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“I both wanted to know what happened to Jerome and did not want to know. You can’t erase the things you see at crime scenes from your mind. They get rooted in there in a place that’s impossible to run from. Whatever I ended up seeing in that bedroom, I expected that the images would stay with me for a long time. Maybe forever.”
Excerpt from Checkmate by Steven James
I will admit, my preferred genre for books is romance or romantic suspense but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a legal thriller or something else once in a while. My go to movie choice is usually action or adventure (preferably something that includes some brains with the brawn). I mean, the movie adaptations of Tom Clancy’s books are well done and enjoyable and the Bourne movies adapted from Robert Ludlum’s books are some of my favorites (admittedly, that may have something to do with the crush I’ve had on Matt Damon for years, though).
What a treat Checkmate by Steven James was. This is the eight book in The Bowers Files series, but don’t worry, you don’t have to read the others to follow along in this one–I didn’t and I was still pulled into the story. The main character, Patrick (Pat) Bowers, does reference a few of his previous cases throughout the books and yes, I did the research for you, and some of those cases are the plots of the other books in this series.
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The advantage to reading a book where a law enforcement agency (in this case, the FBI) is rushing to try and divert a national disaster, is that the reader gets to see into the minds of the characters. James takes readers into the minds and thoughts of several different characters throughout the story. Pat Bowers is truly a good guy–one you cheer for because of the way he loves and respects his family and friends. With the popularity of shows like CSI, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, and more (and these are even mentioned in this book), it makes sense that authors would spend time writing in this genre. There is still so much the public doesn’t know about government agencies and crime prevention.
James does one other thing in his book. Much like Dan Brown does in his fiction, Steven James draws the reader into a place and makes them interested in visiting. I now want to plan a trip to Charlotte, NC to check out the areas and sights mentioned in Checkmate.
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