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State of Rebellion (A Pug Connor Novel Book 1) by [Ryan, Gordon]
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Jeff Needle, AML

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. 
--Book Reviews

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.  
--Jenny Hansen, Meridian Magazine

From the Author

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.

Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TLMKLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I was pleased to discover this inexpensive, well-written political thriller. State of Rebellion combines the flavor of a modern thriller with strong characters and a smart, literate style that doesn't leave you stumbling over awkward constructions or groaning over outrageous plot twists as sometimes happens with this genre.

Before I started, I was a little skeptical of the premise, not that I don't think it's possible that the United States could ever break apart, but that most books dealing with this subject have a political axe to grind. And while Ryan's novel is crammed with political intrigue, it doesn't always turn out as you'd expect and there's none of the simplistic "conservatives good, liberals bad" (or vice versa) that can infect a book like this. Instead, the characters are people first, with all their warts and flaws, and these personalities inform the politics, rather than the other way around. There's also enough of a twist to the political situation as portrayed that it doesn't feel like a rehash of the red state/blue state divide that we're all so familiar. The result is that the book is both immediately familiar to the reader, but with a speculative, almost alternate-history flavor that sometimes makes you feel that you're reading about the United States as it could have been.

State of Rebellion holds up well as a standalone novel, while at the same time leaving a hook for an ongoing series. At the time of this writing, the first book is a steal at 99 cents, and worth several times the price.
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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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