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The Callahans: The Complete Series

The Callahans: The Complete Series [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Ryan
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Gordon Ryan has been a best-selling author in all regional markets since he was first published in 1994. His historical fiction series, The Callahans, downloaded over 26,000 Kindle copies in two days. In 2009, Pegasus Publishing re-published his prior work and released his new political thriller series, the Pug Connor novels, State of Rebellion, Uncivil Liberties, and To Faithfully Execute. Ryan is an American author who continues to write from his home in New Zealand, producing page-turning classics in both genre.

Author's Note: The Callahans: The Complete Series, in five volumes, is available in one Kindle book at Amazon with a discount price below the five separate novels.

Vol. I - Destiny: Fleeing an abusive father and a hopeless life in Ireland in 1895, nineteen-year-old Tom Callahan takes passage on a ship bound for America. On board, he meets Katrina Hansen, a young Norwegian woman traveling to Utah. It's not a likely match. The brash Irishman is a Catholic, a brawler and a young man without prospects. Katrina is a refined young woman, yet naive in the ways of the world. Lured into a polygamous marriage, she finds herself abandoned on a remote Mexican beach as the man she loves, unaware of her status, seeks his fortune in Alaska. Destiny is a sprawling historical novel set at the turn of the 19th century, played out in such far-flung places as New York City, the gold fields of Alaska and Old Mexico.

Vol.II - Conflict:  Tom Callahan strikes it rich in the Alaska goldfield while Katrina struggles to remain alive in Mexico. Demonstrating her determination and faith, the reader is shown the resilience of this young woman who has grown beyond her years. Continuing through 1912 and the disastrous voyage of HMS Titanic, Conflict will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Vol. III - Reunion: It's 1917 and American has entered World War I. Tom and Katie's son, in an effort to prove his worth to his father, has joined what President Woodrow Wilson is calling  - the fight to make the world safe for democracy-. As the war ends, Tommy is selected for appointment to the Naval Academy, while his father is arrested and imprisoned in Ireland for gun running in the great Irish Civil War. Set against turbulent events in world history and filled with vivid scenes as well as tender emotions, Reunion takes the reader around the world.

Vol. IV - Prelude: Tom and Katrina Callahan continue their story in the years between the two world wars. Their three children have grown up and are making their way in a world that is propelling itself toward World War II. Tess has her heart set on a Hollywood movie career; PJ is a successful sheep rancher in New Zealand and Tommy is pursuing his career in the Marine Corps and learning not only about war, but about the perils of romance. When Tommy finds himself in England prior to WWII, Winston Churchill calls on him to examine the economic growth of the German nation as they secretly prepare for war.

Vol. V - Reprisal - Continuing the series into WWII as Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Callahan III faces personal tragedy during the Blitz in London as the war presents a very personal face. As he leaves his Embassy post to return to the United States, America joins Europe in the worldwide conflagration. For the second time in his young life, the son of Thomas and Katrina Callahan finds himself immersed in front-line battle, torn between his duty and the love of a beautiful woman who desires only his safety.

The conclusion of The Callahans will leave you enthralled as the children and grandchildren of a once-young Irish immigrant and his Norwegian bride leave their mark upon the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1334 KB
  • Print Length: 822 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966352998
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pegasus Publishing (26 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0NIRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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GORDON W. 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. He has also lived in England, stationed near RAF Lakenheath.

State of Rebellion, Gordon Ryan's latest military political thriller, is Book One of the new Pug Connor novels. Book Two, Uncivil Liberties, was released in October, 2010. Look for them from Amazon, Amazon UK, Kindle, and in multiple e-book formatting.

Ryan wrote his first novel, Dangerous Legacy, in 1993. The publisher then accepted a novella, Threads of Honor, and signed a contract for three volumes of historical fiction entitled Spirit of Union. Threads of Honor went to #1 on the regional list for six weeks in 1996. In 1997, Spirit of Union: Destiny 1895-1898, jumped to the top ten on the publisher's regional list. Volume II, Conflict, and III, Heritage, also made the regional bestseller list

Ryan has continued to publish historical fiction and military political thrillers, as a traditionally published author and also as an "Indie." With his recent release, State of Rebellion, a story of illegal immigration, election fraud and the potential secession of California, in both softbound and Kindle. State of Rebellion is the first volume of the Pug Connor novels, depicting an America far removed from the concept of the Founding Fathers.

In addition to these new releases, Ryan has recently added his previous novels to the Kindle Store. He is one of a limited number of Amazon's premier LDS (Mormon) novelists. For LDS standard publications by Ryan, select Kindle books and use the tag "LDS Ryan" to search the Amazon inventory.

Ryan also writes for the national market without an LDS theme in his narrative. For those who love to read dynamic thriller authors such as Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, Vince Flynn, Dale Brown, and Patrick Robinson, Ryan's novels should be quite satisfying.

Ryan has served as Chief Executive Officer or City Manager in multiple American and international communities including New Zealand. An accomplished public speaker, he frequently accepts invitations for public presentations.

