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Publication Date: 2012
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Series: Jevin Banks Experience
Bowers Files Series, Volumes 1-6Baker / Trade Paperback$51.99 Retail:
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Opening Moves: The Prequel, Patrick Bowers Files Series #0Steven JamesSignet / 2012 / Mass Paperback$8.19 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews
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Rooted in ground-breaking science and inspired by actual research, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. Readers will love this taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James.
LisaVirginia BeachGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another good series to followFebruary 9, 2013LisaVirginia BeachGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I loved the Patrick Bowers series by Steven James so I was excited to see another series from him. I did enjoy this novel, though at times, it was hard to follow all the scientific jargon that was presented (quantum physics and areas related to the mind). I did enjoy reading the action that took place through the eyes of a magician. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
HollyMagCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting ReadJanuary 28, 2013HollyMagCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Steven James does a great job of creating interesting characters. In this first installment of the Jevin Banks novels, we find a very interesting cast of characters. Jevin Banks as the leader is bright, creative and deeply troubled by the death of his wife and twin sons. He is assisted by Charlene Antioch, his assistnat from his magic days, Xavier Wray, the guy with the cool toys to help them in their exposÃ©, and Fionna McClury, computer genius and homeschooling mom. They are an interesting mix but compliment each other very well, I look forward to the development of this cast of characters.
The premise of the story is very intellectual dealing with mind to mind communication and quantum physics. So it was a little "heady" for me at times, but I found the story is engaging and it moved at a good pace. You know who the good guys and the bad guys are in this story early on, but there are some unexpected twists that I didn't see coming.
One thing I've noticed about Steven James' writing is the graphic nature. He has the ability to describe a scene in such a way that can visualize it in living color. There may be a couple of scenes that are not for the faint of heart.
Robert ShipferlingNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Not as good as Bowers seriesJanuary 11, 2013Robert ShipferlingNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Did not like this character as well as Pat Bowers FBI series.
Will probably not buy any more in this series. Loved Bowers and Raven and read all books in serie including pre-quil
DebySterling, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Thought provokingJanuary 6, 2013DebySterling, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So far I have read all of the Bower Series that are available, 5 to date, along with "Opening Moves" and I have found each one to be very thought provoking and they challenge me to grow spiritually.
'Placebo" is no exception, in fact I have even highlighted sections and read them to my family to discuss. This is an interesting story, but what you learn about many nonchristians worldview is very helpful. I plan to use what I learn to help me relate to those I know who debunk Christianity. Thanks Steven James for another masterfully written book
MarianneWanham, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a fast paced dramaDecember 21, 2012MarianneWanham, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one fast paced, edge of the seat type of thriller. Though a few times I got bogged down in the technology language, it was not enough keep me from turning those pages one after another in rapid succession. The drama is ratchet high and tense. If you are like me, and you think about the story after you have closed the book and are settled in bed, do not read it late into the night. This story is a sure way to get the heart rate up. The story flows rapidly, and though the scene bounces from one area of the United States to another, and across the world, the POV changes and the reader has no trouble keeping up. The subject is deep...and fanciful, or not. I would get so deeply involved in the story that I would need to come up for breath and remind myself that this is fiction at its best, the conspiracy is not real and alive, or is it? The descriptions are so vivid that I expect I would recognize the characters if I met them on the street, and I would go to Heron Bay, New Jersey, PineLake, Oregon or even Lancerton, Maine to name a few of the places, I would look for the identifying places in each of those towns.
If you or a friend is a fan of Steven James, this is a must have on your shelves this winter.
I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishering Group for the purpose of writing an honest review. A postive critique was not required. The opinions stated here are my own.
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Submitted: November 27, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. Im a novelist who has written six novels featuring FBI special agent Patrick Bowers. Placebo is the first book in my new series of thrillers featuring illusionist and escape artist Jevin Banks.
What was your motivation behind this project? After writing half a dozen novels all centered around the same character I wanted to start a new series so that I would stay fresh in my writing and storytelling. I loved getting to know the quirky characters in this new series.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will gain a new perspective on love and the deepest desires of human nature. Specifically, as I wrote I was asking myself the question of whether people want to be loved or to feel loved. Its not as easy of an question as it might appear to be. It really made me thinkand led me to some conclusions I wasnt anticipating.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Its easy for all of us to forget how much of a blessing each moment is. Scripture says that this is the day that the Lord has made, that we should rejoice and be glad in it. Theres a lot of power in that verseevery moment is a gift that we should rejoice in. I think we might all know that on one level, but to really believe it and live it, thats something entirely different. If people take a new awareness of the wonder of every moment away from this book, Id be thrilled.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Its hard to say who influenced this project. Jevin is an illusionist and escape artist and I remember, when I was growing up, watching TV specials with magicians and always loving them. Some of the tricks are so mind-blowing! So, I suppose I was inspired by my lifelong love of illusions and sleight-of-hand.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This is a science thriller and has a different feel than the intense psychological suspense of a Patrick Bowers novel. If you love suspense but have shied away from the Bowers novels because they are too graphic, youll love Placebo.