Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Queen: A Book Review

About The Book:

While investigating a mysterious double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high-tech conspiracy that ties together long-buried Cold War secrets with present-day tensions in the Middle East.

In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a pulse-pounding, multilayered storytelling tour de force that will keep you guessing.

You can read an excerpt of The Queen here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than twenty books, includingThe Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, and The Bishop, all part of the bestselling thriller series The Bowers Files. The Pawn is the basis of a TV series currently in development. One of the nation's most innovative storytellers, Steven developed his skill as a performer at East Tennessee State University (MA in storytelling). He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

My Review:

DISCLAIMER: The Queen contains violence and very graphic crime scene descriptions. If you are bothered by this, then this book is not for you.

That said, I am a huge fan of crime novels and television series', so The Queen was right up my alley. This book, though long at over 500 pages, is fast paced and will have you reading until late in the night to find out what happens next. There are several story lines going on throughout the book, and this could frustrate or confuse some readers, particularly if you have not read the other four books in the series. I have only read this one and the last one, The Bishop, and I will admit, I am a little confused so will be going back and reading the first three books. That said, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are all pretty well-developed and I really enjoyed how James portrayed all of them, even the bad guys. The writing style of Steven James reminds of James Patterson, without the cuss words and overtly graphic scenes. As I mentioned in the disclaimer there are graphic crime scene descriptions throughout The Queen, but it's done in a way that adds to the story, not distracts you from it. Overall, a great book that also includes themes like moving on from past pain, redemption and romance.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Queen by Steven James at your favorite bookseller from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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