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The Callahans: The Complete Series [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Ryan
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Gordon Ryan has been a best-selling author in all regional markets since he was first published in 1994. His historical fiction series, The Callahans, downloaded over 26,000 Kindle copies in two days. In 2009, Pegasus Publishing re-published his prior work and released his new political thriller series, the Pug Connor novels, State of Rebellion, Uncivil Liberties, and To Faithfully Execute. Ryan is an American author who continues to write from his home in New Zealand, producing page-turning classics in both genre.

Author's Note: The Callahans: The Complete Series, in five volumes, is available in one Kindle book at Amazon with a discount price below the five separate novels.

Vol. I - Destiny: Fleeing an abusive father and a hopeless life in Ireland in 1895, nineteen-year-old Tom Callahan takes passage on a ship bound for America. On board, he meets Katrina Hansen, a young Norwegian woman traveling to Utah. It's not a likely match. The brash Irishman is a Catholic, a brawler and a young man without prospects. Katrina is a refined young woman, yet naive in the ways of the world. Lured into a polygamous marriage, she finds herself abandoned on a remote Mexican beach as the man she loves, unaware of her status, seeks his fortune in Alaska. Destiny is a sprawling historical novel set at the turn of the 19th century, played out in such far-flung places as New York City, the gold fields of Alaska and Old Mexico.

Vol.II - Conflict:  Tom Callahan strikes it rich in the Alaska goldfield while Katrina struggles to remain alive in Mexico. Demonstrating her determination and faith, the reader is shown the resilience of this young woman who has grown beyond her years. Continuing through 1912 and the disastrous voyage of HMS Titanic, Conflict will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Vol. III - Reunion: It's 1917 and American has entered World War I. Tom and Katie's son, in an effort to prove his worth to his father, has joined what President Woodrow Wilson is calling  - the fight to make the world safe for democracy-. As the war ends, Tommy is selected for appointment to the Naval Academy, while his father is arrested and imprisoned in Ireland for gun running in the great Irish Civil War. Set against turbulent events in world history and filled with vivid scenes as well as tender emotions, Reunion takes the reader around the world.

Vol. IV - Prelude: Tom and Katrina Callahan continue their story in the years between the two world wars. Their three children have grown up and are making their way in a world that is propelling itself toward World War II. Tess has her heart set on a Hollywood movie career; PJ is a successful sheep rancher in New Zealand and Tommy is pursuing his career in the Marine Corps and learning not only about war, but about the perils of romance. When Tommy finds himself in England prior to WWII, Winston Churchill calls on him to examine the economic growth of the German nation as they secretly prepare for war.

Vol. V - Reprisal - Continuing the series into WWII as Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Callahan III faces personal tragedy during the Blitz in London as the war presents a very personal face. As he leaves his Embassy post to return to the United States, America joins Europe in the worldwide conflagration. For the second time in his young life, the son of Thomas and Katrina Callahan finds himself immersed in front-line battle, torn between his duty and the love of a beautiful woman who desires only his safety.

The conclusion of The Callahans will leave you enthralled as the children and grandchildren of a once-young Irish immigrant and his Norwegian bride leave their mark upon the world.

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About the Author

<b>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, <i>State of Rebellion and <i>Uncivil Liberties.</em></i></b><em></i>

Product Details

  • File Size: 1334 KB
  • Print Length: 822 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966352998
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pegasus Publishing (July 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0NIRW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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276 of 314 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading March 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wish that someone had written a review that mentioned that this book was written for the purpose of proselytizing re: the Mormon religion. I was quite disgusted with the recurring theme that Mormonism is better than every other religion and that they are somehow supreme beings and even people with sound Catholic beliefs should give up their god and buy into the LDS beliefs.
I am not a disgruntled Catholic, I am a spiritual person who lives according to two principles; "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and 'love thy neighbour as thyself'. I do not subscribe to manmade rules and dogma of various religions and I am tolerant of the right of people to believe what they want to. I just don't like to have such negativism regarding other religions shoved down my throat under the guise of literature. I could not finish the whole book and would not recommend it to anyone.
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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected September 15, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I first saw this trilogy mentioned on the Kindle Boards and was delighted to find it since I love reading multigenerational historical novels. Having a Kindle made it even better since I looked forward to enjoying an entertaining epic (size is over 17,000 locations) without trying to juggle an oversized hard cover book. The premise also seemed sound dealing with immigrants to Utah with differing religions and backgrounds.

