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Publisher's Summary

Christy Award nominee Steven James writes action-packed thrillers swirling with tantalizing mystery. In this sequel to The Pawn, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers confronts the Navy's darkest secret - and his own painful past.
©2008 Steven James (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"James delivers the ... plot twists and intriguing characterizations that made The Pawn a welcome addition to the suspense genre." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Alex Cross w\o all the sex & language.

If you love James Patterson's crime novels but not the body details, graphic sex or foul language, you'll love this series.

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Exciting but spiritually anemic

This book held my attention well but I expected more of a spiritual uplift from an inspirational publisher.

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Gripping

Another good Patrick Bower thriller. I wish the narrator would get another voice for Tessa. She sounds stilted and like a whiny brat.

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  • John
  • Vincennes, IN, United States
  • 03-03-12

Another great story! Enjoying this series!

I listen to Childs, Flynn, Connelly, WEB, David B. and White, this series ranks with all these authors!

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  • Steven
  • Big Rapids, MI
  • 12-20-17

excellent book

Stephen James James's first book in the series The Pawn was pretty good but it was as if he went out of his way to prove that he could be as gory and macob as the likes of Stephen King. I actually found myself fast-forwarding through parts of that book to get past the unnecessary Gore and back to the point. but this book was much better written, suspenseful, and a good mystery.

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Very Enjoyable!

Love the story and the performance was excellent! Love the series! I would recommend it to anyone!

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Intense Nail-Biting Thriller

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I don't bite my nails, but Steven James almost had me taking up the habit. Richard Ferrone gives a solid performance in the narration. Plot was strong. Character development was top notch. The suspense will have you wanting to listen to more, long after your road trip. This is the first edition in a great series by James, and in my opinion it is the best in the series, next to Opening Moves. One word of caution, it's not for the squeamish! I read a lot of fiction, this one is one of my top ten, better than Andrew Klavan.

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Finally a good clean suspense story.

I have been waiting for a good suspense series without all this sex and language. Finally!

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The Patrick Bowers Books

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?


I can't answer this questin because I don't read books, just listen to them. All the books in this series are a good listen. Richard Ferrone is a wonderful narrater, you won't be disappointed if you like Murder mysteries! The writer paints his characters well and the books should be listened to in order as characters and villains move from book to book.Waiting for more Patrick Bowers Books.

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  • William
  • Spring Valley, CA, United States
  • 05-30-16

WARNING: Thisis an Christian-Themed Book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was not a "Christian Inspirational"book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steven James again?

No.

Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/A

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation that it was not advertised as Christian Inspirational. But is clearly was heavily dosed with christian themes.

Any additional comments?

Label it correctly for what it is.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful