Singularity

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"Steven James knows how to tell a story that gets under your skin and challenges the way you think as only the most talented writers can. If you're looking for a mind-bending tale, strap in and take the ride with Singularity. I can't recommend it highly enough."—Ted Dekker, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Placebo, the first book in the Jevin Banks Experience

"James's new series explodes onto the fiction stage. . . . The writing, ...

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Singularity (The Jevin Banks Experience Book #2): A Jevin Banks Novel

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Overview

"Steven James knows how to tell a story that gets under your skin and challenges the way you think as only the most talented writers can. If you're looking for a mind-bending tale, strap in and take the ride with Singularity. I can't recommend it highly enough."—Ted Dekker, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Placebo, the first book in the Jevin Banks Experience

"James's new series explodes onto the fiction stage. . . . The writing, pacing, and plot lines are impeccable."—Publishers Weekly

"An edgy, multilayered thriller that may have you fearful every time someone says, 'Oh, I've been thinking about you.'"—RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars

"A full-frontal assault that combines unique characters, a compelling theme, and an incredible story."—Life Is Story

"The kind of action, suspense, and surprises that Steven James fans have come to expect."—CBA Retailers+Resources

"The science is amazing, well-researched, and rather unsettling."—The Christian Manifesto

"A tantalizing blend of plausible current events and speculative sci-fi."—Crosswalk.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800719357
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: The Jevin Banks Experience , #2
  • Pages: 455
  • Sales rank: 317,258
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Placebo and the bestselling Bowers Files thriller series. He is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

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    You'll hold your breath through the pages of Steven James' lates

    You'll hold your breath through the pages of Steven James' latest thriller in the Jevin Banks series, Singularity.

    I was hesitant to read Singularity, because the first book in the series, Placebo, was a little heady for me and not as fast-paced a read as I'd hoped for. Not so with this one. From page one James had me hooked, holding my breath along with his characters (escape artists), and flipping pages. Throughout the novel I waited for the bad guy to cross paths with the good guy and for Jevin to have to escape a situation he may not get out of alive. This is definitely an edge-of-your-seat read.

    My biggest concern with Placebo was the amount of information Steven James shared, which continually pulled me from my fictional dream and slowed the read. In Singularity, when James must share information to let the reader in on the magician's ability to deceive his audience or to show us exactly what that robotic equipment is capable of doing, it didn't come across as an info dump or snap me out of my fictional dream.

    I think he's found his groove and cannot wait for the next novel in the Jevin Banks series to release.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    Page-turning thriller that's a little scary and creepy! Singular

    Page-turning thriller that's a little scary and creepy!
    Singularity
    A Jevin Banks Novel
    By Steven James
     
    Having read Placebo I was looking forward to reading Singularity.  The invitation to
    join this blog tour came with a warning Not for the timid or faint of heart reader, and
    believe me this was no idle warning.  The book opens with a man being paralyzed
    so that a neuro-tech experiment can go to the next level - the merging of man and
    machine (creepy - really, really creepy)..

    Totally creep-out and I started reading this on October 31 as my nice quiet evening at
    home read.  Not the best thing to read before bed, unless you plan to stay up the whole
    night because you can't put it down.

    While this isn't my normal reading choice, Singularity does rank up there with works by
    Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker they can definitely have a bit of a creep-out quality to their
    works as well.  Now don't take this wrong because yes the book had a creep-out factor,
    but it was suspenseful and definitely held my attention until the end.  

    In Placebo we are introduced to Akinsanya and his is back as evil and diabolical as ever
    and Jevin has to outsmart him if he is going to save the lives of those closest to him.  And
    when evidence is discovered that suggests a link between RixoTray and the DOD, Jev's
    investigation into the murder of his friend Emilio becomes a lot more complicated. 

    I can say with all honesty that I am looking forward to what happens next in the illusion that
    is Jevin Banks's world.  And I'd like to know if he can discover who is the power behind
    RixoTray and Akinsanya.  My dad would have loved these books as he was the one who
    introduced me to Frank Peretti.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    Steven James is well known for his thrilling, suspenseful writin

    Steven James is well known for his thrilling, suspenseful writing. His Patrick Bowyer suspense series has gained him a large mystery/thriller fan base which leads up to his latest novel. Singularity is the second book in the Jevin Banks Experience series. Fans of psychological thrillers, will love this latest addition which delves into the world of magicians and illusionists, as well as, modern science and technology. Jevin once again finds himself in the middle of some shocking scientific research that could have far reaching consequences. Readers will be hanging on for dear life with this fast paced thriller!

    Singularity is the second book in the Jevin Banks Experience series and I think I liked this one even better than the first book, Placebo. In the first book, after losing his wife and son he was searching for answers, which led him to a neurological research project based on mind to mind communication. Singularity finds him looking into the death of a friend who was mixed up with top secret research on human consciousnesses. As you can tell this a complex series, based on scientific research, as well as faith and what consciousness actually means. James will challenge the minds of readers with his technical jargon and in depth descriptions, but that's what makes this series so good. It's a puzzle that makes you think and stretches the mind. It's so well written that when it all falls into place readers will sit back and heave a long sigh. It's just that good!

