Monday, November 05, 2012


Steven James

This is definitely an edge of your seat book! The story revolves around Jevin Banks, an escape artist who is now filming so-called supernatural events in an effort to publicly debunk them. In this first book of a new series, Banks finds the practice of mind-to-mind communications not so much of a hoax and he accidentally gets sucked into a couple of deadly scenarios that could impact the future of warfare.

Steven James has done an incredible amount of research into actual studies and includes just enough science to whet your appetite and not overwhelm a non-scientific mind. I love the way he wrapped escape artist tricks into real life situations (well, real life for the characters), and I'll never forget how to get out of a room where I've been blocked in because someone crammed a door or table under the doorknob!

As is the case in many suspense books, there were a few 'coincidental' events that made me step out of the story for a moment and question the reality of the situation, but overall I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.


 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 exposé 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. 


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. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books for everyday life and they provided a copy of this book for review.  For more information, visit

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