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The Usurper

2.92  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Gary Jackson is raised to hate. Hate the United States, its people, and everything they have ever stood for. His mission is to destroy the United States from within, allying himself with America's enemies to accomplish the deed, and he stops at nothing to get what he wants. A small group of Americans decide they need to stop him. Will they succeed or will the US be relegat ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 14th 2010 by Cliff Ball (first published July 2010)
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Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB
Amazing- edge of your seat thriller- The Usurper is the Real thing!! Cliff Ball makes both characters and plot come alive in what is one of the most scariest thrillers I have read. Scary because it is so possible. Read this and wonder at the talent of a top notch thriller writer.
Rick Friedman
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was about the worst book I've every read. The writing was atrocious. Poor grammar and sentence structure made it sound like about middle school level writing. The dialogue of the different characters all sounded identical and wasn't possible to distinguish between different characters at all by their speech. None of them ever showed any emotion whatsoever, no matter what personal tragedies happened to them. The plot was so unrealistic as to be laughable...sometimes you certainly m ...more
Cliff Ball
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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The usurper, Gary Jackson, is a hateful soul. His entire life was planned by the Soviet Union before he was even conceived by a volunteer KGB agent. Gary was raised to hate the USA and all of its citizens and ultimately be the man of the countries undoing.

In The Usurper, we follow Gary’s mother for a short time but the star in the novel is undeniably Gary. He is trained and educated with the sole purpose of ending the
Tracey Alley
Oct 20, 2010 rated it liked it
The Usurper is not usually my favourite type of novel but Cliff Ball really surprised me. This is a very fast-paced, action-packed book once you get past the first few chapters. I think 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. I only gave three stars because it wasn't really my kind of book so I couldn't get as lost ...more
J.C. Phelps
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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?" ...more
Brian David
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Surprising twists

Cliff weaves an interesting story with enough connections to real happenings in the world today that this book seems to be non-fiction.

Just when you think you know where the story line is going Cliff changes up on you. While some things are predictable others are not, which adds to the enjoyment of the book.

Some events catch you totally off guard. While it may seem to start slow stick with it, you will not be disappointed.

Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The book definitely showed the authors political views...As I was reading this book I could not help, noticing the similarities to POTUS 44. All one has to do is put the parts together.
1- Mom who was white father a man of color
2- born out of the USA
3- fake birth certificate
4- made home in Chicago
6-running mates similar to actual one
7-made one Secretary of State
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Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A young woman who ran away from home stands outside a Soviet embassy. A man walks by and talks about getting to know the Soviets. He invites her inside.
Kruschev is in town to address the United Nations. The young woman is introduced to him. She decides to work for the Soviets.
So begins the story of the sleeper cells in the United States.
The woman goes to Moscow where she spends a year being indoctrinated. Then she is introduced to her "husband," a black man from South Africa. Their plan is to h
Feb 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
February 7, 2011
I have just won my 2nd book from Goodreads! This one really sounds exciting. Thanks, Goodreads!

February 15, 2011
The USURPER has arrived in the mail. I will take it with me to read on the plane when I leave in two days for England. It sounds like it will be a great "airplane read."

March 15, 2011
I was sure that I had taken this book with me, but when I got on the plane, I did not have it, so I did not have the chance to read it while gone. I am now home and I will begin it toda
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I decided to download The Usurper on the recommendation of one of my friends, who enjoyed The Usurper themselves. It starts off with the story of Mary when she makes a big mistake and later regrets it. Followed by her son, who is the main antagonist in the novel, and is raised to be like a Manchurian Candidate in American politics. While this is sort of parallel to what's going on now as far as SOPA and the like, that's just it, its sorta parallel, like a mirror universe of sorts. Last I looked, ...more
C.p. Bialois
I'm an avid fan of Tom Clancy so this book was very interesting to me. I read to escape and enjoy the world writers create so the fact The Usurper is considerably conservative didn't hinder my anticipation for reading it. However, it's slanted so far and mimics current events/issues so closely that I was unable to fully enjoy it but it does have considerable potential.

