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What if you were dying and nothing couldchange that?But worse, you are just fourteen with somuch life ahead to live.Would you shed tears and long for more timeto do the things you always wanted? What if someone offered you that time toexperience all the things you dreamed off and more.In exchange for one last selfless act?One that could save the life of another,the one youWhat if you were dying and nothing couldchange that?But worse, you are just fourteen with somuch life ahead to live.Would you shed tears and long for more timeto do the things you always wanted? What if someone offered you that time toexperience all the things you dreamed off and more.In exchange for one last selfless act?One that could save the life of another,the one you truly love...What would you do?Come on this heartfelt and Inspirational journey, wherecharacters come alive and sweep you along on a tide of emotions that will staywith you long after you have put this book down.Rani Manicka is an International best-sellingnovelist and the author of three previous books. Her works have been translatedin 26 languages. Black Jack is her fourth and latest novel....

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Black Jack Reviews

  • A.G. Dow
    2019-06-07 13:28

    Black Jack, by Rani Manicka, was quite a unique read! Though I had heard some of the theories and ideas that were shown in Black Jack, in other pieces and studies, it was intriguing to have them combined in one story, creating a much bigger picture and theoretical explanation. It may be just a work of fiction, but this book certainly got my brain going, thinking about our notions of creation, evolution, and what’s waiting for us in the after-life. Who pulls the strings? Who’s right and who’s wrong? Does it really come down to Good vs. Evil, or are they one in the same?The beginning of this story is raw and emotional, frightening and sickening. You’re thrust into a world of hate, torment, abuse, and pain no one should ever have to endure. Especially, a child. That alone was enough for me to close the book and take a step back, needing to compose myself before reading of her torture any further. As a mother, and a decent human being, I had a difficult time reading many parts of this story, as they were far too horrible to think about without feeling helpless and guilty for reading along, instead of stealing away the author’s type writer or computer, and having her write about happy, sunny, fluffy stuff in its place. Now, that being said, if she hadn’t written what she had, the way she had, the story would not have been as meaningful or interesting as it turned out to be!This isn’t your typical “chosen one,” “end of the world” type read. Yes, it has those elements, but its done in a very different way. Nothing is at is seems and you’ll think you have it figured out and understood but really, you don’t. The author offers plenty of twists and turns, well researched information, and character building to not only gain your interest but pull and tear at your heart-strings. Black Jack has within it, multiple books worth of storyline which ensures you’ll stay entertained and keep from being bored. It may have helped if the story was spread out into two or three books in order to spend more time discussing the who, what, where, when, why, and how in further detail. However, that alone was not enough to keep me from enjoying this read. If you’re looking for something different, be sure to give Black Jack, by Rani Manicka, a try!

  • E.M. MacCallum
    2019-06-19 10:27

    The character development, I thought, was very well done. You knew who these people were and what they liked/hated within a few short paragraphs and their actions backed it up. I also liked how the author doesn’t pull stops on the imagination. She certainly has a wonderful knack for horror. This is NOT a horror however, but the elements were impressive for a horror-lover like myself. This book is labeled a Paranormal Metaphysical novel and/or Paranormal Fantasy but I’d have to disagree, this was a total Sci-Fi for me. There are scientific theories utilized throughout the book to give the novel some realism. Though, this may be where I found it hard to read. Manicka does try to break down the terminology using a character named Green. Unfortunately, these felt more like what I call “info-dumps”, where an author writes out everything a reader should know in a textbook fashion. Every time Green showed up and said something like, “come with me” or “let me show you something…” I found myself cringing because I was in for several pages of a lecture rather than a story. If you’re unfamiliar with the terms being used (as I was with several) it may be awkward and exasperating. Most of the time I just wanted to get back to to Dakota or Black Jack’s stories.There are several references to the movie, “The Matrix”, which I didn’t like. It made me start to compare the movie to her novel. I understand she was using it to help us grasp her concept but it made it look like a copy or fan-fic instead of an original idea.I think that the author’s writing style flows well and her characters are rich, but her sometimes wayward plot and numerous info-dumps had me not caring. At least until she dove back into the primary storyline and worked her magic. I think Sci-Fi fans would really enjoy this though. It really is a truly unique concept in viewing the modern world.

