Executive Actions : The Executive Series

  • by Gary Grossman
  • Narrated by John McLain
  • Series: The Executive Series
  • 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 first few seconds, 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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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My highest possible recommendation for this novel!

When I purchased Executive Actions and the other two books in The Executive series for $1.99 each 6 months ago I intended to listen to them someday when there were no books I looked forward to available. When I started listening to it very recently my expectations were low. This novel did not lure me in quickly; It grew on me slowly.

Executive Actions turns out to be a marvelously pleasant surprise. Audible characterizes it as a suspense thriller while it is very clearly an espionage thriller. The novel is about foreign powers taking a long term approach to planting agents into the US at an early age with the ultimate intent of having one of them elected to high office. What would happen if such a foreign agent were to be elected president?

Some who have reviewed Executive Actions have complained about the narration. I disagree with them; the narration is excellent.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Exciting, entertaining story, so so narration.

I loved the story. If you go into the story, without too much scrutiny and allow the author a bit of room, then its an entertaining well paced exciting story.

If you don't allow the author some licence then I think it would be easy to dislike this book, particularly toward the end. If you love well constructed plausible plot lines keep away from this book. If you are willing to let the author string you along and don't think too deeply about the plausibility of the plot and the actions of some of the characters this is a cracking book.

I have mixed thoughts about the narrator, the deepness of his voice is off the scale and at first listen he sounds totally pretentious. I have a fairly high end car stereo, I had to turn down the bass to stop the car from shaking when the narrator spoke. Seriously!

When I first starting listening to this book, I hated the narration. I considered giving up on this book and returning it. The narrator quickly started to grow on me, particularly after turning down the bass on my car stereo. As I got used to the narrator and I also think he toned down some of the pretension after the first few chapters, I actually started to enjoy the book much more. On the positive side the narrator's pacing is quite good and the main character is noted in the story as having a distinctive voice.

I am off to buy the next book in the executive series.
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- aussieGeorge68

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios