Monday, June 4, 2012

Executive Actions by Gary Grossman REVIEW

When an assassin takes aim at a presidential candidate during a primary stump speech, the outcome of the election is irrevocably changed. But it's not candidate Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, who is killed, but his wife. 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 Agent Scott Roarke delves into the case and begins to unravel a deadly plot that has incubated for more than thirty years, a plot designed to alter America's allegiances in the Middle East. From the very first page, Executive Actions culls events from today's headlines, blending them into a frightening scenario that is shockingly real.

I will say it again, I am not a big political thriller reader.  But I do enjoy some some John Grisham. So why did I agree/volunteer to read this? It sounded good and I am almost willing to read something new...just outside of my comfort zone. And isn't that a big reason why we do this? 

Anyway, I am so glad I did say yes to this book. I liked how the the story starts in the middle of a scene but as the story unfolds Grossman explains what's been going on as it is going on in a smooth uncomplicated simple way. The scenarios in this story are so real and believable...that's what drew me into this book initially. What kept me interested was all the questions and mystery and realism...what's going to happen now? I hope she doesn't fall for him...I hope he doesn't try his charms on that he really going to kill him? Oh no he didn't! 
The entire time while reading this these types of thoughts swamped me and I could not stop reading! Which surprised the heck out of me because I'm not a big political fiction or non fiction reader. Unless it's real life. So I surprised myself when I found myself plunging into this story. But a pleasant surprise. I sort of want to go out and buy a few more of these types of reads but I don't want to jinx myself either lol.
I did find the storyline a bit too easy to guess at times but at other times I was surprised to be totally wrong with the unexpected turn out of the scene. Grossman definitely kept the book fresh and tantalizing. 
I really want to say more but I would seriously give the book it.
I recommend this book, definitely. 

I received this book for review from Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Review by Molly


Cheryl said...

I'm going to be reading this book this month too. I've always liked political thrillers, so I bet I enjoy this one.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Kelly McClymer said...

Kudos to you for trying something just a skosh outside your comfort zone. This sounds like a book my husband would love...and Father's Day is rapidly approaching, so thank you!

Jaime said...

Wow. Sounds fantastic. I usually wouldn't read books in this genre either, but you have me thinking about stepping outside my comfort zone, too.