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Posted June 27, 2005
Lee Goodwin works for a busy print-on-demand publisher. He works with wannabe authors, convincing them that a check must accompany their manuscript. Disenchanted with his job, the publishing industry as a whole, and with Indiana in general, Lee drinks too often and too much. The only bright spots in his humdrum existence are visits with his Grandmother. When a manuscript from his phone-friend Don crosses his desk, Lee¿s life takes on new value. Don dies and suddenly everyone, especially people who threaten Lee¿s life, wants the missing manuscript. However, it is not in Lee's discard box, it is not on his desk or in his house the manuscript, which claims to answer several of America¿s past mysteries and reveal unbelievable secrets, has disappeared. While pursued by violent men, Lee his uses ingenuity and wit to find the manuscript before the others. When the document surfaces, with its answer into JFK¿s death, the incident at Roswell, and more, Lee is as determined to stay alive and see it in print as government officials are to keep him quiet and the manuscript under wraps. Adventure is a mild word for the narrative that follows With this premise, Brien Jones has penned an edge-of-your-chair, hair-raising escapade while giving readers insight into the darker side of publishing. Readers will often wonder if this adventurous tale touches on the truth, adding charm and oomph to the plot. The author's delightful imagination and droll sense of humor are sure to propel him to the top of the bestseller list. If you are in search of an entertaining, can¿t-put-down, great read, THE MANUSCRIPT, by talented author Brien Jones is the perfect choice. My best friend already has my copy. Beverly J Scott author of RIGHTEOUS REVENGE, RUTH FEVER and JENA'S CHOICEWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2005
¿Never judge a book by its cover¿
¿Never judge a book by its cover¿ Never judge a book by its cover, or in the case of 'The Manuscript' at least not by its first chapter. At first glance, 'The Manuscript' by Brien Jones screams BORING. It could easily be mistaken for book on writing for high school students. However, once you open the book and read past the first chapter; you'll find yourself lost in the moment, trapped on a wild ride, jumping from genre to genre. In fact, with each new sub-plot comes still a different genre, leaving the reader confused and dazed, yet hopelessly hooked. Author Brien Jones has reanimated old, tired, overused plots and thrown in conspiracy theories, all with remarkable creativity and ingenuity. 'The Manuscript' is a book within a book of government cover-ups and visitors from outer space. It comes complete with an antisocial protagonist, and a mysterious, disgruntled ex- government operative, turned whistle blower with a tell-all Manuscript; hence the title. If you're looking for a clear storyline or suspenseful, nail-biting plot full of loveable characters on noble quests, then you are going to be disappointed. The only consistent themes throughout 'The Manuscript' is the shady, deep throat whistle blower on the run and the main character with his irreverent attitude about life in general. The pages are filled with the protagonists hatred of the publishing industry, authors, poetry, Indiana and Indiana's law enforcement agencies. What has Indiana ever done to him? It seems rather ironic that this author happens to be Vice President of Bookman Marketing and Publishing in Martinsville, Indiana. Is he trying to tell us something? [Hmmm] Readers will find solace in the parts of the book devoted to the conspiracy theories, just to escape the constant barrage of complaints and insults. Does all this mean the book isn't worth reading or the author doesn't know how to write? Absolutely not! It means the author, with his uncann y sense of humor has stepped out of the box, challenged the norm and dared to be his own individual and use his `own word's.¿ If only every writer or author would take that chance. By Kimberly HayesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.