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Placebo (The Jevin Banks Experience #1)

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Published November 1st 2012 by Oasis Audio
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Marianne
This 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 fro ...more
Ashley Chua
This is my first Steven James book and I have to say, I wasn't impressed. Okay, I was too busy being confused by the raving reviews and book cover to think about being disappointed. Was it something I missed? Because I couldn't enjoy the book at all. Yes, I did judge the book by its cover and its blurb. I was expecting a sci fic, albeit a soft sci fic, but it wasn't what I expected at all. The blurb claimed that the book 'explores the far reaches of science', but as far as I could tell, it didn' ...more
Dean C. Moore
4.5 Stars

This book marks my introduction to this author, and I must say I’m quite impressed. I’ve already bought Singularity (the sequel) just off of the strength of this novel. And I decided to pick up Rook, an installment from an entirely different franchise of his, involving an FBI agent, to see if I might be sucked into the rest of that series as well.

Placebo kicks off the hi-tech thriller series involving a pharmaceutical firm, psychic research, and biotech human enhancement, and, as you m
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Victor Gentile
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
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Melanie
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I've read all of the Patrick Bowers' books to date (and enjoyed every one), so I was super excited to read Steven James' new book, Placebo, which is the beginning to a new series! I really liked how this book wasn't as gruesome as the Patrick Bowers' books (at least in my opinion), but was still suspenseful (especially towards the end).

Placebo was different from what I was expecti
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M. Weidenbenner
Our book group is reading this book for the month of May because it was my turn to pick. I met Steven James at a writer's conference where he was the guest speaker and one of the fiction instructors. He not only writes well, he's an entertainer. Because I had a chance to meet him in person and learn a little about him, I wanted to read one of his books. I'm glad I did.

Steven doesn't do things "by the book." He's more of a free writing spirit where he does things his way and doesn't always follow
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Jason
As per his usual writing, hold back expectations on how things should go, for this book, like Steven's Patrick Bowers series, goes to places you wouldn't normally expect most Christian authors to go. If I had to describe Placebo in a simplistic way, I could only say one word from personal opinion: impossible.
Very deep storyline that goes into science and faith, very deep characterization (and, as always, a villain or two that goes beyond normal caricatures), and very well unexpected twists. By t
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Josiah DeGraaf
Placebo was an exciting read that dealt with a lot of great themes, but had suffered from some plot issues.

Pros:

Very engaging and suspenseful story that kept me turning pages till the end.

The characters in this book were pretty well done; they all had fascinating personalities and well-defined traits that kept them from all looking like one another. A few of them bordered being a caricature at times, but they were mostly all really well done.

The villains in this book were also all developed and
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Neil
This is the first book in a new series by Steven James. It reminded me of an article I read in a magazine from the late 80s about a man called 'the Amazing Randy' who debunked faith healers. One of the funniest lines in that article referenced a woman's voice speaking to the faith healer and Randy thinking to himself he did not know God's voice sounded feminine.

It was a good book; it held my interest throughout most of the book. I felt like it could have been a little shorter toward the end. It
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Nita
Having enjoyed Steven James's Patrick Bowers series, I was looking forward to thus new series but I am quite disappointed with the final product. The interweaving of science was nice, the premise was good and the main character being an escape artist/magician sounded promising but the plot was non-existent, the charactes two dimensional cliches and the ending weak.
Mark Griffith
Steven James has become one of my favorite authors. Placebo is a great addition to his growing list of suspense/thriller novels and I look forward to picking up book two in the series this fall. From the first chapter I became entangled with the characters. Thank you Steven. Still looking forward to The King.
Taylor
Do not miss this book! It is masterfully written with an engaging story, fantastic characters, and intriguing information! If you liked The Patrick Bowers Files, you're going to love Placebo, the first installment of The Jevin Banks Experience!
Sarah
I think I still like the Bowers books better, but this was an exciting beginning to a new series. Intense and emotional beginning, very interesting characters, and an intriguing story.
Henry McLaughlin
Steven James introduces a new and exciting hero and a fascinating cast of supporting characters with an exciting plot full of his usual twists, tension and suspense,
Michelle Jones
Excellent thriller--it did start out a little awkwardly, but it soon had me enticed. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Bonnie
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were fun and interesting and the plot well done.
Cindy
Let me first say that I love the Patrick Bowers series that Steven James writes. I would get the latest to read and not want to stop until I finished it. Unfortunately, this new series by him did not have the same effect. I began reading it and just did not care for the writing style. Instead of drawing me in, it did just the opposite. I managed to get to page 105 and decided that was enough. Until this past week, it has been sitting on my shelf for the past few months.

I was going to mail it to
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Joan
I's read all the previous novels by Steven James so was anxious to start this new series. It certainly is different. The plot is complex. I understand his attempt to write a novel about the "action at a distance" that physicists have uncovered but I am not so sure it comes off well. I found the plot confusing and I have a degree in physics. Perhaps it is just too long. A tighter story may have been better. Nonetheless, I do like this author's writing so will be tackling the second in this series ...more
Crystal
Placebo is a great introduction to a new series featuring Jevin Banks and his cohorts Charlene, Xavier and Fionna. It also offers something different from Stephen James other series and most other suspense novels I've read, Jevin is an escape artist and illusionist. It definitely makes things interesting and lends a new feel to the suspense genre which usually revolves around PIs, FBI agents, police officers and the like.

