I love a good mystery and Steven James did it again. I couldn't put the book down. The second in the series was as good as the first. It definetly made me think about some of the technology and science that is beginning to take place in our world. Yikes! Loved this book. Can't wait for the next one.
Snakes - he had to start the story with snakes - Sri Lankan cobras to be exact - defanged, but still, Steven - snakes?
Jevin Banks, magician par excellence, has a new adventure and murder to solve. When a stunt goes awry and a friend is murdered, Jevin sets all his intelligence and all his friends to solving the crime. Suspicious because the local authorities AND authorities in the U. S. don't seem to want to help, Jevin intuits something bigger is behind the events.
From the mysterious Area 51 to Las Vegas' seamier side to a stunt involving water and piranhas and an escape to heading down the rabbit hole to Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics - this novel has it all.
Singularity: the hypothesis that accelerating progress in technologies such as artificial intelligence will cause non-human intelligence to exceed human intelligence for the first time in history, causing human civilization to be radically changed or possibly destroyed.
How do all of these things fit together? Steven James weaves all the strands of story together into an amazing tapestry of excitement the denouement will astound you and make you ponder questions of eternity and your humanness. Hes written another incredible novel get it today, and start reading early youll not want to stop reading until the book is finished! 5 Stars!!!
I was given a copy of Singularity by Revell Publishing for my unbiased review.
I became interested in James by reading the Patrick Bowers series. They are intense and full of suspense.
This is the second in the Jevin Banks series and I am getting hooked. Banks is an illusionist who manages to get involved in suspenseful situations. He frequently uses his expertise in illusion and similar skills to get to the truth.
The Jevin Banks series is more about scientific ideas than action and suspense. There is action and suspense, but it seems to revolve around something scientific. In this novel it is the concept of singularity. There will come a moment, sometime in mid-century, when converging "technologies create a tipping point after which our understanding of what it means to be human will be irrevocably changed." (137) Machines will have intelligence, emotion, language acquisition, and pattern recognition on the same level as humans. On the other side there is gene splicing and bionic implants (like night vision). The question is: What does it really mean to be human?
While the novel is not overtly "Christian," there are Christians in the novel and Christian themes woven into the story. For example, on the issue of what makes humans different from machines, Charlene says, "to create truly 'human machines,' they'd need to be able to worship or rebel against their creators." (448)
While there is philosophical thought in the novel (such as whether kids should be forced to read the classics), it also has lots of action. There is cutting edge research going on developing machines that can be controlled by the human mind. We even manage to get into the secret research location of Area 51. If you like to read about what may be happening in the near future, you'll find much to like in this novel.
In this book, Steven James writes that "magic is the only honest profession" as magicians promise to deceive you, and they succeed. But Mr. James is also an honest guy as he promises a crazy, suspenseful ride, and pulls it off each and every time.
Singularity takes you through a complex web of mystery, robotics, the search for eternal youth, government secrets, and desperate people willing to do anything to get the answers they need. And at the centre of it is Jevin Banks, a man still recovering from a family tragedy, and who is suddenly thrust back into an emotional roller coaster ride.
Singularity was a thrilling tale, and in my opinion, was even better than its predecessor, Placebo. Fingers crossed that there will be another instalment in this series!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
You'll hold your breath through the pages of Steven James' latest thriller in the Jevin Banks series, Singularity.
I was hesitant to read Singularity, because the first book in the series, Placebo, was a little heady for me and not as fast-paced a read as I'd hoped for. Not so with this one. From page one James had me hooked, holding my breath along with his characters (escape artists), and flipping pages. Throughout the novel I waited for the bad guy to cross paths with the good guy and for Jevin to have to escape a situation he may not get out of alive. This is definitely an edge-of-your-seat read.
My biggest concern with Placebo was the amount of information Steven James shared, which continually pulled me from my fictional dream and slowed the read. In Singularity, when James must share information to let the reader in on the magician's ability to deceive his audience or to show us exactly what that robotic equipment is capable of doing, it didn't come across as an info dump or snap me out of my fictional dream.
I think he's found his groove and cannot wait for the next novel in the Jevin Banks series to release.