Christian fiction, Christian suspense

Book & Cover Review of "The Bishop: a Patrick Bowers Thriller" by Steven James

The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, Book 4)
Book Review
The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, Book 4) revolves around FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers, his step daughter Tessa or ‘Raven’, and how their lives are impacted by the newest case he has been assigned … as well as their own personal complex life situations. This suspense novel is the 4th in a series surrounding Agent Bowers, and is part of an 8 book series named after a chess theme (it was preceded by the publishing of The Pawn, The Rook, and The Knight.)

During his launch party hosted earlier this week, author Steven James stated “When I approach a new book I always let a deep moral question drive the story forward. For example, in The Bishop, the question was ‘What makes humans different from animals?’ It led me to some surprising conclusions. I don’t set out to teach a lesson but to bring up issues and questions about the human condition that matter. I do learn as I write and it give ms a good place to sort through what I believe.”

 In The Bishop, this moral question is wrapped up in the chase of two very strong and complex villains who are ‘scary good’ at their own form of detached and evil game play. Additionally, the book covers the topics of teen angst, stepfather/stepdaughter relationships, job tensions, and multiple love interests.

As I read the book I kept asking myself … if you were surrounded by death and murder in your work life and your personal life were also filled with more than the average amount of complex situations, how would you cope with the stress? A great read, and very hard to put down!  I have not yet read the first three books in this series and found that I was able to enjoy this book as a stand alone read.  I also feel that the book would appeal to both male and female readers who love suspense.

Book Cover Review
This fourth book features the same blocky embossed text that is typical of suspense/thriller novels in both the ABA and CBA markets.  The dark background allows the bright white and yellow titles to stand out in an eye-catching combination. The damaged Bishop chess piece is mysterious and alludes to a sinister game being played. The dark earth, half-buried skull and purple fog-laden tree trunks match up well with one of the most memorable scenes in this novel. This cover is aptly dark and sinister, and is paired well with writing that is equally intense and hard to put down. The cover will appeal to anyone who likes to read suspense and/or murder mysteries – whether male or female.

* This book was provided to me by the publisher, Revell Publishing, for review.

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