Friday, November 2, 2012

Placebo by Steven James

Placebo by Steven James is unlike any book I've ever read.  It's fast paced and deep, yet easy to understand. As a reader, I appreciate this. Too many books in this style are over my head. Placebo was hard to put down. Jevin was a fun character to get to know, while heartbreaking at the same time. The book opens with a death scene that carries through the whole story, and a series of seemingly unconnected incidents that boil down to one man, one company. An interesting thriller that makes you think about the what could happen between the government and big business.

Award-Winning Author Steven James Pens New Thriller Series
Pharmaceutical Cover-Up Turns Deadly in New Jevin Banks Series

“James writes smart, taut, high octane thrillers.
But be warned—his books are not for the timid.
The endings blow me away every time.”

Mitch Galin, producer of Stephen King’s The Stand and Frank Herbert’s Dune

Steven James, author of the bestselling Patrick Bowers Series, begins a new series rooted in ground-breaking science and inspired by actual research.  Placebo examines the sinister side of the pharmaceutical industry while also exploring the far reaches of science, consciousness and faith. James uses cutting edge scientific research and probes his own worst case scenarios in creating Placebo.  Known for his attention to detail, James’ writing continues to thrill readers as he develops complex plot lines and unforgettable characters.

Intrigued by research about human perceptions of reality, James immersed himself in investigating what would become the basis for Placebo.  The more I looked into it, the more fascinated I became.  Not only does quantum physics support these findings, but so do psychiatric and psychological studies on depression and the brain, and medical research studies using placebos.” 

For James, the next challenge quickly emerged.  I needed to find a way to weave all scientific metaphysical and theoretical underpinnings on the power of belief into a high-octane science/medical thriller that would be rooted in actual research but would also take readers on an adrenaline ride they would never forget.  It took nearly a year, but when the story finally came together, I   remember feeling as big a thrill as I’ve ever felt as a writer.

Placebo introduces us to magician and escape artist, Jevin Banks. Still reeling after losing his wife and twin sons, he refocuses his talent to uncover the truth in an expos√© filmmaking project. Struggling to wake up from a nightmare he can’t escape, Jevin works undercover investigating a controversial program that explores direct mind-to-mind communication. He finds himself in the crosshairs of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and a killer who will do anything and dispose of anyone who gets in his way.  The truth must be uncovered before the brilliant killer makes Jevin his next victim and countless others pay the price with their lives. 

Steven James’ writing continues to earn praise while keeping readers on the edge of their seat and eagerly anticipating the author’s next novel. 

Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series. He is considered one of the nation's most innovative storytellers and versatile authors, and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.
 Available November 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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