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The Rook (The Patrick Bowers Files #2)

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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  2,996 ratings  ·  236 reviews
Full of fast-paced action and mind-bending plot twists, "The Rook" is an adrenaline-laced page-turner that will keep readers up all night.
ebook, 464 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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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
Ronie
As usual, Steven James has penned a compelling read in THE ROOK. I'm pretty sure he's made it onto my list of "auto-buy authors" because if his incredible talent for bringing together an intricate and intriguing plot. The only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars (which, here on GoodReads means "it was amazing!") is because at times the pace started to feel a bit drawn out. It's not a gripe or a complaint. It could've just been me and my antsy nature. And I really love Patrick Bowers stepdaught...more
Melanie
After reading 'The Pawn' I couldn't wait to read this thriller & I wasn't disappointed. Steven James is great at writing books that hold my attention throughout the entire book.

Patrick Bower's step-daughter, Tessa, is a vegetarian/vegan for humane reasons, which I found interesting since I am a vegan.

'The Rook' is filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. Throughout this book I tried to figure out who 'Shade' was, but without success.

The ending of 'The Rook', wow, it...more
J.S. Bailey
I'd just like to say that Steven James has great talent for creating and drawing out suspense. And I like his characters, too. I think Tessa might be my favorite. :)
T.E. George
When I reviewed Steven James’ debut novel, The Pawn, I hesitated giving it five stars because I wanted to leave room in case the author proved to be more than a one hit wonder. I give The Rook four and a half stars only because I know, The Knight comes out in September. I feel quite sure this writer has several more turns at bat in his career!

Special Agent Patrick Bowers returns along with his hard-to-love-hard-to-hate stepdaughter, Tessa. I mention her in the same sentence with Patrick because...more
Debbie
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher. "The Rook" was a well-written, fast-paced forensic/detective thriller. This is the second Patrick Bowers novel, but you don't need to read the first book, "The Pawn," to understand what's going on in this one.

The first novel had a very well-written "who-done-it" element (which I loved), but this book was more a thriller with a good dose of romance. While still a bit dark, "The Rook" wasn't as gruesome as "The Pawn." The crimes and crime s...more
Dana Griffin
One of the benefits of coming across an author who’s written several good books is you don’t have to wait a year between readings. This is how I feel about Steven James novels.

Several months ago I read The Pawn, which I loved. I would’ve read the next in the series, The Rook, the next day, but I try not to let one writer’s voice influence my own. Now after reading this book, it’s tempting to break my rule and read the next in the series, The Knight.

Each stand alone book has the same protagonist...more
Elizabeth Zundel
I didn't like #2 as well as I liked #1 & #3. This story didn't flow quite as easily as the others and it had a more "techno" type plot that didn't really work for me. There were too many people involved in the story and there were some that weren't developed as well as they could have been. Were some of these people involved good, bad, extras? The villians in the other books were very clearly the bad guys. The ending didn't work for me either. It felt sort of forced. I like Tessa as a main c...more
Cynthia
Since I read his first novel in the Patrick Bowers series and thought it was okay, I thought I would read his second. It was, again, just okay. What FBI agent travels around with his family in tow? And, what an annoying stepdaughter! What FBI agent, or for that matter anyone with a gun, would first take time to destroy "the device" before going to the aid of a fellow agent? What law enforcement agent would wish he could have cuffed the bad guy instead of letting sharks have their way with him? A...more
Doreen Dalesandro
Really 2.5 stars.

I listened to this book.

I am quite disappointed with The Rook. Maybe it is because I was so impressed with The Pawn. For my taste, The Rook spends too much time on character development and not enough on plot. The plot is no where near as engaging as that of The Pawn.
Dustin
Steven James has built a compelling storyline (Continuing on the story of Patrick Bowers in "The Pawn") based on deep character development, high tech know-how, and being able to convey the fine-line walked between being a criminal and knowing how to catch one.

My favorite line in the book is: "Love that's too timid to ache isn't love at all"

Can't wait for "The Knight" coming out Summer 2009.
Jerry
Taking turns between creepy, intense, heart-breaking, and (to a lesser degree) light-hearted, The Rook is a great follow-up to The Pawn. I'm interested to see where Mr. James takes the story from here; the ending definitely leaves room for a sequel, so my curiosity is piqued.
Susan
I'm getting a little put out that this author has no trouble in describing despicable acts of violence but allows no cussing or sex in his writing. One reviewer mentioned that he was a "Christian" author. I don't understand this thought process...
Barbara Brink
Another great story from Steven James! Although I liked the first one a bit more, this one kept me on the edge of my seat as well. I look forward to getting my hands on the next in the series.
Lawrence Brennan
Trying too hard

I loved the first book. it both kept me up till the early morning hours, but also kept me guessing. With this the second Bowers novel, it was a case of stuffing 10 pounds into a 1 pound sack. It was a case of too much story, with too many characters to get "pages" of attention, as it saying "guys remember me? Don't forget about." And, while I won't spoil anything for future readers, but Shade was too "perfect."Almost like the author remembered he had this character in the shadows....more
Allison
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Grantclark
The second book in James' saga was not a let down. Steven takes four different mysteries and combines them to one much larger mystery. This is one of the few books that I haven't been able to solve. Patrick Bowers is the main character and he is a government employed detective. James makes references to two of his favorite detectives himself. I think that Bowers is a combination of Dupin (Poe) and Holmes (Doyle). Pat is called to San Diego to investigate a mysterious arsonist. There's also the q...more
Symon
Firstly, I must say that because of this series, Steven James has just become one of my favourite authors. There is currently no better crime fiction/mystery author in my opinion.

