Review of The Xeno Manifesto – Reclamation by Harlyn (RaeOvSun)
Before you read this review you will want to first check out my previous review of the first installment to this trilogy: The Xeno Manifesto by Brysen Mann.
In the sequel to Brysen Mann’s Xeno Manifesto we pick up right where we left off with Frank and Zach under the watch of Brother and the Tsiatko. Frank is granted the opportunity to handle the orb
At the open of the second installment in The Xeno Manifesto Trilogy we rejoin both Frank and Zach under the watch of Brother and the Tsiatko. Zach is still not trusted and kept at arms length while Frank has been taken into the fold and is granted the opportunity to handle The Orb which is a task that the Tsiatko themselves will not perform. An informative letter from Mr. H accompanies this task telling Frank to trust no one, including the Tsiatko. From this moment on the high octane adventure initiates.
We learn more of who Felix Belette, the executioner for The Committee, is and just how dangerous and ruthless that he is. He is the same individual from the first novel whom blew up the lab and the geneticists within it. What we did not know then is that shortly thereafter he overthrew his father as lead command and made a name for himself. It is through Felix that we are introduced to Reggie.
Reggie became my favorite character in the series quite quickly. I loved how sharp and calculating that she was. Individuals like Felix Belette did not intimidate her nor stand in her way. Though it was almost like a nervous tick, her constant munching while she worked through her thought process was entertaining. It added to her personality in the same way that speaking aloud her ideas, conclusions and inquiries (without need for anyone else’s responses) did. The way that she was able to walk in, bring Felix to his end, and assume control was cut throat.
What I really appreciated about this second installment was that though so much was laid out in the first novel this one still had so many layers to it. When you think that one thing is going on it is something else entirely. The characters that we thought we knew are not what they seem. Relationships and connections are not as they appear. When you get an answer you end up with a new question which is absolutely required for the middle piece of the puzzle.
Reclamation was definitely not as heavy as The Xeno Manifesto. It laid the foundation and Reclamation keeps the momentum going. With the conclusion of this novel I am definitely ready to see how it all turns out in the third part of the trilogy. Just like with the first book I can see this on the big screen. The idea is so original and so robust. It definitely kept me engaged. Without giving away even more spoilers than I already have, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this and the first novel. I am a fan! http://raeovsun.com/portfolio/the-xeno-manifesto-reclamation/
Review of The Xeno Manifesto and The Xeno Manifesto – Reclamation by Toby A. Welch of SaskBooks, www.skbooks.com
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The Xeno Manifesto and The Xeno Manifesto: Reclamation (the second book in the trilogy) deliver everything that is magnificent about the science fiction genre. We have the Tsiatko, a group of creatures related to the Bigfoot myth. We have funky Earthly spectacles like lava tubes. We encounter Handlers, a group who re-establish planets but it’s to save them, not take them over. We have weather modifying technologies, Roswell references, DNA anomalies, and Alien Neanderthal Cloning, all of which makes for entertaining reading.
Writer Brysen Mann does a phenomenal job of crafting characters that readers care about. Take Frank Smirnov, the main character in the books. Mann spends chapters covering Smirnov’s childhood and some of his adult years up to the present day (Smirnov is almost sixty.) So much backstory is usually irksome but in this case, we need it to fully understand Smirnov. Kudos to Mann for pulling off the perfect balance with the history lesson.
The Orb, a sphere-shaped device that contains all the data regarding a takeover of the Earth, features heavily in The Xeno Manifesto. When Smirnov and Zach, an NSA agent, spend four days learning everything the Orb knows, it is mind-blowing to them as well as us readers. With that, the first book in the trilogy ends, leaving us with the assertion that there is still hope for mankind in a world believed to be doomed.
Reclamation takes off where the first book ended, with Smirnov and Zach dealing with the leader of the Tsiatko group. Handlers return to the story disguised as humans despite being thousands of years old. Minor characters in the first book play a bigger role in the second, fleshing out the plot so we get deeper into Mann’s creative world. Smirnov’s role is vital in the context of Earth’s survival but I won’t ruin the story for you with spoilers.
Women rise to the forefront as the Handlers continue their quest to save the Earth. Reclamation ends as we are introduced to Tardigrades, an alien life form that can survive anything. I can’t help but wonder if the creatures will play a pivotal role in the last book of the trilogy as Smirnov’s story continues in The Xeno Manifesto – Redemption.
