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American Voices (Pug Connor #1)

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A runaway federal government . . .
Western states in revolt . . .
California ready to secede . . .
Martial law in Sacramento . . .
America in a . . . State of Rebellion

California is on the brink of secession. Daniel Rawlings, a twelfth generation American whose ancestors fought in the Civil War and aided in the settlement of California, finds that his patriotic heritage sets h
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Createspace (first published March 1st 2008)
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Jan 10, 2011 TC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thrillers
This book was provided by the author to a number of users on the Amazon forums in return for honest reviews. When I read the synopsis it struck me as the type of book I would enjoy so onto my kindle it went.

The basic premise of the book is that there are shadowy forces at work in the state of California who, for their own means, want the the state to secede and become a republic. They are in the background manipulating events to their own ends. The idea of secession has struck a note with variou
Oct 05, 2012 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
In State of Rebellion, Gordon Ryan has imagined an alternative history for the US in 2012, with the US facing its biggest crisis since the Civil War. The premise, that the people of California, tired of encroachment on what they perceive as their rights as a state by the federal government, hold a vote to leave the United States and become a separate country. Similar to what the Southern states attempted in the Civil War, there has been enough noise made from time to time by states (the most rec ...more
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The following two reviews were published by Jenny Hansen, Meridian Magazine, and Jeffrey Needle, Association of Mormon Letters, following pre-release of American Voices.

Jeffrey Needle, Association of Mormon Letters.

It's hard to read this book without thinking about the current state of affairs in our nation. Some time ago, the governor of Texas began talking about secession, and most of us reacted by saying either “Fine, don't let the door hit you on the rear end on your way out,” or “Please jus
Jun 17, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 conv ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Ryan's description of the problems our country presently faces: too much money being spent by Washington; an immigration problem that runs more deeply than one can imagine; people with power and money using the same for their own largess; a populace that is clueless and easily duped; and how many problems are therr in our country, let me count the ways. I expected some kind of resolution regarding California's withdrawal from the Union and was disappointed when none came. The main character ...more
Pamela Brown
Jul 30, 2011 Pamela Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"State of Rebellion (A Pug Connor Novel)" by Gordon Ryan is a fascinating read. It seamlessly blends politics, history, love, family and page-turning action into a novel that, as the description promises, will keep you reading late into the night.

Dan Rawlings is a decent, ordinary man who finds himself thrust into the midst the turmoil surrounding California's decision to become it's own Republic by not only outside pressures, but by his own conflicting emotions regarding his love of California
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Mar 26, 2012 Jim A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Book One of three, soon to be four if the publishing schedule is kept.

A pretty good political thriller with a twist, the secession of California from the Union. For those who like action, there are plenty of bodies left around throughout the book. The bad guys have a pretty good body count and the good guys get their licks in too.

I almost gave up on this book. I was glad I stayed with it. When I reached Chapter Six, and the conspiracy was revealed, the book started to move along at a g
Jan 29, 2012 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Kindle Freebee and boy was it a good one. Dan Rawlings is the town administrator in a small California agricultural town where his ancestors have lived for generations. He is writing a book, (fiction based on is family history) and soon to be published. He lost his wife in a skiing accident and is still coming to terms with that. But what really matters in his life now is the behind the scenes of a multimillionaire who has plans to separate California from the US and create a new nation. ...more
Gwendolyn Dabney
This was a very well written book. I'm not usually drawn to political thrillers, but the characters in this book were very engaging. I was gifted this book and the third book in this trilogy by the author Gordon Ryan. I stared reading it during my prom season when I was making gowns, so I only read when I could get some time away from sewing. Once I really got into reading I didn't put the book down until I finished. State of Rebellion is a book I'd recommend to others. I purchased the 2nd book ...more
The author provided it for free to those who would review it honestly, and I was one of the lucky winners.

Honestly, it is just not my genre of fiction and I don't know if I've ever had such a difficult time getting into a book. Maybe it was because I felt like I had to read it since it was given to me for free, but even that hardly inspired me to read it.

The writing was good, but a bit disjointed at times. I thought the character development was very poor from the very beginning, though.
Jul 23, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel takes place today and involves the separation of California from the US. There are a group of protagonists ranging from some Military to a female FBI agent and a California politician. The antagonists range from the 'civilian militia' to politicians to businessmen to members of the Mexican government. It is fast moving and fast paced, yet the time constraints of the novel are more realistic than fast. Pug Connor is the main Protagonist and will be well worth seeing more often.
Feb 02, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually politics is not something I want to read about, but I have enjoyed other books by Gordon Ryan so I decided to read this one. Now, imagine that California decides to secede from the United States. That alone makes for a good story and then there are the characters that are very easy to get acquainted with. I'm so glad this is the first book of a trilogy, because now I need to know the rest of the story. Thank you, Gordon Ryan, for another wonderful book!
Scott Collins
Mar 18, 2011 Scott Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book when I heard about the generosity of the author (he was donating his royalties to Christchurch Earthquake Relief). Boy am I glad I did. The plot was fantastic, the characters well developed and believable. The pacing was great, action packed but with enough story to really bring the details to life. I will definitely be going back and adding additional works by this author to my TBR list.
Sally Beaudean
Jan 11, 2012 Sally Beaudean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book. At first I thought it would be too far-fetched -- I mean, really, California seceding from the Union? However, the author's organization -- jumping from one scene to another -- and the interesting characters, kept me reading. Ultimately, I found myself caught up in the intrigue and wanting to read to the end. It was a great read!
I got this book fore free from a special offer on my Kindle and I found myself going in and out with how engaging it was and my focus. I'm not sure if it's because of the pacing or what but I just found myself losing interest and then having it come back. It makes it tough to follow the story as much as I prefer. Interesting idea though. Check it out if you can get your hands on it for free.
Kimberly Van De Graaff
It got better as I got to the end. There were so many people and different things going on that if you didn't keep reading you would get lost.
Jun 22, 2012 Mike added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Mike by: I'll kill them if I remember
This book was awful. I rate it ZERO stars because I could feel my brains leaking out of my ears as I read it. A bunch of extreme right-wing claptrap.
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Passed away November 14th, 2012. He was 69.

Gordon Ryan was a writer with a varied history. He lived and worked in six foreign nations and a dozen or more states, including Alaska. He served in the 1st Recon Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and in the Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He also served as a member of the American Embassy staff in D
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