A Political Thriller: Executive Actions

Executive_ActionsLast night I stayed up late to finish Executive Actions by Gary Grossman. I had to know how it ended…and I’m happy to say that Mr. Grossman did not disappoint. In fact, I’m already looking forward to starting Executive Treason, the next book in the series.


An assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the election is irrevocably changed. But Democrat Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, isn’t killed. His wife is. As a result, Lodge emerges as the man to beat and the greatest threat to the incumbent President, Morgan Taylor. Under a specific directive from the President, Special Service Agent Scott Roarke delves into the case and begins to unravel a deadly plot that incubated for more than 30 years; designed to alter America’s allegiances in the Middle East.

From the very first page, Executive Actions culls events from today’s headlines intersecting with a scenario that’s shockingly real: An insidious plot hatched in the old days of the Soviet Union continues to grow to fruition in the hands of a power hungry Middle East heir to the throne. At its core, a sleeper is awakened to take a prominent role in American Life.

Executive Actions is a tense political thriller; an election year page-turner, where both the Presidency and the Constitution are at stake.

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Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I did have some minor issues (see below), but they weren’t significant enough to make me stop. Even though the book was well over 500 pages, I had no problem getting to the end. Yes, there were parts that required some suspension of disbelief, but I liked the characters. Scott Roarke and Morgan Taylor definitely stole the show. Well, later on, Katie was right there with them. And yes, Teddy ended up being quite the savvy bad guy. I have to say I never really disliked him either. His adviser. Oh yeah. That guy–Neuman—was creepy!

There was a long cast of characters, and the book definitely moved around the globe. I didn’t have any problem following the story line. I really enjoyed the author’s creativity and prose—the campaign speeches were excellent!

Some of my minor complaints: formatting. Ugh. The author would change characters, and there would be no page break or extra spacing to cue the reader in. Sometimes headings were bold when the location changed and sometimes not. There was also a bit of head hopping. Given that I’ve noticed this in some other books of the genre, maybe it’s acceptable? Last but not least, I’m not a gun expert, but I think some of the author’s facts/ assumptions/ conclusions are off with respect to the weapons in the book.

On a good note, I really enjoyed the ending. Sometimes I worry that authors feel the need to kill off characters readers have grown attached to…I hate when that happens and am very glad it didn’t happen here. I wish I could share more, but it would give too much away. Needless to say, the situation worked out perfectly for me. Guess you’re just going to have to tackle the book and find out for yourself *wink*

A solid 4 out of 5 stars

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