I like to read a series. There is something about getting a character and drilling down to the veins of truth that remain untouched as the world trampI like to read a series. There is something about getting a character and drilling down to the veins of truth that remain untouched as the world tramples past them. Patrick Bowers has his last moment in the sun with this book and the entire journey is completely worth it. For those new to the series, don't proceed past the spoilers below. In a nut shell this one is a bit light on the normal tech-heavy detective work of Bowers in the past books. How from the explosion at the NCAVC office in DC to final tent pole showdown this book is a runaway train. But along the way we see Bowers struggle with the overall idea of the series and a very Nietzsche-esque idea of the darkness staring back and becoming a reflection of the evil of another. Steven James also lets us peek in on a burgeoning marriage, Tessa preparing for college, and Brin's new baby. If you are looking for a great, smart version of the CSI genre, jump in at the beginning with either. All of this at the same time that we are chasing a bomber/serial killer with a penchant for telling stories and getting the attention of others. Any one interested in the history of Charlotte would also fine this as a great thrill ride.
(view spoiler)[Starting just a few months after his night along the Potomac, Patrick finds himself the victim of a conspiracy against the new NCAVC office for the FBI. Placed in a building outside of Quantico and the FBI office in DC the members of NCAVC are working on new geo-spatial tech when a random delivery results in an explosion on the delivery dock. It is gangbusters from here forward. I will say that I was on my toes and was fairly surprised. The only disjointed moments were those between Tessa and Beck. While reading The King I kept thinking that Tessa's date was some put up by Basque or another killer going after Bowers and his family. This time I was thinking the same thing and it just seemed to odd for the two to so quickly fall for each other. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really wanted to read this novel. When I found out about the sequel, I couldn't wait to read the story. That being said, meh. I like Doctorow and moI really wanted to read this novel. When I found out about the sequel, I couldn't wait to read the story. That being said, meh. I like Doctorow and most of his views. His fear of a big brother government and a cyber-security world are spot on. The problem is that Marcus is just a dumb kid character. He never seems to put two and two together long enough to make a real change in his life. Ange is the best character in this novel and I wanted to know note about her this time. Because of all the baggage from his detention at the end of LB, Marcus is just too broken. He is weak and lost. I constantly wanted to scream at him and say, get the darknet out there and make it work for everybody. Tor isn't that complicated with the right help. It also felt like too much random stuff was happening to Marcus. The protest and riot. The goon squads and gyro copters. It was just too much to make it work because the randomness just didn't go together like it did in LB. In the end, it is a good read for those who like techno thriller. It's not great literature or his best work....more
Took me far longer than I wanted, but sometimes life gets in the way. This is a great read for the casual christian audience. It compares to his otherTook me far longer than I wanted, but sometimes life gets in the way. This is a great read for the casual christian audience. It compares to his other books Heartland and Impostor. The biggest take away was that it was a bit slow after he gets caught/stuck in Mexico. The adrenaline rush started by the crash and chase scene are lost as he goes into hiding. The flipside is that the locals he meets and befriends give him a great mirror to think about life and faith. Good read in the genre of basic faith drama but not a hit like his other action packed work. Would highly recommend to new Christian reader and anyone who is a big fan of Andy Andrews work....more
Steven James has quickly become one of my favorite reads in the christian fiction genre. Whereas other crime novels still have rough edged and brokenSteven James has quickly become one of my favorite reads in the christian fiction genre. Whereas other crime novels still have rough edged and broken nihilistic heroes, Patrick Bowers is a logical and faithful man of the law. He uses science as a means and not a ethical crutch to do he wants, that is directed at you Sherlock Holmes. In this novel, we really get to see the emotional and logical connection that law enforcement has to make everyday and it is not done in the stylist Lethal Weapon or Rush hour buddy cop kind of way.This time we find Bowers on the cusp of his wedding and what would turn out to be one of the worse weeks of his life. Richard Basque, the cannibal psychopath, is slowly working his way closer and closer to Patrick Bowers. Meanwhile, someone is tainting shipments of anti-depressants as a means to cause mass suicides across the US. As if this is not enough, Tessa, Bower's step-daughter, is in the final weeks of her Senior year, no Prom date but a cute guy is interested and a possible graduate speech to boot. Toss in a pair of garden sheers, a crime novelist, her daughter, and a side trip to India and you have the one of the best novels in the series. For those looking to find a hard science based legal thriller, without the sex and cursing, this is your series but do your self the favor and start at the beginning, The Pawn. Spoilers!!!!