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The Seven Experiments by [Stephen Kanicki]

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  • "A genuinely chilling psychological thriller. Can't wait to read what Kanicki dreams up next." 9/10 -Murder Mayhem and More
  • "A hugely entertaining psychic thriller that fans of Black Mirror will relish." -Best Thrillers
  • "...thought-provoking paranormal thriller." -Sublime Book Review
  • "This thoroughly entertaining morality tale explores just how far an average person will go when the serpent uncoils and offers a bite of exceedingly enticing forbidden fruit..." Good Reads Reviewer.
  • "If you like a psychological thriller with a morality twist this is definitely for you." Good Reads reviewer
  • "The author has captured the essence of human struggle with power and religion. I sat and read through this and didn't put it down. Definitely worth the time. I loved it." Good Reads reviewer

"Gary Miller is a religion and philosophy college professor living a pretty average life. He hardly gets by on his meager salary, has a wife he doesn't love and struggles with a sexual orientation that conflicts with his faith. But his life takes an interesting turn when Bob, his long-time friend and former colleague, introduces him to seven experiments. They are designed to help Gary manifest his wishes with the power of his mind. Skeptical at first, Gary takes on the challenge and goes through each experiment. As he progresses, his belief in this new discovery grows. It appears better days are ahead and he could finally get all he wants out of life. But how far will Gary go in using his newfound power to satisfy his longings?
Stephen Kanicki weaves an intriguing tale in The Seven Experiments. It's been a while since I read a story with a healthy dose of eeriness like this one. It's nothing too close to horror, but it's just creepy enough to make your skin crawl. Set in present-day New York City, The Seven Experiments is a fictional novel that examines religious, pseudoscientific and metaphysical themes.
Kanicki's interest in placing religious beliefs on the spot really jumps out. His main character Gary asks some difficult questions of the Christian faith. The book's context adds a fascinating spin to many of these subjects. For example, Gary's success at wishing things into reality leads him to question the need for prayers. He wonders if praying to an unseen God is anything more than a waste of time. Maybe we are inherently self-sufficient and can get whatever we want without any external interference. These are Gary's thoughts.
Somehow, Kanicki was able to take a conservative college professor and transform him into a frightening maniac. I never saw that one coming (that's the point of a good story, but Gary made quite the jump from super cool to super not-so-cool). Gary's downward spiral is another suggestion that given the right opportunity and enough motive, we all are capable of much evil. And I couldn't help but imagine if our strongest beliefs still exist because they've not faced real conflict. I mean, how deeply have you questioned your values? Or are they shallow platitudes just waiting to be uprooted by the slightest problem?
Kanicki does a great job of passing his message and keeping the reader engaged. However, a couple of characters were unsolved mysteries. I couldn't really wrap my head around who they were or what their motives were. But that aside, you'd enjoy The Seven Experiments if you fancy spooky but thought-provoking stories." Literary Titan

"What if... you could have it all? Wealth. Health. Youth. Power. A fancy house. A garage full of fast cars. The objects of your desire, immediately available. And what if it could start with something as simple as want? Wanting, and then getting. That's the lure of this thoroughly entertaining morality tale - one which explores just how far an average person will go when the serpent uncoils and offers a bite of exceedingly enticing forbidden fruit.
Although the premise of The Seven Experiments is pretty straightforward, and it's delivered in the accessible format of a flat-out page-turner, this is a novel of quiet accomplishment. You might imagine that we're treading shallow waters with the power of positive thinking, making success manifest through visualisation, but author Stephen Kanicki trawls some satisfyingly murky depths.
Initially it's easy to celebrate alongside hard-up college professor Gary Miller when the first of the seven experiments seem to be working out for him. He seems to be an archetypal underdog, finally having his day. But Gary soon reveals his sinister side and the people around him start to suffer as his fortunes improve. Fans of Mindhunter on Netflix will be fascinated by how Gary's character evolves; how his inner sociopath rises to take over the reins.
I absolutely galloped through the pages, transfixed by the awful things unfolding and unable to predict what might happen next. And I adored the cameo appearance by the Prince of Lies himself...
You may find The Seven Experiments listed in the sci-fi or fantasy section, but it's more like a suspense-thriller which veers into speculative / supernatural territory. The superficial story simply serves as a springboard for a challenging conversation about moral philosophy and the human capacity for greedy self-deception. It's all very relevant at a time when we're questioning the ethics of our consumer society.
Just how much is enough? And if you could have it all, but someone else had to carry the consequences, would you hesitate?
A genuinely chilling psychological thriller. Can't wait to read what Kanicki dreams up next."
Reviewed by Rowena Hoseason

About the Author

Stephen Kanicki enjoys thought-provoking, reality-based science fiction. His novel, The Seven Experiments, explores religious, spiritual and metaphysical themes woven into an imaginative and frightening narrative. Kanicki is a father, a teacher, and an award-winning photographer. When he's not writing, he likes to run and if his aging body can stand it, he would love to complete his third marathon. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • File size : 660 KB
  • Publication date : October 10, 2019
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 213 pages
  • Publisher : Black Rose Writing; 1st edition (October 10, 2019)
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • ASIN : B07X4KM2CY
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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