Presto! The Bowers Files disappear and James's new series explodes onto the fiction stage with Jevin Banks, an escape artist who tragically loses his family and his nerve for his craft. Now he uses his background as an illusionist to debunk fake psychics and televangelists by replicating and exposing what they do on his television show. When he and his sidekicks, Charlene and Xavier, delve into a pharmaceutical company's research into mind-to-mind communication and therapies that could radically extend life, the worlds of big drug companies, counter-terrorism, and government collide.James's brand of high-end suspense distinguishes itself as Christian through characters that stare evil in the face and don't back down because of their faith, despite doubts and confusion. The writing, pacing and plot lines are impeccable, the author always pulling up the shade a bit for a shaft of light and redemption to make gruesome scenes somehow bearable. Much isn't fully resolved, but that's why readers like series and are happy to let money vanish and reappear in the pockets of masterful novelists like James.
While covertly 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. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons' tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did.
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.
Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including the bestselling BOWERS FILES thriller series. He is considered one of the nation's most innovative storytellers and versatile authors, and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.
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.