On a personal note, I want to give a shout-out to Mann for reminding me how awesome science fiction can be. I was a huge X-Files fan in the 90s and a lover of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi tales in the early 2000s. I feel like I’ve come full circle again thanks to The Xeno Manifesto series.
I can’t wait to dig into The Xeno Manifesto – Redemption. I have no doubt that the conclusion will be as unforgettable as the journey through the first two books has been.
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5 Stars – Review of The Xeno Manifesto – Reclamation
Wow! Reclamation starts off with a bang and doesn’t stop throughout the entire book. Fast paced and exciting – it was hard to put down. Some unexpected events that leave you wondering as well as some interesting and unexpected character development. Frank continues to intrigue and entertain me. Although, I will not want the story to end, I can’t wait for the final book! Jackie S. (Confirmed Reader)
Review of The Xeno Manifesto – Reclamation
Reclamation is an exciting and suspenseful science fiction book and the second installment of The Xeno Manifesto Book Series created by Brysen Mann.
This is just as intriguing and as exciting as the first book, The Xeno Manifesto. Unlike in other book series that usually introduce subplots, this second installment stays consistent with the first book and simply moves the plot forward. It is unpredictable with exciting twists and turns that though not altogether shocking are surprising enough. Scenes and settings are thoroughly described including the special abilities of the mythical creatures. The book has a satisfactory ending and promises a more exciting third installment. Admittedly, I enjoyed this book a lot. Congratulations to Brysen Mann (@brysen_mann) on another exciting book! The Aspiring Wordsmith Read the full review @kimmyschemyo6
5 Stars – Review for The Xeno Manifesto – Reclamation
Big Sci-fi thriller Blended with Reality and History
Ahh! Here we go with the second in a series exciting science fiction thriller filled with a contemporary PAC/NW tale of aliens, mysterious creatures, even hybrid humans, doing battle with a “Committee”, much reminiscent of the shadowed criminal illuminists of our very real America. The book opens with strong action and one of the best prologues I have ever seen. Wow! This author does well creating fictionalized conspiracy laden backstories for real historical events. Fun stuff! Early on, we get an amusing scene of bonging out with a strange creature, for here and there the author infuses a bit of humor to balance the action. The DNA back stories on the characters continue to build with interesting color and imagination. There is a fabulous cave fighting scene with hundreds, and another one in a fortified warehouse. We also get a look at how sudden “breaking news” false flags get orchestrated by the handlers that control governments and agencies. Anything to keep people blind and stupid to the incredible realities of actual history and our existence. Overall, this is another rousing, rowdy thriller for fans of sci-fi, with a really strong main character, a real man and more. New fascinating characters are introduced. The downside of this is an awkward abrupt ending. Still, all things are in place for setting a fantastic 3rd in the series book. Red Butler (Amazon.com) https://www.amazon.com/review/R2HOE77HCZX2KT/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv and @WBooneHedgebeth (Twitter)
5 Stars – Review for The Xeno Manifesto by Brysen Mann
I highly recommend this bombastic supernatural tale of science fiction. This is a rousing, exciting tale with elements of Project Blue Book, X-Files, John Wick, and James Bond rolled into a vast story of a global conspiracy into the origins of life. In this time of great awakening to conspiracies and realities of the real history of earth, it does not surprise me to find an author that delves so deeply into these topics. What is profoundly entertaining is how this writer, with super clean clarity and remarkable skill, lays out a fiction tale so close to a possible truth. Mann has written a fascinating profile for a main character that is searching for identity. All of this global detective work is fleshed out with balanced detail, as the story flips back and forth without any confusion or drag on the progression of the book. This is 252 pages of one of the fastest books for action and mindful pace of the story that I have read in a long time. The technology and science backstories are fascinating with thought provoking and spooky details that often seem like you are actually reading classified material. We get incredible tales of genetics and the history of earth, all very complicated yet explained with organization and easy ability to follow. What a task! There is a bit of a predictable turn to the ending, but overall, the development of the main character, the incredible action, and the manner in which very convoluted intricacies of the conspiracy are laid out with such precision, can only bear proof of a super entertaining and talented mind in this author. Red Butler (Amazon) @WBooneHedgebeth (Twitter)
5 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto) – I thoroughly enjoyed The Xeno Manifesto even though Sci-Fi is not my normal read at all! The book moved along at a great pace that kept me interested and excited for what was to come. The story is so creative, mysterious and suspenseful with some unexpected twists. I was impressed by the characters and found them each to be very interesting. Frank is definitely unique, the kind of main character that you want more from. I loved how it all comes together in the end and can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy! Jackie S.
