Revell Blog Tour: “The Queen” by Steven James


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.”

Available: September

trade paper/$14.99/978-0-8007-3303-2/5½ x 8½//544 pages

hardcover/$19.99/978-0-8007-1920-3/5½ x 8½/544 pages


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WARNING: This book contains violence and graphic descriptions of disturbing crime scenes.  It is not for the faint-of-heart who may be offended by such written images.  For more on this topic, please read Steven James’ blog article entitled “Why I Write about Evil” .


Kirk Tyler turned the computer monitor to face his captive. The video image showed a young woman leaving the Authorized Personnel Only entrance to Peyton Mall. No one else around. Nighttime. The girl was the man’s daughter.

Dashiell Grainger wrenched against his bonds but the duct tape held him securely to the steel chair and he wasn’t going anywhere. The empty warehouse loomed around him.

“This doesn’t have to end badly for her,” Kirk said, enjoying the view of the seventeen-year-old cheerleader sashaying to her car. Erin was obviously unaware that she was being followed, that she was being recorded, that her life was balancing on such a razor-thin edge.

“Just answer my question.”

Dashiell was silent.

“Well?” Kirk asked.

“I told you before, I don’t know what you’re talking about!”

“You worked at the facility for fourteen years.”

“What facility?”

“Dashiell, please. Enough. I want to know the name of the person in charge of the project.”

Dashiell shook his head adamantly.

“You’ve made a mistake. I’m the wrong man.”

Considering Dashiell’s situation, Kirk was surprised by the amount of resolve in the man’s voice. Apparently his training was serving him well. So, a little convincing.

Kirk’s partner was wearing a hands free bluetooth earpiece and Kirk spoke to him, said two words: “Take her.”

On the monitor he could see the distance between the camera and Erin shrinking as his associate moved swiftly, silently, toward her.

“No!” Dashiell cried.

Erin was fishing her car keys out of her purse.

“This will stop,” Kirk said, “when you want it to stop.” …


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.

“As thrilling and unexpected as any five-star action movie. A high-energy read that delivers a jolt to the senses.”  —John Tinker, Emmy Award–Winning Writer and producer

· Watch for Patrick Bowers in a new network TV pilot in spring 2011

· The Bishop was recently name 2010 Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine

· Blockbuster fiction that stands above the crowd


1 The Pawn/978-0-8007-3240-0

2 The Rook/978-0-8007-3269-1

3 The Knight/978-0-8007-3270-7

4 The Bishop/978-0-8007-3302-5

My Review:

Patrick Bowers’ geo-spacial reasoning may not work as well as he intended.  He might have to admit to profiler tactics!

While tracking down one serial killer, Patrick (Pat) is called to investigate a double murder/possible suicide in northern Wisconsin.  There’s not enough evidence to determine the specifics.  While into that investigation, he falls headlong into another that involves high-tech hacking using Cold War secrets and today’s technology, and additional abductions and murders by another killer.

Steven James’ fast-paced scenarios keep your brain in a top-notch thinking mode throughout his complete novel, The Queen.  You get to think right along with him, trying to figure out if some, all or none of the investigations intersect.  And if they do, how?

He also includes a mixed bag of circumstances that include romantic tension, an anxious, sleep-deprived teenager, and a full-blown blizzard (only Northerners can grip the meaning of that!).

Steven’s characters are real and personal.  Some are dangerous and conniving, others willing to kill to meet their goals, all appear secretive, and many are vulnerable.  You will find yourself getting involved with an emotional, personal episode, only to have Pat’s job jerk him away, deserting them to handle more abductions and murders, leaving you with gaping, open wounds involving the previous characters.  It becomes personal!

The technology aspect is well-organized and delineated by the author, so as not to lose your attention.  The historical information comes alive as the old meets with the new in the tensions of the Middle East as only Steven can pull it together.

The ending will blow your mind!  I may have picked up on a little, but I totally missed the unbelievable ending.  A classic Steven James style!  Reading Steven’s book will keep you up at night–it’s very addictive.  The hard part now is to wait for his next book!!!

Although this is a very intriguing, dangerous and suspenseful book, my favorite is still The Bishop.  But don’t miss any in his series!

This book was provide by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant, Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.


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