Thursday, November 01, 2012

Placebo - Mystery-Thriller Not for Faint of Heart

I enjoy a good mystery thriller and I was very excited to have a chance to read Steven James’ newest release, Placebo.

The publisher’s description of the story intrigued me: 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.

Rooted in ground-breaking science and inspired by actual research, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. Readers will love this taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James.

Unfortunately, when I received the book, I realized that I would have done better with a Kindle edition on my iPad. Reason being that the font in the print version is very small. I am sure it’s because the book is over 400 pages long in a trade-sized book. If they used a larger font the book would have been as thick as War and Peace! I can’t read the book for long before my eyes start to tire. Therefore, if small print is troublesome for you, my recommendation is to get the electronic version.

I must also warn that the first chapter is not for the faint of heart. It involves the death of the main character’s family. That’s all I’m going to say, just to give fair warning. Know that the following chapters aren't like that. After I got past the first chapter the story pulled me in, and I became intrigued. If only the print weren’t so small. (And I’m not one who needs large-print editions—at least not yet!) I had to stop reading not too long into the book. And such a good story, too. Maybe I will order it on Kindle so I can adjust the font size.

Steven James has an excellent reputation for writing page turners, and I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys mystery-thrillers. You won’t be disappointed. Just get the electronic edition if you have a problem with very small print.

Note: I received a complementary copy of this book from Revell Publishing for purpose of review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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