I have been eagerly waiting for the release of The Knight, the third installment in Steven James’ Patrick Bowers Thrillers. The Rook, the second in the series, was most definitely a 5 Star Read (my review here) so I could NOT WAIT to read The Knight. Finally, I received it, promptly devoured it and am happy to report it exceeded my expectations! From the back cover:
The stakes have never been higher.
FBI Agent Patrick Bowers is used to tracking the country’s most dangerous killers, but now it looks like a killer is tracking him. Bowers faces a race against time to decipher who the next victim will be and to stop the final shocking murder–which he’s beginning to believe might be his own.
Gritty, chilling, and intense, this psychological thriller is guaranteed to keep you up all night.
Gritty. Chilling. Intense. Guaranteed to keep you up all night. Truer words have not been spoken. I often found myself holding my breath while reading it! James ups the intensity level and pushes the envelope of Christian fiction with the depth of evil and depravity portrayed in this novel. Suffice it to say, the bad guys are really bad. However, there is no gratuitous violence, no sex, no language, just good (really good) storytelling—and I think it’s a mark of James’ skill with the keyboard that he can write such an intense thriller absent of those elements.
And The Knight isn’t merely a suspense novel. James’ characters, Pat and his stepdaughter Tessa especially, are real—real in the sense that they are both believable and flawed. They struggle. They make mistakes. The development of their characters and their relationship is as compelling as the development of the mystery.
Speaking of mystery, the plot of The Knight is well crafted, one that kept me guessing (and holding my breath!) right up to the end. I hate it when I figure out the ending in the early pages of a book! No such danger here.
The Knight is a fabulous, fast paced thriller full of surprise and suspense—and I highly recommend it. And, for the record, I am now on pins and needles waiting for The Bishop to be released Summer, 2010. I can’t wait!
Interested in reading an excerpt of The Knight? Publisher Revell has provided one here.
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….