  • Autumn
    2019-06-25 09:33

    I received this book to give an honest review.I found myself often confused as to what was going on exactly at one point and time. The beginning had me engaged into this story my heart broke for little Dakota and what she was put through. But after the first few chapters I found myself drifting off on the story, I could easily put the book down and do something else. I enjoyed how Black fell for Dakota and wanted to help her being as she was a victim to someone who was evil and loved to torture people. When everyone had to vote I kept hoping that the voting would go in favor of Black and not the other way around, my heart went out not only to Dakota and what she went through but for Black and his mother. His mother Bumi was so kind and didn't think twice about caring for her child and Black even though he had his own handicaps you could tell there was a light inside of him. In the end who can you trust? And would us as humans be so willing to end one's life for greed? I would say this is more of a sci-fi genre, and if you enjoy that type of book with, mind-control and a being from somewhere else, a bit of time traveling then you should give this book a read.

  • Lavaughn
    2019-06-21 15:48

    Black Jack by Rani Manicka, which I received for free through Goodreads First Reads, is a very great book that will really have your head spinning in this trying to figure out everything that is going on. She uses a great storyline where she goes back and forth through the characters, which is very unique and outstanding. This book focuses on dark forces trying to control the world by the abduction of children one which focuses on a young girl who is in contact with a boy who they feel can hurt their plans for control. The young boy has powers beyond measures from guidance of a man he trusted, that ends up betraying him. This book also shows the realities of this world where how people can be so money struck that they would cause a life of someone. It also shows a mother’s love for her son, and the things she would do to keep him safe. This book is a must read, highly recommended, Rani Manicka did a great and wonderful job with this book.

  • Anari
    2019-05-27 07:22

    The beginning of this futuristic book grabbed my attention immediately; shocking and cruel is the torture of the helpless Dakota. Aptly named 'The Locator,' Dakota is abducted by Schooner Klaus and his team, primarily for her psychic abilities. She might even be 'the one.' He wants to break her, fracture her mind and rework her for his own ends - the question is: will he succeed? Only Black may be able to rescue her from the bleak world in which she finds herself trapped.This is an epic tale that will appeal to lovers of sci-fi and fantasy alike. Drugs, time travel, fractals, Radio Frequency ID and out of body experiences all group together to make this an astonishingly eye-opening read. Matrix fans will adore it. 5 Stars and... MORE PLEASE!

  • Sammy Smith
    2019-06-23 14:21

    This was an unusual read. A long time lover of all things SF and F, and this was a slight step away from what I usually like. Still, it incorporated the metaphysical and speculative really well, and at times came close to paranormal fantasy.I’ve not read Rani’s work before, but I will be reading more. Smooth prose, titillating descriptions and believable dialogue have left me craving more. It reminded me a lot of Meyer’s ‘The Host’, but with more depth and suitable for not only the new adult, but the adult market. I say this is speculative, because there are a lot of ‘what if’ questions asked, and yet the author does a great job of showing and not telling, as well as leaving the reader to make up their own mind.Recommend

  • A.B. Joseph
    2019-05-29 08:32

    Rani Manicka’s novel, Black Jack, is a paranormal with a thought provoking plot. The book is well written, the prose is superb, the story plot is thrilling and the characters are fascinating and well developed. This is not the typical paranormal or supernatural story plot, it is a very interesting read. It takes you away from reality and shows you a unique view of the paranormal world. To anyone looking for a great escape that sucks you in from the get-go, completely mesmerizes you and doesn't let you go till the last page - I highly recommend this book.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-01 09:46

    A different and unique read. Ms. Manicka is a master in twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out you get the rug pulled out from under you. I really enjoyed the mentions of The Matrix which is one of my favorite movies. Black Jack is a dark read. I did wish at some points through this story the darkness wasn't so well dark. Once you get through those parts you realize they are necessary to the story. Black Jack is a no frills never a dull moment read. A must read if you want a well written story without fluff.I won this book through goodreads.

