Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Usurper & Giveaway

The Usurper
Cliff Ball

Author, Cliff Ball, is offering a free, signed, proof copy of The Usurper to one lucky reader of my blog.
To enter all you need to do is leave a comment! Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.
Contest is open to U.S. residents only. 

The contest will close on October 19th at 11:59 PM MST.  The winner will be announced on a later post.  The winner will receive an email from me, asking for your mailing address.  I will forward your shipping information to the author but other than that, your info will not be shared with anyone else.

If you would like to offer a book to giveaway from my site please contact me at  The author is responsible for mailing out all prizes in a timely manner.

The USSR embarks on a plan to destroy the US through the use of terrorism, by backing anyone who has a beef with the USA. Eventually, Al Qaeda fills the power vacuum left by the disappearance of the USSR, and they help the Soviets' inside man to completely destroy the US. A small group of resistance, led by a survivor of Flight 93, tries to bring down the now terrorist backed President of the US.

Author bio 
Cliff Ball is the published author of three novels. Cliff has a BA in English, and is thinking of pursuing an MA in Creative Writing. Won a short story contest in high school through his Creative Writing class, and has been writing off and on since he was 10 years old. His website is

The Usurper starts off slowly, but quickly picks up momentum as the plot thickens and the story unfolds. There are multiple themes in this fictional novel, not the least of which is terrorism, persecution and indoctrinated loyalties; this story painstakingly illustrates a plan for world domination that requires countless willing and blackmailed participants. The main characters are written with the most depth, while supporting characters have very little in the way of a back story. More internal dialog would enhance the reader's ability to connect with the characters and pull them deeper into the story itself. Some structure and grammatical errors, while few and far between, need to be addressed to ensure a smoothly-flowing story that every reader will be able to enjoy.

Despite the minor issues mentioned, The Usurper is a very fast-paced, political thriller that will keep readers on their toes and offer some thought-provoking twists on historic and future possibilities in the political arena.

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  1. Hey Cliff,

    this looks like a good one.


    kolists a/t gmail d\t com

  2. I'm adding this one to my wish list - sounds interesting.


  3. I just finished reading The Usurper and I enjoyed it. Thanks Cliff for sharing this story with us!


  4. I'm glad you liked it JC.

    Someone else bought a copy on Lulu, then e-mailed me, and complained that I was slandering the current President, I should be ashamed of myself, that I was probably the product of the bad education system of this country, that I was contributing to the hate and fear mongering going on by the vast right wing conspiracy. I didn't respond, but, I really, really wanted to.

  5. HA! Most of us are a product of the bad education system of this country - your email buddy included.

  6. Hi, Cliff. Just saw you (yesterday, I'm way behind, again) on The Spinning Wheel, and came to see what you have. This really looks like a good book. I hope I'll win. I'm on a roll this week. L Mihay, in TX

  7. Hi Cliff,

    This book looks great! I LOVE thrillers - of any type! I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one for sure!

    heather012 @

  8. p.s. I found you through and I just added this book in my 'to-read' folder. Whether or not I win I hope to read this someday :-)

    Thanks again!

  9. Thank you for being interested in my novel Linda and Heather! This might be the only thriller I ever write, but, I don't know, since I'm currently writing 2 more science fiction novels.


  10. Finally my fingers crossed worked! LOL I can't believe I WON! Thank you! Can't wait to get this book in my hands! :-)



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