December 28, 2018 (The Xeno Manifesto)- The best description for this book would be for me, Ancient Aliens meets The X Files, and that’s a good thing. It feeds my literary addiction for stories that fall under the heading of “conspiracy theory”. I love it.
Aliens, Bigfoot, lost technology, government cover-ups. It’s all here. Sci-Fi fantasy with just enough technology to be interesting but not overwhelming. Lots of twists and turns. Violence, suspense, mystery and redemption. I really enjoyed how the tables were turned in this tale. How, you ask? You know me better than that, no spoilers here. The main character, Frank, is not the most sympathetic character, but the author does develop him well, we easily understand him and his motivations.
My negatives? The file I received was not that clean. Many typos that should have easily been caught by proofreaders. Stylistically I had a bit of difficulty with the author switching from a third person narration to first person action. This left me a bit unsettled at times. The back story on Frank while very interesting and compelling on it’s own, was very lengthy and distracted from the main story because it took so long to resolve.
Negatives aside, I found The Xeno Manifesto very interesting and fun. A cleaner version would probably have received a higher rating. Fans of aliens, Bigfoot, cover-ups and intrigue will like The Xeno Manifesto by Brysen Mann. Enjoy! Mike
5 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- Amongst all the chaos around me, I did find time to sit and relax with your book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Your writing is informative as well as inventive! You have woven quite a tale based on some of the factual material already available. I found this tale to be quite a page turner! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. Sue C.
5 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- Suspenseful and Great Atmosphere, Well Worth Reading
I don’t normally read sci fi, but this was an excellent read with at least two big surprise twists.
The atmosphere is excellent and the writing is concise. No extra subplots or characters. One h@ll of a cliff hanger at the end. I can hardly wait for #2.
I loved this. I don’t normally read sci fi, but this was a thrilling read. At least two complete surprise twists and excellent atmosphere. I can hardly wait for the second in the series — there is a bit of a cliff hanger that leaves you thinking (worrying?). The proofreading is bad — don’t let this deter you. The writing is good. Brysen is concise. This isn’t filled with unnecessary characters and subplots. Everything has a purpose and it is meaty enough without adding unnecessary extras . There are quite a few typos / grammar errors — particularly in the first few pages. Don’t let this turn you off, This is a new author who clearly needs an editor with a better eye for detail, but hopefully that is fixed in the next printing. A few typos are worth suffering through for the quality of the story and the atmosphere,
If you enjoyed Blake Crouch’s “The Wayward Pines” trilogy, you will love this, Ann Also posted on Amazon.ca Follow up from Brysen Mann – The editor issues highlighted by Anne have been corrected and all distribution accounts were uploaded with the updated copies in late April, 2018. Thank you Ann for your honest review!
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- Suspenseful and gripping. This novel is an incredibly compelling read that will leave you wanting to know more about the main character, Frank. As an adopted child, he never knew the truth about his past until his journey ends up leading him to find answers not only about his own origin, but the origin of the entire human race. The concept of The Xeno Manifesto is definitely unique and will engage readers from the very beginning leaving them wanting to stay for the fast paced unfolding of the plot and character development.
I really enjoyed Brysen’s ability to create each scene with depth and detailed orientation for readers. The descriptions are profound and will leave you with a clear picture of where the characters are and what they are experiencing. Yet, despite the meticulously thought out scenes, Brysenw as able to keep an air of mystery throughout the entire novel that left me needing to turn the page.
This novel runs a parallel of one man’s journey to find answers to his past and newfound abilities with humanities’ never-ending desire to understand what life means and where we all come from. I believe Brysen ran this parallel in a very elegant way when looking at the overarching plot. Readers who enjoy complex plots with great scene descriptions and character growth will find The Xeno Manifesto enjoyable! Brianna Remus Books Can also be found on her blog and Goodreads.