The Rook is the second installment in a series of crime fiction/thriller/mysteries where FBI Criminologist, Patric Bowers, tracks down serial murderers (or should I say they track him down?) It follows The Pawn, and precedes The Knight and the upcoming The Bishop.

This book is slowish (but not tedious) for the first half...more
Cheryl Olson
The Rook as it says on the front cover truly is "First-Class Suspense". This is the second book in the "Patrick Bower's Files" an...moreThe Rook as it says on the front cover truly is "First-Class Suspense". This is the second book in the "Patrick Bower's Files" and I must say that I enjoyed this ride just as much if not more than
"The Pawn", Steven James' first offering of Patrick Bowers. The Character of Patrick Bowers is smart, buff,(gotta love all those pull-ups) and surprisingly insecure a...more
Mary
I read "The Pawn" first which was not bad but fairly interesting enough to spur me to read the next book in the series. The second book is much better and fast paced. It is important to read these books in order as antagonists introduced in The Pawn reappear in The Rook and it helps to know their back story. Additionally, the main characters continue to grow and change as their relationships are dynamic. What I am finding interesting about these books is how the author is able to do a literary v...more
Bryan
Apr 04, 2011 Bryan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bryan by: Eddie Coulter
Again, a very complicated scheme to overshadow the serial killer lying underneath. James's use of the military sub-plot and the growing relationship between both Tessa and Lein-hua, is again formulaic but lovingly readable. Overall a good read again and I think that I will continue on with the series. The middle road feelings I had with his last book gave me some apprehension about this one but I was wrong. It is clear that he and his editor team have found a singular long term goal for Patrick...more
Tamara
THE ROOK, book two in the Parker Bowers Thriller, did not disappoint.

Picking up pretty much where THE PAWN left off, FBI Agent Patrick Bowers finds himself in San Diego investigating a string of arsons. Not wanting to strain his relationship with his step-daughter, by being gone on another case, Patrick decides to bring Tessa along. When Patrick and Tessa witness the apparent suicide of a homeless man, things begin to escalate and somehow become strangely linked together. Reunited with fellow a...more
Mary
This book is the second in the series by Steven James and the second one I have read. It is a good group of books and I look forward to reading more by this author.

Patrick Bowers is an FBI investigator. He has lost his wife to cancer. His wife has a daughter from a first marriage. Tessa is 15 years old. If anyone reading this has had a 15 year old daughter, you know how hard it is to raise your own daughter. This poor man has a demanding job, not to mention a step daughter who wants to love him,...more
Zaphoddent
The annoying thing about reviewing this is the book is the well written sections providing rich details that theoretically would make for a stunningly good read. The problem is the absence of conveyance of real emotions. Everyone just seems so clinically bland, the kind of folks you'd hate to sit next to at a dinner party cause there's not much depth. The kind that have minds that revolve around just themselves seeing but not noticing the real world. Everyone just seems to be perfect caricatures...more
Emilee (Fantastical Paper Realm)
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The story:
Patrick Bowers is working a seemingly safe case; he even brought his step-daughter along. But, soon his case has taken on a whole new side, one with global implications. He has to try to get inside the head of an arsonist, a serial killer, and an anonymous man who goes by the name Shade.
Added to that is the continued struggle with his step-daughter, the beginning stages of a hesitant romance, and growing questions within himself. H...more
Franc Woods
The second book in the Patrick Bowers series did not disappoint. Stephen James does an excellent job weaving a suspenseful tale, keeping the action flowing, and building up some key relationships that I’m sure will continue through the series.

FBI agent Patrick Bowers is called in to investigate a series of arsons all the while dealing with his step-daughter who’s seeking both freedom and a closer relationship with Patrick. Although she would be hard pressed to admit it. Then there’s Patrick’s pa...more
Megan

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers, from The Pawn, is called to San Diego, to help with a serial arsonist case. With an apparent suicide and a local kidnapping, the case seems to be getting more tangled, but Bowers unravels it nicely. It takes a personal twist when Bowers love interest and fellow investigator, Lien-hua is asked for by name. Meanwhile, his stepdaughter, Tessa, gets into some trouble of her own.

This was a high-paced suspense, with plenty of action and a page-turning conclusion. It...more
Chris Schaeffer
The Rook by Steven James is the follow up to The Pawn, a suspenseful mystery based around intense criminology investigations. The Rook continues on the storyline that Mr. James developed in the first novel. My favorite aspect of James’s writing style is that he able to take a typical mystery and mix in a complex theme of morality and self reflection. Read my review of The Pawn for more thoughts on the moral aspects.

Since The Rook is a sequel, I can’t help but compare this book to the original, b...more
Monnie
The Rook is the second in a series of books featuring FBI Criminologist Patrick Bowers (the first is The Pawn). For whatever reason - maybe just because the thought of reading all five would be too much of the same thing, I skipped that one. As it turns out, I wasn't lost - but after reading this one and learning that many of the characters seem to be common to both, I'll definitely keep going in order, ending with the the most recent, The Queen.
That said, I'm delighted to have found this author...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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