The Bishop: A Patrick Bowers Thriller
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The Bishop: A Patrick Bowers Thriller (The Patrick Bowers Files #4)

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Critically acclaimed author and storyteller Steven James is back with another heart-stopping suspense novel featuring FBI criminologist Patrick Bowers.
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Published August 1st 2010 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published July 1st 2010)
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Lisa
Aug 02, 2010 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Robert Ludlum
Woo-hoo- my new favoritest thriller author.
If only Patrick weren's such a GUY I'd give five stars.
My real review comes next Monday.
I'm definitely getting the rest of the books.
So many authors...so little time.

My review:


Move over, ghost of Robert Ludlum! Meet Steven James, who has published a number of novels which are new to me.

In The Bishop, fourth in the Bowers files series, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called upon to use his keen wit to unravel a serial killer’s path of morbid and un...more
Laura
Title: THE BISHOP
Author: Steven James
Publisher: Revell
ISBN 978-0-3007-3302-5
August 2010
Genre: Fiction/Suspense

One of my favorite “arm-chair” reads has always been the cases of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the quintessential detective, who always saw the details that everyone missed, and grasped the significance of those details as he ran his nemesis “to ground.” Two issues have always bothered me with these mysteries: the reader is never given the details that Sherlock Holmes...more
Tamara
THE BISHOP, book four in the Patrick Bowers Thriller series, continued the pace of the previous three, while upping the ante with intensity and an even darker undertone, if that is possible. We meet the murderous duo on the very first page, and follow them through their bizarre and psychotic killing spree. While trying to piece together the clues Bowers unearths, I found myself swaying from one possible suspect to another. With so many twists and turns, red herrings and rabbit trails, I wasn’t a...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Bishop by Steven James is the fourth book in the Patrick Bowers series. FBI agent and geospatial specialist Patrick Bowers returns with stepdaughter Tessa to track down a new killer who is framing innocent people for his crimes. Tessa's biological father makes a play for custody and Patrick finds that working with former girlfriend Lien-hua makes this case even more fraught with danger. James is an incredibly intelligent author who creates terrifyingly demented antagonists who Patrick has to...more
Caitlyn Santi
This is the fifth suspense book by Steven James that I've read! And I am thrilled to report that I loved this one every bit as much as the others! When I started this book I was in a bit of a reading slump but I knew that if anything could get me out of it, it would a Steven James novel, yes these books are long but the pages just fly by! This series was recommended to me by a friend and it ha become one of my all-time favorite series! I love Patrick and Tessa, and I was so happy to have Lien-Hu...more
Debbie
"The Bishop" is a fast-paced forensic/detective suspense novel. This is the fourth book in the series. Though you can follow what's going on without reading the others first, you'll probably understand it better if you start with the first novel, "The Pawn." Also, reading this novel spoils the "who-done-it" mystery in several previous novels, so you'll want to read the others first if you plan to at all.

The novel had a somewhat bleak tone. Several of the "killed by violence" bodies were describe...more
Janna
I was blown away last year when I read THE KNIGHT by Steven James and have been looking forward this book since then. Of course by the time I started reading it I had read over 200 other books so I was a little hazy on the details. Not to worry, Steven does a great job of bringing it all right back and more. I suddenly remembered why I loved the THE KNIGHT so much - Steven James is a brilliant writer! His characters explode off the page while his storylines are unbelievably believable and the su...more
Pattyrflg
The 4th in the Patrick Bowers series. Yes, it was over 500 pages long but it took me less than a week to read it. Patrick and Tessa are in Virginia for the summer so Patrick can teach at the FBI Academy in Quantico. While there, a congressman's daughter disappears, as well as other "grisly" murders. To add to the stress, Tessa's biological father is trying to get custody of her and Patrick is faced with both of his love interests working with him on the task force. Through the series of books, t...more
Giovanni Gelati
I really don’t know where to start with my thoughts on this novel. The Bishop is my first Steven James novel but it certainly will not be my last. I was totally stunned by his creativity and his ability to weave elements of Christianity into his plotlines and characters’ thought process. The novel has more twists and turns than a double helix recumbent DNA molecule. I think I got that right, don’t hold me to it; you get my drift. There is a lot of science in the novel; I was just trying to go wi...more
Dustin
How long has it been since you’ve picked up a book you literally could not put down until you finished every last sentence of the epilogue? The Bishop by author Steven James is that book for this year.

