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The Knight (The Patrick Bowers Files #3)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  2,295 ratings  ·  176 reviews
In "The Knight," the third installment in the bestselling series of thrillers featuring FBI criminologist Patrick Bowers, the stakes have never been higher.
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Published August 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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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...more
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...more
"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...more
J.S. Bailey

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...more
Victor Gentile

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...more
Pamela Walter
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...more
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
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...more
Caitlyn Santi
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,...more
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
Paul Penney
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
Lee Montgomery
This series is a bit gory in spots but I'm liking the characters.
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...more
"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...more
Apr 20, 2011 Bryan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Amy Meyer
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...more
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
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...more
Angela Bycroft
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...more
Emilee (Fantastical Paper Realm)
Reviewed for http://fantasticalpaperrealm.blogspot...

The story:
Patrick Bowers is on a new case. It’s different this time though, this times its very personal. The Killer is using a story as the backdrop of his crimes, and he’s picked out a part for Patrick. As murders fall into place Patrick struggles to see beyond what he’s being shown.
Meanwhile, Patrick’s being a witness in the retrial of Devin Basque; the first man to make him feel really truly afraid. This forces him to face one moment of...more
The Knight is the third installment of the Patrick Bowers files by Steven James. The typical progression for a decent writer is having a hit, followed by a sophomore slump, and then a not-as-good-as-the-first-one third novel. That is why Steven James is not typical. He starts the series out with a slam dunk and consistently tops each story.

To say I couldn't put this book down is an understatement. My wife complained when I took it into the bathroom with me. I was torn between reading it slowly...more
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After the 2nd book in the series, I didn't believe that Steven James could do any better than The Rook. I was completely wrong, in fact this book made me forget how good the 2nd one was with the many twists and turns. The character development between Tessa and Patrick seems to grow in a positive and likable way and is very believable. The book has done what no other mystery series has done(that I have read) with a feature of a triple twist.....Seriously, three twists that had me feeling slow an...more
Clockstein Lockstein

The Knight by Steven James is the third book is the exciting Patrick Bowers series. FBI Agent Bowers uses his unique geographic profiling skills to track down the most violent of criminals. He'll have to use all of his abilities to find a sadistic murderer who is killing people for a twisted story before Bowers and his stepdaughter Tessa become the next victims. This riveting thriller never lets up for a second. From tense courtroom drama to intense action scenes, every page zips by. I love how...more
One of the books I started reading during the Read-a-thon was this one. This is the 3rd book in a series which I've already read the first 2. There were a few nights this week that I had a hard time putting this book down to get to sleep at a decent hour (for me anyway). I was able to finish it today and could not recommend this series more. I really enjoyed the first 2 books and this book was just fantastic! The main character is an FBI agent who tracks serial killers using geoprofiling or anal...more
A thriller is an apt description. I read this one in a day, so I'd have to say it was pretty good!! I stayed up late last night to finish it. I had to know what was going to happen! The book is packed full with a trial from one of Patrick's earlier cases, a new serial killer, father-daughter moments and some romantic tension. The killer seems to have everything planned, including multiple "what if" scenarios. There is a unique tie to classic literature, and again it is difficult, if not impossib...more
Overall, The Knight is another very enjoyable read in the series featuring FBI agent Patrick Bowers. This one got 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons: First, after reading just two of the books (I skipped the very first, The Pawn), I've grown a bit tired of his step-daughter's histrionics. Sure, she's got problems, and some "attitude" and disobedience is to be expected, particularly from a teenager. But quite honestly, she's done way more than enough already for me to want to send her packing....more
THE KNIGHT by Steven James, the continued saga of Patrick Bowers, is a fast paced thriller that keeps you turning page after page.

FBI Agent Patrick Bowers is juggling more than his fair share. A serial murderer he put away thirteen years ago who might go free, a sadistic killer copying the deaths of those in Decameron a piece of Renaissance Literature and targeting Bowers for the grand finale, and his personal life-both romantic and with his step-daughter, Tessa - continue to be hit both highs a...more
Another great series. Not the same humor as the Bug Man, although Patrick Bowers has his share of funny lines and also more intense and grisly, not for the kiddies or faint of heart, but a fun, fast-paced thriller that will have you wanting more!

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 kill...more
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