Born in New York City, Ryan holds a Bachelors degree with Honors in Political Science and has completed graduate work in Public Administration. After living and working in many states including Alaska, and internationally in Norway, England, Ireland, Thailand, Taiwan, and New Zealand, Ryan now writes full-time. Together with his wife, Colleen, they spend their time between the American northwest and the beautiful South Pacific.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historic novel 8 April 2011
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Starting in 1895 this set of three books follows the lives on a family in America till 1940. A young Irish lad (from a poor Catholic background) meets a young Norwegian woman (from a well off Mormon background) on a ship bound for America, falling instantly in love with her he vows to follow her across America and marry her. The story follows the ups and downs of there lives until 1940. Probably the greatest single thread running through the books are the issues between there different faiths, which come to the surface again and again.

This is an excellently written book which is very easy to read. Right from the start you feel for the main characters and really feel the ups and downs with them as the years progress, there background is built up over time, giving you a real feeling of getting to know them as you go through the book.

The factual background information in the book is amazing and you can clearly see the amount of historic research the author has put into it. Many things that you would have expected to be quickly glossed over are given in detail, giving you a much better understanding of the time period this book covers, and what it must have been like to live in those times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Ryan, Spiritof Union Trilogy 10 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of factual information contained in this trilogy. The author has certainly done a lot of research as this trilogy spans almost a century in which there were several world shattering events and he has moulded these around his characters. It was easy to read and even though one works their way through three volumes the reader is never bored. Highly recommended. I shall certainly go on to read some of the author's other publications.Spirit of Union Trilogy - Three in One
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic family saga, with interesting facts 9 Feb 2011
By scarlet
Format:Kindle Edition
This trilogy follows one family from 1895 to the 1960s. As expected the characters have many highs and lows during their lives. The characters have believable personalities and captured my interest from the start. There were times when I really did not like Tom, the main character, and there was one point when I wanted to leave the book because I couldn't believe what he was doing, but I carried on and he sorted himself out. The book is based around historical facts and events which add to its realism and as stated there is a lot of religion in this book. However, the religious aspects do not over power the book - so do not be put off and I have learnt a lot about the Mormon faith. Overall, I enjoyed the story (which had a 'proper ending' which was satisfying). It was light and easy to read and would make a good book to take away on holiday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Family Saga 13 Jan 2011
By Luke
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an encompassing family saga, spanning the years 1895 to 1940. It has everything - suspense, intrigue, sorrow, and hope. I really could not put this trilogy down, and was sorry when it ended. Historical events during that time period are portrayed as they affected this family which, considering the years involved, were momentous, and they were incorporated into the saga in a seamless, although sometimes expected fashion (sorry, don't want to spoil anything).

The dichotomy between the religious beliefs of a poor Irish Catholic immigrant and a newly converted well-off Mormon immigrant family from Norway set the stage for the beginning of the trilogy. I found the history of Salt Lake City and the LDS church very interesting, particularly how Salt Lake City was a very diverse community, all comers welcome at that time period.

On the Kindle boards, this trilogy was described as Christian Fiction, but although the conflicts between the two protagonists due to their different backgrounds and beliefs was an important part of the story, I actually found it interesting as opposed to overwhelming.

This trilogy grabbed me from the beginning, and I was rooting for Tom and Katrina almost as much as I rooted for Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind. It is a wonderful story, and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars memorable and enjoyable saga 6 Feb 2011
By A. Reed
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a family saga, depicting many historical facts and events within the story, making it a very enjoyable and seamless read.

Both Tom and Katrina faced challenges, from having to adapt to living in a new country, to choices they had to make along the way, including marital, financial and religious. They lost loved ones in violent circumstances, and had to fight to make a place for themselves. They certainly travelled the path looking for happiness and peace.

I was intrigued at how the author was able to describe the differences of the catholic and mormon faiths, and how he was able to mould and tie both of these faiths into the story, without going over the top.

I would highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good long read....but 6 May 2012
By JulesG
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This book will last you a long time. I really enjoy family sagas and this one delivered on that level. The characters were great and the story is beautifully written.

My only criticism is that it feels like the author is almost trying to convert the reader to the wonders of Mormonism. It does almost feel like a religious text at times and can detract from the actual storyline. I found myself skipping some paragraphs as they didn't seem applicable to the story at all.

But if you like a good long read about an interesting family which takes place during some of the landmark eras of the last couple of centuries then settle down and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great
Wonderful lds historical fiction love it
Great value for money series in one book.
Kept me going for quite a while
Published 1 month ago by tina
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive
Really enjoyed this book and what a nice love story it was, sad in parts. Would sure read it again
Published 6 months ago by B H
The first book and a half were very interesting and I wanted to know what happened next.
After that it got a bit tame. Read more
Published 16 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars The Callahans
Excellent book I loved it, was one of those books you didn't want to put down. Would certainly recommend it
Published 18 months ago by P M Millward
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This is an enjoyable book about an immigrant family in the United States, though the action takes place from South America to Alaska, Europe to New Zealand. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MR ALEXANDER DAVIS
4.0 out of 5 stars A family saga with real depth and spirit
This is a well written family saga that spans a period from the end of the 19th century to the 1960s. Read more
Published 22 months ago by curly_helmar
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
i found this book a real page turner keeping up to the different members of the family, it also deals with religion which i'm not really into but didn't find this pushed down my... Read more
Published 23 months ago by dinamic22
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book
The book covers a huge part of history which includes the gold rush, the great depression, the 1st and 2nd world wars and the beginning of the mormon church. Read more
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