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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Every Crooked Path: Steven James

By Kelly Bridgewater

Description (From Amazon):

Who is the Piper? . . .
 
Special Agent Patrick Bowers returns in an electrifying prequel to the Bowers Chess series from critically acclaimed, national bestselling novelist Steven James. 
 
A mysterious suicide and a series of abductions draw Patrick into a web of intrigue involving an international conspiracy where no one is who they appear to be and the stakes have never been higher.
 
Soon, Patrick discovers that the secret to stopping the Piper’s current crime spree lies in unlocking answers from an eight-year-old cold case—and the only way to do that is by entering the terrifying world of the conspirators himself.
 
Dark, probing, and chilling, Every Crooked Path takes an unflinching look at the world of today’s cybercrimes and delves into a parent’s worst nightmare as it launches a new chapter of Patrick Bowers thrillers.

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My Review:

I love everything written by Steven James. I fell in love when I discovered Rook for the first time. James has a great way of storytelling and capturing my attention. Every Crooked Path has everything I want in a suspense novel: a lengthy book filled with many twists and turns and a bad guy who I didn’t see coming.

Right from the first chapter, I am thrown into the action as Patrick Bowers enters a crime scene, but someone is still in the room. There is a face off where Bowers gets sliced on the arm and a man ends up dead. I want to find out, like Bowers, what did this man mean? Why did he die? Hence, on the chase I go.

I enjoy how James is a master at writing such short chapters and sections that I always believe I have time to read one more before putting it down. Next thing I know, it is a couple of hours later, and I finished the book. James’ paces the book in this way to capture my imagination and allow me to stay and feel the rush that Bowers feels as he is trying to imprison the bad guys.

True to his past books, James always touches on hot topics or areas that haven’t been explored. A word of a caution, which even James includes a letter right in the front of Every Crooked Path warning the readers that this novel does with child molestation through the internet and kidnapping. James doesn’t actually show any visual images for the reader to cringe at, but he does allow me to see the dark underbelly of this work and make me grateful that my children really do not spend much time on the internet.

Always thrilling, Steven James’ Every Crooked Path captured my attention from the first page. It is a dark and chilling story about the horrify world of cybercrimes focused on the innocence today. There is a cliff hanger at the end of the novel, which makes me anxious for the next book in the Bowers Files.

I received a complimentary copy of Every Crooked Path from Signet Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

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About the Author: 

Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named James' book The Bishop their book of the year, says that he "sets the new standard in suspense writing." Publishers Weekly calls him a "master storyteller at the peak of his game." And RT Book Reviews promises, "the nail-biting suspense will rivet you."

With a Master's Degree in Storytelling, James has taught writing and storytelling around the world and is one of the seven Master CraftFest instructors at ThrillerFest, North America's premier training event for suspense writers. 

Respected by some of the top crime writers in the world, James deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As Christy Award-Winning novelist Ann Tatlock put it, "Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart."

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