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  1. Placebo : book 1: A Jevin Banks Novel - eBookeBOOK
    Placebo : book 1: A Jevin Banks Novel - eBook
    Steven James
    Revell / 2012 / ePub
    $5.28 Retail: $6.99 Save 24% ($1.71)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 23 Reviews
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  1. Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    "Placebo"
    November 9, 2012
    Shoopette
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Placebo, Jevin Banks Series #1.
    Jevin Banks is a successful magician who blames himself for the death of his wife and twin sons. After quitting the stage, he starts a new career as an expose filmmaker who uses his expertise to expose charlatans for what they really are. He and his stage assistant, Charlene, are working on a new story investigating a clinic doing studies on mind-to-mind communication. As they dig deeper, they uncover a conspiracy involving the clinic, a pharmaceutical company, and the military.

    This is the first book I have read by Steven James, and I have been told by those who have read his other books that this is very different from his previous series. I enjoyed the fast paced thriller aspect of this story. There wasn't much mystery involved, but perhaps that is because I have read too many novels like this and was just able to see where it was going. I still enjoyed watching how our characters figured out what was going on and seeing how it all fit together.

    I also really enjoyed the two main characters in this book. Jevin (Jev) and Charlene started the book as close friends with a long history. But, with Jev's wife and sons being dead only 13 months, it was a strained relationship. It was great watching them grow closer together as the book progressed. It felt like a very natural progression, too.

    But, one of the biggest problems I had with this novel was how dark it was. The book starts out telling the story of the death of Jev's wife and twin sons, and it is told in very graphic detail. And then of course Jev kept reliving it throughout the book. In addition to that story, there were several characters in the book who would best be described as psychopaths. They have no conscience or feelings at all. Reading the descriptions of the child abuse and torture that took place in their lives was just too much for me. I found it way too disturbing at times, especially for a Christian novel, and if the remainder of the series is to be as dark, I might not continue with it.

    I will also say that the main concept behind this book was a bit farfetched. I personally do not buy into the concept of affecting other people with our thoughts. And, trying to explain away prayer or miracles by saying that we are influencing others with the connections of quantum particles that we all share was just too much. However, it was cool how it made the skeptic main character evaluate the things in which he believes. The process of his path toward God was very realistic. He didn't get all the way there, but hopefully he will in the next few books.

    So, I am torn. I enjoyed most of the story and the two main characters. I would really enjoy reading another story based on these two characters. However, if the next book in the series is anywhere near as dark and disturbing as this one, I probably will not be reading it.
  2. a sunny island
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 8, 2012
    sunny island breezes
    a sunny island
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Placebo, Jevin Banks Series #1.
    He did it again. Mr. James, that is. He had me hooked on the Patrick Bowers Files. Now I'm hooked on Jevin Banks.

    Does the inner child ever get over illusions and magic tricks? I know mine never did. I'm still fascinated. I want to go to one of Jevin Banks' stage shows.

    Being an escape artist helped Jevin more than once in this action packed adventure.

    This book really keeps the adrenalin pumping. It's one of those I couldn't put down.

    If you just heard a big sigh, it's me. I have to wait until fall of 2013 before I get to read about Jevin's next adventure.

    It's all about suspense - the suspense that kept me involved with this book and the suspense of wondering what Jevin and the gang will be up to in the next book.

    ***A special thanks to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy.***
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pharmaceutical Companies, Military, Conspiracy Thr
    November 8, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Placebo, Jevin Banks Series #1.
    Steven James in his new book, "Placebo" Book One in the Jevin Banks series published by Revell introduces us to Jevin Banks

    From the back cover: One man must uncover the truth-even when others will stop at nothing to keep it buried.

    While investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world's largest pharmaceutical firms. He seeks answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program-and answers to his own family tragedy.

    Rooted in groundbreaking science, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. This taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James will keep you flipping pages late into the night.

    When you receive a new Steven James thriller here is the checklist to do before you start reading. Turn off the computer and the phone, make yourself a large hot chocolate, or beverage of your choice, have your snacks handy and settle into your reading chair comfortably because you are going to be there for a while and not want to move until you finish reading. With "Placebo" Mr. James gives us a conspiracy and he has loaded this high-octane thriller with so much misinformation and deceit that it takes a lot of concentration just to keep your head above water. "Placebo" races along at lightening speed and all the characters are put their paces trying to solve this conspiracy that involves pharmaceutical companies and the military and put all the pieces together.

    Mr. James grabs a hold of your nerves and squeezes until you think you can't be squeezed anymore and then she squeezes those nerves some more. What more can we ask for? "Placebo" gives us much, much more. This is a top-notch thriller and, I think, this is Mr. James' best work yet and that is saying some. Mr. James takes us on a ride that leaves us breathless but extremely satisfied. Sort of like the way you feel after a roller coaster ride. I liked this book and recommend it highly!

    If you missed the interview for "The Knight", a different series, and/or would like to hear the previous interview where we discussed the first two books and would like to listen to it and/or listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    "Available November 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    My Review
    November 6, 2012
    kattrox
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Placebo, Jevin Banks Series #1.
    In the course of a day we all fight a common foe.

    Jevin Banks survivor of a family tragedy, becomes involved in a conspriacy linked to a pharmaceutical company.

    Riah Colette vicim of a challenging childhood and now member of a research team has learned how to achieve the impossible goal even at the expense of others.

    In the course of danger, and as the time window narrows, death is imminent. Will it be possible to discover the true link and escape that which seems an unreachable goal?

    This novel can be enjoyed by all who crave first class suspense, intrigue and drama. Character development was high, dialogue seemed to flow well and plot was well crafted, lots of twists, turns, intense drama and excitement to satisfy. This is the first novel I have read from the author and plan to go back and read his previous series. The storyline left some new developments and makes room for the next one to start where this one left off. I was entertained and will recommend this book to others. 3.8 Stars I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for my review.

    "Available November 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
  5. Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting start to new series from a favorite
    November 5, 2012
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Placebo, Jevin Banks Series #1.
    Placebo is the start of a new series, this time with Jevin Banks as the main character. I'll admit that I was convinced I knew by page 66 exactly where the story was going -- though it didn't -- but I wouldn't be surprised if another book in the series goes where I anticipated.

    Jevin Banks is an illusionist who made it big and then disappeared from the show scene when his wife and twin boys died. Now he spends his energy exposing frauds on a national television show. He thinks his trip to a retreat/research center will be one more opportunity to expose frauds. Instead, he's dropped in the center of a quest to see how our lives are interconnected through quantum

    physics and how twins can communicate and possibly affect the actions of others. Jevin is dealing with grief, interacting with a great supporting cast of characters, and on the race of his life to uncover exactly what is happening. Along the way he may even open his heart to love.

    Placebo has the searching questions of James' other series. It also has the intimacy with the main character that I love. As I closed the book, I felt like I knew Jevin. The beginning felt a tad slow...the thriller pacing doesn't kick in until about halfway through the book. Still this is a book I really enjoyed and I'm already anticipating the sequel.

    The publisher provided a copy of the book, but the opinion is all mine.
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