Official Review: The Manifesto Murders by Nick Airus

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Official Review: The Manifesto Murders by Nick Airus

Post by katiesquilts » 13 Jun 2018, 23:19

[Following is an official review of "The Manifesto Murders" by Nick Airus.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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FBI agent Ayden Holmes is assigned to the case of a lifetime when a man in a Guy Fawkes mask murders an influential elite, leaving behind a manifesto with a clear message: he will kill one corrupt and powerful person whose very existence is ruining the United States each week for three months. Each week Ayden is unable to catch the killer, and each week he receives a new manifesto describing why that person had to die and giving him clues as to who the next victim will be. As Ayden chases the murderer, he starts to uncover the not-so-secret "Deep State" behind the government, making him question what would really be best for the United States...catching the killer, or allowing him to clean house.

The Manifesto Murders is full of very real events and characters based on real people that will suck you into the novel. I love a good murder mystery, and Nick Airus definitely did not disappoint. The murders were creative and sometimes even amusing, as the murderer did his best to be outrageous and gain the public's attention. I'm not usually a violent person, but I have to admit that it was a little satisfying to see such corrupt people getting their just desserts. I really empathized with Ayden and his struggle to decipher what is "right" and what would be the best way to overhaul the U.S.'s corrupt system and replace it with something better, although the novel doesn't quite go into that much detail.

Unfortunately, although the story itself was entertaining and had a lot of promise, the book desperately needed an editor. I stopped counting typos and grammatical errors in the first 15% of the novel. There were a few times during the novel where I had to roll my eyes because the characters were either being childish or being described as complete geniuses and the best in their fields...despite being childish. Unfortunately, these inconsistencies and the clear lack of professional editing kept The Manifesto Murderers from becoming a potentially bestselling novel.

They also kept me from giving the book a full 4-star rating. If the book was cleaned up, I would have no problem raving about its greatness, but it's still an unpolished gem at the moment. Since I will probably recommend it to friends despite the lack of editing, I will give the book 3 out of 4 stars. I think anyone interested in murder mysteries or politics will enjoy this novel, and those who don't really pay attention to the news may find it eye-opening. However, you really need to have some interest in politics to have an interest in the storyline itself, so I would not recommend it to those who could care less about the government's internal corruption and attempts to cover up their own blunders.

I will warn potential readers that this novel put me in a very dark place while I was reading it. All of the corruption and scandal made me sick, and I genuinely felt that I didn't want to live in such a pathetic world. If you aren't careful, you may get sucked up into the manifesto murderer's way of thinking, as flawed as it is.

Editor's Note: Since the time of the review, this book as has been edited to clean up the errors mentioned by the reviewer.
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Post by Dannytade72 » 21 Jun 2018, 05:35

Seems like a nice book with excellent content and reviews.

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Post by strawberrysab » 21 Jun 2018, 06:17

"what would really be best for the United States...catching the killer, or allowing him to clean house" I love the idea of the serial killer cleaning house while leaving crumbles behind. Too bad about all the typos. I would consider reading a polished version.
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 21 Jun 2018, 06:53

Wow, a serial killer left a message after killing a particular corrupted person. Damn, I'm sold to this book. While reading your book, faces of the corrupted political leaders of my country came to mind. However, no worries, I wish nothing but they repented of their evil ways before death take them away. I would rather let God deal with them. Thank for sharing this with us and good review!
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Post by MsTri » 21 Jun 2018, 10:56

I absolutely adore books with serial killers with unique MOs - my last review was about one and I'm reading another right now - and this one certainly fits the bill. I'd actually considered it that last time or two that I selected books, but ultimately picked others instead. Still, I'm glad to know that this book is a gem; too bad it's an unpolished one due to the many grammatical errors. I'll keep an eye out for a revised edition because I'd still love to read this tome.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Jun 2018, 11:44

I wonder if this one would be too dark for me. In some ways, I do believe the corruption in government needs to be cleaned up, but this isn't the way to do it. It's too bad about the errors but sounds worth reading anyway. Thanks for the great review.
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Post by Ugbusco » 21 Jun 2018, 13:35

The book pointed out the hard way of justice. Sometimes things has to be done in an unusual way in order to correct the errors of the society.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 21 Jun 2018, 15:11

I love crime thrillers and your review really caught my attention. I appreciate your honesty about it taking you to a dark place, though. I experienced something similar recently, so I'll probably pass on this one, but thanks for the great review.

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Post by Tajammal Abbas » 21 Jun 2018, 15:58

I absolutely adore books with serial killers with unique MOs - my last review was about one and I'm reading another right now - and this one certainly fits the bill, I'm glad to know that this book is a gem; too bad it's an unpolished one due to the many grammatical errors. I'll keep an eye out for a revised edition because I'd still love to read this tome.

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Post by Samy Lax » 21 Jun 2018, 23:24

I love the way that you write. I really enjoyed the part where you describe how some of the characters are described as geniuses though they have been portrayed as being really childish. Oh man! What contrasts!

However, this book belongs to a genre I usually don't enjoy, so I guess I'll avoid reading this one.

Look forward to reading more from you though!
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 22 Jun 2018, 05:58

A serial killer on the move to whip off all the corrupted officials reminded me of the ex-Singapore president/prime minister who bombed an entire building full of corrupted officials to make Singapore what it is now. Fascinating! The thing about serial killer is that their minds are so twisted yet have a certain logic at certain things they say even though their actions are against law and humanity. Tricky! Thank you for your descriptive review!
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Post by DathanReeves » 22 Jun 2018, 12:25

This book sounds to me to be in what I call the Rambling Genre, where the author will forsake plot and character to fit a theme they wish to exploit, while unintentionally acting as their own antithesis.

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Post by JR Mercier » 23 Jun 2018, 04:45

This serial killer sounds amazing. I NEVER thought I would ever utter those words. This sounds like a great read (hopefully I can handle the darker stuff). I do hope they clean up the editing. Great review
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Post by Book lover26 » 23 Jun 2018, 15:48

I'm not into politics but this does sound like a good book. Your review captured my curiosity and i do love murder books. So i might just give this a try. Thanks!

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Post by Tris_heart » 24 Jun 2018, 11:23

I think this sounds like an interesting book to read. As I like mysteries and crime this sounds like a very intriguing book. One which I would love to read.

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