Series: The Jevin Banks Experience #2
Published by Revell on November 2013
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Thriller
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When his friend is murdered, illusionist Jevin Banks is determined to find out what really happened. Drawn 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--one that could change the very fabric of human life on the planet.
Bristling with mystery, suspense, and intrigue, Singularity is the second riveting book in The Jevin Banks Experience. Readers will devour this scientific thriller, flipping pages late into the night until the final shocking page.
Let me say this from the outset: Steven James is one of the best authors I know. The way he handles story is simply incredible. His ability to develop overarching storylines and compelling themes is outstanding. Characters, plot, pacing, protagonists, antagonists, setting, location, research…Steven James has always amazed me with every novel he’s written. I can say that, personally, I’ve learned a lot about writing and storytelling from seeing how Steven writes stories.
Singularity, the second book in the Jevin Banks Experience follows up the series’ debut novel, Placebo. From the character’s standpoint, all is as it was left at the end of Placebo. Jevin has returned to doing magic and has a budding romance with his longtime assistant, Charlene. Conspiracy theorist Xavier and computer hacker mom Fionna also play prominent roles in Singularity.
The story begins when Jevin’s protégé, Emilio, is killed during a stunt gone wrong in the Philippines. It’s made to look like an accident, but it’s immediately obvious to Jevin that someone wanted Emilio dead. But who? That question takes Jevin and company on a journey that ties back to some of the events and people of Placebo while introducing new villains. From sneaking into Area 51 to prowling around the dangerous parts of the Vegas underground, Steven James takes his characters (and his readers) on a journey they won’t soon forget.
At the heart of it all is one man’s quest for immortality. The Singularity. The merging of man and machine. Just a decade ago, Singularity would have been considered a sci-fi novel. Today it seems eerily possible. James weaves questions of identity, humanity, and the use of technology seamlessly into his story. What does being human really mean? What is the difference between man and machine?
And this is why I absolutely love Story. If you ask philosophers these questions, you’ll get reams of paper filled with heady phrases and large words. Ask a theologian and you might get the same. But ask a storyteller, and, if they know what they’re doing, this is the kind of tale you’ll get. It’s the kind of story that has you thinking weeks after you’ve read it. The kind of story where you’re replaying some of the dialogue in your mind throughout the day.
Listen, I’ll just be blunt. Steven James is one of the best storytellers writing today. If you are a fan of story, you want to be reading his books.