Rise of the Liberators
Series,  Repeat Authors

Rise of the Liberators

Rise of the Liberators 

Rise of the Liberators is the latest novel to be checked off my to be read list. It is the first in a three part series from author Ryan Hyatt. 

Ryan Hyatt has quickly become a repeat author in my blog, and for good reason. I’m finding I like his writing as I read more and more from him. 

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Have you read Rise of the Liberators? Come on in and let me tell you about it! 

About Rise of the Liberators 

In 2022, the United States is in the throes of the Greatest Depression, and discharged Marine Corps Captain Ray Salvatore, a 34-year-old father and husband, must either allow his family’s poverty to continue or accept an employment offer to lead a band of military misfits with a new secret weapon into war in the Middle East. 

Thoughts on Rise of the Liberators 

It is interesting to be reading Rise of the Liberators in 2022. Somehow that just seems fitting to me. 

I’m going to be the first to admit that I very strongly dislike science fiction and fantasy novels. They are not my thing typically because there are too many characters to keep track of, and they end up being eight hundred or more pages long. I understand why, as the author needs space to convey the images of their fantasy to the reader. But I get lost and can’t follow it all.

My husband, Nathan, loves books like that. He can read them in a week, and retain all of the information in them. The fact Ryan’s book is relatively short at two hundred and sixty four pages made it a lot more approachable for me, and invited me to read something I normally avoid. 

Ryan Hyatt has a very unique writing style, and I’m starting to really enjoy it the more I read of his writing. When I first started reading his stuff, I knew he had talent, but I was unsure of what to think about it all, because nothing he wrote was ever my style of reading. But that is part of the appeal, reading something outside my standard box, so to speak. 

Rise of the Liberators is a story that sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me reading until the end. There were plot twists that I was not expecting, especially right in the middle. When you get to the point where you wonder if you’re reading a totally different novel, just keep going. It will make perfect sense, and makes for an interesting twist. 

The biggest thing that struck me was the theme of strength, courage, and family. It really highlighted one of the big reasons people join the military, to try and do something right in a world going very wrong, and to make the world a better place for future generations. That is what makes even a science fiction novel relatable, and I often find that aspect missing from most similar novels. Ryan obviously put a lot of heart and soul into this series, and it shows. 

Final Thoughts on Rise of the Liberators 

Rise of the Liberators is an excellent novel, even if you are not a science fiction fan. I highly recommend you toss that preconceived notion aside and give this a try. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, and I don’t think you will be either. 

This was the first in a three part series, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next two books. This is by far my favorite of Ryan’s novels that I’ve read so far, and I’m expecting great things out of the next two novels in the series. 


Have you read Rise of the Liberators or any other writing from author Ryan Hyatt? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

About the Author 

Rise of the Liberators
Rise of the Liberators author Ryan Hyatt.

Ryan Hyatt attributes his passion for writing to an adventurous upbringing and active imagination. He was born in Tucson in 1976. Ryan and his two younger sisters spent childhood living in communities throughout Arizona and California. 

He returned to his hometown to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1999. Working as an editor for a defunct horse trade magazine, and then as an auto liability investigator, Ryan sold his car to move to Barcelona, Spain in October 2002, fed up with corporate life. 

His experiences culminated in “Friends of the Night,” an unpublished memoir written at age 25. Failing to find a job in Spain, he returned to the United States four months later destitute and despondent because his foreign conquest didn’t last. 

Ryan spent the remainder of his twenties moving back and forth between Phoenix and Los Angeles working as a journalist. It was in the throes of his love/hate relationship with conservatism and liberalism, the United States and Europe, Arizona and California, music and monotony, his friends and himself, that Ryan wrote his debut novel. This second edition was reprinted in 2016.

Ryan Hyatt tells stories about your future. He is a former news reporter, columnist, and author of the Terrafide sci-fi series. He edits the satirical sci-fi news site, The La-La Lander, as well as Not Your Father’s Bedtime Stories, kids lit he creates with his daughter, author Sage Hyatt. Find him at the beach and his stories across the internet. 

Ryan holds a master’s degree in education from California State University Northridge and develops and manages literacy programs for Los Angeles schools. 

Rise of the Liberators
Rise of the Liberators author Ryan Hyatt.

Purchasing Rise of the Liberators 

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More From Ryan Hyatt 

Did you enjoy my review of Rise of the Liberators? Need another great Ryan Hyatt story? Here are my favorites! 

The Last Shimmer (Sage Hyatt) 

Psycho Therapy 

Punk Ain’t Undead 

The Death of Rock and Roll 

Bob’s Pest Control


Lot Lizards

The Psychic’s Memoirs

Stay Younger Longer

The Initiates

Worlds War One

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Rise of the Liberators
Rise of the Liberators


  • Lyosha

    it sounds like a must-read to me: I am guilty of deep love for sci-fi and fantasy books. If you liked the book despite not being into the genre, it must be hyper-good! Added it to my list
    P.S. I start thinking I need an “Erica” tag added to mark the books I picked up from your blog.

  • Laura Linklater

    Okay.. preconceived notions being tossed aside! I often think ‘that’s not my thing,’ and am pleasantly surprised when I have a go. Thank you again for a fabulous recommendation

    • The Reading Wife

      I love it when I’m pleasantly surprised that I loved a book I wasn’t sure I would. Likewise, I am deeply disappointed when I dislike one I fully expected to love. It is one of the reasons I try not to read reviews or pay attention to hype before I’ve read a book.

  • Riyah Speaks

    The cover gives me Transformers vibes. Super interesting! I love a good sci-fi book with a great plot, I’m going to have to seriously add this author to my collection since he keeps popping up here.

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