Placebo By Steven James Book Review

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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.” (Taken From Chapter.ca)

Steven James has penned 30+ books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, prayer collections, dramas, monologues, a nine book series on creative storytelling, YA fantasy, and inspirational nonfiction. He has received wide critical acclaim for his work including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and 2009, 2011 and 2012 Christy Awards for best suspense. His latest thriller, The Queen, won a 2012 ECPA Book Award and the 2012 Christy Award for Best Suspense Novel. Steven earned a Master’s Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers.  He is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and has taught writing and storytelling principles on three continents. (Taken from Stevenjames.net)

 

As soon as I read the description about this book, that it involved a pharmaceutical company, I had thought about The Circle Series by Ted Dekker. But Placebo is an action packed page turner. Even when I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about what was going to happen when I did read it next. It was an absolutely intense thrill ride. The scenes were descriptive such as you could picture things if they were a movie. The characters were brilliant and just everything was well written, especially the dialogue and the interaction between the characters.

I am a tech person and though some of the terms I didn’t really know, but some of the other terminology I kind of knew.

With everything that was involved with the book, I could almost say I’ve read a book like this, but also at the same time I haven’t read something likes this. The research for this was really well as Steven James knew what was going used and wrote a thoroughly enjoyed book.

If you like a good action oriented with everything else going on, I would highly recomend this book, and ever if you like reading at all you should read this book.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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The Circle Series

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book review time! *cheering from all around can be heard*

I’ve always wanted to do this, ,write a review for one of my favourite books, or in this case my favourite 4 books. I did a little mini review of this last year and one a 10 dollar gift certificate from a bookstore. Thought it was time I try for something a lot bigger.

Now one of my favourites, and probably will be one of my favourites, is C.S. Lewis’s tales about 2 brothers and 2 sisters, going into a wardrobe in the spare room because they were hiding, and unbeknownst to them, they arrive in another world called Narnia. Ever Since I’ve been reading them (well I only started reading them after the The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe came out at the theatre)

Anyways, now on to what everyone’s been waiting for! *drumroll*
Now comes an author by the name of Ted Dekker, and the first book I read of his was Thr3e, which was simply crazy. I’ve read several more of his books, and to be honest, I was never a fan of the thriller/suspense genre, and I don’t know if it’s the Christianity aspects of them (which it probably is) but you can say I’m hooked.

now I’m at a bookstore one day, looking through the sale/clearance book section and I came across two books by Dekker. ONe was called Black – The Birth of Evil, and the other White (I think the subtitle for this is the Heroic rescue, but I may be wrong, I don’t have them handy and close by) They were only around 7 dollars each, and later I realized that these were a trilogy, and I was missing the second book! So I decided not to read Black until I had the second book in the series, which I found out after doing research, was called Red.

Once I had all three of these books, I had started to read them. I remember I had read the first 5 chapters of Black and then forgot about the series for some reason so after a while I started to reread black and finish the trilogy. At first I was like, what’s going on? One Chapter Thomas Hunter was in Denver Colorado, another chapter he was somewhere totally different, but they were all connected to each other. (Later in the book, Thomas spends more than one chapter in Denver, Colorado and what’s called “Other Earth”) They also have an idea that they call The Great Romance.

To be honest, I really didn’t want to put them down, but you know, I needed to sleep. They were definite page turners, always wanting to know what Was Happening to Thomas in both worlds. Before the end of the first book, you find out that events that happened in Other Earth, were happening on Earth, which in the book, is before what’s called The Great Deception, and when Thomas is in Other Earth, it’s far into the future, where he has t o find out about the ‘Histories’ as they are being called, to help save Earth. That’s after trying to figure out which one was a dream and which was real (crazy! I know!) He meets in black a bow asking THomas, who he thought he was.

In the second book, which is set 15 years after black, Thomas, along with his sister, a pharmecutical company, and the U.S. Government is trying to stop a madman from unleashing what could be the end of the world as anyone knows of it. Honestly, Everything was amazing about the book, I don’t think I could say anything bad about it. The characters were amazingly written, the action wasn’t slow, always wanted to turn to the next page to find out what’s happening. it was crazy, it was intense. Along with everyone else that wants him dead in both worlds, he brings knowledge to Other Earth from Earth to help fight.

Skip forward a couple years, and when I find out Ted’s releasing green, I thought ‘No way” and when I read it, I definitely couldn’t put it down. At the start of it, he’s just in Other Earth, because well, he’s dead on Earth, after coming back several times using the Books of Histories. In Green, He’s also kinda helping who he’s been fighting. At the end of the book, honestly, when Thomas asked Elyon (God) about saving his family because everything was going how he thought it wasn’t going to go, and next thing you knew, it was like you were reading Black, making it a COMPLETE CIRCLE. It was honestly so amazing and so crazy I thought it was absolutely amazing.

I thought all 4 books were absolutely amazing, such a spectacular read. I tried to be spoiler free if you haven’t read them, but as you can see, it isn’t all spoiler free. My favourite part of the whole series is in the second book, Red, near the end of it, when there gathered as what they call The Circle (I haven’t read it in a while so I’m trying to remember) after they kill Justin and I can’t remember who’s speaking, I think it’s Elyon, I can’t remember, but their talking about the Love, and jumping in the water, and I wish I could  totally remember it, because I thought it was the most amazing thing ever.

Everything about this is great, though when I found out that fans had complained about the end of Green because it didn’t actually end it, and Ted Dekker rereleased all 4 books in one and that’s the only way you can read the new alternate ending (it contains both endings by the way) I wanted to read it, and I still want to read this new ending. Only thing is though, I already have all 4 books, do I really want to buy all 4 books again just to read the ending? Not really, I still want to read it anyways.

So if you unlike suspense, thrillers, action, romance (yes it has everything basically) and  I think it’s a good thing to say that you should definitely read this. The analogies and everything relating is just spectacular, something you definitely will not be disappointed with.