My rating is for the trilogy as a whole since there doesn't seem to be any sound reason to fragment it into three sections. I am disappointed that I can not rate it higher than three stars even though I believe that the author is a natural born story teller and writes in a very clear narrative style.

The problem I had with this book is that in order to sustain interest, the characters and story line should be compelling. I found that most of the characters including the two main ones, Tom and Katrina, to be one dimensional. The dialogue seemed wooden and completely absent of wit or humor.

The underlying theme of the book is their spiritual quest and it completely overshadows any other story line. Their spiritual angst and beliefs comprised a great deal of the book which had a heavy religious component throughout. I imagine that if this novel were summarized more accurately emphasizing this theme, it might capture a more appreciative audience.

As for the the other story lines, I felt as though I was reading a novel that was constructed by following a time line for the period listing all the major world events. It seemed as though the situations in the novel were expressly created to see how many famous personalities from that time frame could be incorporated into the story. Since so many historical events were included, they all received very superficial treatment.

I think the book would have benefited from having a more narrow focus and more multifaceted characters.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful read! February 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Spirit of Union Trilogy: Destiny (aka Book 1)
Of the three, this one is my favorite. A wonderfully thought out story line with well developed characters. This is a book for men or women, although, as a woman I found it very chivalrous and become quite fond of Thomas Callahan. Relationships between characters were en pointe with customary social standards of the time period this book was set. I enjoyed the romance involved with the two main characters, Thomas and Katrina Hansen. I was angry at Stromberg at his deception concerning Katrina and Theresa. I was amazed at Katrina's resilience (which continues throughout the series) and faith. I appreciate the author's reliance on God despite any religious differences I personally may have with the Catholic or Mormon belief systems. I was enthralled with a good, quality read that did not have questionable verbiage, situations or overly violent scenes.

Spirit of Union Trilogy: Conflict (aka Book 2)
The title explains it all. Historically the world is at war and you can bet that Thomas Callahan is somewhere in the midst of it, albeit financially or physically. As I reflect on my reading of this book there are many positive and prosperous situations that arise. The most prominent being the tragedy of the Titanic. Without divulging the events of this tragedy I am abhorred at Thomas in this book. I had tears in my eyes and the consequences of his actions on the life of his child just made me angry at him. Katrina becomes even more of a beautiful person to me--even after the loss of her first child in Book 1, her best friend, Teresa and the resilience she had after Teresa's death. I anticipated the end of this book so that I could jump into Book 3.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks passion.. January 15, 2011
While the first part of the trilogy kept me interested, the second didn't. And I cannot get myself to finish this book, sorry. Though it was very well written, it lacked passion. Events in the book that needed to be drawn out in detail, were not. Then I found myself skipping over useless extended details in other parts of the book. I was happy to see Tom and Katrinka finally together, but every time there was a major event in their felt like it was just skipped over. (The wedding, births, etc...) I wanted to see the passion and detail in these characters. It just wasn't there for me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was part of the family. December 29, 2010
By Cindy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
By the time I finished this trilogy I felt like I had become a part of the family. While I'm not very religious and "knew" very little about the LDS or Mormon faith I did not find it pushy or preachy. Just a family living their lives the best they could with their beliefs and love for each other getting them through the tough times that life always has plenty of.

The writing was what I have always called comfortable. It flowed easily and I didn't have to reread parts to try and follow what was meant. The characters were very human and you felt their emotions, both the good and the bad.

As a whole this trilogy made me chuckle and shed a tear. I found myself angry and frustrated. A writer of a book or series of books that can do that has done their job.

I thoroughly recommend this trilogy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars You feel like part of the family and part of their history
A page turner. You feel like part of the family and part of their history.
Published 9 days ago by J . I. Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars too long
Too long. First book was excellent. second book was good too. Held my interest. Third book got boring. Not interesting anymore.
Published 23 days ago by ednadaisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Incredible read!
Published 1 month ago by Teresa L. Godwin
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
A great historical fiction book. Would recommend it :) LDS based, no bad words or seedy relationships. Overall a great read.
Published 1 month ago by Becky Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, You'll like it!!!
Wonderful story, well told.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Dudley B. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Really my kind of book! Interesting plot with lots ...
Really my kind of book! Interesting plot with lots of history thrown in and characters with depth .
Published 4 months ago by Marian Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading it
I enjoyed reading it. It was a good history lesson along with being able to get caught up in the lives of the people.
Published 5 months ago by grandmad
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good read, although a bit heavy on religion!!
Published 6 months ago by cleo hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Heads up!
Excellent read, good series, looking forward to reading more books by Gordon Ryan
Published 6 months ago by elemdee
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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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