  • Urania Sarri
    2019-06-25 13:30

    Black Jack is a book I will never regret having read, spotlighted and, of course, reviewed. A fan of metaphysical and conspiracy theories myself, I found in Rani Manicka’s book a literary version of various major considerations reflecting elements and approaches in the layman’s effort to provide answers to the big questions about our world. But let me be more precise:What I liked about Black Jack:The beginning of the story is strong which, for me, is always one of the most important assets in a good story.The story. It is original with just as many science fiction and metaphysical elements as needed and with tension building page by page in a way that the reader becomes hooked chapter by chapter.The way Rani included information from the research she has obviously done on many different theories regarding extraterrestrial beings, manipulation of the public opinion and conspiracy theories to create the background of her story. The references in the back pages intrigue the readers into starting their own research on the topics the writer has touched ever so smoothly. She succeeded in making it more realistic and might make you wonder: what if....? The rich vocabulary and the way she skillfully altered her style according to the POV she chose to speak through. The use of surprisingly short but meaningful quotations as chapter headings; I was drawn into reading those wonderful words again and again and try to decipher them before going on with the chapter.What I would change:There is nothing I would really change in Black Jack but if I should find a" weak" point I’d go like this: perhaps I would limit the metaphysical/spiritual elements that might confuse the novice readers of the genre as too much information and from many different fields is already included in this story. That being said, I should also mention that the book stands as a metaphysical story at its heart according to the writer.The strongest point:In the first chapters I was shocked by the intensity of the scenes that, for people who are really sensitive when it comes to children, may touch the border of revulsion. It was not long before I realized that this was exactly the feeling the writer was aiming at in order to adeptly involve the reader into her story. I have to admit that the effect of the description of events and characters was totally successful.I would recommend it to those who love paranormal, metaphysical and science fiction stories as well as to fans of conspiracy theories.My rating: 5/5 hearts!

  • Chris Merlo
    2019-06-05 07:48

    In this highly conceptualized and supernatural book chalked full of layers and undertones, the reader is thrust into a story involving two supernaturally talented youths as the main characters and protagonists as they struggle through a visceral and very convoluted plot involving the descriptions of cosmic and celestial beings, multiple facets of existence, dimensions, evil dark parasites, time travel, and all of that crossing over itself. The beginning caught my attention, and for the most part, the rest of the book managed to maintain that grip, and how it ended was quite satisfying. Although the linear story is chronological, this is not necessarily an easy read, because there are many cosmic rules set up in the fictional universe of this novel that governs the direction of the story and all of the characters playing it out. The creative aspects behind this is intriguing, and not found in many other stories I have read. There is a bit of lacking in tone, though the author certainly does create a degree of it, and there are about a half dozen moments in the book where so much explanation and long descriptions are carried on through a few to several pages in order to establish all of the intricate happenings that affect humanity and all the other "realms" at large. I would have liked to enjoy a more creative, and maybe sometimes subtle, way of infusing such elements into the story. On top of that, while the author displays a great talent in prose, wording, and structure that illicit that flow and intrigue readers so desire, there are moments where dialogue or the wording runs flat. The same contrast can be found in the characters, where most of them are very well developed and we get extremely involved with their struggles, and yet sometimes we'll read about miniscule things like preparing food, and the lesser characters seem thrown in or without depth. All in all, Black Jack just barely slides into FOUR STARS for me, because overall it's a well put together book.