It may be because of my expectations and from reading so much Tom Clancy and Stephen King, but the story and characters lacked d
Carol Read
Sep 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
This has to be one of the worst books I’ve ever read. If you look at my reviews, you will see I do not give negative reviews. If I don’t like a book or think it’s poorly written I will just keep moving but cannot with this book. This is a book I wish I could give ZERO stars to.
This book was misleadingly listed on an on-line site as “Christian Fiction” when it is really a thinly veiled conservative political attack on the current president. It’s not even innovative or imaginative, it merely repe
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this novel. It's definitely not a cookie cutter political thriller, which made it more interesting to me. Ball does a good job of keeping his reader turning pages to find out if the authors' plot follows what the reader thinks will happen. This is the mark of a good action adventure writer.

This novel is very similar to current events, written a year or so ago, with a frightening back story created. This back story was, unfortunately, plausible. It builds off of the fears Americ
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy political thrillers, so I figured I'd give it a try. I really enjoyed reading this.

It follows the story of Gary being indoctrinated by the communists so that he can eventually help to take down the USA. If you follow any news at all it is kinda similar, Gary joins up with unions to intimidate his enemies, his friends and allies bribe and intimidate voters, etc. In this novel, unlike the incompetant dummy in the White House now, Gary gets everything he wants without any pushback from Con
I have no idea how this book got such a high rating; perhaps the author's friends all got on Goodreads to help out. I read several chapters before deciding to quit, and was also influenced by my mom who read it and thought the whole book was ridiculous. Honestly, it reminded me of the draft I put together when I decided to write a book - the criticism I got is that everything was moving too fast and needed way more development. Ball's story should have been two or the times the length that it is ...more
Marian Weber
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I just finished reading Usurper by Cliff Ball. I found most of the story predictable, but was a little surprised by the ending. I was pleased because I felt that I was going to experience the "traditional happy ending" of so many other thrillers.
I must say, though, that I found the book very difficult to read because of the many typographical errors. It appears that someone at Digital Writing Services needs a refresher course. Mr. Ball, if you are reading this, they owe you a lot of money back!
Jennifer Tooker
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
You know, I liked this concept and it was very good and believable in a "this could happen" sort of way..... until about 95% in. That's when it felt like the author backed himself into a corner story-line wise and was trying anything to get out of it. The Rapture? Invading Chinese armies? Really? Not like those aren't possibilities, but were they your only options? Sort of a cheap rushed way out of things.

Ended very poorly. I would have given it at least 4 stars without the lame "what do I do no
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I believe this story might have made a good plot for an animated film or comic strip, but lacks the depth to make a convincing novel. A number of real life events are woven together (with fictional names for some real people)with fantasy to develop a conspiracy theory based on a USA centred view of the world.
Sue  Turner
Color me a quitter. I just couldn't get into this book. ...more
Nicole Bryant
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thoroughly enjoyed the premise if the book, unfortunately the writing and editing were awful making the book almost unreadable.
Jan 25, 2016 marked it as to-read-owned
Possibly linked to the movie "Salt" with Jolie ...more
Jan 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
Thank you so much for letting me win this free book from First Reads. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you.
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I'm a Christian first and foremost. My novels are written from my worldview, so they have either Christian or Conservative themes in them. I live in Texas, have a BA and Technical Writing Certificate from University of North Texas. I won 3rd in a short story contest for a magazine through my high school Creative Writing class. I've been independently published since 2008.

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“Gary thought about all of these revelations, and said to Tim, “Someone is going to have to do something about Jorge Bornos when the time comes. When I finally consolidate my power, I think we should seize his assets and put them to our use. What do you think?” “I think you’re right, but, it’ll be a long time before we get to that point. In the meantime, we should just concentrate on what we’re supposed to do now. I wish I could’ve asked him who the others are that are supposed to do the same thing that you’re supposed to do, Gary.” 1 likes
“For the next two years, Gary assisted unions in getting some justice for the worker from the business owner. Gary would also help educate voters, who didn’t have too much in the way of an education, to vote how Gary, and the other community organizers, wanted. They told those voters that the Republicans and conservatives wanted to enslave them, that they, the Republicans, were against the working man and woman, and the Republicans only cared about rich, white, old men, who were making millions of dollars off of the poor peoples’ backs. Gary helped hold protests all over the state for these poorer people, with other communist and socialist organizers. Any time a politician had to hold a town hall meeting, or a city council meeting, when the subject was jobs and housing, they were there. Gary knew this was all smoke and mirrors, because nothing would ever actually change, it was all to keep the supposedly downtrodden on the same side as Gary and the others.” 1 likes
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