(view spoiler)[ After reading Opening Moves, I couldn't figure out what made that whole story seem off to me. I thought maybe it was the publisher/editor or the fact that it was a flashback. The novel was good but just wasn't the Patrick Bowers I was use to, then I read this one and it was obvious. I like the Patrick that is more like me. Family guy with stress from both sides of life, family vs career. Techie but still has friends and can unwind around regular people. Some of the best scenes for Patrick are the ones where he is trying to figure out how to handle being Tessa's "dad." Brineesha and Ralph are great foils for this and provide him parental advice that he desperately needs. Alternatively, after Lien-hua's attack she is mostly pointless in the story except for the wedding at the end. Her encounter with Basque really turns on the heat but I like her as a character and at times she completely disappears for chapters because of her recovery. Brineesha helps to fill the role and some muddled and teenage angst driven conversations from Tessa help, but Bowers is on his own in this one and that what scares him the most. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was extremely underwhelmed by this one. This makes my fourth Templar themed novel and it by far is the worst. The dialog is over written action scenI was extremely underwhelmed by this one. This makes my fourth Templar themed novel and it by far is the worst. The dialog is over written action scenes were lacking any real suspense and it relied heavily on my imagination for some scenes. Notable detail was given to known places; however, the end scenes were lacking. In the end I'd recommend Raymond Khoury's book over this one. ...more
Again a great example of Bunn work as a suspense writer who writes about the world but through a Christian POV. The idea of a once upstanding man's faAgain a great example of Bunn work as a suspense writer who writes about the world but through a Christian POV. The idea of a once upstanding man's fall from grace is a classic line of thought. What makes this version different is that Val Haines, the protagonist, doesn't remember how good or bad he was. As the mystery of a NYC bombing, lost pension funds, and embezzled money is discovered, Val must remember his past mistakes and painful remembrances to solve the crime, save the company, and win the girl. The villain in this journey, Terrance d'Arcey is a true Gordon Gecko protege. As they both maneuver towards the money and a final confrontation Terrance must deal with his family and past as well. Toss in a dirty ex-cop, eastern european gangsters, bad English weather, and the island of Jersey; you get the whole story.
Bunn makes references to the Enron scandal and past Wall Street corporate greed scheme but has less of the details. As a whole Bunn stays away from the complicated aspects of embezzlement and sticks to the action. The only confussing parts were the dialogue when multiple scenes and character were without a great transition between them
Those who liked John Grissom, especially The Firm, will find this an easy and fun read. My only problem is that the story would have benefited more with additional length. Another 50-100 pages would have added a lot more to building up the suspense, filling plot holes, explaining the ending better and possibly given room for deeper reflections by Terrance. I hated his arrogance in the beginning but was wanting his redemption, more so than Val, by the end. Val was equally likable beginning, middle, and end but not a great hero. ...more
Read this after my father made it through the book. Surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Simple story but a great read. Not over done like maRead this after my father made it through the book. Surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Simple story but a great read. Not over done like many of these military investigation stories. Great way to start DeMille if your interested and looking for good place to start. ...more
Good quick read. For the expanse of ground he had to cover it was easy to see where he missed some things but the core concept was there. Fear the digGood quick read. For the expanse of ground he had to cover it was easy to see where he missed some things but the core concept was there. Fear the digital landscape, always. ...more