Act Normal (A Stan Turner Mystery #8)
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Act Normal (Stan Turner #8)

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A Dallas attorney is recruited by the CIA as a legal consultant for its ultra top secret Tarizon Repopulation project. His first assignment is to defend a woman accused of murdering her children and alien husband. The alien husband, however, is not from Mexico but from Tarizon, a planet in another solar system. Stan must not only prove his client innocent but also make sur...more
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Published (first published September 1st 2007)
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Zoeytron
Quick! Someone call the homophone police! The responsible party for editing this book needs to be read his rights and sent back to school until he understands that the spell-check feature on a computer is not the only tool needed when proofing text. I was almost able to overlook the mistakes in punctuation due to the overwhelming number of the other. The errors are numerous enough to seriously detract from an otherwise decent story. But I did not espy a single misspelled word, by the gods!

The au...more
Betsy Hover
I was delighted to receive this book from Goodreads Giveaways. It mixes a science-fiction alien story with a Stieg Larsson type mystery thriller about two Attorney's (Stan Turner/Paula) working separate murder cases. It is a very creative and interesting story and kept my attention like The girl with the Dragon Tatoo series.
Jessica
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Desiree reilly
i enjoyed the book to the max mr manchee used the
same town and as first that that kevin might ended up in here but the book is about the cia and the alien that want the earth so they send there women to get married and then have kids the story keep you on your toes family are all most destroyed and brought back together and the lawyer were wicked i give the book top rate and love them


Chris
Another fantastic, action packed Stan Turner adventure! There are so many different edge of your seat stories taking place in this novel. It is amazing how far this author has come since the very first Stan Turner story I read. Kudos Mr Manchee! Looking forward to HEARING, "Tarizon: The Liberator Volume 1
Randee Baty
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I appreciate Goodreads and the author for letting me read this book for free. Thanks!

This is a hard review to write because I liked the book in many ways but it is deeply flawed in so many others. Here's what I liked. The plot did keep me very interested. The sections of the book that were pure legal thriller were very good and intriguing. I did want to know what happened next and how the trials were going to turn out. The characters p...more
Sandi Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars for "Act Normal," by William Manchee

Anyone who loves a great battle between lawyers will love this story. "Act Normal" is a book of twists and turns yet it is a relaxing read. I recommend it!

Stan is recruited by the CIA for its ultra top secret Tarizon Re-population project. His first assignment is to defend a woman accused of murdering her children and alien husband. The alien husband, however, is not from Mexico but Tarizon, a planet in another solar system. Stan must not o...more
Stacey
I received Act Normal by William Manchee from Goodreads, free, for a review. While the plot was interesting, with a sci-fi twist, it was in desperate need of some good editing.

The story is about two lawyers, Stan Turner and Paula Waters, and two murder cases, with an embezzlement case thrown in for good measure. As this is book eight in the Stan Turner Mystery series, there are obviously some allusion to past story lines; however, this didn't deter from the plot in Act Normal.

An interesting tw...more
Hate2beLate
~Good Reads Winner~
This was hard to review due to not having read any of the previous Stan Turner Mysteries. So, perhaps that is why I was unable to connect very deeply with any of the characters and the story. I did read the entire book, and over all it was enjoyable and decently written. I just felt as though I was reading a surface report as opposed to being drawn into the story. I love SciFi and would have enjoyed learning more of that aspect of the book. Again, this may be due to not being...more
Teresa Seavey
What a surprise this book was. I knew it would be a suspense novel, but the alien thing kind of threw me for a loop. It was a little confusing with each chapter alternating being narrative by Stan and Paula. I got the hang of it, but if I put the book down for a time I would have to remember whose turn it was. I rarely put the book down, though. Wonderful story. I won't give anything away, but I can't wait to read more! I won this on goodreads - thanks!
Georgiann Hennelly
Act Normal is a complex book full of twists and turns. Stan is a lawyer who is recruited by the CIA, for its ultra secret Re- Population project. His first assignment is to defend a women accused of killing her Alien husband and children, The husband is a real Alien from another planet in the solar system Tarizan. Stan has to prove his client innocent of the murder's while making sure nobody finds out that the government is allowing Aliens to procreate on Earth. While Stan is busy defending his...more
Susan
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Act Normal through Goodreads, and I am very glad that I did. I had read another book in this series and enjoyed it which is why I was excited to have another chance to read and review a Stan Turner mystery. I have to admit that this book really threw me with chapter one because I can honestly say I didn't expect to read a mystery that contained aliens. However Manchee does a great job at capturing the reader's interest and never letting go and building a w...more
Kim Mack
I received this book as a First Reads to review. I thought it sounded interesting from the description. However, I was not won over. I gave it my token 40 pages or 4 chapters - in this case it was both - and could not consider moving on. This was written in first person, but each chapter alternated between Stan and Paula. Maybe I'm merely not smart enough, but this got confusing. And when Stan and Paula were in the same conversation, I couldn't remember who "I" was from chapter to chapter. The p...more
Brent Soderstrum
I won this book through GoodReads first read program.

