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– Publishers Weekly

"An exhilarating thriller."
– Mysterious Reviews

– Ann Tatlock, Christy-award-winning author

"It's a wild ride with a shocking conclusion."
– Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Readers will be on the edge of their seats."
– Romantic Times top pick

"Steven James hooked me with his debut, The Pawn. Now in his explosive sequel he has absolutely blown me away."
– The Christian Manifesto

"Once again, James has given us a rip-snorting thriller with a beating heart, a calculating cat-and-mouse game of chess, and a satisfying ending."
– Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

"Move over Alex Cross, there's a new FBI special agent in DC, Patrick Bowers. Steven James joins the ranks of James Patterson in his spine-tingling thriller..."
– Kathleen Antrim, bestselling author, Capital Offense

"Steven James's The Bishop should come with a warning: Don't start reading unless you're prepared to finish this book in a single sitting. Riveting!"
– Karen Dionne, Internationally Published Author of Freezing Point and Boiling Point

"James locks you in a thrill ride, with no brakes. He sets the new standard in suspense writing."
– Suspense Magazine

"Forget what you know. Steven James turns everything upside-down in The Bishop. This is thriller writing at its absolute best."

"James delivers an intelligent, suspenseful story with a surprise ending readers will not see coming."
– RT Book Review

"Combining Sherlockian reasoning with Hitchcockian suspense, The Queen kept me guessing and turning pages to the very end."

"With brilliant strategy, James manages a checkmate, and he seems to have many more moves in store."
– Publishers Weekly

"Steven James continues to raise the bar in suspense writing."
– Suspense Magazine

"Opening Moves is a mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James. "
– #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Michael Connelly

"Young Detective Patrick Bowers battles his own demons as he uses his intellect and experience to track twisted killers. Full of twists and enjoyable surprise, Opening Moves is a blisteringly fast and riveting read."
– Mark Greaney, NYT bestselling author of Ballistic, a Gray Man Novel

"With a multi-dimensional quality, Steven James writes with a confident, assured ease. Just good, old-fashioned, gimmick free storytelling that pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond."
– New York Times Bestselling Author, Steve Berry, author of The Columbus Affair

"The plotting and pacing are brilliant; the questions raised and themes explored are poignant; and the relational aspects are well written. "
– Josh Olds,

"If you love edgy, intense, on-the-edge-of-horrifying coupled with great writing, then click and order this one now. "
– Kelly Klepfer, Novel Reviews

"With tense action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful social and spiritual elements, The King is another must read for Patrick Bowers fans."
– Melissa Willis, The Christian Manifesto

"A fast-moving, action-packed tale of revenge, international conspiracy and terrorism."
– Gail Welborn,

"Fans looking for James’ trademark thoughtfulness, spiritual questioning, and of course, rock-solid pacing will find all that and more. "

"Readers are introduced to a spider web of thrills."
– Suspense Magazine

"I will never cease to be amazed at the skill James possesses to weave fact and fiction so seamlessly! It’s just amazing!"
– Window to my World

"If you want detailed and unusual, thought-provoking literature, grab and devour a Steven James thriller."
– Into the Fire

"The story is well researched, a hallmark of Steven James’ novels, and by the time it reaches its climax, one may wonder if Singularity is fact or fiction."
– New York Journal of Books

"Steven James takes his characters (and his readers) on a journey they won’t soon forget."
– Life is Story

"Steven James pens another fast-paced thriller chock full of great characters, head-snapping plot twists, impeccable research, and a truly fun ride."
– DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Dub Walker and Samantha Cody thriller series

"Checkmate is high tension all the way."
– John Lutz, Edgar-award winning author of Frenzy

"A perfectly crafted hard-hitting, intense thriller that takes readers to the top of the cliff and dangles them over the edge."
– Suspense Magazine

"James creates a multilayered tale that leaves readers breathless."
– RT Reveiws

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.” 

Besides his Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks series, Steven has also written the Blur trilogy, and Story Trumps Structure, a guide to the craft of novel writing.

The Bowers Files

  • The Pawn
  • The Rook
  • The Knight
  • The Bishop
  • The Queen
  • Opening Moves
  • The King
  • Checkmate

The Jevin Banks Experience

  • Placebo
  • Singularity