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Jefferson's Road: The Spirit of Resistance

4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Jefferson's Road Series

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Sometimes We Do the Wrong Thing for All the Right Reasons...

Michael Scott had me looking over my shoulder as I read to assure myself that the Secret Service were not taking names and pictures. - Gordan Ryan, Author

Chillingly realistic; frightfully feasible. - Linda Yezak, Author

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This novel haunted me. Sometimes, when I reread it, it still gives me chills. I seriously tried to put it down and walk away from it-so disturbing was its plot line-but it kept drawing me back in, like I was slowly being dragged into hell. The Spirit of Resistance is easily the scariest book I've ever written. It is the absolute LAST THING I would ever want to see happen to this country.

But I can still see it happening.

I make no apologies for the political slant in the book. Leftists never do, and I don't know why I should either. Someone called this book "a love letter to the Constitution." That's exactly what it is. We've allowed Cultural Marxism and downright Satanic ideologies to infect this country like a virus. I'm hopeful we can find a cure before the greatness of this nation is irrecoverable, though I understand why some say it's already too late.

After finishing this book, I tried in vain to find a traditional agent or publisher willing to take it on. I knew it was good and very compelling, but no one was interested. Given the Leftward slant of so much of the publishing industry, I'm not that surprised, but I'm also grateful. Because no one would take it up, I surrendered and chose to independently publish it, first through Amazon and then elsewhere. Now I'm so glad I did. Going independent gave me control over my writing career. I'd been raised under the old rules involving querying agents and sending out printed copies and waiting in vain for an acceptance letter to arrive months later in the mail, if at all. What a horrible way to run an industry.

Granted, I've still had a lot to learn-the things they never taught me in the pages of Writer's Digest Magazine or in the various classes or conferences I've attended through the years. And I'm learning still! But I don't and won't regret it. The Spirit of Resistance is my own Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of tradition. It's great to be free! 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456350641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456350642
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,830,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Somewhere between a political thriller and a psychological study, this full-length novel has been thoroughly thought through. I found the emotions to be absolutely true to life, as a young man (a writer wannabee, natch) is torn between butchering the newly-elected president and saving his brother, a war veteran who's hell-bent on starting a second American Revolution. The main character knows that, if he does assassinate the president, his own life is forfeit. When he's pushed to the final choice, who will he choose to save, his brother or himself and the president?

Thoughtful, yes. Also terrifying at a subconscious level. This is one you can't pre-judge.

The author took his ballistics the easy way, discarding the more subtle elements such as windage and instead concentrating on keeping it easily understood by non-experts. His description of what happens when a .50 caliber round hits the target is spot on and in this case, that's the more important element. The book's not a technothriller, after all.

The writing is reasonably tight and the presentation is good. It's a bit wordy in spots, but while additional editing might have tightened things further, it might also have eroded the emotions, which carry the story along. I think the author made the right decisions for his book.

The ending works well. Enough questions remain for the book to need a sequel, but this one easily stands alone. Kudos for the last line. Five strong stars.
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This book was very exciting and offered a lot of food for thought. It was to me, at times, a bit confusing, but overall very easy to get through. I am always fascinated by the way the minds of man work and this was a whopper of an idea with believable possibilities....thank you for the adventure.
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Three unemployed, and one partially employed, losers philosophize (introduce silly freudian id vs ego paragraph), rationalize, stumble and bumble but apparently pull off the assasination of the president elected in 2008 at his inauguration. How could there be anything remotely interesting after that, since it never happened?
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This will be the first review I have ever written, but I absolutely love this series so far. Not only is the story line plausible (especially with our current events and public violence) but it is well thought out. The character development is nicely done, and I find myself anxious for what may happen to the main players next. I can feel their thoughts, and for some of them, their inner turmoil. I stumbled on this series randomly, but count me as a fan. Great up and coming author. On a side note, I think it's truly important that you read these books in order to truly understand the plot, but more importantly to understand how the characters grow. I can't say much else without spoiling the story, so happy reading and I can't wait for the next one!
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The author drags you, fighting and screaming, into his plot to assassinate the president at his inauguration, just as his brother drags him into the real-world plot. I could not help but share Peter's confusion, anxiety, and fear as he tries to decide how to extricate he and his brother from this dilemma.
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Assassinate the President?! Such notions are an unwritten taboo in our society. It is inconceivable. It is wrong. It is treason. It is - Revolution!

First: If you are a firearm enthusiast, you are going to have to realize the book is not written by one. There are more than a few errors. The premise of the story involves long-distance shooting, yet our hero knows nothing of windage, elevation, relative humidity, or ballistics coefficients. Even a 1000-yard shot can miss by a foot if these factors aren't taken into account.

With that out of the way, do your best to overlook that; otherwise you will miss a terrific story!
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Michael Scott is an excellent writer. Scott delivers a story that will demand your attention. Scott moves easily between comfortable prose and dynamic tension. That said, Michael Scott had me looking over my shoulder as I read to assure myself that the Secret Service were not taking names and pictures. I felt like I was reading a terrorist manual and the feeling was not comfortable.

The plot of this creative story is disturbing. It put me in mind of the primary thesis of my undergraduate political science education: There is only one difference between patriots and traitors. Those who win are the patriots. I write political thrillers myself, and have considered creating a scenario where killing a president might be justified, but I have refrained on the basis that such discussion is tantamount to insurrection, or, at the very least, ill-considered. Jefferson Road has not absolved me of that trepidation. I would recommend the story nonetheless because it does an excellent job of laying out the pros and cons of allowing a government to move so far in one philosophical direction as to render the country unrecognizable from the intentions of the Founding Fathers.

Aside from a few continuing typos (about which I have advised the author privately) I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I look forward to his sequel and other writing from Scott.

Gordon Ryan, Author
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