Patrick Bowers has pursued the nation's fiercest serial killers - and now one elusive foe is back for revenge. Settling into a new post at the FBI academy, Patrick and his fiancée, Lien-hua Jiang, are planning their future together with his stepdaughter, Tessa. But just when his life seems normal, a demon from the past returns to draw him down a dark road he hoped had closed forever. Forced into a desperate hunt to save the two women he loves most, Patrick is in a race against time to stop an international conspiracy from becoming the most widespread act of terrorism in U.S. history.
©2013 Steven James (P)2013 Recorded Books
The narration is good and the storyline keeps you hooked and intrigued for the most part.
I like what Raven does to her abductor in the car.
I like the interaction scenes between Patrick and his daughter.
You could not make a film out of this book and do it justice.
This was a pretty interesting book maybe a little dark and gory for some and I think it is ironic that this series is an Inspirational book series because I do not find that they offer any good uplifting inspirations. Of course if you used the reasoning and logic of Agent Bowers inspiration does not necessarily have to be for the good and more likely people are inspired to act on the evil that is in them. I do not listen to these books for any great inspirations anyway but purely for the mystery and intrigue of the story. This book hooks you right at first and does a pretty good job of keeping your attention through out but there are a few eye roller moments, places where it tends to drag, get a little to technical and some scenes you can see coming from a long way off. Also I was disappointed in the ending with a anthropophagus gnawing its way through the chapters of the next book as I was hoping for something different to digest. Overall if you like mystery and intrigue this book does a pretty good job of delivering.
I have read all the Steven James books in the series (except the last "flashback" novel). I have worked in the field of crime analysis and Geospatial analysis for years and quite enjoyed his take on using Patrick Bowers approach to crime solving using these tools. The first several books kept me on the edge of my seat but this one was so predictable it was quite boring. The villains are tired and almost comical at this point. And, how many times does his poor daughter need to be the finale in the plot? The narration was not terrible but his take on Tessa is not at all what I would expect from the sophisticated and brilliant teen. I cringed every time a character spoke that was not a main male character.
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I have listened to every book in this series, in order. Steven James' writing style and Richard Ferrone's narration are both pleasing.
However, Richard Devin Bask is too prevalent in this book. He has been in the background for much of the series, springs into the main plot in the last book, and is now on the loose again. Personally, I am getting sick of hearing about this guy.
The real sad part of this is that there is a secondary plot that could have been expanded to a whole book. It seems that the research on counterfeit prescription drugs is well done and the story line is plausible. I am disappointed that it did not get more emphasis.
I will probably listen to one more book in the series, but my earlier enthusiasm is waning.
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