Manifestations is the second
book in a science fiction trilogy that began with The Hunt for Pierre Jnr
and will end with Convergence. David M Henley is a novice writer, this book
being his second novel (although he has published to novellas and a collection of poems),
and to essay a trilogy straight off is an admirable effort for which I wish him well.
Unfortunately, based on the evidence of this book the task may be beyond him.
Manifestations was a book I wanted to like, it certainly
started with a scene that grabbed my attention. But it wasnt very long before the
story fell foul of the twin traps of a) being book two of a trilogy and b) showing signs
that there wasnt really enough story to justify three books. The story simple
dawdled along picking up and discarding characters as it pleased without exhibiting any
sense of direction or creating much in the way of dramatic tension. By the end of the book
I still hadnt worked out in my own mind who was the central character and who were
the supporting cast. I did know I didnt care, which is a sad indictment for a new
I found Manifestations to be a blancmange of a book. A
dessert one often hears about but never eats.