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Placebo (The Jevin Banks Experience) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 1, 2012
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"Fascinating, gripping, and thrilling--I loved this book. The Master Storyteller has woven another spell in Placebo, where the lines of science, reality, and fiction blur into one compelling tale. Intelligent and absolutely unputdownable, you will lose sleep over this one."
--Tosca Lee, NY Times bestselling author of Demon: A Memoir and the Books of Mortals series with Ted Dekker.
...Placebo is an edgy, multi-layered thriller...
--RT Reviews, 4.5 stars
From the Author
All of my life I've been intrigued by magic, by illusions. When the opportunity came up to do a new series, I decided to base it around an illusionist and escape artist. I consulted with some of the country's top magicians while writing this book and Singularity (and yes, you'll find a few secrets revealed in the books--but not too many).
My research for Placebo took me to some unusual places, including delving into quantum mechanics, stepping into the mind of a psychopath who wants to understand love, and meeting with a voodoo high priestess.
Not as dark and graphic as the Bowers novels, Placebo and Singularity include an intriguing cast of characters and some fun twisty storytelling.
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On another note, having had my Kindle touch for some time now, I am amazed at how accustomed I have become to the device. Not a feverish, maniacal, all consuming fascination, just a very pronounced preference for the small form factor, light weight and ease of handling. I read a paperback book earlier this week and was surprised how clumsy it felt in my hand by comparison. And a hard bound book? Feels like I am lifting a brick. There are other, bigger, fancier readers and tablets out there, but, for me, the Kindle merges the ease of the eBook with a small, easily handled form factor that I find very accommodating when reading for hours on end.
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 might expect, no shortage of politics, clandestine, covert corporate and pentagon involvement. Seems the earth-shaking consequences of the research going on may be more real than hype, which has all kinds of parties interested. I found the near-future world depicted as terrifying as it was inescapable. Though if you buy into the paranoia of the novel, this isn’t even the near-future we’re talking about; this stuff is going on right now. But whether you believe that this drama is playing out today in secret or not, it’s very hard to believe it won’t play out sooner or later. That makes the already engrossing drama and storytelling all the more engaging.
Characters are very realistically portrayed and believable, but more than that are a lot of fun. The author’s hero is a retired magician. Between his escape artist tricks and his karate training, he’s a believable hero for this kind of franchise where he repeatedly makes use of those skills to save his neck.
I was on the fence between a 4 and a 5 rating, and since I couldn’t get off the fence, I went with 4.5 stars. My nitpicks are few. For one, it takes several chapters to even know what genre you’re in. The author is very slow with sneaking up on the subject that will concern us, the clandestine biotech research going on that will ultimately identify the sub-genre we’re in. For another, he excels perhaps a little too much at plot retardation. Honestly I burn through more plotting in the first acts of my books than he has here for the entire novel. But that weakness is as much strength in the hands of someone who plays that card as well as he does. And it’s also admittedly a smart move to spend a little more time with the character development in the first book of a franchise. Just keep in mind that with this much plot retardation, the book is arguably more of a suspense (“Oh my God, what’s going on here?”) than a thriller (“Oh my God, how are they going to get out of this?”). Again, not necessarily a minus for folks who enjoy that genre just as much.