The Xeno Manifesto by Brysen Mann
The Xeno Manifesto by author Brysen Mann opens in the midst of a covert operation and immediately you are engrossed in trying to find out who the target is or what it is that the team is after. We then shift away to a lab where two geneticists appear to be working under lock and key. Secrets…The Xeno Manifesto is about secrets and their unraveling.
Our protagonist is Frank Smirnov, a walking mystery, whom seems to have lived and seen so much more than his years alive on this earth. He has this quiet heaviness about him where he may not say much but many stories are locked away inside. With all the clairvoyance that Frank appears to have throughout the story, however, he knows little next to nothing about who he is and where he comes from. There is a glimpse that there is more to him than meets the eye while he is out shooting with an acquaintance, Adam, and something out of this world appears to take over him – some sort of instinct.
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. If you want to check out this novel it is available on Amazon. You can also find out more about the author on his website!