This is book #8 of the Stan Turner mystery series. It is also the 2nd book in the Stan Turner series in which Manchee combines Turner with the Tarizon world. The Tarizon people have come to earth in order to repopulate their world. Pregnancies can't happen on Tarizon due to environmental issues. As a result Tarizon males come to earth, live on earth and impregnate earth women. They eventually take the children back to Tarizon. How do they expl...more
Maria Mitchell
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review.

I thought this book sounded interesting because of the legal side of it. I don't usually go for science fiction but I thought they might balance each other out. The idea behind the story was interesting however I couldn't get into the story. I tried to struggle through it for about 120 pages. It took me actually a couple of chapters to even realize that the chapters were alternating viewpoints between main chara...more
Mike Walker
Act Normal by William Manchee is a unique read. It mixes a science-fiction alien story with a John Grisham type mystery thriller about 2 attorney's working separate murder cases. The US Government has agreed to work with the Tarizon aliens in exchange for new technology. Since the aliens are also human, they are using Earth to repopulate their planet since massive volcanic eruptions caused huge loses of life on their planet Tarizon. Stan Turner is an attorney at the Turner & Waters Law Firm...more
James Jackson
** I received this book free through Goodreads giveaways **
Bottom line: If you read right through typos, homonyms and the like, give this a try. If they bother you, give it a pass.

I entered the giveaway because the premise of Act Normal intrigued. I enjoy both mystery and Science Fiction so the combination was a plus.

I did struggle a bit with having the POV of two characters both presented in first person. I don't have a preference of first versus third, whatever the author thinks works best is...more
Amy
*I received the book as a Goodreads Giveaway book.*

The primary reason for only three stars is the terrible, terrible editing. I have never read a book with so many errors. If I hadn't committed to read and review it, I would have set it aside for that reason alone. There were missing words, mistakes of various types, and totally misused words. My favorite was "mach jurors" instead of "mock jurors"...and this was written by an attorney? I counted six such mistakes on just one page. I wouldn't hav...more
Jennifer
It took me a little while to put my thoughts together so I could write a fair and honest review. I must first say that I was given this book in a give away for a review and want to say thank you to both the author and Goodreads for this opportunity. I would like to first say that I enjoyed the combination of legal thriller and science fiction mix that the author had going. I enjoyed the idea of an alien race being involved with the government through alien abductions, etc. It was very refreshing...more
Erin
Another exciting addition to the Stan Turner Mystery series by William Manchee. While dealing with his son's abduction, Stan receives a case of a woman who is accused of murdering her husband. Paula receives a case of a man accused of arson and murdering his neighbor. Between these two big cases, Stan also takes on a case of a friend who found his accountant embezzling money. On top of everything, Stan gains a new intern, but this intern is quite the temptation when his wife and his relationship...more
Debra
***Received this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Act Normal is part legal thriller part science fiction. It was a little hard for me to get into it at first, but then the story pulled me in. I did enjoy the legal cases that were taking place. The book is part of the Tarizon Saga. It is the only book of the saga that I had read, so I missed some of the background. The author did fill the reader in on the key points so I did not really feel that I had missed too many important facts. I was given e...more
Adam
I was fortunate to have won this book from the Goodreads Free Book First read Giveaway contest and I really liked this story. I thought the plot was engaging and was rather surprised how the mix between legal life and alien plots was good.

