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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453702725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453702727
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,277,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Readers.com

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. Tracey Alley - reader review

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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.

http://cliffball.net Blog & Website
Follow Cliff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cliff_ball
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cliff.ball.author
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1309948.Cliff_Ball

Books:
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

Others:
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)

Customer Reviews

The author really does not develop characters very well.
T. Hiemenz
It really became something of, "oh, no, I need to finish this up, lemme see how completely unrealistic an ending I can make up!"
Jenna
The book gets one star only because that's as low a rating as allowed.
Kenneth M. Perry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bobbie Crawford McCoy on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Usurper starts off slowly, but quickly picks up momentum as the plot thickens and the story unfolds. There are multiple themes in this fictional novel, not the least of which is terrorism, persecution and indoctrinated loyalties; this story painstakingly illustrates a plan for world domination that requires countless willing and blackmailed participants. The main characters are written with the most depth, while supporting characters have very little in the way of a back story. More internal dialog would enhance the reader's ability to connect with the characters and pull them deeper into the story itself. Some structure and grammatical errors, while few and far between, need to be addressed to ensure a smoothly-flowing story that every reader will be able to enjoy.

Despite the minor issues mentioned, The Usurper is a very fast-paced, political thriller that will keep readers on their toes and offer some thought-provoking twists on historic and future possibilities in the political arena.

Copyright © Nurture Your BOOKS --- Bobbie Crawford-McCoy
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michigan on August 31, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
What a zany story and I think written close to the style of James Joyce - flow of consciousness.
So you have to stay with it and learn what the wicked Russians characters want to do to our USA. It will be worth the wait. Well done, Cliff

Don't Mess With Earth
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JCPhelps on October 14, 2010
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I just finished reading The Usurper and enjoyed the book. 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. The book smacks of conspiracy theories. Who knows, this book could possibly be one of those that, in a few years, will make us wonder, "How did the author get so close to the truth?"
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bethany on November 28, 2011
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After reading this book, I was shocked to discover the author has a degree in English and is pursuing a Technical Writing degree! Besides the story being poorly written in general, and adults speaking like 13 year olds, the poor punctuation and grammar are highly distracting. And really - it is just a bad book and not worth your time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James A. Anderson on January 22, 2012
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I have mixed feelings about this book. The first half is great, promising story, good writing, although the dialogue is a little stilted at times. It has the feel of a Tom Clancy political thriller and I was enjoying it. Ball uses history and real historical characters very effectively in his fictionalized tale.

Then comes the second half of the novel and it unfortunately degenerates into a real mess. It becomes ludicrous and unbelievable, stretching plausibility to the max.

I hovered between 3 stars and 4 for this one, but had to opt for 3 in the final analysis. The writing needs a little better editing. It's Lear jet not Leer jet and other such bon mots scattered throughout. Some of the other reviews are unnecessarily harsh. This is not a terrible novel, but it had the potential to be so much better. I hope Cliff Ball keeps on writing and develops his talent. There is talent there, it just needs some refinement.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Hiemenz on December 10, 2011
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This book is ridiculous. It starts slowly and picks up momentum but it is poorly written and unbelievable. The author really does not develop characters very well. It seems like he is trying to parallel our current president--in a bad way--but that even breaks down with the premises that he expects us to believe. I Read the book completely but it really was a waste of time.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jenna on January 9, 2012
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This book...where to start. To start, it's written at a high school, or maybe even middle school, level. Sentence structure is simplistic, to say the least. There is no character development at all.

It's pretty obvious that the author didn't use anyone to help him with editing. The amount spent on a good editor can be the difference between a good review and a bad. Switching tenses in the middle of sentences, paragraphs, etc., run on sentences, overuse of commas, misspellings...a few in the course of a book are excusable, but this was ridiculous. Even scarier, the author was an English major? The English language weeps.

And the story..."conservatives are good, liberals are evil." You really could have just written that and had it succeed. Liberal = socialist/communist = terrorist = fascist in the author's mind, apparently, because he just rolls up all evil into one broad brush of non-Christian, non-conservative. I'm a moderate, and a Christian, and was rolling my eyes at so many points. Right down to the biracial President, it was simply incredible how thin the veneer of "fiction" really was. And the ending was totally unbelievable, on so many levels. It really became something of, "oh, no, I need to finish this up, lemme see how completely unrealistic an ending I can make up!"

Oh, and the name dropping...give me a break! Seems that they met pretty much every "celebrity" of the past 5 decades through the course of the book!!!

I see that the author has come to read comments, and reply, and I sincerely applaud him for that. It takes a big person to actually read criticism, and respond in a thoughtful manner. But really...
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