Authors: Gordon Ryan,Michael Wallace,Philip Chen
|A Triple Thriller Fest|
|Gordon Ryan Michael Wallace Philip Chen|
|Pegasus Publishing (2012)|
### Product Description
***State of Rebellion; Falling Star; State of Siege***
Authors **Michael Wallace, Gordon Ryan**, and **Philip Chen** bring you a three volume thriller set that explores the world of this genre from entirely different, but equally exciting, webs of intrigue, deceit, murder, and mayhem. Michael starts off with a thriller set in the arcane world of antiquities and the schemes that brazen collectors will weave to possess what is not rightfully theirs. Gordon follows with a modern tale of political intrigue written as if it just might be happening at this very minute. Philip brings up the end of the set with a very realistic science fiction thriller that leaves you wondering if it just might be true.
In **Michael Wallace's *State of Siege***, Tess Burgess, an expert in medieval warfare, is building siege engines in France, while running a sting operation against collectors of stolen artifacts. Obsessed with the collapse of civilization, Tess' ex-fiancée Peter's latest grandiose scheme is a simulated war, like a giant paintball match for billionaire survivalists, but with crossbows and catapults. He asks Tess if she is good enough to defend an actual castle against medieval siege engines. One of the world's most notorious artifact collectors will be on hand with his own ideas. With these participants, will the play war turn into the real thing?
**Gordon Ryan's *State of Rebellion*** is a fast-paced political thriller that could have easily been lifted out of today's news. California is on the brink of secession, and those who oppose this drastic political maneuver are turning up dead. Federal Agent Nicole Bentley is sent to discover what she can about the movement and meets up with Assemblyman and National Guard JAG officer Daniel Rawlings, whose commitment to his country runs deep in his blood. Resisting their mutual attraction, they uncover a plot devised by greedy men bent on taking power at any cost. Nicole and Dan find themselves literally in the crossfire between secessionists and those who want to preserve the union.
In ***Falling Star*, Philip Chen** takes you on a journey from the abyss to the beautiful deserts of the American Southwest as his hero Mike Liu attempts to crack the secrets of huge mysterious objects buried deep in the ocean. Unfortunately someone wants him dead and he must fight for his life. On top of all this, Mike learns that a revered friend has died. Will the death of Mike's friend mean that the secrets of the enigmatic structures will remain forever buried in the silt and muck of the ocean deep?
So without more ado, Michael, Gordon and Philip bring you ***A Triple Thriller Fest***.
A Triple Thriller Fest
A collection of three
best-selling action thrillers
Biography of Michael Wallace
Author of State of Siege
Michael Wallace has trekked across the Sahara on a camel, ridden an elephant through a tiger preserve in Southeast Asia, eaten fried guinea pig, and been licked on the head by a skunk. In a previous stage of life he programmed nuclear war simulations, smuggled refugees out of a war zone, and milked cobras for their venom. He speaks Spanish and French and grew up in a religious community in the desert.
Synopsis of State of Siege
Tess Burgess, expert in medieval warfare, is building siege engines in France, while running a sting operation against collectors of stolen artifacts. She finds these collectors through her ex-boyfriend, Peter Gagné, heir to an oil fortune.
Obsessed with the collapse of civilization, Peter’s latest grandiose scheme is a simulated war, like a giant paintball match for billionaire survivalists, but with crossbows and catapults. He asks Tess if she is good enough to defend an actual castle against medieval siege engines. One of the world’s most notorious artifact collectors will be on hand.
Unfortunately, Peter’s friends mean to turn the play war into the real thing.
Biography of Philip Chen
Author of Falling Star
Philip Chen was born in China in 1944 and immigrated to the United States in 1949. Growing up in Washington, D.C., during the 1950s and 1960s, Philip learned both the pains and triumphs of American society at a crucial turning point in America’s history. His multi-faceted career as an ocean research engineer in the development of deep submergence systems, trial attorney, and investment banker provides the background for this very realistic science fiction thriller. He has one Patent for an underwater mooring system to his credit.
