Monday, June 25, 2012

Executive Actions by Gary Grossman - Review!

Happy Monday!

Welcome to my stop at Executive Actions blog tour by Gary Grossman! This tour is organized by Partner In Crime Tours and my stop includes a review and some information about the book and the author! Today, I am posting the review of Executive Actions and on the 2nd of July I will post the review of Executive Treason.

Author: Gary Grossman

Title: Executive Actions
Release date: First published in August 2004, Kindle version January 2012
Published by: I Books/Diversion Books
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Political Thriller
Pages/Size: 384 pages in ecopy
Source: Received from Partners in Crime Tours and from the author for blog tour


In Executive Actions, an assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech in upstate New York. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the elections irrevocably changed. But 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 plan that's been incubating for more than 30 years. He’s aided by Boston attorney Katie Kessler, whose involvement catapults her into the highest levels of Washington decision making and puts her squarely in the enemy’s sights. 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,revengeful 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.

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 as the trigger is pulled, the story takes an incredible pace and it's over way too soon. When you turn the last page, you want more and that is a good sign in my book.

I enjoyed the characters and I loved that one of the main characters was a strong woman which is rarity in a good political thriller. I also loved the writing style - it was very visual! The author took the writing to a level where reading was like watching a movie and I truly enjoyed that.

I would highly recommend Executive Actions, it's a great thriller, it has fascinating story and interesting characters!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

About the author:

Gary Grossman is an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, a print and television journalist, and novelist. He has produced more than 9,000 television shows for 40 broadcast and cable networks including primetime specials, reality and competition series and live event telecasts. Grossman’s producing credits include “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC), “American Detective” (ABC) the immensely successful global syndicated series “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Television Academy Hall of Fame” (FOX), “Day’s End” (ABC), “Heroes for the Planet” (National Geographic Channel), “The Turnaround”

(CNN), and “Wanna Bet?” (CBS) based on the long-running German ZDF series “Wettan Dass?” He received the prestigious National Governor’s Emmy for his documentary special “Healing the Hate” (USA Network) and an Emmy for “Wolfgang Puck” (Food Network). His special “Beyond the Da Vinci Code” (History Channel) earned two national Emmy nominations, making a total of 14 Emmy nominations to date.Other producing credits include the documentary reality series “I-Witness Video” (NBC News), the entertainment special “Happy Birthday Bugs” (CBS), “American Chronicles” (FOX) with filmmaker David Lynch, and live prime time events for Fox, CBS, Fox News, CNBC, and PBS, among other networks. Gary Grossman has been a principal in Weller/Grossman Productions, a leading independent television production company based in Los Angeles. He helped formulate, program and launch television cable networks including HGTV, Fit TV, National Geographic Channel, and The Africa Channel. His most recent collaboration is with development of ATLXTV, a sports-tier network set to premiere in 2012. In addition, he is a partner in World Media Strategies, a new International branded entertainment marketing content company that produces television specials and series for travel destinations, corporate clients and government entities including Ford, Time Magazine and Puerto Rico. Grossman is also author of two celebrated “political reality thrillers” now available as eBooks, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and EXECUTIVE TREASON (Diversion Books, NYC) and two acclaimed non-fiction books covering pop culture and television history – SUPERMAN: SERIAL TO CEREAL and SATURDAY MORNING TV.
Grossman taught journalism, film and television at Emerson College, Boston University, and USC and has guest lectured at colleges and universities around the United States.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Emerson College in Boston and he serves on the Boston University Metropolitan College Advisory Board.  He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association.   Gary Grossman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Helene.  They have three children.
Happy reading!


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