The first part of the novel moves a little slow, but with good reason. In t
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Gail Welborn
Steven James, Christy nominated author of the Patrick Bowers series changes gears in this new series with a sinister focus on psychic phenomena, mind-to-mind communication, experimental drugs and the pharmaceutical industry. It’s a tale of loss, neurological research and ground-breaking science wrapped in magic, illusion and conspiracy titled—“Placebo.”

The story opens with magician Jevin Banks on the shores of Heron Bay, unable to convince himself his family minivan has become a “…safe haven fil
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Evan Morgan
In 2007, bestselling author Steven James introduced us to FBI agent Patrick Bowers in his award-winning thriller, The Pawn. Since then, Steven has written six installments of the Bowers Files. With every one of these, Steven makes it known that he has more and more up his sleeve every time he sits down to write a novel. The thrills never stop and the characters are always vivid.
Now, Steven has begun a new series, The Jevin Banks Experience, with Placebo. And on the first page, it is clear that
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Kate
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
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Linda
The tragic deaths of Jevin Banks wife and twin boys jolt you at the outset of the book. It’s senseless. He tries to find someone to blame. Maybe that someone is himself. Though the story starts out as an emotional downer, the author jacks up the pace as Jevin changes occupations.

Once an illusionist and escape-artist, he has turned his talents to finding truth in expose film-making projects, debunking test results, exposing them as fakes and tricks to scam people of their money. He works his new
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Laura
Title: PLACEBO
Author: Steven James
Publisher: Revell Books
November 2012
ISBN 978-0-8007-3425-1
Genre: Fiction \ Suspense

Jevin Banks makes a living exposing people. Bad people. The hucksters, the charlatan’s, the grafters who make a living separating the fool from his money. Along with a slightly seductive assistant, a typically paranoid pyrotechnics geek, and a stay-at-home mom who routinely assigns computer hacking projects as extra credit to her four children, Jevin’s latest assignment is to debu
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Laura
Title: PLACEBO
Author: Steven James
Publisher: Revell Books
November 2012
ISBN 978-0-8007-3425-1
Genre: Fiction \ Suspense

Jevin Banks makes a living exposing people. Bad people. The hucksters, the charlatan’s, the grafters who make a living separating the fool from his money. Along with a slightly seductive assistant, a typically paranoid pyrotechnics geek, and a stay-at-home mom who routinely assigns computer hacking projects as extra credit to her four children, Jevin’s latest assignment is to debu
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Alycia Morales
Nov 02, 2012 Alycia Morales rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy medical thrillers
Shelves: revell, fiction-reads
Unlike James’ Patrick Bowers thrillers, Placebo is a medical thriller. However, you will find many of the same elements he included in the Bowers books within this new series about Jevin Banks. Jevin Banks has a female co-worker who appears to be his love interest. He also has a good friend. The characters are interconnected and work together to solve the case. The villains are just as creepy, and the answers still aren’t always clear. I hung on the edge of suspense all the way through this nove ...more
Sara
Since this book is more my husband’s type of novel, I asked him to write the bulk of this review!
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 uncove
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Loren
Like many Steven James fans, I was introduced to him by reading his Patrick Bowers series. I devoured each book in that series!


Placebo introduces us to Jevin Banks and Steven James' new series! Filled with some serious suspense, mystery, and intrigue, Placebo will have you turning pages as fast as you can! I LOVED the journey that Jevin is on personally and professionally as well. The loss of his wife and twin sons takes a huge toll on him and learning how to deal with the pain and frustration
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Tamara
PLACEBO is book one in the Jevin Banks Experience from Steven James. Unique characters and incredible plots are the stars of this new series.

Jevin Banks is an illusionist and escape artist whose hung up his magic wand. After the tragic death of his wife and twin sons, claustrophobia has made it that the confines of his illusions are too much for Jevin to handle. Along with Charlene, his assistant, he now sets out to debunk the skills of mind readers, sleight of hand artists, and other charlatan
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Linda B
The very emotional and heart-wrenching beginning of Placebo introduces the character of Jevin Banks. It draws the reader moment by moment into the worst day of this man’s life.

This is the most unusual idea for a character that I have seen in a while. Jevin is an illusionist and escape artist who now debunks those who use those talents to defraud people. He and his small crew seek out charlatans claiming psychic type gifts and expose them – on tape for his TV show. The character of Jevin was so
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Steven James is the best selling author of more than three dozen books, including the Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks thriller series. In May 2014 he released the first book of his teen suspense trilogy, Blur, and a book on the craft of novel writing, Story Trumps Structure. Steven’s other works span a variety of genres including non fiction, fantasy and drama. He has received wide critical acclaim ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Jevin Banks Experience (2 books)
  • Singularity (The Jevin Banks Experience, #2)
The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, #1) The Rook (The Patrick Bowers Files, #2) The Knight (The Patrick Bowers Files, #3) The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, #4) The Queen (Patrick Bowers Files, #5)

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