Book four in the Bowers Files starts off with a disturbing scene like the jerk of a roller coaster as you head to the first big hill. In Steven James fashion, our hero, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers, is pulled into another thrilling mystery pitting his unusual investigative techniques against p...more
Harry
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...more
Gaby
I discovered Steven James's writing through ThrillerFest 2010. A friend swears by his books and I was excited to meet him and glad for the chance to review his latest book, The Bishop.

James' lead detective is very much a hero. He has extraordinary skills, exceptional intellect, a sense of humor, a good heart - and is not so smart at love. He is drawn to beautiful, driven women but gets into these tricky situations as he tries to see "how things go." He has a stepdaughter whose intelligence and...more
Cheryl
A woman and two cops are dead. Then college student, Twana Summie is found mauled to death by some primates at The Gunderson Foundation Primate Research Center. Lastly, Congressman Fischer’s daughter Mollie is missing and feared dead as well.

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bower is called on the case. Bowers may have met his match with this case. It appears that every time that Bowers gets close to the killers, he misses them. Bowers wants to put a stop to the killers but can he before the body count...more
Suspense Magazine
A literary chameleon, Steven James cannot be confined to one sub-genre within the thriller world. With his latest installment to the extremely popular Patrick Bowers series, “The Bishop”, James instantly captures the attention and imagination of his fans as this segment takes an unexpected political turn.

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has returned to Quantico and a full summer schedule of teaching. Settling in with his stepdaughter Tessa is relatively uncomplicated and his hope of a quiet summ...more
Michelle
Well, this book was total guilty pleasure, as a result I did not use my time as wisely as I could this weekend. I have never read a Patrick Bowers Mystery, and I appear not to have read the first books, so I have to go back. It was a very good read, I give it five stars and would have given it more if I could. An interesting book all the way through, combining family dynamics, serial killers, virtual lives, and a corrupt government system. You know, our usual everyday problems. I was kept guessi...more
tiddle
Author tries so desperately to squeeze as many plots as possible, but most of them feel under-cooked. But what I don't like most is the very many different reasons that he tries to provide, for why the killer(s) kill. Why does the killer want to punish those who play God? There is only tenuous, tangential link between the first killing, the research facility, and the senator, as with the killings now in relationship to the assassination six years ago. The whole plot on the custody fight and the...more
Melanie
'The Bishop' was so bizarre and strange. The killers were very creepy and the murder scenes gruesome. This all fit with the books story but it was still a little disturbing. I will say this again, Steven James is great at writing suspense that keeps my attention!

'The Bishop' has a crime seen where a woman is put alive in a Chimpanzee's cage to be eaten alive by Chimpanzee's - I found that disturbing. There are a lot of other murder scenes in this book but that is the one I remember the most.

The...more
Laura
This series is growing on me. Think I'll start again with 'The Rook' and read it all the way through.
I'm liking the characters, the lack of sensationalism, the intelligence. These are not books that clobber the reader with brute-force Christianity.

Quite graphic. This title tackles the question of human nature...are we inherently good? or inherently evil?

Plus...I just figured out that this author, Steven James, is the 'Story' guy. I quite enjoyed Story: Recapture the Mystery - think I'll have to...more
Jerry
Another great Bowers thriller; this one really ups the ante, and makes you crave the final installment.
ReviewsByMolly
Aug 05, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Revell
I'm going to start this review off with a small complaint: this is book 4 and now I want all the others in the Patrick Bowers series! Other than small minor complaint, I LOVED this suspense novel. Steven James' writing style is astronomical! I was instantly captured and reminded of James Patterson thrills with Alex Cross mystery. WOW!

From the start I was pulling into the twists and turns of amazing crime solving suspense. It was a feeling of HAVING and NEEDING to know RIGHT NOW what happens nex...more
Katie
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Oh. My. Word.

This book was A-MA-ZING. Seriously—it was amazing!!!!!

