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Number of Pages: 416
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Jevin Banks Experience
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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.
NancyGender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5This is not a Christian BookFebruary 24, 2015NancyGender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Steven James writes an engaging mystery/thriller. The book is very dark and goes into detail that is not needed to get the feel and understanding of the book. There is no mention of God, Salvation or even hints toward it. I feel that CBD needs to come up with some type of system to mark when a book is truly a Christian book and when it is not - i.e. a family book/movie or thriller with no sex scenes, cursing etc. I understand there are some who would not mind the book being as dark as it is and without a Christian message, however the impression I have is that there are many who purchase books from CBD expecting them to be Christian. I had placed the Bowers Series on my wish list, however after reading the reviews decided to read the Jevin Banks series first as I had already purchased it. I feel it was a waste of money and unfortunately also a waste of talent by the author - if he is a Christian (it does not state in the book that he is) he could and should use his God given talent to point others to Christ - even if it is very subtly done - right now he is not using the talents for Christ as commanded. I will definitely NOT purchase more from Steven James unless/until I hear/read that he has altered his style of writing to reflect Christian faith.
dejx2Winnipeg, ManitobaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great new seriesOctober 2, 2014dejx2Winnipeg, ManitobaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleAnother interesting lead character to get to know. This first book was a winner in my opinion and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
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.
Favorite Christian BooksCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting ReadJanuary 28, 2013Favorite Christian BooksCovina, 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
Author: Steven James
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.