When a teenager discovers his father is working on a secret government project with aliens from the planet Tarizon, the project is compromised and Peter Turner must accept exile or be killed.
Tarizon is recovering from a series of super volcanic eruptions that nearly destroyed all life on the planet. It is slowly recovering ecologically but the political situation is volatile. The fight is between the Purists who want to rid Tarizon of a growing mutant population and eliminate all non-human intelligent life-forms, and the Loyalists who want to restore the Supreme Mandate that guarantees freedom and basic rights for all humans and other sentient beings.
Videl Lai has become Chancellor in a tainted election. Once in power, he renounces Tarizon's constitution, The Supreme Mandate, and orders the extermination of all non-human life forms.
The Loyalist party anticipating Videl's rise to power, has been planning a civil war to restore rule under the Supreme Mandate and stop the genocide. But the Loyalist Party is weak and there is little hope it will be able to defeat Videl Lai and his formidable army. The only hope seems to be a prophecy that foretells of the arrival of a Liberator from Earth who would lead a revolt to rid Tarizon of a ruthless dictator.
Peter, much to his shock and dismay, soon learns that many on Tarizon believe that he is this Liberator and is expected to lead the revolution against Videl Lai and free the Nanomites, Mutants and Seafolken from bondage.
Excellent young adult science fiction, July 29, 2008
By Harriet Klausner
On the planet Tarizon, several volcanoes erupted simultaneously; placing the world in darkness and affecting the ability to survive and even grow crops. Everything is aimed at survival so the people of Tarizon make a deal with the authorities in the United States. The will give America tech in exchange for mating with humans and producing healthy offspring. When teenage earthling Peter Turner discovers there are aliens amongst us, they kidnap him and send him to Tarizon to silence him. Many believe he is the prophesized Liberator who will appear from outside during a super eclipse, which occurs as he arrives.
Peter learns his new home, still devastated by e nature, is on the brink of a civil war that neither side can truly win. The Chancellor is incapacitated and Videl of the Purist Party takes his place. He and his followers oppose the Supreme Mandate that grants freedom and equality to sentient non-humans including mutants, the rhutz, the Nanomites and the Seafolken. Peter sides with Vidal's opponents the Loyalists who vow to uphold the Supreme Mandate to live free or die. Still he is caught in a civil war between the Purists and the Loyalists as there is no room for compromise only death.
TARIZON: THE LIBERATOR targets the young adult science fiction audience, but older readers will enjoy the action-packed exciting thriller with a deep message of at least tolerance for all while preferable consensus. The vivid descriptions of the planet will feel as if fans are there assisting the earthling as he struggles with doing what he believes is morally right and taking part in the action and battles. William Manchee has created a fascinating world in trouble that anchors this exhilarating powerful morality tale.
This book is everything a sci-fi fan could want...
Reviewed for the Southern Independent Booksellers Assn for Galley Call by Reeden Wright
The young adult science fiction audience will go for William Manchee’s Tarizon: The Liberator, the first book in his new trilogy. It reminds me of the Star Wars series, Among the Hidden (Margaret Peterson Haddix), Dancing With An Alien (Mary Logue), and Ender’s Shadow (Orson Scott Card).
Seventeen-year-old Peter Turner, of Palo Pinto, Texas, stumbles upon a secret. He discovers that his father is working on a government project with aliens from another planet. Peter is given two choices: death or exile to Tarizon.
Peter does what every red-blooded, American seventeen-year-old would do; he opts for exile. Upon his arrival, he is pulled into a conflict that will eventually erupt into a civil war between the Loyalists (the good guys) and the Purists (bad guys). It just so happens that Peter’s arrival also coincides with the fulfillment of a prophecy about a Liberator who will appear upon the planet’s super-eclipse.
This book has everything a sci-fi fan could want: an alien world, mutants, conflict and civil war, spaceships, super-technology and chapters full of action! There is even romance for young Peter.
The reader is pulled into the story, learning along with Peter the language, customs, food, technology and warfare practices of this alien culture. The vivid descriptions of the planet will feel as if readers are there assisting the earthling as he struggles with doing what he believes is morally right. There is a message here, which is oft repeated, a message of tolerance and hope.
Manchee writes The Stan Turner Mysteries series, which feature Peter’s father. These novels are in the unique genre of Legal Science Fiction. Manchee is an attorney and practices in Dallas.
William Manchee has created a fascinating alien world...
Reviewed by Sandra M. Webster for Reader Views (8/08)
Aliens have been living on Earth for years and the government not only knows about it, they are covering it up and helping the aliens abduct U.S. citizens.
When 17-year-old Peter Turner discovers that his father, Attorney Stan Turner is missing, he heads to Cactus Island to find him. Peter has long suspected that his father is working with the CIA on a secret government project involving visitors from another planet. Though Peter swears not to reveal what he knows, the aliens abduct him and transport him to Tarizon. He must accept his fate or be executed.
Tarizon is recovering from a series of major volcanic eruptions years ago that almost destroyed all life on the planet. Many of the remaining inhabitants live in domed cities and are trying to repopulate the planet any way they can. Unfortunately the cities aren’t big enough for the entire population and those living outside begin to mutate.
Discord breaks out between the two political parties on Tarizon. The Loyalists, who are currently in control, believe in the Supreme Mandate that guarantees freedom and basic rights for all humans and other sentient beings. The Purists renounce the mandate and want to rid the planet of the growing mutant population and all other non-human life forms including the Rhutz, the Nanomites and the Seafolken.
Many of the Tarizons believe in a prophecy that says a great liberator will come and free the Mutants, Rhutz, Nanomites and Seafolken and save them from extermination by the Purists who seize power. Peter is believed to be this liberator and the Loyalists set out to help him become the great leader they want him to be while trying to keep him from being assassinated.
William Manchee has created a fascinating alien world in “Tarizon: the Liberator.” Though only 17 when he is abducted, the hero Peter Turner steps up to the plate and does a man’s job (in more ways than one as he does his part to help the population grow). The first in a trilogy, this book is sure to appeal to adult Sci-Fi aficionados as well as the Young Adult audience it targets.
With fabulous alien life forms, advanced technology never seen on Earth and the need to repopulate their world however they can, the inhabitants of Tarizon will abduct your mind and transport it to their planet until the final page is read. After reading “Tarizon: the Liberator,” you will be left staring at the stars, waiting for the next trip.
Writer Manchee once again has proven his growing prowess as a writer.
From the formidable body of works comprising his Stan Turner series; Manchee has turned in a very different direction with his exciting Tarizon trilogy.
Characters are fresh, exciting, filled with vivacity. Dialog is fitting, often gritty, hard hitting potent. Storyline is attention-grabbing, engaging and out of the ordinary.
Settings are nicely detailed, reader is drawn into the action, and interest is compelling from beginning to end. Plot twists, subterfuge, stratagem, and chicanery abound, heroes are heroic, and villains are down right vicious.
Manchee has shown past proficiency for writing mysteries, he is proving adroit in this fantasy/sci fi genre as well.
While Tarizon: The Liberator is listed as a spin-off of the Stan Turner Mystery series it is a book which can be read and understood without going back and reading the Mysteries. Although, I am a fan of the mysteries and suggest that if you have never read Manchee before; consider availing yourself of the mystery series as well.
Answers to questions posed in Cactus Island and Act Normal regarding Peter and Tarizon are being made known in the Tarizon Trilogy. Exciting series, exciting book. Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.