intense ride. Don’t st
Pamela Walter
May 07, 2012 Pamela Walter rated it it was amazing
From my blog:

So, maybe not an official review. I don't really read them, so I don't know what needs to be in them, but if you are looking for a great mystery series, with adrenaline pumping twists and turns. GET THIS BOOK. Actually, get The Pawn, The Rook and THEN GET THIS BOOK.

With this latest story Steven James as solidified himself as my favorite author ever, and as the granddaughter of a large used bookstore owner, who loves to read. I've read A LOT of books!

Steven James has a way of writng
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
May 06, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Knight was just as thrilling and suspenseful the second time around as when I first read it 3 (almost 4) years ago. The plot was very interesting and the ending was intense! It was intriguing how the killer was following an ancient manuscript as his template for the crimes he committed -- and pretty much foretold what he planned on doing next. Very creepy!

As with the previous books, Tessa was my favorite character. I just loved how cheeky she was and that she wasn't afraid to speak her mind.
Paul Penney
Mar 08, 2014 Paul Penney rated it it was ok
Too much of this book was wasted words. There was a lot of drama that had absolutely nothing to do with the killer and was meaningless to the storyline. Warning: this is not a book for male readers. All the soap-opera-type garbage with the lead characters daughter reading her mother's diary was painful to read and I skimmed most of it to get back to the actual story. There were also some dry courtroom scenes. The action and ending were decent, but this book could have been shorter. I devour most ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Dec 20, 2013 Caitlyn Santi rated it it was amazing
This was another great suspense read by Steven James! I really enjoyed it, I'm not sure that I loved it quite as much as the first two books mainly because there was one part of the killer's arsenal of weapons that personally didn't like (I don't want to spoil anything, but if you want to know what it was, and why I didn't like it feel free to message me!)
It was such a treat to immerse myself in the lives of these characters again, I love Patrick, Tessa is awesome, Ralph is absolutely hilarious,
Dec 11, 2014 Ryanxpauls rated it it was amazing
Stephen James has done it yet again. He creates a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat, because the antagonist of the story, like previous antagonists in previous books, is unique.

There is tons of symbolism in "The Knight". Objects and artwork of the Dark Ages become the key to a vault of horrific and heart-racing action. You'll cringe because you'll comprehend really clear pictures of what's happening in this story. What's really important in "The Knight" is to not be sent on a wild
Apr 30, 2012 Ronie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read. An element or two disappointed me or felt contrived, but it was nothing that detracted from the overall reading experience. Steven James definitely has cornered the market on crime thrillers, and I always get deeply embedded in the story and irritated with real life for interrupting the read. :-D
Shawna Ridgley
Sep 21, 2015 Shawna Ridgley rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was a fast read, good pacing. However, I forgot when I started this book that I'm not a huge fan of this particular author's style. The story has a great build with a really fast conclusion where everything happens at once and has "plot" twists that are usually feel far-fetched. Seriously--how many crooked cops/government workers are there with high clearances? I also like the story that the author is trying to tell, although he tries to develop too many. In every book in this series there ...more
Jan 15, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my commuting book to read on the train to and from work. Mr. James established and maintained taut suspense, and the story moved along well. Apart from the suspension of disbelief necessary to identify with both good and evil characters who have near-superhuman capabilities in their respective endeavors, it's a really fun book. Special props to the author for knowing what the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is and accurately describing aspects of geospatial analysis (used in thi ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I deeply enjoyed this book, it was interesting and held that attention. The thought put into it really shows, and for that I'm thankful. The twist ending was suspenseful; The Knight, unfortunately, didn't fully reach out to me as it should have. I realize Steven James attempted to make us really feel for Tessa--Patrick Bowers' stepdaughter. To be honest, I just hated her, she was annoying and she stuck her nose into the investigation far too much. Reading the bits dedicated to her was a struggle ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Animal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Outstanding. Almost 500 pages of consistent thrill and mystery. Very well written. James is a wonderful storyteller. The story kept me engaged the entire time. Unpredictable and full of surprises, twists and turns.

A serial killer is on the loose, choosing his victims and creating a storyline after the likes of a medieval period novel. And it is up to Detective Dr. Frank Bowers to find the clues that will lead him to the apprehension of this viscous and intelligent killer.

