The Bowers Files

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

  • The King

  • Checkmate

The Jevin Banks Experience

  • Placebo
  • Singularity


Best selling, critically-acclaimed thrillers by novelist Steven James


#8 Checkmate (Patrick Bowers)

“In his latest Patrick Bowers thriller, Steven James pens another fast-paced thriller chock full of great characters, head-snapping plot twists, impeccable research, and a truly fun ride. Highly recommended. Not to be missed.”  DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Dub Walker and Samantha Cody thriller series

 "Checkmate is high tension all the way. The author writes with precision and incisiveness. Fast, sharp, and believable. Put it at the top of your list.”  —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. James is an author that every thriller reader should have on their bookshelf.”   —Suspense Magazine

 “James creates a multilayered tale that leaves readers breathless.” RT Reviews

 “With great twists, excellent suspense, deep themes, fabulous writing, and a great attention to detail, Checkmate is the perfect conclusion to this chapter of the Patrick Bowers series.”  The Christian Manifesto


#2 Singularity (Jevin Banks)

"Steven James knows how to tell a story that gets under your skin and challenges the way you think as only the most talented writers can. If you're looking for a mind-bending tale, strap in and take the ride with Singularity. I can't recommend it highly enough." Ted Dekker, New York Times bestselling author 

"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

“Readers are introduced to a spider web of thrills.”  Suspense Magazine

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

"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


#7 The King (Patrick Bowers) 

"His tightly woven, adrenaline-laced plots leave readers breathless." The Suspense Zone 

"Steven James offers yet another slam-dunk in The Bowers Files series!" Suspense Magazine

"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,


#1 Placebo (Jevin Banks)

"Gripping and intense, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.” Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

"A good novel is interesting. A great novel is entertaining. An unforgettable novels is both. Steven James' Placebo is all that and more.” Alton Gansky, novelist

"With every new book, Steven James elevates his game and lifts his readers with him. Placebo is a winner! Highly recommended.” Davis Bunn, bestselling author of 'Lion of Babylon'

"Fascinating, gripping, and thrilling--I loved this book. The Master Storyteller has woven another spell in Placebo, where the lines of science, reality, and fiction blur into one compelling tale. Intelligent and absolutely unputdownable, you will lose sleep over this one.” NY Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, author of Demon: A Memoir and the Books of Mortals series with Ted Dekker.

"There's no exaggeration in calling Steven James a master storyteller. Placebo delivers a thrill ride, but also emotional depth and intriguing characters you'll lock into immediately. I devoured the story.” —Bestselling author James L. Rubart


#6 Opening Moves (Patrick Bowers)

"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

Opening Moves is a high octane thriller...taking the reader through a journey that is both horrifying and suspenseful.” — Suspense Magazine

"This is suspense writing at its best!” RT Book Reviews


#5 The Queen (Patrick Bowers)

"A masterpiece of a thriller.” Special Agent R. Wayne Smith, FBI (retired)

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

The tension is palpable; the action swift and multi-dimensional. The author continues Patrick’s story with his acclaimed skill and creativity, making The Queen the best yet in this thriller series. —Crosswalk

I’m beginning to think that Steven James cannot write a dud. . . . Absolutely fantastic, with the wonderful twists and incredible complex plot that has been a hallmark of this series. The Christian Manifesto

This fifth book in James’s “Bowers Files” exhibits all of the page-turning, tightly woven plotting and whiplash pacing of the others in the series. Library Journal starred review

The Queen begins strong, hits hard, and never lets up. Steven James is truly a master Storyteller that knows how to deliver top-notch fiction. Life is Story 

Steven James continues to raise the bar in suspense writing. The Queen takes readers to a new level of suspense and is the best book in the Patrick Bowers series hands down!” — Suspense Magazine


#4 The Bishop (Patrick Bowers)

"The endings blow me away every time." — Mitch Galin, producer, Stephen King's The Stand and Frank Herbert's Dune

"Steven James locks you in a thrill ride, with no brakes." — Suspense Magazine

This is thriller writing at its absolute best." —

"Absolutely brilliant." — Jeff Buick, bestselling author of Bloodline


#3 The Knight (Patrick Bowers)

"Top Notch Suspense!" — RT Book Reviews

"Downright pulse pounding suspense." —

"Exquisite." — Fiction Fanatics Only

"A rip-snorting thriller with a beating heart." — New York Times bestselling author, Eric Wilson


#2 The Rook (Patrick Bowers)

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

"Readers will be on the edge of their seats." RT Book Reviews top pick

"Steven James has mastered the thriller."The Suspense Zone

"Suspense thriller writing at its highest level."

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


#1 The Pawn  (Patrick Bowers)

"Riveting." Publishers Weekly 

"An exhilarating thriller."Mysterious Reviews

"There is nothing not to like." The Suspense Zone

"An exceptional psychological thriller."Bookshelf Review