The King

"A fast-moving, action-packed tale." —

When a ruthless assassin resurfaces, Agent Bowers must stop a plot to distribute a counterfeit drug that causes people to become suicidal. As the stakes rise, he faces the ultimate decision of whether or not
to kill a nemesis from his past.



Although this book comes chronologically after The Queen, I actually wrote Opening Moves in between them. I wanted to explore an area I had never really examined before, involving the illegal sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

While on a flight home from a speaking engagement, I spoke with the man next to me and discovered that he was a lawyer for one of the biggest pharmaceutical firms in the world. His buddy was the head of global security. I consulted with him while researching the book and discovered chilling facts about what is really in a third of the pharmaceuticals sold worldwide.

The storyline involving the drugs and the one involving Richard Basque came together in a way I’d never imagined they would.

Tessa surprised even me with her cleverness at the end of this novel in how she responded when trapped in the back of the squad car.


Winner of the Christian Manifesto's Lime Award in Crime and Legal Fiction


“The King will keep you turning the pages, and leave you eagerly waiting for the next book.”

—Evans Morgan Reviews

“I promise you this is one ferocious thrill ride!  I mean ferocious!!”

—A Window to my World

“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

“If you love edgy, intense, on-the-edge-of-horrifying coupled with great writing, then click and order this one now.”

—Novel Reviews

“The King is another must read for Patrick Bowers fans.”

—The Christian Manifesto

“A fast-moving, action-packed tale of revenge, international conspiracy and terrorism.”


“Highly engaging with consuming tension and solid storytelling.”

—Title Trakk

“Whenever I'm in the mood for a good thriller, I know one series that never disappoints - Steven James' The Bowers Files.”

—Christian Bookshelf Reviews