Milwaukee, 1995. In a city still reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a woman’s body is found with the lungs removed. Local cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose. But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective for the Milwaukee Police Department, sees from the timing and location of the crime that this is not a copycat at all. It's a killer with an entirely different agenda....
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"Opening Moves is a mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James." (Michael Connelly)
Extremely violent and discriptive.
Richard has a good reading voice and reads the horrific details with just the right amout of menace.
I did not "enjoy" this book. It is not a story I would recommend.
I'm not a fan of going back in time, particularly devoting a whole novel to it, but this time it was worth the read. Throughout the first five Bower books, the hero keeps referring to events that occurred long ago, and this novel answers a lot of questions about what happened back then. If fact if a reader new to Steven James, decides to start with this novel, and then listen to the others in order, that would probably be the best way to appreciate this series.
I'll be happy to get back to the current time frame if Steven James plans to continue the Bowers novels with story lines involving the current characters from Book 5.
All of Steven James novels are well crafted and extremely interesting.
One of the things, which I most enjoy, is that James makes Patrick Bowers so human. He is brilliant and flawed, loving and awkward, honest and confused. Sometimes, the criminal acts are difficult to stomach, and foster the intended affect: anger towards how humans can treat one another and appreciation for the same.
Yes, with the caveat that it is very graphic so I would be careful which friend.
I liked Ralph the best because he is fair minded and kind as well able to bring some humor to the situation.
Well, it's a prequel so it has follow-ups. I enjoyed all of the Patrick Bowers books and this book explains some things but overall it is my least favorite of the series because the crimes are so heinous and are described in detail. I also thought it took a long time to for the action to get moving.
Starting with 'The Pawn' in this series I was captivated! I couldn't wait to hear the next book. The writer does a great job with the characters. I felt them come to life quickly and distinctly. The choice for narration was spot on! His distinct voice made each book flow one after another. I recommend this series to everyone.
It gave you a better picture of how things transpired between Bowers and his nemesis.
Just the overview of the story.
Nothing bad to say, another excellent performance.
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I happen to be a fan of this series so the prequel seemed like a logical step. How Pat Bowers gets to be an FBI agent, his geolocation education and expertise, and his FBI relationship with Ralph are all introduced from their beginnings.
The crimes, tracking, and apprehension of Richard Devin Bass are in this book. Bass has been an ongoing evil in Pat's thoughts and even returns to court in other books. At the same time, there is another deviant operating in the area. It take some time for the task force to realize that they are dealing with two independent evils, sort it all out, and bring both to justice.
Now for the stomach churning: be prepared for the removal of body parts from living human beings and cannibalism! I feel that this book is much more graphic than the previous episodes in this series. However, I did continue to listen and there are some unique situations here. As always, Steven James includes bits of biblical and philosophical background. In an author's afterword he comments about writing this book.
This was a worthwhile listen and I look forward to the next installment in the series.
The narration is appropriate.
yes, I am listening to it again!!!!
the mysterious quality of his voice.
love his writing, can feel the intensity.
This takes us to before the previous books and I love the background of how he got to where Bowers is now. Loved it!!
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