Synopsis of Falling Star
Only One Man Can Save the Planet - But He Just Died.
In 1967, mysterious but silent objects were accidentally discovered buried deep in the ocean. Dormant for decades, they awoke in 1993, sending messages to outer space. Mike, pulled back into a clandestine world to finish a job he had started as a young navy ensign to help decipher these messages, is brutally attacked by gangs of ordinary Americans. He also learns that a revered friend has died. Is the death of this friend mankind’s last hope for understanding what lies beneath the waters?
Biography of Gordon Ryan
Author of State of Rebellion
“Political thrillers are in my blood. They’re more real, than fiction.”
Gordon Ryan has been a traditionally published author since 1994 and an Indie author since 2009. Ryan was a Recon Marine in the aftermath of the Cuban missile crises. He served in Bangkok with the Air Force during Vietnam and at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, during the violent 70’s. Ryan holds a Bachelors degree with Honors in Political Science and has completed graduate work in Public Administration. After his time in the military, Ryan served as a city manager and HOA chief executive officer for much of his career.
Synopsis of State of Rebellion
California is on the brink of secession and those who oppose this drastic political maneuver are turning up dead. Federal Agent Nicole Bentley is sent to discover what she can about the movement and meets up with Assemblyman and National Guard JAG officer Daniel Rawlings, a man whose commitment to his country runs deep in his blood. Resisting their mutual attraction, they uncover a plot devised by greedy men bent on taking power at any cost.
As Colonel Pug Connor, working under the direction of the President of the United States, seeks to root out the leaders of the Western Patriot Movement—a military cadre with a chip on its shoulder—Nicole and Dan find themselves literally in the crossfire. Can they end the dispute between the various factions before they all end up martyrs for the cause?
A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat political thriller,
State of Rebellion
, Book One of the Pug Connor series, will keep you turning pages long into the night.
State of Rebellion
State of Rebellion
A Pug Connor Novel
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Copyright © 2010 by Gordon Ryan
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“It is the liberals who fear liberty …”
“We need a constitutional convention in the State of California.
We need to change the framework of governance.”
—Gavin Newsom, Mayor, San Francisco,
1 Feb. 2010, Fox News
State of Rebellion
introduces a new character, Pádraig “Pug” Connor, initially a career Marine Corps officer. Pug plays a small, but very important role in Book One. His role will become increasingly central to the plot of this series as subsequent books are released. Pug is not the traditional, thrust-and-parry, seek-and-destroy protagonist of many thriller action heroes. His sidekick, retired Command Sergeant Major Carlos Castro is more that type of hero. I trust that Pug and Carlos will become a welcome addition to your list of ‘
what comes next
,” fictional characters.
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Bridge
Interstate 5, north of Sacramento, California
Had the gallows knot been properly 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.
In the predawn hours, the light was barely sufficient to see, but Otto Krueger, First Sergeant of the Shasta Brigade, a northern California militia unit of dubious intent, kept his eyes riveted to the gruesome scene. Otto’s younger companions had less stomach for the sight of Lieutenant McFarland slowly swinging in the stillness of a purple dawn.
Killing the two California Superior Court justices with a quick bullet in the back of the head had been easy compared to this assignment, but Commander Shaw had been adamant:
“Make it plain that the brigade will not tolerate traitors or spies.”
“Can’t we just get the hell out of here, First Sergeant?” one of the two men with Krueger pleaded.
The grizzled veteran pulled his eyes from the ghastly sight and glanced derisively toward the whining kid. He spat a stream of tobacco juice on the ground and returned his gaze to the body. Standing five feet nine inches and weighing one hundred eighty pounds, First Sergeant Otto Krueger was rock solid. Dense tattoos extended from beneath his rolled-up sleeves, running from biceps to wrists on both arms. His sandy hair, cropped to a uniform half-inch length, added to his appearance as a balding, but very fit, muscular man.
He looked back at the young would-be soldier who was now on his knees in the dirt, struggling to avoid further embarrassment.