    I like Jevin a lot as a character. He is very human. He has experienced heartache, lost his wife and child and now a friend. He has doubts about why his family suffered, about God and his own existence. I think that's what makes him such a good hero. Since this is a Christian based thriller published by a Christian publishing house, some might think James would gloss over the fact that these things happen to the character and chalk them up to it being God's plan. I liked the fact that James shows the character as a real person, who looks for answers to why bad things happen and where to lay the blame. I liked the fact that we learn more about Jevin in this second book and about his struggles with his faith. That aspect of the book was very well written.

    One of my favorite parts of Singularity is the insight into Jevin's former career as an illusionist. Having seen the movies, The Illusionist with Edward Norton and The Prestige with Christian Bale, I was excited to learn more about the art of illusion and how it would factor into this series. James gives the reader just the right amount of information. It adds a surprising element to the book that I think makes it more intriguing. I liked the fact that illusion is tied to the mind, along with the other scientific aspects of the book. A very nice touch and it fits well with the character.

    The scientific aspects of the book, may be a little mind boggling for some readers. What's scary is the possibility that this kind of research is probably really going on. I was a little scared when cloning became and issue, something like this is even more frightening. The fact that is could happen really ramps up the tension for the reader as James describes what scientists are doing and creating in this book. There are parts that will make you cringe, make you disgusted and even make you fearful. That's one of the things that makes it such a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Did not connect with me.

    Like the author but this one never got my attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    In SINGULARITY, Steven James has a big book that still manages t

    In SINGULARITY, Steven James has a big book that still manages to read with a can't-put-it-down pace, a book that jumps between a present-tense, first-person narrator and a past-tense third-person narrator with admirable ease, and an awe-inspiring peek into big-stage magic and the unsettling world of artificial intelligence and transhumanism. The second book in a series is often subject to a sophomore curse; not so SINGULARITY. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    This is definitely not a book I would read just before going to

    This is definitely not a book I would read just before going to bed, as my adrenaline would keep me awake, even if my mind would not. What is fiction and what is reality in this highly suspenseful story? Even when my mind would tell me this is not reality, this is not possible, it is only imagination, not actually happening in our world today, another part of me would wonder, if not, then how was Steven able to describe it so vividly that it seems real?  Add magic and a talented magician to the mix, and you need to follow carefully to understand what is going on and what is truth. An artificial arm that moves seemingly on its own? And what great good that could mean for quadrapelgics? But, the evil and wickedness that could accompany greed is protrayed just as vividly, and though we know that ultimately good will prevail, how much evil will we see before that comes?
    Singularity is not for the casual reader, even though friendships are a big part of the theme. 








    "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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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    Steven James in his new book, ¿Singularity¿ Book Two in the Jevi

    Steven James in his new book, “Singularity” Book Two in the Jevin Banks series published by Revell gives us another adventure with Jevin Banks




    From the back cover:  Jevin Banks is searching for a killer–and answers to terrifying questions he never even thought to ask.




    When his friend is murdered, illusionist Jevin Banks is determined to find out what really happened. Drawn deep into a web of conspiracy and top-secret research on human consciousness, Jevin won’t stop digging until the truth is revealed. Soon he uncovers a dark secret that could change the very fabric–and future–of human life on the planet.




    Based on frightening scientific realities and bristling with mystery, suspense, and intrigue, Singularity is the riveting sequel to Placebo.




    When you receive a new Steven James thriller here is the checklist to do before you start reading.  Turn off the computer and the phone, make yourself a large hot chocolate, or beverage of your choice, have your snacks handy and settle into your reading chair comfortably because you are going to be there for a while and not want to move until you finish reading.  With ”Singularity” Mr. James gives us a techno thriller that actually feels as though it could be presented as a news report rather than fiction.  ”Singularity” races along at lightening speed and Jevin Banks is put through his paces trying to solve this conspiracy that again involves the pharmaceutical company from the first book and the military.




    Mr. James grabs a hold of your nerves and squeezes until you think you can’t be squeezed anymore and then she squeezes those nerves some more.  What more can we ask for?  “Singularity” gives us much, much more.  This is a top-notch thriller and, I think, this is Mr. James’ best work yet and that is saying some.  Mr. James takes us on a ride that leaves us breathless but extremely satisfied.  Sort of like the way you feel after a roller coaster ride.  I liked this book and recommend it highly!




    If you missed the interview for “The Knight”, a different series, and/or would like to hear the previous interview where we discussed the first two books and would like to listen to it and/or listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




    “Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    This book is the second in the Jevin Banks series. Jevin is an i

    This book is the second in the Jevin Banks series. Jevin is an illusionist who does amazing stunts, and he is training others to do them, too. When one of his best students is murdered during a publicly aired event, Jevin is thrown into a search for the killer with terrifying results.

    There is a lot of action and many fascinating characters (some are really pretty creepy) in this story, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Steven James does a wonderful job of researching leading edge topics and takes current day research to a terrifying level of potential reality. I'm not overly fond of books written in first person, but I enjoy James' storytelling so much that it's worth it to work through this.

    I hope there are more books in this series -- I'd especially like to see more of Fiona and her home-schooled family!

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    Posted December 11, 2013

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