I have found a new fav
Lee Montgomery
This series is a bit gory in spots but I'm liking the characters.
Oct 30, 2014 Grantclark rated it really liked it
This is the first book in this series that I have actually solved. They are quite difficult. Pat must go on trial for someone he caught 13 years ago for killing multiple women and eating their lungs, while they were still awake. The killer is seemingly choosing random victims at random places at random times in various ways. Timing and location seem to hold the key to solving this mystery. From the killers point of view we are told that he saves people every day and he finds it ironic that he ki ...more
Nov 04, 2009 Symon rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I began reading The Knight almost immediately after finishing The Rook. In this third installment of 'Patrick Bowers thrillers', Steven James has done it again, and even better than his previous tale.

As I mentioned in the Rook's review. Patrick Bowers stories read like a 24/CSI episode, the protagonist being a modern day Sherlock Holmes. As far as intelligent-fast-paced-crime-scene-murder-mystery-thrillers go, you can't get much better than this.

Steven James is edgier than most Christian author
Dec 23, 2010 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, thriller
"The Knight" was an exciting, fast-paced suspense novel. Though it has a who-done-it mystery to solve, it departed from the conventions of the mystery genre in one major way, so I'll simply call it suspense. This book was the third in the series, but you can still follow what's going on even if you haven't read the previous books.

The details about the job and the setting brought the story alive in my imagination. The good-guy characters were realistic, varied, and dealt with realistic relational
Apr 20, 2011 Bryan rated it liked it
Recommended to Bryan by: Eddie Coulter
As I continue to work through the series, I am surprised that Steven James keeps me guessing till the end. Some of the formula writing he has developed for the Bowers Series is good and entertaining but still slightly predictable, I know when something will happen but not the details. In this one a new killer, Giovanni, aka John, is terrorizing the Denver Metro area. Even though the story begins again with a killer pov it progresses well and the suspense rises believably.
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Alycia Morales
Aug 30, 2012 Alycia Morales rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who love thrillers, crime novels, suspense, relational characters
I think I remember Steven James saying that "The Rook" is his favorite of his series. I would have to disagree after reading "The Knight." Of course, I don't know his reason for loving "The Rook." But, here's why "The Knight" is my favorite so far:

The criminal in this book is terrifying. I sat on a thrill ride from page one to the end of the book. He is creepy, has no motive other than to kill, and he uses literature as his MO. It's truly unnerving.

I've noticed how much I love Steven's character
Amy Meyer
Sep 07, 2009 Amy Meyer rated it it was amazing
Title: The Knight
Author: Steven James
ISBN: 9780800732707
Pages: 432
Release Date: August 2009
Publisher: Revell Books
Genre: Christian Fiction, Crime Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Publisher: The stakes have never been higher. FBI Agent Patrick Bowers is used to tracking the country's most dangerous killers, but now it looks like a killer is tracking him. When he realizes the murderer is using clues from a medieval manuscript as a blueprint for his crimes, Bowers faces a race against time to decipher wh
Dec 14, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was an easy four star plus book. I am not to terribly loose with throwing out five stars but I almost did for this book. This one goes to at least a 4.5 rating. Patrick Bowers is called in on an investigation of a serial killer operating in the greater Denver area. But it comes down to who is really hunting who. His step daughter Tessa in an adjacent story line is struggling with who she is and Patrick himself is having some personal issues of his own. This all combines to add a real human ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Terrie rated it really liked it
Four stars for the writing. Two stars for the violence. I love to finish what I start and have already purchased Bishop and Queen. However, this is where I drop out. The content was so disturbing that I almost didn't even finish this one. Since the violence levels have climbed with each sequel, it is safe to say that I would never make it through Bishop. Before making that my final answer, I will check out the reviews and make sure that it is a true escalation from this book.
That being said, it
Angela Bycroft
Feb 23, 2013 Angela Bycroft rated it it was amazing
Wow - The Knight - book three in the Patrick Bower Files adds even more suspence and tight narative than the previous two books, if that's even possible. Its a white - knuckled ride to the end, with even more twists and turns than we've come to expect.

This time we have one scary killer on our hands, John/Giovanni is one demended head case - but not someone you want to meet any dark night. As the body count mounts, it become apparetn very quickly that he has more than one inventive way to dispatc
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Other Books in the Series

The Patrick Bowers Files (8 books)
  • The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, #1)
  • The Rook (The Patrick Bowers Files, #2)
  • The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, #4)
  • The Queen (Patrick Bowers Files, #5)
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