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The Usurper: A Political Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Cliff Ball
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This political thriller is set during the Cold War right on up to the collapse of the Soviet Union and beyond....

Gary is raised to hate. Hate the United States, its people, and everything they have ever stood for. His mission is to destroy the country from within, allying himself with the worst of America's enemies, and one very powerful and malevolent trillionaire, to accomplish the deed. Once elected to the highest position in the land, Gary puts his lifelong goals to work, and puts the USA onto the path of ultimate destruction.

Editorial Reviews


"A fascinating premise. The altered-history speculation is always an intriguing way to go." Writer's Digest

"A cold-blooded, Clancy-esque political thriller; The Usurper is sure to entertain." Nurture Your review

"What impressed me the most was Ball's very accurate depiction of the power of indoctrination. In many ways it was a rather chilling view of what 'could have been'. If you like political thrillers then I highly recommend it." Reader review by Tracey Alley, author of Erich's Plea.

"The Usurper" is a fast-paced fictional story that has non-fictional elements in it of events that really happened. Cliff makes you think 'could this really happen?'" Heather D. - reader review on Amazon.

"I love the concept of this book and the ending caught me totally off guard. The Usurper is a quick read. There are many correlations with the real world that most of us can relate to. If only they had turned out differently." Reader review by J.C. Phelps, author of The Alex Stanton Chronicles.

"The Usurper is an attention-grabbing story and an eye opener on many levels. Although The Usurper is a work of fiction, many instances could be comparable to some going-ons in our world today. Ball indeed did a terrific job with his imagination." Review on Manic

About the Author

Cliff Ball lives in Texas, is a Christian, has 2 BA's and a Technical Writing Certificate. Cliff has published 8 novels and 2 short stories so far. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K9WDA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible! Do Not Waste Your Money, Time or Life July 29, 2012
By Texanna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the most poorly written book I have ever attempted to read. Either the previous reviewers are friends of the author, or they have very low expectations. I tried to finish it, really I did, thinking it has to get better, but my brain wouldn't let me go on.

From what I read, I believe the plot is stolen from The Manchurian Candidate and The Omega Code.

Please, don't waste your hard earned money. And don' t give this author the mistaken idea that he is an accomplished writer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh. Please. June 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok the subtitle conservative political thriller didn't warn me off but should have. This was the worst kindle book I've read, cant believe I paid for it. Kicking myself. Forget political leanings this is drivel. Poorly written and unimaginitive. Go elsewhere unless you are just looking for a conservative fantasy rather than a decent read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH September 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has it all--bad writing, poor characterization, lousy dialogue, intrusive narration. I thought at first that the poor writing, which read like pure farce with its simplistic "plot" and cardboard characters, was intentionally created such as it was to offer up a satire on cold-war era politics. Sadly, I came to realize that wasn't the case. The author really doesn't know how to write and doesn't realize all the amateurish mistakes he displayed throughout the book.

My comments have nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the readability of the book. It was a real stinker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it!! September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was surely written by an 8th grader. It is so poorly written that I was surprised to find the author has a degree in English. The characters are not well developed; no only do we have no compassion for them, we can't even hate them. It reads flat, like a manual on how to repair cars. The concept is intriguing but the book is horrible. I couldn't finish it--don't waste you time or money!!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced political thriller March 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first Cliff Ball book I've read...and I'd have to say that if he writes another political thriller ... I'm in! "The Usurper" is a fast-paced fictional story that has non-fictional elements in it of events that really happened. Cliff makes you think 'could this really happen?' He makes it all seem possible...which is a scary thought! This book had lots of twists and turns that kept the reader on the edge of her seat throughout the book. I gave this book to my dad to read since he likes the same kind of books that I do. I'm sure he'll have a good review as well. Thank you Cliff for writing this book!
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More About the Author

Cliff Ball lives in Texas, born in Arizona, is a Christian and is Baptist. Has two BA's, and a Certificate in Technical Communications. Has published more than ten novels and four short stories. Won third in high school for a short story written in Creative Writing class for a young adult magazine. His novels are clean reads: no sex, cussing, very little violence, and can be read by anyone above 13. Cliff enjoys reading fast paced novels, dislikes a lot of extraneous fluff, so his novels reflect his reading preferences. Blog & Website
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The End Times Saga (Christian Fiction Thrillers):
Times of Turmoil (2013)
Times of Trouble (2012)
Times of Trial (2012)
Jon Ryan (2013)
Xavier Doolittle (2013)
Times of Rebellion (formerly Timothy Phillips)(2013)
Times of Destruction (2014)
Times of Judgment - (2014)
Times of Tribulation - Coming late 2014

Out of Time - Time Travel (2008)
Don't Mess With Earth - alt history (2009 - no longer available)
The Usurper - political thriller (2010)
Shattered Earth -alternate history/fantasy/scifi (2010)
Voyager and the Aliens (short story) -sci-fi (2011)
Dust Storm (short story) -western (2011)
Beyond the New Frontier (sci-fi, alternate history, time travel) - combo of New Frontier & Final Frontier (2012)


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