The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller by Steven James
My rating: 5 Stars
I’ve read the first four Patrick Bowers Thrillers (‘The Pawn’, ‘The Rook’, ‘The Knight’, and ‘The Bishop’) and I couldn’t contain my excitement for reading ‘The Queen’ (I seriously shrieked when it came in the mail…I was THAT excited!)
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has investigated many gruesome murder scenes, including a case from 14 years ago that because of DNA “evidence” the killer walks free and has started killing again.
Now Patrick is in Woodborough, WI investigating a double homicide and possible suicide. Patrick doesn’t understand why he would be called to the case (he investigates serial crimes), but soon he starts to uncover a High-Tech conspiracy involving secrets from the Cold War and Middle East tension.
WOW! ‘The Queen’ is probably my favorite ‘Patrick Bowers Thriller’ so far. It was suspenseful (especially towards the end) and I didn’t find it as gruesome as some of the other thrillers.
I also loved how there was a good message. It talked about forgiveness and how if you have to work to be “good” to be forgiven, then it’s not forgiveness and how forgiveness requires someone to sacrifice something.
I loved alot of the characters (except the villains, of course). My favorite characters would probably be Patrick, Lien-hua, and Tessa
Patrick, he’s intelligent and he would risk his life for others, a real hero. Lien-hua, she seems friendly and I found myself really liking her character .
Tessa (Patrick’s step-daughter), she deals with a lot of guilt for shooting and killing a man even though he was going to kill her. Tessa also is a vegan and since I’m a vegan, I could relate a lot to how she feels on that issue.
The only thing I didn’t like was when Tessa said a common phrase (“oh my …”). It fit her character, but I would have preferred that not being in ‘The Queen’.
‘The Queen’ has so many twists and it kept me guessing until the final page (really the final page!) The way it ended makes me really want to read Steven Jame’s next thriller set to release fall of 2012.
I recommend ‘The Queen’ if you can handle reading slightly disturbing things and enjoy reading thrillers (because that’s definitely what ‘The Queen’ is!)
♣I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to write a positive review, but to give my honest opinion and that is what I’ve done.♣
To read an excerpt, click here.
To watch ‘The Queen’ video, go here.
I found Steven Jame’s post about why he writes about evil very informative.
“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”