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Executive Actions

(Executive #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  72 reviews
"The best political thriller I have read in a long time, right up there with the very best of David Baldacci." -Michael Palmer, bestselling author of THE SOCIETY
"Grossman has done a lot of research on everything from political infighting to clandestine military operations, and he manages to hold reader interest right up to the inevitable conclusion." -Publisher's Weekly
Paperback, 562 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Diversion Books (first published August 1st 2004)
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up.

This is a fast paced political thriller. It was written in 2004, but given the subject matter, a hostile foreign country tries to influence the outcome of a presidential election, it felt like I was reading today’s newspaper. The Mueller Report meets The Manchurian Candidate. There are some interesting twists, especially regarding one of the candidates and a mysterious hit man. The characters are well portrayed and fairly interesting. The plot is good, although I figured out
Mike French
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great thriller with more twist and turns than Lombard Street in San Francisco! A definite must read!
Jim A
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Suppose the president elect is actually a sleeper planted by the old Soviet Union 30 years ago? Only now these sleepers are being controlled by rogue members of Libya.

That is the premise of Gary Grossman’s Executive Actions, the first of a series featuring Scott Roarke as the president’s ‘go to’ guy for trouble shooting and problem solving. The plot combines a couple of oldies but goodies, Flynn’s Act of Treason and Nelson DeMille’s Charm School. I’m sure there have been others with the same th
Cheryl Malandrinos
In this superb offering from Emmy Award-winning television producer and print and television journalist Gary Grossman, readers find a story of a decades old plot that is thrust into action by a power hungry heir to the Libyian throne. Spies lurk everywhere and a dangerous assassin is working to tie up loose ends.

Grossman does a fine job in creating Scott Roarke and the numerous other characters filling the pages of Executive Actions. He digs deep and comes up with a winner. His sense of setting
Jacob Peled
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, _2014
As soon as I passed page 100 I was sure I am going to rate the book with 5 stars. I kept enjoying it, with the same enthusiasm till page 200. But then I started to realize two things. First one, was that the author seemed to be confused, regarding his writing. Many chapters looked more like Wikipedia rather than a suspense book. Long detailed description, that had nothing to do with the main story, and could be easily skipped without interfering with the main story.
Second problem was the way the
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review:

Executive Actions by Gary Grossman is a good political thriller which was well-written, it features solid and complex characters and a plot that makes you turn the pages quicker that you realize. I enjoyed the writing style and the surprises in the story

The story starts with assassination of a Presidential candidate during the campaign and suddenly several forces are involved, the current president, Special Service agents, an attractive attorney, sleeper agents and many others. As soon
Ronald Barak
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: Gary Grossman’s EXECUTIVE ACTIONS is one fantastic political thriller. No hyperbole, this is a read you just won’t want to put down. It’s exciting and full of twists and turns, exactly what I want in the thriller novels I enjoy reading. Full of good guys and bad guys alike. Only one problem: you can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys. Who’s doing what to whom? And why? You’ll have to read EXECUTIVE ACTIONS to find out. You’ll be happy you did. More good news for new Grossm ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
This book was great. Teddy Lodge the running hopeful reminds me alot of stories about Robert Kennedy. While he is speaking in NY someone tries to kill him and ends up killing his wife. We also learn that tragedy has been striking Teddy everywhere he goes. This book bounces around between the Middle East and USA. As Roarke delves into the case we learn alot about Teddy Lodge’s life and what has happened to him over time. We also hear about President Morgan Taylor who is very afraid of Teddy Lodge ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh dear! A real book of two halves. So distinct it could have been two authors!

I really enjoyed the first half. A decent plot and interesting characters but from then on it just descended into puerile nonsense. A quiet unbelievable follow through plot and girly narrative from the "hard man" lead character.

