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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
Dec 21, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Victor Gentile
Nov 01, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Christian Fiction Addiction
Steven James has earned a place on my list of "totally awesome authors", and Placebo is another winner! Just when I was wondering how on earth he could come up with a character as appealing and heroic as Patrick Bowers from the Bowers Files series, along comes Jevin Banks, a former magician/illusionist turned exposé filmmaker, and someone who just happens to be trained in martial arts as well. The opening scenes of the book immediately cause you to empathize with Jevin, and things only get more ...more
Bonnie
Feb 26, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were fun and interesting and the plot well done.
Lisa Johnson
Nov 07, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Placebo
Author: Steven James
Pages: 406
Year: 2012
Publisher: Revell
What do quantum physics, a set of twins, and a pharmaceutical company have in common? Well, you’ll have to read this riveting novel to find out. This is the beginning of a new series for author Steven James. The lead character is Jevin Banks, and the genre is contemporary fiction.
Jevin Banks is an illusionist, who has had his own TV show in the past. He no longer performs his act as he now suffers from claustrophobia and g
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Dean C. Moore
Mar 21, 2015 Dean C. Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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M. Weidenbenner
Apr 12, 2013 M. Weidenbenner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Laura
Nov 04, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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My Thoughts On This Book

I think Placebo is much different that other books by Steven James, but I did enjoy this book because I enjoy medical fiction. But it did take me a number of chapters just to get into the story. And I really didn’t enjoy the beginning of the book where Jevin Banks’ van is found in the lake with his wife and their two boys in it, and word is that it is not an accident. The death of children is difficult to deal with, and it was a sad way to start a book, for me anyway.



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Gail Welborn
Jan 16, 2013 Gail Welborn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Darlene Quinn
While I love Steven James' FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers series, I was unable to enjoy this book due to my lack of engagement with the protagonist, expose filmmaker Jevin Banks. Like James’ other novels Placebo had a dramatic beginning and I wanted to know why his wife drove her car into the bay killing herself and their two small sons. However, the setup took nearly a hundred pages, the plot overshadowing the character development. This was a surprise to me since James has written one of the ...more
Jason
Nov 13, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Cindy
May 22, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful, provoking thriller, extremely well narrated, enjoyed (what I hope to be) the start of an entertaining series. Science and Christianity handled well. I'll keep reading them. Recommended.


Still think authors missed the point; science isn't an enemy but created to help us understand God's creation, organization and compassion.
Mark Griffith
Jan 28, 2013 Mark Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nita
Feb 24, 2013 Nita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
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.
Taylor
Jun 24, 2013 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
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,
Sarah
Jan 14, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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.
Elyse
Borrowed from a friend, looking for something light to read just on a lark. Glad I didn't spend money on this one.

Similar to "Singularity" (which is second in the series). Basically a mystery with some stunts mixed in. Technobabble in various sections, inserted as if by a different author. Pseudo-religious stuff in other sections, also inserted forcibly.

These novels would be much more interesting if the science, technology, and religiosity were interwoven with a little more complexity and subtle
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Kaylea
Sometimes you may find yourself wanting a little suspense and maybe some "keep you on the edge of your seat" excitement in your reading choices.

For those times, turning to a Steven James novel might just satisfy your craving. (Or at least keep you up until you finish the novel.)

In his newest series, James takes the fast-paced action he has become known for in his Patrick Bowers Files series, and introduces his readers to his newest hero, illusionist Jevin Banks.

Written in the same "bite your fin
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Elliott
Feb 14, 2017 Elliott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Steven James' best book so far. I feel that he used all his experience in writing his Patrick Bowers series and put it into this one book.
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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Amy Rogers
Sep 02, 2012 Amy Rogers rated it really liked it
ScienceThrillers review: Placebo: A Jevin Banks Novel is the latest release from Steven James, bestselling author known for his Patrick Bowers series (Pawn, Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen). Placebo appears to be the first novel of a new series featuring an intriguing protagonist: Jevin Banks, professional magician, illusionist, and escape artist. Seeing the world through his eyes–always thinking, how would I escape from that? what trick could I use there?–is fresh and entertaining, though he is bur ...more
Josiah DeGraaf
Aug 28, 2014 Josiah DeGraaf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Linda
Nov 13, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sara
Oct 20, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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