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Executive Actions

(Executive #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  66 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 Publishing (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: _2014, 3-stars
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic 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
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.
Gary Grossman films a short video for My Book Musings. Plus, an interview on my blog!

Gary Grossman might be new to the political thriller scene, but Executive Actions can be ranked right up there with other household thriller authors. It has the right amount of action, espionage, mystery, and a hint of romance, coupled with a dashing hero in the form of Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke. *Copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Executive Actions is a multi-layered plot, with a lot going o
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review and interview posted on My Book Musings! It was fun :)

Gary Grossman might be new to the political thriller scene, but Executive Actions can be ranked right up there with other household thriller authors. It has the right amount of action, espionage, mystery, and a hint of romance, coupled with a dashing hero in the form of Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke. *Copy provided by publisher for an honest review*

Executive Actions is a multi-layered plot, with a lot going on leading up to the fin
Tom Tischler
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a
primary speech. Democrat Teddy Lodge the upcoming candidate
isn't killed but his wife is. As a result he emerges as the
man to beat and the greatest threat to President Morgan
Taylor. Special Agent Scott Rourke delves into this case and
begins to unravel a plot that has been brewing for more than
thirty years. It is designed to alter America's alliances in
the Middle East. This is a plot that began in the old days of
the Soviet Union and conti
Wiley Sherer
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Reading this book left me confused. Obviously as a woman, I think only about the male lead and how I can feistily help him. But as a Muslim, I should also be spending all of my time abusing my subordinates, hating America, and inaccurately thinking about Islam. I suppose I could try to do both at the same time, but that seems like a slippery slope that might lead to being a multi-dimensional character. I'll just have to hope that my iron-jawed boyfriend mentions something about it the next time ...more
Kelly Smith
This book started off okay but the further I read, the more tedious it became. I almost didn't finish it but since I was invested by the time it started becoming tedious, I just toughed it out. Too much information at times that was unnecessary to the plot. No strong, intelligent female characters. There also seemed to be many typos in my copy(library hardcover copy). Many errors were basic punctuation errors and a few times entire words seemed to be incorrectly inserted. I found myself rereadin ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Gary Grossman's Executive Actions, the first book in the Executive series, he had written a fantastic thriller dealing with the war and ongoing political elections with a twist. For Morgan Taylor, he was the president of the United States who was up for re-election of a second term. For Scott Rourke, he was his top Secret Service agent who was on mission to uncover the story of his running mate, Teddy Lodge. Between the both of them, in a race against time from the nominations to the swearing ...more
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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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