5 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- I really enjoyed The Xeno Manifesto. It was a fun read from beginning to end. After the first chapter, I thought I knew where the book was going to go – then the plot took an unexpected change of direction. As it progressed, I again thought I knew where it was going, and again the plot changed direction. Reading it became fun just to see where it was going to go next. Even though there were plot twists, it never became too hard to follow, nor did it seem contrived. At the end, all of the plot twists and characters tied together – and yet there is still room for a sequel. I am looking forward to the next book as I want to know how this all ends.
I didn’t read this book all at one sitting but rather read it on the bus every day as I went to work. During the day I more than once caught myself thinking about the plot and what was going to happen next. In fact I couldn’t stop thinking that this was a much better plot than many of the Sci-fi action shows I’ve watched on T.V.. Michael L.
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- When an introverted, orphaned boy, struggles with his differences, he pulls away from friends and family to protect them. He feels and eventually learns he is different after being pursued by men in black.
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During his flight for his life and self imposed alienation, he stumbles upon a diary that changes the course of his life.
He has to come to term with his new reality and decide which side he will pick to stand by moving forward in a quest that could change the course of mankind.
Converging story lines make this all come together and it’s fast paced and well written. I really enjoyed it! Lisa – Unlimited Book Reviews Also posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads.
5 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “Science Fiction is not my typical book to read…OR so I thought until I picked up The Xeno Manifesto. I was grabbed right from the beginning with the well-drawn characters and a solid story; I could not put it down. The author, Brysen Mann is clearly a gifted writer with a creative mind; he introduces us to another world that could very well exist. With strong writing throughout, he keeps the level of suspense and thrill holding our attention until the very end!” Lisa P. Host of “Talk of the Town” on Access 7 TV.
5 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has your attention leading you through twists and turns of suspenseful events that are so detailed and descriptive that it is as if you are watching a movie. I didn’t want to put it down as the story seamlessly moved from one event to the other leaving you on the edge of your seat. I am not a sci-fi reader but I do love a mystery and adding the ‘conspiracy theory’ element and believability has me hooked! This story would be ideal for a movie or TV series. Jenn G.
5 Stars – “I’m happy to report another 5 star read with The Xeno Manifesto!”
“If you’re into suspenseful mysteries with a little science fiction thrown into the mix, I’m pretty sure this will be in your wheelhouse. As an added bonus, it’s heavy on conspiracy so that was fun too! As a whole, great book from start to finish with lots of surprising twists.”
“One of the things that I really liked about this book were it’s characters. Frank is a stellar main character who is incredibly intriguing and enjoyable to follow. His beginnings are a mystery and as the pieces are unraveled, we learn more and more about who is is and how he came to be that way. Everything that happens to him comes as a surprise to me and there were very few times that I was able to see something coming although once it’s explained, it all makes sense.”
“The pacing is quick yet thorough which makes it really hard to put down! It’s a great book for a weekend read or travel companion. I often found myself getting lost in it and losing all track of time and space! Lots of shocking twists and interesting scenarios to keep you intrigued and entertained. The conspiracy theories added a lot of fun into the mix and definitely made me break out the tin foil hat!”
“If you’re into Sci-Fi or Suspense AT ALL, I really think you’d enjoy The Xeno Manifesto and highly recommend you check it out. This has been the most fun I’ve had with a book in a long time!” Pages and Pekoe – PagesandPekoe.com Also posted on Instagram and Goodreads
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- Over the course of the story we are introduced to a handful of fully animated secondary characters whom all hold a purpose. I enjoyed how thought out this piece was as it felt like there was nothing left up to chance. Every character no matter how miniscule they appeared to be at first meeting were part of an elaborate puzzle.
I must say that there were definite moments where I questioned what I had gotten into. I scratched my head, put the book down, did a little google searching, tried to put some things into my place, returned to the story. I don’t want to give too much away but, trust me, you keep reading and then you’re like, oh, wow. I never saw that connection coming into play. It just flows.
The Xeno Manifesto gets my nod for originality and execution. I haven’t read anything like this before and I could definitely see it being turned into a film as I feel all good books should be. I’ll be staying tuned for future works! Harlyn Bryan – RaeOvSun Also see full review on her website RaeOvSun.com and the review is posted on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “The story is compelling, fascinating and has that mystery and thriller it promises, I loved the world building here, at points it felt a little eerie which is a good thing and it contributes to the overall theme of the book. The characters are properly developed with enough back story, so that we can relate to them or be invested in them. I loved how the main character was developed through a flashback, it did not take me away from the present time yet be interested in how he is as he has come to be. For the story, it had a great plot, with a good pacing and with every chapter the mystery intensifies and you want to keep on reading.
