Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Placebo by Steven James

Back Cover: While investigating a controversial neurological reserach program, expose filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world's largest pharmaceutical firms. He seeks answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program - and answers to his own family tragedy.

Rooted in groundbreaking science, "Placebo" explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. This taunt, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James will keep you flipping pages late into the night.

Review: An intersting read. Peculiar idea. Intelligent premise. Somewhat disturbing. An odd book... yet one the compells you to keep flipping the pages.

Placebo is a strange mix of grief counseling, faith-sharing, intelligent scientific discussion, cutting-edge science, romance, suspense, james-bond-action, and conspiracy theory all blended together in a, well, strange - but interesting - concoction.

Steven James certainly does not shy away from horror-story worthy endings for some of the characters, nor does he avoid topics - such as parental sexual abuse - that many Christian authors flee from. Admittedly, there were moments of, "I am going to be sick - that is just disgusting!" with some of his more colourful descriptions; however, I generally don't have the highest tolerance for that sort of thing at the best of times. The thread of sexual abuse that is woven through the story also is rather grim and disturbing, but I can almost justify its inclusion as it explains the character.

The whole concept of mind-to-mind communication and the effects of thoughts - both negative and positive - is really a brilliant concept for this kind of novel. I was curious when I read the back of the book how James would unfold this story, and I must say - he did a good job. As long as you aren't too squeamish, this book is a good read.

"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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