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Seven-X Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Review by Penny White "Readers' Favorite"
- IMustRead.com -100 BEST HORROR NOVELS OF ALL TIME-
- Seven-X is a brain-twisting thriller that keeps you wanting more. The characters are compelling, the story is unique and thought provoking and the writing is vivid and imaginative. Highly recommended! -- JamesP1 barnesandnoble.com
Loved it! Couldn't put it down! It was very intense, creepy to the core, sent chills down my spine anticipating what happens next! The wording was sensational! Made me feel as if I was right there with Eddie in that mental hospital experiencing the things he did! Highly recommended. I really hope this gets made into a movie.
Seven-X is the classic definition of horror. (Dictionary) An overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear. YES. This book delivered all of these feelings with such precision and unique story telling; yet there was also beauty, redemption and humanity. Andrew/Goodreads
INTENSE!!! This is the best way to describe Seven-X. I got sucked into the story immediately and stayed up all night reading. I got chills, looked around the room and was acutely aware of every sound, sight and feeling inside me as I read. The writing takes you in and locks you into the asylum and you live and breathe through Eddie (the main character) as he investigates a mystery surrounding a missing death row prisoner who is shipped to an asylum for an exorcism. The demons seem so real and the concept behind this story is well thought out and executed that it blurs the lines of reality and fiction. You have to see for yourself and read this book. --barnesandnoble - BrendaJ
Wow. This book has got me looking over my shoulder. It scared the hell out of me. It was one of those books you're afraid to read but don't want to put down. The author throws you right into the madness and keeps you hooked as you adventure deeper into these experimental proceeders the main character is a victim of. This is a must read for any fan of psychological, spin your head around horror. --barnesandnoble- VictorM
This genre is not my usual read, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is written from such an interesting and varied perspective with such detail and care. I found my self not wanting to put it down and needing to find out what happened next. I would go so far as to look things up on the internet to gain more insight into what was going on and if it were truly possible. The author has taken great care with the details of this book and although it does become a little slow at a point or two, it was incredibly gripping and very entertaining. I even admit that I was looking over my shoulder now and again, and perhaps hearing things for a short time after reading it. It is a different kind of story that is both compelling and interesting. I look forward to seeing the upcoming volumes and recommend this book to anybody who likes to read books that play with your mind and creep you out. It's an easy read and a fun way to screw with your brain. --amazon- JeffZ
From the Author
- PLEASE NOTE: A revised edition of SEVEN-X was released February 2, 2016 edited by Rachel Kirsch. Previous editions were edited by Robert Scott.
- About SEVEN-X
Human beings are a unique species, able to express love, kindness, compassion and mercy while still holding FORCES OF EVIL, destruction, chaos, despair and hate WITHIN US! At any given moment we can swing in either direction, and ACT ON THESE IMPULSES without ever really considering the root of where these things live, or HOW FAR WILL THEY TAKE US.
The best way to EXPERIENCE SEVEN-X is to read it the way it was written, ALONE AT NIGHT, unobstructed from the outside world. You will begin to sense and perhaps see this OTHER DIMENSION. You will experience SOMETHING BEYOND YOURSELF through Eddie's journey and these words will take hold of you. This is not your ordinary book.
- WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS INTENSE SCENES AND ADULT LANGUAGE.
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There was a little problem with the editing (one entire paragraph was repeated), but the main problem I encountered was towards the end where the story seemed to be simply rattling off sentences like they were a grocery list; too much telling, not enough showing. I skipped over quite a bit of that until finally reaching the end.
Was this book worth the trouble to read then? Yes, I believe it was, it was an engrossing story up until the ‘bumpy’ part near the end. I will be looking forward to the next installment to this series and perhaps, some time down the line, a movie as well.
Eddie Hanson is determined to find out the truth behind the disappearance of a death row prisoner: Annette Dodson. The tip he receives takes him to a behavioral health institution located in the middle of no where, just outside of Dell City, Texas. In order to get the story he wants, Eddie willingly commits himself to the center while he does video entries and writes journals to document his findings. But what Eddie finds there is not what he expected. Are the things he is experiencing true or an illusion (or rather delusion) created by those who run the facility?
Eddie begins to see and hear things that cannot be explain, although those running the center try to explain it as demons attacking and possessing those living there and trying to gain access to Eddie as well. They believe they are "helping" people like Annette Dodson by commanding the demons out of their bodies. They believe the criminals were possessed by these demons at the time of their crimes and have no recollection of the horrors they have committed. Eddie is skeptical about this and begins to believe everyone there is being drugged, himself included.
**Disclaimer ** This novel will chill you to the core. I have read numerous novels that have dealt with the occult and demonic possession, but never have I read a book like this one. If you have an active imagination, do not read this at night before bed.
Mike Wech does an excellent job with this novel. He has excellent use of various languages such as Latin, Hebrew and Greek. Rather than generically having the demons speak completely in English, he has them speaking languages they would be more familiar with. Having this element in the novel, this characteristic of the demons, adds to the chill factor of the novel. Another aspect that makes this a superb novel is much of the Biblical references don't come from the pastor or other members of the facility staff and occupants, but rather the demons themselves. Portraying that even demons and the fallen have knowledge and understanding of the Bible making it easier for them to deceive. One thing that I personally enjoyed was the underlying theme of once a demon is exorcised, it returns with 7 of it's buddies. This continues until the host is left worse than ever.
Throughout we hear of Ose and references are made to a leopard, but there is the feeling that not enough was done with either one. I would have liked to see more use out of Ose and his desire to capture Eddie's soul. There didn't seem to be too much development with the demonic characters just a few references to their actions and possessions, but we don't see the true nature of their evil. Ward E is still left a mystery, possibly to be explained in another novel? I wanted to see more of the spiritual battle that was supposed to be happening between the demons and those at the center, the Pastor included. He wasn't as much of a major character as I feel he should have been.
With all that being said, I cannot believe this is Mr. Wech's first novel. It was fantastically well written and kept me on the edge of me seat. I didn't want to put it down! I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Rumor has it that there is a behavioral health center in Uphir, Texas that is housing supposedly executed convicts, where they are conducting illegal experiments on them. Eddie is especially interested in finding Annette Dobson a mother that has murdered all of her children one by one each time claiming SIDS. Annette was pregnant yet again when the death sentence was handed down. Eddie just knows if he can track down Annette his career will be made.
Eddie’s big break comes when he secures permission from the Doctor in charge of the facility to come in and conduct interviews, with the stipulation that he voluntarily signs himself in as a patient. It’s while Eddie is housed at the center that the story unfolds. Through journal entries, video tapes and recordings all being sent to Melanie we begin to find out what’s going on. As Melanie begins piecing everything together an unearthly presence makes itself known.
This is a story of good vs. evil. Possession and redemption. Demons’ fighting to gain entrance to one’s very soul. The Bible states when one demon is exorcised he will bring back 7 more to try again (Matthew 12: 43-45) hence the title.
Ironically, before starting this book a friend had posted the question, what are some of your favorite lesser known found footage movies? That is exactly how this book reads! You can visualize what’s happening as you go along journal entry by journal entry. I can’t wait to see this on the big screen.
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Eddie Hansen is a free Lance reporter. he is given a tip off about a prisoner Annette Dobson who is said to be in the uphir behavioural centre.Read more
Bumped it up from my original 4🌟🌟🌟🌟 because it lingers and that is something I LOVE to hate when it comes to...Read more