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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.|Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including the bestselling Bowers Files thriller series. He is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest and has taught writing and storytelling on three continents. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.
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  • Series: The Jevin Banks Experience (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named James' book The Bishop their book of the year, says that he "sets the new standard in suspense writing." Publishers Weekly calls him a "master storyteller at the peak of his game." And RT Book Reviews promises, "the nail-biting suspense will rivet you."

With a Master's Degree in Storytelling, James has taught writing and storytelling around the world and is one of the seven Master CraftFest instructors at ThrillerFest, North America's premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top crime writers in the world, James deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As Christy Award-Winning novelist Ann Tatlock put it, "Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart."

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Petrino-Salter on November 1, 2012
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on November 11, 2012
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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 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Evan Morgan on 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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