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The Novels
Hope Rises
To change her future, she’ll have to face her past
Paperback - 356 pages

Genre keywords: Dystopian, Action/Adventure, Thriller, Mystery
Release year: February 2022

It’s 2070, and climate change has ravaged the planet and destroyed national government, leaving cities to their own rule. Born with one arm and left for dead as an infant, Hope Mulder has struggled to find her place in life in the city of Prosperity Way. Hope’s greatest desire is to be part of the Elite Front, a group of highly trained soldiers who protect the city, keep order, and carry out the wishes of the Supreme Valor—the ruler of Prosperity Way—but she faces the doubt and derision of those who see only her disability.

At the age of twenty-one, Hope’s dream is realized—she is accepted into the Elite Front training program. As she throws herself into her training, her loving adoptive parents try to warn her about the choices she is making and how they may set her on a path of no return. When Hope is ordered to carry out an agonizing duty, she is forced to question her faith in the Elite Front’s mission. To redefine her existence, however, she must first face the consequences of her actions and confront the painful truth of her past.


"Hope Rises is an intense thriller in which a headstrong woman discovers the truth about her seemingly idyllic home."
4 out of 5 stars!
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- Foreword Clarion

"A bracingly tough female protagonist enhances a so-so SF tale."
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-Kirkus Reviews

"I enjoyed this book. Appreciated the significance of the title. Well done!"
-Diane VW

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hope Rises. I thought the author did a great job of developing the characters...their histories...their motivations and their emotions. I found myself able to picture the story vividly in my mind as I read. An enjoyable read and hope there is a sequel in the works! Would definitely recommend!"

"I really enjoyed reading this book. A super unique and eerie world that was fun to read about.  If you like a book that keeps you guessing and continually dying to know what happens next, then Hope Rises is for you!"

"Ryan Souter has created a unique dystopian world that feels both fantastical, and grounded in reality at the same time. The characters who populate the page are well thought out with their own motivations and the protagonist, Hope Mulder is a driving force throughout the story. I highly recommend this as your next read."

"I was unable to put this book down! When I wasn’t reading, the characters had a way of staying with me. Souter really makes you feel for the characters in this book.  I love a book that tugs at your emotions, makes you feel angry and makes you cheer all in one great read.  I highly recommend Hope Rises!"
-Debbie L.

"Hope Rises features an efficient narrative that grabs the reader's attention and pulls them in. The pacing of the story reminds me much of Dan Brown novels like The Da Vinci Code. Once the setting & circumstances are established, it's go, go, go. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel."
-Mike A.

"Ryan Souter's ability to draw readers creatively and intelligently into the journeys of his characters never fails to disappoint, and Hope Rises is certainly no exception. I was captured by the dark setting for which Hope ultimately travails, and with the challenges she faces, Souter does a remarkable job showcasing them as a tacit strength in her character that empowers her, and all those around her. A definite page-turner worthy of a sequel."
-Rob W.

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Little Devil Inside
Everyone needs someone
Paperback - 356 pages

Genre: Psychological Suspense
Release year: 2020
Publisher: Self-Published

John Marvin walks the high school hallways and streets of Island Cove mostly unnoticed. A Grade 12, socially awkward outcast, his world is turned upside down when a new girl arrives in town.

After sudden tragedy hits John’s life, he is forced to find a heartfelt, human connection. Wanting another life, he focuses on the new girl who has shown him care and affection. The two build a friendship, but John finds himself needing more.

With an unflinching, human desire for acceptance, John finds his life spinning out of control, taking others with him and leaving the quiet town of Island Cove shattered forever. 

Great read.. once I started I couldn't stop until it was finished! Lived the development of characters...could feel their pain and what drove John to do what he did.
-Amazon Kindle Customer

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The Movies
Swimming the Dream
The swimming, the passion, the Jimmy!
Written and directed by Ryan Souter
Released in 2013 - Director’s Cut 112 min. - Theatrical Release 88 min.

“Synchronized swimming, greatest thingy in the world” says Jimmy.   

Jimmy (Ryan Souter) has always been a performer, out in front of a crowd and a camera.  But now Jimmy has only one goal in life - to perform the first ever synchronized swimming live-action play.   

With the aid and help from his artistic mother, Maria (Talia Pura), and his twin brother, Johnny (Ryan Souter), Jimmy will go all in to make synchronized swimming history!

On the Edge of Crazy
All they wished for was a quiet, romantic evening. Instead they received the exact opposite.
Written and directed by Ryan Souter
Released in 2007 - Run Time 82 min.

Leland Leonard (Ryan Souter) is an average guy who just wants to have a nice, quiet, romantic evening with his new date, Beverly (Karin Rensfelt).  

Little does he know that his day and evening will be a rollercoaster ride of events and mishaps, all fueled by a crazy ex-girlfriend (RobYn Slade), an aspiring pro-wrestler brother (David Hamm), a troubled best friend (Toby Hughes) and an artistic adult film director.

Trio of Success
Taking a stab at pop culture!
Written and directed by Ryan Souter
Released in 2004 - Run Time 105 min.

Meet Dex, Dud, and Dove, (Jon Cameron, David Hamm, Ryan Souter) three adopted brothers who want to make a name for themselves in the entertainment industry and gain the public’s respect. 

Told in a documentary style, join them on a crazy adventure as they fight to become male models, the newest boy pop band sensation, and finally an all-star trio dance team. 

So sit back, put your feet up and enjoy a bunch of zany characters as the three brothers struggle to become who they are meant to be.

The Author / Filmmaker
“You deserve to be entertained through story,” says Ryan Souter.

Through his high school years Souter gravitated towards the areas of video production, acting classes, screenwriting, and high school theatre, playing the role of the monster in the high school play Frankenstein in Grade 11.

Having a strong interest in video production, screenwriting and acting, Souter and friends, David Hamm and Warren Pilozow, in Grade 12, made an independent film titled Deadly Resemblance. A passion for movie making was born.

“The creativity bug isn’t something you ever really get rid of when it latches onto you,” says Souter. “It may lay dormant at times, but it’s always there.”