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  • Anonymous

    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 Hayes

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