I must admit though that my first reaction to aliens was a complete rolling of my eyes but I gave the book a chance and was glad I did. The story kept building and I kept reading on and on because I wanted to know what would happen next. I liked how the story d...more
David Ketelsen
I received a review copy of this book from GoodReads.

I enjoyed much of this book but only gave it 3-stars due to my not liking the alien subplot which seemed irrelevant in this book of the series. I presume the alien presence on Earth was more essential to the plot of earlier books, but here it just seemed like a justification for the main character to carry on with a girl way too young for him. I also didn't like the numerous continuity errors and logic problems. Since William Manchee is an att...more
Sam
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. When I entered this giveaway, I didn't see the description included an alien plot twist. When I received the book, I hesitated to read it because I hate aliens and anything to do with them. However, once I started to read this book, I realized the alien involvement was minimal compared to my thoughts and I understood why the description mentioned it at the end. The story itself is interesting and moves pretty fast. It is a good mystery. Howeve...more
Mandy
I received this free of charge as participant of first reads program via Goodreads. Thank you Goodreads and William Manchee.

I was intrigued by the mix of legal thriller and Sci Fi genres. It was a book I read with ease and found my interest was held all the way through.
The story was told through the eyes of the two law partners - the chapters being told alternately which was intially confusing but it became clear after a couple of chapters. So chapter one was Stan starting the story, chapter tw...more
Colleen Estep
William Manchee is a great writer, this was my second Stan Turner mystery and every bit as good as the first one I read. A big thank you to Good Reads who made reading his possible.
Stan Turner, a attorney manages to get himself embroiled in more twists and turns. This time his son Peter has been abducted by aliens from Tarizon, and he has to work with them to hope to retrieve his son. No one knows that Peter has been abducted except the Cia agent, hence the government. His wife, friends and co...more
Marc Leroux
I received this book as part of the Goodreads giveaway program. Thank you.
This is the first Stan Turner book I've read, so perhaps I've missed something by picking it up midway through the series. The editing is poor, but I was able to get by that. The Science Fiction part of the book was gimmicky, and added nothing to the storyline. The courtroom parts were interesting, and could have stood by themselves. The book is written using two voices, each alternating chapters. I liked this approach, to...more
Glenda Alexander
Act Normal continues Stan Turner's quest for protecting the lives of innocent people who are also real victims in some situations that are so lifelike that they become real in the minds of the readers and the readers must continue reading as rapidly as possible to learn the resolutions to the terrifying problems these people face. William Manchee has used his extensive legal background to write in a fashion that makes his description of the situations in which the lawyer and his partner and staf...more
Ellen
Apr 20, 2013 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult readers
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a First Reads win.
I don't remember knowing that there would be Aliens in the story ahead of time, but it didn't seem to harm the flow of the story.
Basically Stan Turner is an Attorney that can't seem to keep out of the way of trouble finding him. And I say trouble finding him, because he definitely doesn't go out looking for it. This is the second Stan Turner book I have read, and it's pretty good. The feel and flow of it, seem to me to be somewhat too plotted and steri...more
Nicole Johnson
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I have/had never read a book like this before. With the interesting characters added into the book it made for different plot twists for sure. I was confused at first how the book went back and forth between the two characters, but once I figured out what was going on, it was nice to have two varying points of view in a book. This may be how all the books by this author in this series is written, this just happened to be the first book...more
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William Manchee is an attorney by trade and practices consumer law in Dallas with his son Jim. Originally from southern California, he now lives in Plano, Texas with his wife Janet of some 45 years. Manchee first discovered his passion for writing in 1995 when he started his first novel as a diversion from the stress of law practice. He loved writing so much he vowed then to write a novel every ye...more
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