The Usurper

The Usurper

by Cliff Ball




Seventeen year old Mary O'Hara defects to the Soviet Union, thinking that life would be better there, and with the idea that she can help the Soviets in their supposed plans for world domination. A year into it, she discovers that all is not as it seems. Her life will turn into more turmoil once she discovers that they used her to give birth to a son who is meant to be the catalyst that brings down the United States from within. She increasingly fears for herself as her son grows older.

Mary's son, Gary, is raised to hate. Hate the United States, its people, and everything they have ever stood for. His mission is to destroy the country from within, allying himself with the worst of America's enemies, and one very powerful and malevolent trillionaire, to accomplish the deed. Once elected to the highest position in the land, Gary puts his lifelong goals to work, and puts the USA onto the path of ultimate destruction. He stops at nothing to rid the USA of his political and spiritual enemies on the right, until a small group on the right decide they've had enough, and they want to stop him.

Dale Stewart comes home after serving in the Afghanistan theatre while in the military. The government has issued new orders, creating a Civilian Defense Force, of which Dale will have to serve in. His first orders with his new outfit have him question which side he is on, and each successive mission causes him to doubt this new President and his ideas. When the President orders something that goes against everything Dale believes in, Dale seeks out the new Resistance, and joins them to stop the President. Will they succeed or will the United States be relegated to the dustbin of history?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453702727
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Cliff Ball lives in Texas, has published 4 novels and 3 short stories. Cliff has a BA in English & History, and is pursuing a Certification in Technical Communications. Check out his website at or blog at

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JCPhelps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just Don't. Seriously, listen to me, don't buy it. The other reviews? Probably the author creating multiple accounts. Is this the worst book ever? Quite possibly. It is NOTHING like a Tom Clancy novel. Nothing. Within the first 10 pages a girl (Mary) walks by the Soviet Embassy and is stopped by a KGB spy who says she can meet the Soviet Premier if she will "help us to bring down the United States from within" (pg 10). Her response: "I see. Can I work with the KGB?" He says "Not right away." Four Pages (5 minutes to her) later she's convinced about the value of Communism and says "I'm looking forward to advancing the cause by any means necessary." Thus, she gets on a plane off to the Soviet Union where the Premier himself tells her why he doesn't want to assassinate Kennedy (hint hint, apparently they knew all about it!). Then she's forcibly impregnated by another American because her future son needs to have both parents as American citizens so he can be president (when that law came into existence, I have no idea). I forced myself to read 70 pages before I deleted it from my Nook in disgust, there have been more comprehensively written works by children. I can't believe that I paid to read such trash. You shouldn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book with a plot we all may find familiar. If you like your political novels to relae to current events, this one is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy political thrillers, so I figured I'd give The Usurper a try. 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 Congress, he creates and uses environmental disasters to get his way, and he executes people who disagree with him. The surviving opposition decide they need to take him down, so they begin to. I even really enjoyed the ending.
Sally_W More than 1 year ago
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 Americans had from the Cold War, moves into the role and power of government in our lives, as well as the battle of capitalism versus socialism. This was filled with lots of symbolism and eerily similar to actual current events. In summary, a very good read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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Heather95 More than 1 year ago
This is the first Cliff Ball book I've read...and I'd have to say that if he writes another political thriller ... I'm in! "The Usurper" is a fast-paced fictional story that has non-fictional elements in it of events that really happened. Cliff makes you think 'could this really happen?' He makes it all seem possible...which is a scary thought! This book had lots of twists and turns that kept the reader on the edge of her seat throughout the book. I gave this book to my dad to read since he likes the same kind of books that I do. I'm sure he'll have a good review as well. Thank you Cliff for writing this book!
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charles_2012 More than 1 year ago
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 USA during his middle aged years. The Usurper is filled to the brim with conspiracies and some elaborated history lessons. This is a terrific thriller but I would advise the reader to be open minded when reading due to Gary's and the Soviet's cold-heartedness. It would be relatively easy for a conspiracy theorist to become enthralled with this novel and the intricacies of Gary's life. I did notice there are some points in the novel when the storytelling is very brief and dry, which I am not a huge fan of. However, there are many more other parts of this novel that are gripping and make up for that dry style of writing. Overall, 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.