Manifest Recall is a dark, fast paced, violent read, which will grip you tight and just when you think it couldn’t get anymore intense, it will deliver an emotional uppercut that may move you to tears.
Following a psychotic break, Eli Carver finds himself on the run, behind the wheel of a car that’s not his own, and in the company of a terrified woman he doesn’t know. As layers of ugly truth are peeled back and dark secrets are revealed, the duo find themselves in a struggle for survival when they unravel a mystery that pits them against the most dangerous forces in their lives.
Eli Carver doesn’t know much. He does know he is 28 and he does know he once killed a man. He knows this last fact because that man is in the back seat of the car talking to him. He is on the run, he has no one he can go to for help, the best shot he may have, is the growing collection of dead people who find themselves in his backseat.
Manifest Recall is a 143 page book, there is no time for filler. We launch straight into the action and it’s relentless, stopping only when we put the book down at the end. We discover Eli as he learns about himself which means no info dumps. The characters are constantly moving, on the go, from one location to the next. The violence is unyielding. We are thrown into Eli’s broken mind, we are privy to what he feels. Baxter doesn’t shy away from the ugly brutal nature of Eli Carver, he lets him out onto the pages to run riot.
‘There is nothing good, nothing wholesome in the life of humans. We’re broken fucking animals, eating each other alive, and I want to stand atop a pile of bones and blood, and scream my fucking defiance at the heavens, and then spill my own life out at my feet and let the blackness take me forever.’
Through Eli we can delve into the ugliness of society.
‘We’re animals who wear clothes and pretend at some purpose, some perceived higher calling, when our brutality makes liars of us time and again. Sure, some individuals can be virtuous, even civilized, but humanity, en masse, is no better than a well-dressed bunch of hyenas, chattering excitedly around whatever carcass its managed to subjugate this time.’
The writing is phenomenal. Thrillers aren’t a genre I dip my toe into often, but this was so well written, I’ll be adding his books I don’t already have onto my wish list. It is that good. Give it a try for yourself.
Title: Manifest Recall
Author: Alan Baxter
Publisher: Grey Matter Press
Released: 26th June 2018