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Defiance: Fall of an Empire

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America is on the brink of civil war. Its citizens are outraged at the government’s mismanagement of tax revenues, failure to uphold the rule-of-law, and blatant disregard for the Constitution. In an atmosphere of civil unrest not seen since the days of Abraham Lincoln, one scientist makes what could be the most significant breakthrough of the 21st century. This new technology has the potential to topple powerful corporations and decimate the economies of several nations. Threatened by government, business, and organized crime factions, Dr. Ann Ford finds an unexpected ally in one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Backed by the great state of Texas, they create history in an inspiring and timely new novel – “Defiance.”

Praise for "Defiance"

Tom Ryker's "Defiance" is a very enjoyable read. The characters are interesting and you quickly get involved with and concerned for them. The plot is engaging and the details made me stop and think. I highly recommend this book; it's entertaining while making you think about the current state of our union and where we're headed.

Lisa Anderson

I love a book that has a strong female character and I was not disappointed. It was a great read that you won't want to put down. Looking forward to the next one I am hooked, bought one for my brother who is still into paper.

Vicki Muren

The book, "Defiance: Fall of an Empire" was fast-moving and so intriguing that I couldn't put it aside. It was thought provoking and showed what could really happen in a free country if selfishness were rampant; and perhaps we are on that type of trail even now.


An average everyday citizen (like you and me) decides to change the world. With a little defiance and a lot of courage, the characters paint a picture of history, the future, and RIGHT NOW. Brilliantly challenging the way things are, I can't wait for the second book.


I read this book on a flight and had a really hard time putting it down. It draws you in right from the start and takes you on a great ride. Good Book!!

Barbara Beckstead

It is great to read a book that not only has a great story line, but one written with purpose to make one think about the day that we are living in and how the story could be real in todays world with all that takes place and those who are in Government who seem to be controlled by big money that say they know what is best for the rest of mankind. With all that said; the Book although large in size was fast moving and a joy to read. I am looking forward to the next book to pick up with the same pace where this one leaves off. If anyone wants to relax from the pressures of the day then I would really recommend this book for a quick change of pace.

The Shadow

If you're looking for a fun and exciting read that is also thought provoking, you'll love Defiance! The characters are interesting and the ideas are even more so. Because this is his first book I was a little skeptical but I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book.


Put this book at the top of your "must read" list. In Defiance, Ryker kept me wondering if the constitutional rights of the people would be able to stand up against the heavy handed government. The book kept me captivated by the intrigue, suspense and patriotism that permeated the book. I felt like I was being pulled into the book with the main characters wondering what decisions I would make if I were in their place; holding my breath to read what decisions the characters actually made. It was an interesting and thrilling book to read.


I wasn't sure what to expect when my husband suggested this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the characters, especially the governor of Texas, and laughed out loud a few times. This book is very believable, which is a little scary. I am intrigued to find out what happens next.

Lindsay Wolsey

I can't believe how fast I got hooked on this book. I ordered it on Amazon, then couldn't wait to get my hands on it. So I bought it on my daughter's kindle. Read it, Loved it, and had to buy it again on my own kindle. Absolutely can't wait for the next book. Tom Ryker is an amazing story teller!

C. Nichols

I really loved this book! I haven't read or seen a book like this before, and I can't wait to read the next book!


A great fictional piece that stimulates thoughts of how to slow the bleeding of our economy. Anger, hope, excitement and anticipation riddle the pages, making it hard to put down, leaving the reader begging for more. A must read!


This was a great book! Incredibly captivating from the beginning, the characters are ones you come to know and love, and the story line always keeps you on your toes. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.


I couldn't put the book down. Sadly, it has been a while since my patriotism has been given a shot of adrenaline. The greed and selfishness that abounds in our government and many politicians is staggering and accurately portrayed in this book. Thank you Tom Ryker. I'm looking forward to having my children read this. Bring on Book two.

J Christensen

While not a deep, life-changer, this splendid novel appealed to the patriot, sci-fi geek, and thrill-seeker in me. An interesting story with good principles and breath-taking pace makes this a solid novel for your pleasure reading.

Caleb Neslon

This is a very sobering look at what the future may hold here in our great country. It's not an attempt to predict the future, but if current trends continue it's not inconceivable that, in Ryker's own words, "the American people will become as fed up with the federal government as George Washington, John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson were with King George." Let's hope we can wait for the 2nd book - Patriots Blood.


Let me start by saying that I don't take the time to read novels as often as most people I know. Defiance was referred by a good friend at work as something he felt I would enjoy. On his recommendation, I picked it up before a 4 day long weekend away with the family. I usually read (and greatly enjoy) Lee Child's Reacher series, and now I have another Author to enjoy. Defiance was quite fun to read and drew me in rather quickly. The books rapid pace carried me through the exciting and believable events (which I actually believe could happen anytime in the near future). It made me contemplate the current state of our government and really makes me think... That said, I can say that I cannot wait for the next book to come out so I can see where Tom Ryker takes us next.


