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The Bishop

(The Patrick Bowers Files #4)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,607 ratings  ·  253 reviews
F.B.I. Special Agent Patrick Bowers's cutting edge 21st century geospatial investigative techniques and impeccable logic have helped him track some of the country's most grisly killers. But those skills are pushed to the limit in this new installment of the highly acclaimed, award winning The Bowers Files series.This time it's a congressman's daughter who is found dead eve ...more
Paperback, 523 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2010)
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J.S. Bailey
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
These books have me convinced that Steven James must be a criminal genius. The Patrick Bowers series is a must-read for fans of suspense.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 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
Christy Lockstein
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Randy Tramp
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bower tries to solve the murder of a congressman's daughter.

Not only must Bower tackle the murder investigation he also has to raise a teenage daughter. Tessa is a fiery teen, who challenges her step-dad. To raise the tension, Paul her biological dad enters the scene. And he is a mystery.

What a great read. I love the characters. Patrick's relationship with Tessa is interesting. She tries to get him to think and sets him up a few times. Hilarious. Two women, Detective Wa
Ron Wroblewski
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steven-james
Another great thriller by Steven James who has become one of my favorite authors. I find myself thinking like Pat as he unravels serial crimes. I have the same questions he has as new information comes to him, and feel the same warning bells as he does. He has a genius for a daughter who keep him on his toes. She always ends up in the middle of his crime search and finds herself in tenuous situations. Early in his books I can put them down for the day, but later I can't and have to keep reading. ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tamara Tilley
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, james-steven
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
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'The Bishop' was so bizarre and strange. The killers were very creepy and the murder scenes gruesome. This all fit with the book's 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 scene where a woman is put alive in a Chimpanzee's cage to be eaten alive by Chimpanzees - I found that disturbing. There are a lot of other murder scenes in this book, but that is the one I remember the most.

Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Still amazing the second time around. This may be my favorite book in the series so far.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereads
*Third time reading this book!!*
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
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, thriller
"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
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
Caitlyn Santi
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, review-books
The Bishop was so creepy! The things the villains did were so horrible and disturbing, and definitely gave me chills! I loved how, like the other Patrick Bowers books, there were a ton of twists and the story kept me guessing (even though this is my second time reading it!).

The Bishop explored some thought-provoking issues and made me think deeper about things, which I really liked. I think this might be my favorite book, so far, in my reread of the series. The first time I read this series, I w
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Suspense Magazine
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Janna Ryan
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten how much I love the Patrick Bowers series! i had bought two of them a while back, the Bishop and The Queen, but had not gotten around to reading them. His books get pretty detailed, some times a bit too much for me, but the plot always keeps me hooked. This one was no exception, very hard to put down, so I did some marathon reading (for me!). Going to read The Queen soon, I think, then see about getting the rest in the series. I never see these free, but hopefully can find some o ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great Bowers thriller; this one really ups the ante, and makes you crave the final installment.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steven-james
#4 Patrick Bowers book, published 2010: a congressman's daughter is found dead in a primate cage as her killers launch a spree of murders in the DC area ...more
Thots so far:
Great book so far! Hard to put it down so I can focus on other things [such as getting my paper done].

I agree with Tessa's observation that Doyle cheats in his Sherlock Holmes mysteries. It always drove me nuts that Doyle does not give us everything to solve the story, yet Holmes always comes across the clue [or clues] not provided to the reader to solve the crime. The Perry Mason TV show did the same thing - Perry would always solve the crime based on something he saw or observed
Beckie Burnham
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been binge-listening to audiobooks featuring FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers. In The Bishop, Patrick and Tessa are spending the summer in the D.C. area as Patrick is teaching at Quantico. Of course, Patrick cannot go anywhere without being pulled into an investigation. The horrific murder at a primate research center is just the beginning of an intense killing spree. Familiar characters are on board to get the crimes solved, but the perpetrators are in this for personal reasons, making t ...more
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Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

His latest novel, SYNAPSE, a near-future thriller, is set to release on October 8, 2019.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book EVERY WICKED MAN one of their “Best Books of 2018,” says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Pu

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