Finished December 22, 2012. I was a little disappointed in the book, not because of the quality or content, but because it was published by a Christian publisher (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group) I assumed there would be more Christian content. Other than the occasional mention of God, and a couple of quick prayers, I would not consider this a Christian book.
On the plus side it was an entertaining thriller. To me it felt like watching a movie. Steven James took short scenes, dealing with the protagonist and antagonists, and cut them together like film giving it heightened tension. With relatively short chapters it was easy to find a place to stop if I didn’t have much time to read. The pacing, however, kept me wanting to read more.
A serious note to consider. Christians might be drawn to this book because of the Christian publisher, while non-Christian might be repelled for the same reason. Some scenes could be considered overly graphic in its violent content. The religious content, on the other hand, appears more as an undertone. All around, I would venture to say that everyone could enjoy this book taking these two facets of the book in mind.
I will give it 4 1/2 stars.
Having bought a copy of “The Pawn”, and hid it in my eReader over a year ago, I determined it was time to read it. It’s not a recent book (2007), but I look forward to reading it.
The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, Book 1)
by Steven James @sjamesauthor
— Book Description —
Special Agent Patrick Bowers had only met one man who made him truly afraid. Until now. When he’s called to North Carolina to consult on the case of an area serial killer, he finds himself in a deadly game.
Cunning and lethal, the killer is always one step ahead of the law, and he’s about to strike again. It will take all of Bowers’s instincts and training to stop this man who calls himself the Illusionist. And just when the pieces start to come together, Bowers realizes they’re not quite adding up. Can he unravel the pattern and save the next victim? Or will the Illusionist win the game by taking one of his opponent’s pieces? Thrilling, chilling, and impossible to put down, The Pawn will hold suspense lovers in its iron grip until the very last page.
— From Amazon Product Page —