Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Queen by Steven James

 Summary: While investigating a double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high-
tech conspiracy that twists through long-buried Cold War secrets and targets present-day tensions in the Middle East.

In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a multi-layered storytelling tour de force that not only delivers
pulse-pounding suspense but also deftly explores the rippling effects of the choices we make.

The Queen is a techno-thriller that will leave you breathless, offered by the author Publishers Weekly calls a “master storyteller at the
peak of his game.”




About the Author: Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than twenty books, including The 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 Thoughts:  I received the offer to review The Queen and knew I did not have time to read it in the allotted time. I had read and reviewed The Knight a couple of years ago and enjoyed it, although it took a bit for me to get sucked into the story. Not so with my oldest daughter.  She read it after me and absolutely loved it.  In fact, she loved it so much, she went back and purchased the previous novels (The Pawn and The Rook) and then the continued with the series when The Bishop was released. The Knight remained her favorite but I knew she would want to read the next installment. I asked her if she would be interested in a guest review for me and she agreed.  She asked me frequently if the book had arrived yet and when it finally did, settled in expectantly. Unfortunately, this was not be her favorite in the series. Read on to see what she thought.


When I was first asked to review The Queen by Steven James, I was ecstatic. I already own the first four books in the series and for the most part, I loved every single one of them. The Knight is one of my all time favorite books- It kept my attention through the entire story and I never wanted to put it down. Steven James is not afraid to portray evil as evil and I found myself caught up in the chase as he hunted down a serial killer. The details did not take away from the thrill of the story.

Unfortunately, this was not the case with The Queen. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed. It was a bit slow and hard to read during many parts of the story. The author obviously did his research, but I felt that he sometimes spent too much time talking about the facts instead of telling the story. When the story began, I enjoyed it.  As it moved on, it became overly complicated and lost my interest. Although Steven James is an author I usually enjoy, this book did not live up to my expectations.  (Guest Post by Larissa)

Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book at no cost, for review purposes. A positive review was not required, merely an honest one.*




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