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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

William Manchee

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pacofig December 18th, 2008 06:06 AM PST

Tarizon: The Liberator is an interesting book that one could read a lot into. Taken as it seems to be intended as a science fiction book aimed at teens and young adults it is quite an interesting story and the fact that the hero is seventeen years old when the story opens will definitely appeal to the younger crowd. Peter Turner stumbles onto the knowledge that aliens live among us in the US, but even more disturbing than that discovery alone is that the US government is well aware of this and is cooperating with the aliens from planet Tarizon. A series of volcanic eruptions threatens life as well as the ecosystem on Tarizon. The aliens trade their superior technology to the US for some of its citizens to help repopulate their planet. Young Turner is abducted and not only has to adapt to life on this new planet but that many of the people see him as the liberator of their planet which besides dealing with all of the problems in the aftermath of the volcanoes has a civil war going on between the Loyalists and the Purists. This book combines many of the basic elements in conflict with man vs. nature and man vs. man, as there are brave heroes and evil villains in this story. The courage shown by the young Peter Turner makes even the most cynical reader root for him. On another level, as a more mature reader there are things in this book that screamed the current situation in the US, except that our aliens aren’t from another planet but are part of a civil war that is threatening to break out if not in arms but in the political arena. Barack Obama is being portrayed as the young hero, the great liberator and savior of not only the oppressed, but the planet as well. This is the savoir the Loyalists(liberals), are hanging their hats on and as in the book could face the threat of assassination. This book may very well have been written long before it was even a thought that Obama would become the president-elect of the US, but those similarities struck me from the outset. Whether the political parallels are intended or not this book is an excellent read with a well told story and interesting, compelling characters.

Jami16 December 18th, 2008 06:10 AM PST

William Manchee’s book, “Tarizon: The Liberator,” will definitely appeal to young fans of science fiction but also is a well told story of good versus evil, with a likeable, young hero that will appeal to most readers, particularly the teen to twenty-something set. While this book starts with the premise that there are aliens from another planet living among us they are not so different to put off the casual reader. They look human with the only difference that they have gills. Their planet, Tarizon used to be a beautiful place but was nearly destroyed following a series of volcanic eruptions. This premise is very believable. As the inhabitants of Tarizon try to cope they become embroiled in political unrest, resulting in a civil war between the Loyalists, the group believing in restoring rights for all life forms, including a growing mutant population and the Purists who want to rid Tarizon of the mutants and all non-human, intelligent life. This a theory easy to relate to as throughout time there have been civilizations on earth through genocide and ethnic cleansing that have basically tried to do the same thing. Basically, the beings from Tarizon need earthlings and in this book, US citizens to help repopulate their planet. They make a deal with the US government to give them advanced technology in exchange for healthy humans to aid in the repopulation. The story’s seventeen year old hero, Peter Turner discovers the basics of this plot and is exiled to Tarizon where he is thought by many to be the prophesized liberator. How he adapts to another planet, customs and language while escaping assassination is a compelling story. Peter stands up for and works for what he believes is right and that always makes a good

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After 20 years of true-life experiences as an attorney, Manchee discovered his passion for writing in 1995. He has written 14 books including the Stan Turner Mysteries Vol 1-8, Rich Coleman Novels Vol 1 and 2, as well as a non-fiction work, Yes, We're Open, Defending the Small Business Under Siege, which is currently in print in the United States and eight foreign countries.

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