This mediocre military SF adventure sequel to 2008's Tarizon: The Liberator continues the exploits of Leek Lanzia, an Earth-born teenager exiled to the planet Tarizon. Hailed as Tarizon's savior as per an old prophecy, Lanzia leads the mutant Loyalists and their allies in a vicious war against the hovertanks of the Tarizon Global Army. Lanzia's episodic adventures include uniting Tarizon's disparate races, bolstering the Loyalist army's air forces and attempting to free his completely nondescript mate, Lucinda, from captivity. An epic scale and some nifty ideas can't hide the shallow characterization and rushed plotting, and Manchee completely squanders the inherent humor of a 17-year-old boy leading an army of mutants. The sparse descriptions and assumed familiarity with the first volume leave much of the story inaccessible to new readers. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Tarizon Civil War: Tarizon Trilogy Vol 2by William Manchee
Videl Lai is dead and Tarizon's cataclysmic civil war is over, or so most people think, until Tarizon's Intergalactic Fleet refuses to surrender. Then Videl Lai's adopted son, Evohn Cystrom, masterminds the escape of Rupra Bruda, recognized to be the father of the Purist movement. As the Fleet defiantly leaves it's moon base on Clarion, Cystrom informs Chancellor Lorin Boskie that they intend to travel to Earth, conquer it, and someday come back and destroy Tarizon. The Chancellor, at great personal political risk, puts together a rag-tag armada of Earth Shuttles to try and beat the Purists to Earth and warn the American government of the impending invasion. The odds of the Loyalist armada reaching Earth before the Purists, or even surviving the trip against the powerful Purist Fleet, are long but Commander General, Leek Lanzia, The Liberator, is determined to save Earth and destroy the Purists once and for all.
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- 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 18 Years
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William Manchee grew up in Ventura, California in the 60s. After obtaining his BA from UCLA in 1965 he and his family moved to Texas in 1970 where Manchee attended law school at SMU. He began his legal career in Dallas as a sole practitioner in 1976 and currently practices with his son Jim. A resident of Plano, Texas he and his wife Janet have been married nearly 40 years and raised four children. Inspired by twenty years of true life experiences as an attorney, Manchee discovered his passion for writing in 1995.
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Civil war has broken out on Tarizon between the Purists and the Loyalists. Each side fights for dominance of various cities, islands, and continents. Political and romantic intrigues are also interspersed throughout. This can be read as a stand alone tale, but the first book does help with character development and plot background. The narrative is complex and highly detailed with flawed and complicated characters present. Scenery and activities are also detailed giving a unique flair to the atmosphere of this reality. Overall, an intriguing read.
Seventeen year old Leek Lanzia has found life on Tarizon dangerous yet rewarding after being exiled from his birth planet earth. He is the orb's savior if one can believe an ancient prophecy. In that role, Lanzia leads the mutant Loyalists and their allies against the superior forces of the Tarizon Global Army especially their hovertanks. However, various races who have been divided in the past and encouraged to remain split by the ruling elite have rallied around the savior. Soon the Loyalist side has air power that almost matches their foe. Meanwhile still a teen at heart and in other parts of his anatomy Leek tries to rescue his mate, Lucinda. The sequel to THE LIBERATOR continues the unlikely but entertaining and satirical adventures of the exiled Leek on Tarizon. He now leads a growing force of mutants and other species n a civil war, but still has issues with raging hormones (though I would like to see more of his raging hormones interfering with his duties and responsibilities) that call for a time out so he can rescue his girlfriend. Once again the underlying message of this fun young adult military science fiction remains at a minimum tolerance for all while the preferable choice would be consensus. Harriet Klausner