Every once in a while a book comes along that kicks my imagination into high gear. "Defiance" is just that book. The techno-nifty defense capabilities introduced by Ryker were not only intellectually stimulating, but left this reader believing the technology could be just on the horizon. The plot was also captivating and engaging. It was a riveting game of techno-chess with larger-than-life pieces and take-no-prisoner opponents; the federal government on one side and a scrappy, sophisticated Texas university on the other. What made it so intriguing was the detail with which Ryker describes the FBI and CIA inner workings. It left me wondering if he may have been employed by both agencies at some time in his professional career. I especially appreciated the patriotic, take-back-our-country theme Ryker skillfully weaves into the plot. It bears a provocative resemblance to the arrogant, out-of-control antics of our current elected (and appointed) government leaders. As in all multiple-book series of this kind, the ending leaves the door wide open for a thrilling follow-on that, frankly, I can't wait to get my hands on.

El Jefe

"Defiance" stole my weekend, I couldn't put it down! I love the spirit of freedom that I feel for our country and this book brought those feelings once again to my heart. It makes you stop and think about the current state of things in our country and what some will selfishly do for power and money and what others will freely do for the good of mankind. Ryker puts it all together for an entertaining and exciting ride.

Tommy English

I wasn't sure what to expect before I first started reading Defiance. I friend suggested the book and I had zero background; I didn't even know it was a work of fiction until I opened the Kindle Cover.

This is a book I strongly recommend. Mr. Ryker will grab you by the collar and drag you into a world of dangerously incompetent, bloated government agencies whose greatest concern is keeping their position of power no matter the cost. Spun from a web of science-based intrigue wrapped in a setting that felt all-to-real in today's political environment meant I couldn't put the book down.

Ron Wilson

I believe the author has very accurately portrayed the concerns many Americans feel about the direction our government is heading. This is the most gripping book I have read in quite some time and I had a hard time putting it down. I am waiting very impatiently for the next one.


"Having the opportunity to spend some time with the author a few years ago, my expectations for this book were extremely high and I was not disappointed. This is a must read for anyone in any line of work and in any situation. One of the few books that I have read where I was disappointed not at the ending but, that it ended. I hope and pray that there will many many more books from "Tom". GREAT JOB!


An incredible government and techno-conspiracy thriller! I found myself swept away into an riveting adventure from the moment I picked up the book. The story is riddled with exciting and smart technology intertwined with a very real political, governmental conspiracy to suppress said technologies. I found the story hitting amazingly close to home, in today's political & technical climates. The story is intense from start to finish. It is a great read, worth picking up and I eagerly await book #2.

Geoffrey Wixom

Defiance was a great surprise! This caught my attention from the first page and kept me engaged to the end. My only disappointment was that it ended. Left me hanging but I look forward to reading the next book in this series.


This book was right up my alley. It had great characters and lot's of action. Watch out Matthew Reilly, Tom Ryker is on the scene.


This was my first experience with an e-book and it was absolutely amazing!!! I could not put this book down. I similarities between this book and the actual state of our nation are chilling. I really enjoyed Mr. Ryker's writing style and the way he immediately pulled me into the story and kept me there. His description of characters made me feel that I knew several of them already and I could relate to many of the personality types that are in the book. Greg

My first Kindle purchase, and I loved it! Exciting, action-packed, get's you thinking, makes you wonder! Buy it today!!!


If you are worried about the leadership of the United States of America and you are wondering what will happen to our government if current trends continue, then you this book is a "must read." If you’re pissed off that you have lost a lot of money in the stock market, and you want to know what will happen to America if we don't get a president with the balls to get hold Wall Street accountable, then you must read this book. If you want to know who you should vote for during this next election - Obama or Romney - or what kind of president will make you proud to be an American again, then you want to read this book. I started reading Defiance one evening and couldn't put it down. It has been several months since I read it and I am still thinking about it. Defiance is the best patriotic thriller I have read in a long long time.


Recommends it for: anyone fed up with the corruption of the US Government. LOVED it! Can't WAIT for the sequel! Started it the day before Labor Day, then spent all day on Labor Day soaking it in. Great plot, lots of action, the sci-fi elements were quite believable. The technologies showcased in the book truly would cause fundamental transformations of our economic and political realities. If only!

Ambling Books

Amazing book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole way. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who dares to defy the government. Great book. I give it two thumbs way up. Collin

I really liked this one. Page turner, suspense, interesting plot and very clean! Highly recommended. Looking forward to the next one!


I love this book, the characters developed the whole way, the futuristic technology is amazing, and its amazingly well written.


Read your book on Tuesday enjoyed it a lot. Waiting for the next one, go Texas and Dr. Ford!


This is a well done and imaginative novel in an emerging sub-genre which rests solidly on right wing discontent with the direction our nation is taking. As a member of the growing disaffected, what is more a faculty member at the most southern University in Texas, I found this vastly entertaining. It harnesses a powerful vision of technocratic subculture with a solid foundation in conservative constitutionalism. I recommend it without reservation and look forward to the next volume in the series. The action is fast paced and the political subtext is clear without being unduly heavy handed. The emergence of this type of literature bodes well for the right but may well presage tempestuous times in our future. The word "secession" is prominent, need I say more?