by Gary Grossman
on Tour June 1 – July 31, 2017
In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke gets an assignment that turns his world upside down. His investigation uncovers a plot so monstrous it can change the course of America’s future and world politics. Roarke discovers that presidency is about to fall into the hands of a hostile foreign power. The power play is so well-conceived that even the U.S. Constitution itself is a tool designed to guarantee the plot’s success. With the election clock ticking, Roarke and Boston attorney Katie Kessler race at breakneck speed to prevent the unthinkable. But they also know that it will take a miracle to stop the takeover from happening.
Praise for the Executive Series:
“Executive Actions is the best political thriller I have read in a long, long time. Right up there with the very best of David Baldacci. [A] masterpiece of suspense; powerfully written and filled with wildly imaginative twists. Get ready to lose yourself in a hell of a story.”
Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author
“Break out the flashlight, and prepare to stay up all night … Once you start reading Executive Actions you won’t be able to put it down.”
Bruce Feirstein, James Bond screenwriter, and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor
“Executive Command mixes terrorists, politics, drug gangs and technology in nonstop action! Gary Grossman creates a … horribly plausible plot to attack the United States. So real it’s scary!”
Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Exit Plan, Cold Choices, Red Dragon Rising
“Moving at break-neck speed, Executive Command is nothing short of sensational … Executive Command is not just a great book, it’s a riveting experience.”
W.G. Griffiths, award-winning, bestselling author of Methuselah’s Pillar, Malchus
“Executive Command ramps up the excitement … A truly bravura performance from a master of the political thriller!”
Dwight Jon Zimmerman, New York Times bestselling co-author of Lincoln’s Last Days, Uncommon Valor
“Intricate, taut, and completely mesmerizing. Grossman expertly blends together globe-spanning locations, well-researched technology, finely crafted narrative, and intriguing characters to create a virtuoso tale. Highly recommended.”
Dale Brown, New York Times bestselling author
“Executive Treason is more chilling than science fiction … You’ll never listen to talk radio again without a shiver going down your spine.”
Gary Goldman, Executive Producer, Minority Report; Screenwriter, Navy SEALs & Total Recall
Genre: Political Thriller, Mystery
Published by: Diversion Books
THE NUMBER ONE RULE I LEARNED WRITING EXECUTIVE ACTIONS!
by Gary Grossman
I didn’t tell my wife I was writing a novel.
After all, I had never written a novel. I didn’t know how it would turn out. Whether it would be good. If I could even finish it.
So every night, long after I came home from my day job as a TV producer, after homework help with the kids, after my wife and I put the kids to bed, I would hit the computer and write my three pages.
Nothing out of the ordinary. I was usually on the computer most evenings.
I researched. I sent emails. I printed out materials. I wrote.
Then I learned the Number One rule: I should have told my wife what I was doing.
Why? Simply because one fine day (actually not so fine) she found some very suspicious internet research in a file folder I’d left on our desk: Printouts about poisons that can dissolve and disappear in a body. Poisons even a skilled coroner won’t likely find. Papers on sniper rifles accurate in the right hands for hundreds of yards. And places to train on their usage.
Helene read the research in a manila file and thought I was trying to kill her.
Imagine waiting for me to come home that day!
Poisons. Sniper rifles. It was a long wait.
Actually, the only thing I was guilty of was writing a tense, political thriller that no one knew about. Not yet. Not my business partner. Not my wife. Not until that evening.
“Gary… .” (Gary, not honey.) “Do we have a problem?” she asked at the front door.
I didn’t see the file in her hand.I didn’t get a kiss either.
“Problem?” I responded with a smile. “What problem?”
“Again, do we have a problem?” she said in our home office.
“No, of course not,” I responded.
“Are you sure?” She put the file on the desk where she’d found them. (Maybe put isn’t the most accurate term.) That’s when I realized what she had.
“Oh those,” I said lightly laughing.
I was the only one in the room laughing. The kids were watching TV.
“Yes, those.” She leafed through the pages on poisons and rifles. She was deadly serious.
“Those?” I smiled meekly and looked up.
She held the high ground. Very high.
“I’m…I’m writing a novel. A thriller.”
Seeing her completely justifiably expression that only said, Sure you are with a Show me kind of way, I slid into the computer chair and called up the working file. A quick – very quick – word search brought me first to one critical scene I’d written, then another. She read over my shoulder. The words exonerated me and completely relieved her.
Well, as my story continues, Helene lived and EXECUTIVE ACTIONS was born with research a tremendous part of my work.
In addition to the poisons and weaponry, I consulted and met with a Navy Commander from the NY Public Affairs Office. Since EXECUTIVE ACTIONS is a presidential thriller, I reviewed key elements with leading Washington D.C. and Boston University U.S. Constitutional law attorneys. I worked with FBI experts in Facial Recognition Technology and forensics, a State Department career officer, a retired Army intelligence officer, among others.
Real people who gave me real information. From inside the White House on down. Content that added credibility, authenticity, and believability.
All of it was necessary because EXECUTIVE ACTIONS is grounded in history, echoes today’s news, and foretells tomorrow’s.
Specifically, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS centers on a long incubating Russian sleeper spy cell operating in the United States.The target is the highest office in the land and arguably the most important in the world – the presidency itself.
I delve into the history of how the Soviet Union had trained spies to not only pass as Americans but literally to become Americans. Their special education was held at the KGB’s famed Andropov Institute. A real place. All too real. During the Cold War the Soviets had to train spies to think like Americans – that is to say not haggle when buying items, how to successful apply for a house loan without be suspicious of the banks, the way to work proper idiomatic expressions into conversation, and how to deal with the wide range of choices Americans have had over everything – from toothpaste to sneakers. The spies had to be inserted into life here and wait for either activation or with the plot of EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, maturation.
If you’re a fan of TV’s “The Americans” you have the picture.
But EXECUTIVE ACTIONS shows more. Much more. It moves through a presidential campaign (like ones I’ve covered as a journalist and TV documentarian), doors that open and lives that end, and the poisons and the sniper rifles that come into play (fictionally with great relief from my wife). The plot covers the world and deep dives into history giving readers a sense of Middle East folklore and the laws that govern presidential succession here today. More research.
EXECUTIVE ACTIONS begins with an assassination on the campaign trail in Hudson, New York (my hometown) and concludes on the steps of the United States Capitol. The thriller has a strong woman character in attorney Katie Kessler and a very believable co-hero, Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke.
These principal characters, along with a host of others, also appear in sequels to EXECUTIVE ACTIONS. I’m working on the latest one right now. Trust me, it’s a book my wife definitely knows I’m writing!
Gary Grossman is author of the EXECUTIVE series starting with EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, OLD EARTH, the soon-to-be released RED HOTEL, and two books on television history. He is an Emmy Award winning television producer, having produced more than 10,000 shows for 40 networks. He’s also a member of the International Thriller Writers Association.
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Gary Grossman is a multiple Emmy Award-winning network television producer, a print and television journalist, and novelist. He has produced more than 10,000 television shows for 40 broadcast and cable networks including primetime specials, reality and competition series, and live event telecasts.
Grossman has worked for NBC, written for the Boston Globe, Boston Herald American, and the New York Times. He is the author of four bestselling international award-winning thrillers available in print, eBooks, and Audible editions: EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, EXECUTIVE TREASON, EXECUTIVE COMMAND and OLD EARTH. (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 currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. 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 and The Military Writers Society of America.
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