Toxic Spirits

Fiction - Thriller - Medical
266 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2019
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Author Biography

Mani has previously published nearly three dozen short stories and essays, in addition to six scholarly books. A writer, scientist, and professor, Mani retired early from Silicon Valley to Thailand, where he volunteered in the Golden Triangle with the hill-tribe fictionalized in Toxic Spirits. Born in India and educated across four continents, he also studied creative writing at Penn (with Carlos Fuentes), at Bread Loaf (with Patricia Hampl), and at Harvard (with Paul Harding).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Toxic Spirits by Inderjeet Mani is the story of a man who tries to make the best of the situation he is in, but it seems like powerful forces around him have other plans. Benton moved away from his country to Thailand when his wife died. He used to be an intelligence analyst in Washington D.C, but racism and the harsh realities of his life pushed him to take this step. Living in Thailand, he realizes that finding the peace he was looking for is not possible. Sooner than he realized, he gets involved in the shady world of human trials and experiments that he tries to get out of it. Stuck in the world of human genetic manipulation, he has to fight for his rights and for the rights of other people while trying to survive. Does Benton have what it takes to do what is expected of him?

Exceptionally crafted and impactful, this novel took me on a journey that I wanted to continue. The author described Thailand in such vivid detail that I could easily imagine myself living in the moment with Benton. Benton’s character is very complex, he takes you on a journey, he makes you live his troubles with him and allows you to get up close and personal with him. The pace is fast, the suspense is magical and the narrative impactful. The story is very well-crafted, the author connected the dots in a manner that left me amazed. This is an exceptional novel, one that had me riveted from the very beginning until the very end. It was simply fantastic!