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Placebo (The Jevin Banks Experience Book #1): A Jevin Banks Novel [Kindle Edition]

Steven James
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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.


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“From cutting-edge science to a magician’s trade secrets, Placebo by Steven James is a fascinating journey into American politics, business, and the military. The characters are utterly alive, the story memorable. Gripping and intense, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.”
— Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Spies


“With every new book, Steven James elevates his game and lifts his readers with him. Placebo is a winner! Highly recommended.”
— Davis Bunn, best-selling author of Lion of Babylon

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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. Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program but also answers to his own family tragedy.

Rooted in groundbreaking science and inspired by actual medical research, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. This taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James will keep you flipping pages late into the night.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1580 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734254
  • Publisher: Revell (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B9HTHE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taking a . . . Placebo November 1, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Steven James' fans will have to adjust to this new series featuring magician/escape artist Jevin Banks and his lovely assistant Charlene. More like a suspense than a thriller, the pacing a bit slower with the impact that builds from the storyline, Placebo takes a grieving entertainer and thrusts him into a situation filled with psychopaths, sadists, and a Voodoo priestess. Steven's voice and style haven't changed, but the storyline is decidedly different. Reminding me in substance of Frank Peretti's latest Illusion, Placebo runs a different direction from Illusion and from the Patrick Bowers Series.

Opening the story with a disturbing first chapter, the plot then jumps thirteen months ahead to who Jevin Banks has now become, abandoning his entertainment act to pursue documentary TV where he and his associates intend to expose a mind-to-mind experimental program tied to a huge pharmaceutical company. Undercover as a romantic couple for the testing of their psychic "non-local" communications, Jevin and his assistant Charlene get caught in what seems like an inescapable situation involving the elderly doctor who's responsible for conducting the studies and recording the data.

Introducing Jevin's other friends and associates, we meet the intelligent, weird, conspiracy theorist, and strangely philosophical good friend Xavier, the affectionate, sincere, and clever Charlene, and the somewhat wacky computer genius Fionna and her four kids. When danger forces the group to explore other avenues related to these studies, we get looks at various psychopaths and sadists who hold important positions in terrifying experimental endeavors. Exposing the real results of these testings might be the death of them all - if the Voodoo priestess doesn't catch on to them first.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Storyline!! November 11, 2012
By Melanie
Format:Paperback
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 expecting, but still really good. It had a unique storyline and definitely made me learn about things I hadn't even heard of before this book. One of the only negatives for me was some of the medical terms in the early part of this book - I found myself having a hard time understanding what was being talked about (this may have only been a problem for me).

I loved the characters - both the main and secondary ones. I think my favorite would probably have to be Xavier; I don't know what exactly it was about him (maybe how he believed in so many conspiracies...), I just found many things about him humorous. :)

Overall, Placebo was a great read that had some creepiness and suspense, plus some thought-provoking moments. I really enjoyed it and look forward to book two, Singularity, which is set to release Fall 2013. If you enjoy suspense/thrillers with some medical elements, then I think you'll enjoy Placebo.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

Available November 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLACEBO October 26, 2012
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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 the readers is in for a ride that they will not soon forget.
We are introduced to the main character, Jevin Banks right away. Jevin is a former illusionist who attempts to debunk replicate the tricks and effects of psychics, televangelists, con men, and fortune-tellers on his television show. In Placebo, we find Jevin and his cohorts attempting to debunk a mind-to-mind communication program, but to put it quite simply, things aren't as they seem. Soon, Jevin is thrown into a conspiracy that reaches to high places that he could have never guessed.
With his trademark suspense, Steven James draws the reader into the story and lets them connect with the characters that populate the novel. Placebo is a taut thriller that never lets up on the urgency. When you are reading it, you will find that you will be flipping the pages faster than you thought you had been.
When it comes to science in a novel, sometimes an author will leave their readers in the dust, letting them try to understand the terminology and how everything works. Fortunately, readers will not have to worry about that in this book as Steven takes time to explain such things without making it confusing or boring.
Jevin is easy to connect to. Steven wastes no time in making him easily relatable and likeable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love Steven James' books and this was no exception. Great intro to new characters! Love it, can't wait to read the next one!
Published 3 days ago by katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I love the Patrick Bowers series so i was very excited to read this one. I have to say that it is in a completely different category then Bowers. Read more
Published 11 days ago by katherine todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this. Now. :)
Steven James is just an amazing writer. I've read everything he's written. I appreciate the Christian perspective, but in no way is religion shoved down anyone's throat. Read more
Published 21 days ago by karlala67
5.0 out of 5 stars good fast moving and suspenseful
This is a good, easy reading, suspenseful book. The twists and misdirections kept me reading late into the night. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by malex
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Hard to put down, and always look forward to reading new books from the author. Have read all of the Patrick Bowers books, and looking forward to more.
Published 3 months ago by judith epperson
4.0 out of 5 stars A raised bar for authors.
Steven James' novels are extremely captivating, but are tough on the hyper-sensitive since the evil is so bone-chilling. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I have read this author's earlier series (Pat Bowers) and find him as good an author as Grisham, Baldacci, Ludlum, etc. This new series may be as good as the Patrick Bowers series
Published 3 months ago by robert deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
For all of you lovers of 1rst person present tense this book is for you. It is a departure from his other series, but a good read.
Published 3 months ago by JH
5.0 out of 5 stars love this author
my husband is always excited about getting another Steven James book - helps
pass the long cold winter days of Colorado.
Published 3 months ago by LMKeeler
4.0 out of 5 stars New Series/Same Quality
I have read all of Steven James' previous series and completely enjoyed them. Scarey, but so well written that you must continue the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Shinn
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More About the Author

Steven James is the bestselling author of nine novels that have received wide critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, New York Journal of Books, RT Book Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal and many others. He has won three Christy Awards for best suspense and was a finalist for an International Thriller Award for best original paperback. His psychological thriller The Bishop was named Suspense Magazine's book of the year. Publishers Weekly calls James "[A] master storyteller at the peak of his game."


Steven is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers. He is also a contributing editor for Writer's Digest. He has a master's degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication around the world. When he's not writing or speaking, you'll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking a dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

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