This the first time I have read anything from this genre and this book makes me want to pick up more like this one.” Sanjeev Maurya – Booksforte Also posted on Amazon, Instagram (booksforte) and Goodreads.
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)– I quite enjoyed The Xeno Manifesto. It’s a story that really drew me in. It will make you ponder the reality behind the reality. Make you feel hidden hands guide the unknown discoveries of our time. Join Frank as he reveals the mystery you never knew existed. The Xeno Manifesto is an interesting intriguing fictional story that may prove to be more real than fiction. Eric S. Also posted on Amazon
After a long time, I read something other than a fantasy or a rom-com. It’s really out of my comfort zone, but the synopsis of the book sounded so interesting that I had to pick it up. Xeno was interesting, surprising and unpredictable. There were a few “woahh” moments which really made things interesting. Without revealing the plot I’d like to say some twists were really awesome. I usually refrain from books where authors delve too much into details , sometimes they’re just not needed. This book did get a dat bit detailed but overall it was a wonderful read. I loved all the characters although there were some unexpected blows to my heart. And ohh that cliffhanger. P.S. if you love reading fast paced series, this is a great book for you. Pick it up and dive in now!! Bookishlyyours_ Also posted on Instagram.
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “This is an exciting and suspenseful book and the author successfully keeps it interesting until the last page. In addition to a very promising premise which is introduced in a fast paced series of events, the characters are thoroughly portrayed in ample back stories. The mystery is suspended as the author shifts the plot by introducing another set of characters with equally ample back story. The excitement continues as the plot converges in a surprising and unexpected twist. This is, indeed, one exciting and enjoyable suspense thriller.” K.S. Augustin also posted on Goodreads and Amazon. You can read her full review on her blog at http://theaspiringwordsmith.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-xeno-manifesto-by-brysen-mann.html.
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “What an amazing debut novel…a mix of science fiction and mystery, which I am all about!! This book is full of adventure and also action packed and it keeps you wondering page after page. I especially loved the scenery and mystery of it all! Thanks to the author, Brysen Mann, for sending me a copy for my honest review!!” Marcy Reads also posted on Instagram (marcyreads), Goodreads and Amazon
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “What a wild ride this novel is! Author Brysen Mann graciously contacted me and offered me a free Kindle copy of his book in exchange for a review, and I can honestly say that he absolutely blew me away with The Xeno Manifesto. I always love a book that I can’t put down, and although they’re rare to stumble across, this sci-fi adventure novel absolutely took the cake! I started reading it on January 26th and just finished it, today, on January 28th. As a huge fan of conspiracy theories, The Xeno Manifesto definitely brought out my tin-foil hat side.”
“I would absolutely recommend that sci-fi fans buy this book! You will certainly not regret it. Mr. Mann, I very much look forward to seeing more from you in the future!” Bitty Book Nook Also posted on Goodreads, Amazon and Riffle See my full review here: http://bittybooknook.blogspot.com/201…
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “This should be a TV Series.” “It’s not my usual genre, I’ve been trying to get out of my usual reads. I have to tell you, I loved this book! Following Frank through his journey, trying to figure out who this mysterious man is. The description of the locations where he lives made me think I was there, I could picture it perfect. The character was just so intriguing you wanted to find things out with him. Read this book, I truly enjoyed it!” Mariela’s Nook Read the complete review on Goodreads/Amazon/Instagram(marielas_nook)
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “The Xeno Manifesto was filled with twists and turns that hooked me instantly! I couldn’t put it down…Mann had an amazing way of developing the characters, and pulling you into their crazy world! This book is a must read!” Steph F.
4 Stars (The Xeno Manifesto)- “Once you start reading The Xeno Manifesto, be prepared for an all nighter because this is a difficult book to put down! I loved the interesting plot with exciting twists; I never knew what would happen next, but was pleasantly surprised at every turn” April M.
The Xeno Manifesto – “A wonderful unique idea in this sci-fi twist of a tale…your concept is truly very cool” Editor – Tellwell