I can’t believe I call myself a thriller/suspense fanatic…but have taken this long to read one of Steven James’ books! (I plan to remedy that problem, I can assure you!) If you are a fan of Christian thrillers that will keep you on your toes the ENTIRE time and are clean (but still realistic and true-to-life) then...

Get. This. Book. NOW!!!!

Before I continue to rave about how awesome thi...more
Tony Ryan
As with the previous Bowers novels, this story is well written and interesting with twists along the way. If I was reviewing the story alone it would be a 4-star review, however, there are some glaring problems that I can't ignore.

Mainly, it's everything except the story's plot and twists. The character of Bowers is starting to irritate me as he is supposedly intelligent yet cannot have a conversation with his (equally whiny) daughter without either being angry and shout at her, or be cloyingly...more
Victor Gentile
Steven James in his new book, "The Bishop" Book Four in the Patrick Bowers series published by Revell brings us to Washington, D.C. for this installment of serial killer rampage. While this is fourth in the series it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone with no knowledge of what has come before.

Agent Lien-hua Jiang, the love interest from books one and two is back and so is Detective Cheyenne Warren, the love interest from book three and they are both working together with Patrick on this ca...more
Bryan
I really enjoied this Bowers's mystery. Using DC for a backdrop and moving into and around the Quantico facilty for the FBI simply heightened the suspense over time. Steven James finally develops the relationship between Bowers and the different women in his life, Raven, Cheyenne, and Lien-hua. The way he is both a father and a friend to Raven is a great sub-plot throughout. In addition, her need to begin placing a new permanent woman into Bower's long-term life plans is a great little laugh dur...more
Katelyn
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Carly
The description on the back cover of this book says that The Bishop is a “story for readers who are tired of timid thrillers.” I can’t really say that I am tired of timid thrillers because I don’t read many of them to begin with, but I sure do like a book that gets my heart going. The Bishop got my heart going. That statement on the back of the book is very accurate. Now, this book may not be for the faint of heart. It does have a good amount of graphic violence, but I was not bothered by it too...more
Trinity Rose
The Bishop by Steven James is much more than a thriller From the prologue until the last page the characters and twisting plot will make you want to read more and the finish will make you glad this is a series.


This is the fourth Bowers Files novel. I didn’t read the first three, wish I had. Steven James is an excellent author. He is new to me and I’m so glad I was able to read this book. The Bishop has over 500 pages, but the plot moves quickly. This book has short chapters, which I love. It is...more
Angela Bycroft
After closing the last page on The Knight, I couldn't wait to pick up book four of the Patrick Bower Files, The Bishop. True to form, another tightly written, and superbly plotted tale unfolds, with more than on a few moments of "Did he really just do that!!"

This time around - we have Astrid and Brad (as we first meet them) a couple for whom death and fear go hand in hand. From death by chimp through to some rather unfortuate use of personal luggage at a hotel storage room, this is one of those...more
Emilee (Fantastical Paper Realm)
Reviewed for http://fantasticalpaperrealm.blogspot...

The Story:

Patrick Bowers is called in on a case that seems out of his expertise. One murder, grisly though it may be, is not something he can use to make a geo-profile. But, the stakes raise, more murders occur, and questions are brought up that he’s never even thought of.
Tessa is in the middle of her own crisis, her bio-dad has suddenly appeared on the scene and is asking her to sneak around behind Patrick to see him. When he decides he wan...more
Megan
Wow...This was another great suspense by Steven James. As I was reading, I kept stopping to tell my husband what was happening. I would put the book down and start with something like "this is fascinating, listen..." or "I wonder if they do that, it makes so much sense!"
Patrick Bowers is now in DC with his stepdaughter, Tessa. He is called in on a new case, working with Lien-hua and Cheyenne, both of his love interests. Patrick is facing a couple of big personal trials, and the case does not see...more
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Steven James is the best selling author of more than three dozen books, including the Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks thriller series. In May 2014 he released the first book of his teen suspense trilogy, Blur, and a book on the craft of novel writing, Story Trumps Structure. Steven’s other works span a variety of genres including non fiction, fantasy and drama. He has received wide critical acclaim...more
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