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Ryan is known for his spare, lean prose, and his amazing understanding of the human condition. This latest offering may be his best yet. The subject matter is timely; the action is credible and often nail-biting. 
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Ryan is well known for his political intrigue novels and vast knowledge of political and military tactics.  Fast and enthralling.  Dialog is real.  Presents a truly strong female character who is still feminine.  
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Gordon Ryan has been a traditionally published author since 1994. In 2010, Pegasus Publishing republished each of his former novels and released his new thrillers, State of Rebellion and Uncivil Liberties.

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  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453877312
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pegasus Publishing (June 21, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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"... a writer of skill and originality." Midwest Book Review, 2004

GORDON W. RYAN ( has been a traditionally published author since 1994. Ryan was a Recon Marine in the aftermath of the Cuban missile crises. He served in Bangkok with the Air Force during Vietnam and at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, during the violent 70's.

Ryan holds a Bachelors degree with Honors in Political Science and has completed graduate work in Public Administration. During his career, Ryan has served as Chief Executive Officer or City Manager in multiple American and international communities. An accomplished public speaker, he frequently accepts invitations for public presentations.

Ryan is the author of the dynamic, newly released Pug Connor political military action series which includes State of Rebellion, Uncivil Liberties, To Faithfully Execute, and the forthcoming Blood & Treasure. (Also available in a Kindle boxed set single volume)

On a softer, more emotional note, Ryan's historical fiction family saga, The Callahans, in five volumes, has proven to be a Kindle bestseller. (Also available in a single five volume boxed Kindle set.)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RetiredInAnza on November 15, 2010
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This is a well written, fast paced, interesting book with characters I enjoyed meeting. It's a great mixture of political and personal story lines and, as I'm a California resident, the secession theme was intriguing. In my opinion Gordon Ryan is right up there with W.E.B. Griffith and other authors of political thrillers. I'm now in the middle of "State of Rebellion", the 2nd Pug Connor novel, and am hoping a third is published soon, with many more to follow.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on February 24, 2011
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A book has to capture my interest in the first couple of chapters, or I'll likely move on to another book. A book that claims to be an action/suspense thriller should hook me in the first couple of pages. Gordon Ryan's "State of Rebellion" grabbed me in the first paragraph and never let go: "Had the gallows knot been placed to the side, behind the ear, Richard McFarland's neck would have snapped, delivering a swift death. As it was, the young California National Guard lieutenant twisted and convulsed for a long, agonizing two minutes before he died."

That's the prelude to an action-packed, suspenseful page-turner of a novel in the Tom Clancy style, except that Gordon Ryan does it better and far more succinctly than Clancy's bloated thousand-page sagas. And Ryan's characters are real flesh-and-blood people compared to Clancy's cardboard cutouts.

The storyline involves a move to bring about the secession of the State of California from the United States. Within California, the secessionist movement is being championed by many of the state's politicians, as well as by local militias that are popping up around the state. The story covers both the political machinations and the actions of the militias to force secession.

There are a number of major characters in the novel, but the story focuses on Daniel Rawlings, a county administrator and officer in the National Guard, and Nicole Bentley, an FBI agent assigned to keep watch on the local militias. Rawlings is still mourning the death of his young wife in an accident when he meets Special Agent Bentley, and over time they become involved romantically as well as professionally.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kempston on February 2, 2011
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This is a well-written, thoroughly competent, political intrigue about the manipulation and corruption of the political process by the rich and powerful. I enjoyed reading it, although the lengthy exposition of political argument which is necessarily US-centric may be more appreciated by an American audience than a European reader, as may the choice of the name "Pug" for one of the main characters.

The author's extensive experience in the military and around the world has clearly been put to good use in adding local color to the descriptive parts of the book and there are many of the human touches often missing in the thriller genre.

Recommended, especially to those with an interest in American politics, although those looking for a conventional fast-moving thriller may find some of the political rationalization a little tedious.

Disclosure: this review is based on a copy that was kindly donated by the author but I have endeavored to provide an honest and unbiased review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Forster on March 20, 2011
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The mark of a great book is if the author can make you believe the unbelievable. Beginning with the fantastic opening scene (I don't think I've read better) this book weaves its way through the multi-layered politics of a truly frightening scenario: the secession of California from the United States. A Californian myself, I bought this set-up because the author was extraordinarily talented in the plotting of this book. The militia, the politicians, the cops, the reserves and the native Californian's who were being asked to choose between country and state had voices that all ran true. The militia scenes were especially compelling and exactly the kind of thing one looks for in a political thriller. The only drawback for me was the subplot involving the main character. Because the author did such a great job with the thriller aspects of the book, I didn't want to be pulled away from the action. Obviously, that wasn't a huge concern since I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes great writing (again, the opening scene is fantastic)and great storytelling.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By iamjoy on April 24, 2011
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A secession movement originates in California because people are frustrated with the regulations coming out of Washington. However, California has labor, environmental and safety regulations that are often stricter than the federal ones. Even though the third-person omniscience granted to the reader provides an explanation, it seemed odd that no one in the novel would have raised this question. Some of the dialogue read like boilerplate Conservative (Libertarian) mantra and there were no Liberal voices in the debate. In California? Fortunately, this did not dominate the book. Another development that seemed improbable was that there were unlikely security holes in the wake of some high profile assassinations. Overall, though, I liked this book. Mr. Ryan's writing style is engaging and the pacing is excellent. A few nagging flaws notwithstanding, he skillfully weaves a complex plot. The book makes you think about the election process in this country and the factors that shape our voting decisions. NOTE: This book was a gift from the author.
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Secession in California? Why Not Texas?
Hi Gordon - I wondered that as well. It's quite ironic that California, the queen of government intervention in all things, wants to secede from the United States because of the same. I'd love to hear your reasoning.
May 9, 2011 by Common Sense Colorado |  See all 23 posts
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