Monday, January 21, 2013

The Rook by Steven James

While investigating a series of baffling fires in San Diego, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue where nothing is as it appears to be. With his own criminology research being turned against him and one of the world's most deadly devices missing, Bowers is caught up in a race against time to stop a criminal mastermind's trap before it closes around him and the people he loves. Book 2 in The Bowers Files is the perfect follow-up to James's critically acclaimed bestselling thriller The Pawn.

My take: 3 looks
This was a good thriller, well-written, with characters that are being developed with each book. This one, in my opinion, was better than the last in that it wasn't so graphically violent, and the plot line seemed much simpler. I found it to be a bit character-heavy, though, and at one point, I made the note that the plot was getting a little far-fetched. Conspiracy theorists will disagree with me.

All-in-all, it was an enjoyable read, can stand alone or read in sequence (which is always a plus with a series) and tied up loose ends while leaving room for the next book. Recommended.

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