Synopsis: 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.
A contemporary southern gothic thriller with frightening supernatural overtones, Alan Baxter’s Manifest Recall explores the tragic life of a hitman who finds himself on the wrong side of his criminal syndicate. Baxter’s adrenaline-fueled approach to storytelling draws readers into Eli Carver’s downward spiral of psychosis and through the darkest realms of lost memories, human guilt and the insurmountable quest for personal redemption.
“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.”
Well, goddamn. Manifest Recall is a firecracker of a novella! Like a swift kick to my metaphorical balls.. in a not unpleasant way. Just so fucking grimy & relentless & dynamic. The equivalent of a heart-stopping action movie. Speaking of which.. may I suggest Tom Hardy in the role of Eli Carver? You’re welcome!
Manifest Recall is indeed action movie worthy, reminiscent of The Punisher with Memento elements. The reader is immediately plunged into Eli Carver’s world of the seemingly unknown, which sets the scene for the rest of the story. Why is Carver on the run? How did he get himself into this mess? Why can’t he remember what happened? How did the mob boss’s daughter end up in the passengers seat & why is she tied up?!
Baxter effortlessly weaves a frenetic pace throughout this gripping revenge story. His gritty, blood-soaked writing constantly punches the reader in the face with each puzzle piece that expertly reveals itself. An explosive blend of horror, noir & urban fantasy that is just utter mayhem. I dug the shit out of it!
He has another release coming out later this year, Devouring Dark, that I am now even more excited to get my little claws all over! If it is as bonkers as this, I know we’ll be in for a delicious ride!
(Thanks to the badass Grey Matter Press for sending me a copy!)