WOW! What a thrilling book this was! I pretty much read it non-stop. Steven James delivered a high powered message with a well paced plot, and some very sad messed up evil killers. While probably not for the "faint of heart" I don't fit into that catagory at all. I found this book to be very real, in some ways almost too real. While this book is in a series, this one book stands alone quite well! All refernces to prior books or past history were tight enough to never get the reader lost.
I think the full impact of this book is still working on me. There are things in there that come back to my mind and cause me to think. I like that, no frankly, I love it!
I highly recommened this book to anyone who likes anything like Bones, or CSI, or anything of that kind.
It is even better than those because of Christ showing in this book in so many areas, in so many ways.
The Bishop by Steven James Bestselling author Steven James delivers another high-octane, adrenaline-laced suspense thriller that his fans have been clamoring for.
This time, a congressman’s daughter is found dead—as her killers launch a spree of perfect murders in the Washington DC metro area. With nothing to link the crimes together, FBI special agent Patrick Bowers’ skills are pushed to the limit. Using his impeccable logic and innovative investigation techniques, Bowers is in a race against time to find the killers before they strike again, even as his personal life becomes more complicated than ever.
Although this is book 4 in The Bowers Files series, this book can be read as a stand-alone. Steven James’ masterful writing and mind-bending twists will have you on the edge of your seat!
WARNING: This book contains violence and graphic descriptions of disturbing crime scenes. It takes the reader inside the minds of psychopathic killers.
I think that an effective way of dissuading someone from doing something is to make them see it as deeply disturbing. And the only way to make people disturbed by evil is to show it to them as what it really is. I believe that including graphic material within the broader context of a redemptive story, just as the Bible does, is appropriate when trying to reveal the truth about human nature and our relationship with the Divine.
For the record, when I write my novels I strive to: uphold the dignity and worth of human life,
as much as possible avoid showing violence on the page (most of it occurs off the page, in the mind of the reader), show that ultimately, hope does not come from inside ourselves, but from God,
honestly portray the universality of evil, celebrate life, love, imagination, beauty, and family,
validate the purpose and meaning of life within the context of the broader scope of God's story, and
tell the truth about the world--exposing the grief and horror as well as championing the hope and joy.
I believe that the Bible includes graphic material to show how far we as a race can fall, and how far God came to rescue us from ourselves. That's what I hope to do in my novels as well.
To read the entire article from Steven James on this topic, visit his blog.
Find a copy of The Bishop HERE!