It appears that modern day best selling authors have replaced intrigue and suspense with shock and awe with a PC edge. Very disappointed with this and can't see me reading any more of the serie
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Author dragged it out a lot with excessive background information allowing me to guess the outcome, but I enjoyed it and will probably buy the next one.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3 "Executive ..." Books by Gary Grossman were the best books I have read in 12 months ...more
Ian Britton
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy. Looking forward to reading the other two.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this. Had some minor issues, but liked the ending.
Feather Stone
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Executive Actions in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the best mystery novels I’ve read. Any reader who craves intense political intrigue, international drama, and detailed plotting of the American election system will be swept away with Executive Actions. Gary Grossman obviously has in-depth knowledge of the numerous levels of the American government and layers of national security agencies. Not being an American, I felt overwhelmed in trying to keep pace w
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Executive Actions, author Gary Grossman weaves a riveting political thriller that will captivate the reader's attention, and keep them sitting on the edge of their seats.

Executive Actions is a multi-layered fast paced tale that is masterfully interwoven with domestic and international intrigue; secrets, deception, and hidden agendas; political posturing, plots, threats, and enough surprising twists and turns that transports the reader into the fascinating world of politics and terrorism. The
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It was well crafted with believable characters and a timely plot. At times I felt like I was reading the background story to today's headlines. I am not much of a conspiracy buff but I was intrigued by this novel. The plot was realistic, with a planned takeover of the U.S. government seeming entirely possible.

Grossman did a great job of combining information and suspense. I learned much about the constitution and its instructions on the transfer of presi
Kimberly Chavez
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gary Grossman has a wild imagination and you, the reader, are the beneficiary. I figured out who did it and why pretty early in the book. You probably will, too, and that’s okay. It’s the HOW it was done and the race to stop it before it’s too late that makes this thriller shine. The multi-layered plot contained enough intriguing twists and surprises along the way to keep me hooked and turning pages long into the night. And Scott Roarke is a likable and well-rounded character who I expect to see ...more
Jan Peters
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Executive actions, despite is somewhat farfetched plot, is a good story which is written in an enticing way. It draws you in like many modern novels wanting you to unravel the different plotlines.
The plot is a little hard to believe but never wanders into the impossible.
Good details on law, military and state structure which are understandable for non US-citizans.
A book that can rivel with others in its genre.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Mr. Grossman that I read, and its really really good!. A long sought thriller that filled gap in my heart after left by Forsyth and Clancy's works. I hope Grossman will stay there. ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a lot of fun. For me, the best part was the setting in my home town. It was clear that the author had done his research. There were a lot of characters, which was sometimes confusing, but overall it was a enjoyable read.
Julian Vincent
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent thriller, reminds me of books written by Andrew Gross. Looking forward to the 2nd book
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read.
David Williams
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed

Well formed characters, well paced and plenty of twists and turns. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading the sequels.
Donald Peschken
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book but whoever proof read it did a lousy job. Lot of typos. Good political thriller though with lots of twists & turns. Looking forward to reading the next one in this series.
John Burnsworth
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with a good plot. The story kept my interest and made me want to read more by the author.
Ra Fe
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book that I've read by this author and I stayed up way too late finishing it. Literally could not put it down... ...more
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Too many characters and locations. Boring. You can't get attached to any character because there are too many. On and on and on it goes. DNF. ...more
Lise R.
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good political thriller though with few twists and a premise that is quite unreal.
Not a page turner but an enjoyable reading nonetheless.
Gary Sedivy
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced novel about an attempt to place a sleeper agent in the presidency of the U.S. The lead character is Secret Service agent, protecting the President.
Malcolm Gregoire
A very interesting tale of sleeper spies infiltrating the government at the highest level. Unfortunately the editing of this book was abysmal where character names were twisted and paragraphs ran on with not so much as a paragraph break.
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Gary Grossman, author of EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, EXECUTIVE TREASON, and EXECUTIVE COMMAND, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian.

His career has included stints producing for NBC News, ABC, CBS NBC, Fox, PBS, and more than 27 cable networks.

Grossman is partner with Robb Weller in Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific docu

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