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Kinesis [Kindle Edition]

Ethan Spier
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Book Description

5th Edition (2014)

When two men break into Leonard Samson’s house, beat him unconscious and murder his six-year-old son, the police arrive to a gruesome scene. But they are shocked to find the mutilated bodies of the two intruders in the front room of Leonard’s home, while he waits in the kitchen with the surviving members of his family.

Clarissa Chapman is a DCI of Psychokinetic Investigations - a new area of police work - instigated after the first genuine case of psychokinesis was discovered some fifteen years earlier. The Samson case is brought to her attention due to the strange way in which the two intruders were killed. She suspects Leonard Samson is a Kinetic.

All Kinetics are blessed with a gift to move objects with only the power of their mind. But it is also a horrific curse. Within a few years of discovering their ability, they gradually develop violent insanity, and for this reason are locked away in specially designed prisons for the benefit of public safety.

After discovering that the authorities suspect him of being a Kinetic, Leonard Samson runs; unaware that the police are not the only ones pursuing him.

As the days pass by, Clarissa becomes increasingly aware that certain aspects of the Samson case just do not add up...

WARNING: The first two chapters of this book depict a violent home invasion which some readers may find upsetting.


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  • File Size: 1869 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475048807
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZDPVM8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,935 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, needs a little proofreading February 4, 2012
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I read a lot. I am pretty picky about the storylines and the pace of the books I read. This book was really very good. The story sucked me in from the first couple of pages and it never lost me. I read it in a few days. "Kinesis" was much more than I expected for a free book. I imagine it can go very far.

I almost gave "Kinesis" four stars, just for the proofreading. It almost drove me nuts. Please, if you could just give an eighth grade teacher a copy and a red pen and let him/her go at it, it would be such an improvement! The most glaring error was the use of plural possessive instead of plural in the word "Kinetics," another one was writing the word "nevertheless" out as three words. I see so much potential in this book that it would be a shame to let it go to waste with sloppy proofreading.

To anyone thinking of buying this book, I would encourage you to go ahead. It is fast-paced, the characters are interesting, the story will grab you and not let you go until you are finished!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Suspense! February 6, 2012
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I really loved this book and went into it with a preconceived notion I would find it boring. It was anything but. The thing that really makes this a true thriller and nonstop suspense is how real this could be. For anyone who has seen the uncomfortable "fear" that people get from the "unknown" or "misunderstood", this will truly grab you in and you will not want to stop reading until the book is done. The characters were introduced naturally and have much depth. I hope to see other books by this author very soon. I think he has true talent. - A word on "errors"- they really were not so bad that it interrupted the reading. BTW, I could truly see this book being made into a movie with Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson as the main character. While reading I also had thoughts of the movie Phenomenon with John Travolta and Kyra Sedgwick... If you have seen that movie you will be familiar with the accusations thrown out and the way the FBI treated John Travolta when they wanted to "study" him. Great book- Write some more!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, riveting plot with holes June 27, 2012
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I really liked the basic plot concept, the gripping characters, and the fast paced drama. However, the response of police, special police, and private investigators seemed implausibly weak to me, especially during the second half of the book. Given how I saw the U.S. react to Bin Laden and everyone associated with him after 9/11, the response in this book seemed anemic in comparison, despite what seemed to be a threat of potentially larger magnitude. The book reads like a really wonderful second or third draft that wasn't quite yet finished. Refinement from professional editing and more extensive consulting with actual police and military personnel (for heightened realism) could have turned this into a really great book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up there in the suspenseful category February 25, 2013
By Domino
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Kenesis is the ability to move objects with the mind. But people who develop this talent gradually become more and more violent and to protect society they are locked up for life. The descriptions of these lock ups were enough to scare me.
The book kind of jumps around. First there is Leonard Samson, his wife and children. They are having a peaceful evening at home when two men break in, kill their six year old son, beat Leonard, and, well you get that picture. The men are found literally torn to pieces at the crime scene. Leonard is suspected of being the person who did it with kenesis and is about to be locked away for life.
Then the book skips to another time and place. It is about a little boy show discovers he has a talent, a talent he keeps secret even from his brother.
The third story is that of Clarissa Chapman, single mother, who has been chosen to run the PKI or Psychokinetic Investigation Team. She has helped put away others with kenesis abilities and she is after Leonard now, but a man she helped put away is determined to get even with her.
I could not put this book down, staying up hours after my bedtime.
For me, the scariest part of this book is that our government would have the ability to pass laws like this and innocent people would suffer without reprieve. A very memorable book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic New Thriller! January 28, 2012
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An exciting and believable supernatural thriller. The premise is simple - how would society react if we discover a group of people with supernatural abilities. And I don't think Mr. Spier's vision if far off the mark. A great read, I hope he continues his stories in this universe.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks complexity and sophistication October 21, 2012
By E. Hung
Checked this book out of the amazon kindle lending library based on the strength of its ratings but was sorely disappointed in the quality of the novel. I wonder if I would have bothered finishing it, if I had not been so ill-equipped on my recent cross country flight. Regretfully, I had forgotten to pack headphones and not bothered with preparing alternate reading material.