  • Laurie
    2019-05-27 12:19

    “A story about suffering, betrayal, love and hope.” That is the tagline for this novel. I would say this book encompasses all of that, and more. There are some beautiful moments that reminded me of the fragility of life. Our personal perceptions, our moods, our experiences, our innermost secret thoughts – the whole combination of things that comprise our being – is it all just an elaborate construct? What is real and what is just so terribly skewed by forces beyond comprehension that we cannot even recognize reality?I was deeply disturbed by some of the scenes in this book; at times I wish the descriptions and the intensity of emotion had been muted slightly. I have an aversion to seeing innocence and youth stripped away and broken beyond repair. I am horrified and appalled that evil can be so rampant and truly exist in each of us, so deeply ingrained that it becomes unrecognizable.This is a fantasy, and usually I read such books and enjoy them simply as escapist reading. In this case, I was, for the most part, unable to put aside the almost constant turmoil within my head.I was surprised at the ending and pleased with the way in which the author concluded this tale. This book reminds us to become more vigilant. It demonstrates why we should stay on guard and question even our most firmly held beliefs because something may seem real or true to us only because we perceive it that way through flawed thinking. This book uses fiction as a vehicle to beautifully illustrate the need to look beyond ourselves and give ourselves the opportunity to perceive more than just the obvious. This is a provocative tale designed not simply to entertain but to question the very fabric of life.I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.Reviewed by Laurie-J

  • Scott
    2019-06-08 13:40

    Black Jack, written and published by acclaimed author Rani Manicka, is a novel that combines numerous genres. Follow characters like, Dr. Klaus, Black Jack, The Dead Man, and young Dakota as their fantasy adventure unfolds. If you like stories about werewolves, magic, mind-control, and murder, you’ll love this tale. The only reason I did not give this more stars was due to some editing/punctuation misses, passive-active voice shifts, and narrative that was more tell than show, but that’s a personal preference and may not affect other readers. This story is unique, often allegorical, dark, and even poetic at times. Readers won’t put it down as they uncover evil plots, betrayal, brutality, and a being that crosses dimensions. Good and evil are balanced precariously as we read numerous Biblical references and the slitting of a young boy’s throat. Manicka’s creative imagery and distinctive voice are a nice departure from mainstream story-telling into a narrative milieu all her own. The tone, language, and child torture/murder may be a bit dark for some readers, but otherwise this novel is well-written and engaging from the first page. The ending left me wanting to know what’s happening next. Even the end of the story says, “To be continued...” instead of ‘The End’ - dangling the proverbial carrot. Afterwards, the author asks readers, “Want to find out what happens to Dakota? Sign up at...” I say yes, I want to know. But, you’ll have to read the book to find out where to sign up.

  • Potter's Copy Editing Services
    2019-06-01 09:37

    “Black Jack” was a very quick and enjoyable read for me. The book has a very original writing style which makes it very unique. It was very easy for me to find myself captivated by Manicka’s book; she places in some very thought provoking questions while keeping you hooked on the story.This book has mainly 5 star reviews, and I can for sure see why. I would read another book by Manicka any day; I truly enjoy the way she writes, you have to check out the book for that fact if any.I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but it is very thrilling, haunting, and all at the same time so very realistic; in turn making it that much more chilling. You will be sucked in from the very start of this book and it won’t let up until the end. I recommend this book to everyone; if you like the genre or not, I really can’t say it enough that her writing style must be seen.4.5 out of 5 stars. Check this book out and you will find yourself looking for what else she has written; that's what I did anyway!

  • Sylvia
    2019-06-04 09:41

    What an emotional and thought-provoking read! ���Black Jack��� challenges religion and our perception of life and reality with two strong and unique characters. Dakota is a psychic who can use her mind to control people to serious extremes, conditioned by brutal means from the age of seven. Her opposite, Black, is an orphan who soon learns that he alone can stop her and unveil the truth behind the gods, our souls, and the very meaning life.Rani Manicka has created a mind trip like no other, with complex characters and a plot that expands our world into a game board for powerful external forces, conspiracies, unbelievable powers and horror. With all this is a tale of just how strong love can be and the great lengths that can be achieved with the right determination and direction. I enjoyed this story and great deal and look forward to reading more by this author!

  • Joood Hooligan
    2019-06-13 11:32

    Wow. This book... I really enjoyed it. It made me think, a lot, and I love a book that can do that - it rarely happens. This was also the first book I've read this year that I had to recommend to my husband - which is saying something. He's a picky reader.I will admit that there were some parts that confused me, which did take me out of the story. Although, I was brought back in pretty quickly so I don't believe I missed much.Definitely suggest people check out this book. It's not a typical read, but it's a good one. I am looking forward to a sequel.4/5 platypires