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.
"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) . . . 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. SIBA Galley Call by Reeden Wright
" . . . readers will enjoy this action-packed, exciting thriller . . . William Manchee has created a fascinating world in trouble that anchors this exhilarating, powerful morality tale. Harriet Klausner, Alternative Worlds
." . . Characters are fresh, exciting, filled with vivacity. The dialog is fitting, often gritty, hard-hitting potent. The storyline is attention-grabbing, engaging and out of the ordinary. Settings are nicely detailed, the 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 downright vicious." Molly Martin, Midwest Book Reviews
..". Tarizon: The Liberator is a blistering read (I really can't recall the last time I burned through three hundred pages in just a couple hours' time) and will keep the attention nicely. There's plenty of action to be had here and several nifty plot points, including the use of provoked downtrodden wildlife (the Tarizonian powers-that-be seem to care about as much for their flora and fauna as they do for their people) as a weapon. It's very clever and highly engaging. ... getting a copy of Tarizon: The Liberator is a worthwhile move." Steve Anderson, America Jr