A man, who may be harboring a secret ability, is on the run from both a clean cut police investigator and a morally corrupt bounty hunter. Another man, whose ability is not secret, works to escape confinement in order to take revenge on the investigator who captured him. I guessed early on how the plot might resolve and kept reading just to see if i was right.

To be fair, a predictable plot alone doesn't make for bad entertainment. But, the writing style used to describe things--people, settings, internal thoughts, plot development etc.--was so rudimentary and too the point, I felt like I was reading a textbook, or downloading the contents of a lecture straight into my head. There is no rhythm, no joy, in the author's phrasing and sentence construction. Barely any wit or humor exhibited by the characters in the book.

The scifi element in this book also lacks development and complexity. The author does provides a fair amount of historical exposition, which I admittedly found entertaining, and perhaps two "oh, cool" moments; but in the end, his explanation of how things work or might work seemed only half-fetched--just enough to get the plot rolling, and then repeated ad naseum until the end.


Just read the author's bio and the book's publishing credentials, and I feel kinda conflicted about my review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Author: Ethan Spier
Book: Kinesis
My Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Will I read I read it again? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!
This is a wonderful story. Aside from some minor editing mistakes this was a wonderful read. About halfway through I purchased the second book in the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Morimoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Telekinesis
I really enjoyed this book. it was different and rang with some very real outcomes to the situations. Well worth reading.
Published 5 months ago by Bubbie
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit far-fetched but couldn't stop reading it. I ...
A bit far-fetched but couldn't stop reading it. I may read other books by this author just because he held my interest right up to the end.
Published 5 months ago by Caroline Kintsler
4.0 out of 5 stars Kinesis
I REALLY LIKED THIS STORY. Even though it is fiction, and a little far fetched, it was BELEIVABLEE. IT WAS A GREAT READ.
Published 5 months ago by Jerry Rison
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading
I find this book revealing about how we respond and respect the unknown. The story ends in a way that shows profound loss but a glimmer of hope. Let I pray for hope.
Published 6 months ago by Deborah Dunbar
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book kept my interest but was a little slow starting. I would like to have kinetic powers but not if they made me,crazy,,,crazier!!
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.
A can't put downer for the sci fi lover. Solid plot. Enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 7 months ago by Mary L. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful book!
What happens if you are a member of a minority that is feared and hated? The recognized members of this minority (psychokinetics/telekinetics i.e. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Austin
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More About the Author

Ethan Spier was born in the middle of England in 1980. He grew up listening to music by The Beatles and reading books by Roald Dahl. While always having an interest in writing stories, it wasn't until he was twelve and started reading books by Stephen King that he began writing short horror and science fiction stories.

Ethan continued to intermittently write short stories through his teenage years, but then his other passion, music, took over. After playing guitar in a number of bands during his early twenties, Ethan decided to try his hand at writing once again.

At the age of 28, he began a science fiction novel about a mysterious object which falls from space and then inexplicably prevents Earth from being able to support life. After 20,000 words, Ethan decided it was pretty much rubbish and abandoned it.

When he was 30, inspiration struck Ethan again, but this time he was determined to make his new idea work. The resulting novel was Kinesis which was published on Amazon Kindle in January, 2012. Kinesis has received over 60,000 downloads around the world.

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