Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Every Crooked Path by Steven James - REVIEWED - and releasing today!!!!

About the Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
Love sets us free.  But in many ways it also holds us captive.”  (p. 274)

This statement captures the essence of Steven James’ latest novel, Every Crooked Path.  This novel takes readers back to Patrick Bowers' relationship with Christie and introduces us to our first glimpses of Tessa.  The novel fills in much of the backstory that makes Patrick Bowers such a memorable and vibrant character in the minds of the readers who have come to care so much about this broken FBI agent.

To me, this is one of the darker books in Patrick Bowers’ life.  It deals with a subject that has ripped the hearts out of many lives and something that feeds the darkest addictions known to humankind.  James’ still writes with great clarity, and each of his characters’, no matter which side of the law they fall on, are so well developed that you come away from the pages feeling as though you KNOW these people, and somehow, they touch the essence of your heart. 

This is an unbelievably difficult journey for these characters.  By the end, you wish you could read with your eyes closed.  It’s pretty intense!  But, that is why I remain a very ardent fan of Steven James’ writing.  He captures the human spirit directly, succinctly and so truly, that anyone who comes to the pages of his novels has to do some honest self-evaluation.  He shines the light on some of the darkest places of the human heart, but he also weaves in the truth of redemption – couched amid honest and probing questions.  It’s like looking at your faith through the lens of intense trauma and deciding where your heart lies within the scope of that faith - or lack thereof.

RUN to the store and buy this book!  RUN!! You will not sleep much as you devour this story, but you will come away changed.  Once again, I must say with deepest appreciation, BRAVO!!!

About the Author:
Steven James is the national bestselling author of nine novels including the critically acclaimed thrillers CheckmateThe KingOpening Moves, and The Queen. He has won three Christy Awards for best suspense and was a finalist for an International Thriller Award. His thriller The Bishop was named Suspense Magazine’s book of the year. Publishers Weekly calls him ”[a] master storyteller at the peak of his game.” He has a master's degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication around the world. When he's not writing or speaking, you'll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking a dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

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