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 wh..Show More »en 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.
The novels in this series start a bit slowly and they are long, but they are more than worth the time. Executive Treason in Book 2 in the 3 novel Exec..Show More »utive series. Executive Command is up next in the series, but I plan to listen to at least one other book first.
The Executive series could be considered suspense thrillers or espionage thrillers, but I now believe they are best characterized is political thrillers. The novels deal with the position of president in the US in a dangerous and unpredictable world where major issues are sure to occur. The issue of order of replacement is faced head on in real world crisis situations. The possibility of foreign governments meddling in US elections is another topic explored in depth. The subject matter and the way the author handles it is fascinating. And there are periods of very intense suspense. The primary characters are very well developed.
Narration has been criticized in some reviews. From my perspective John McLain does a superb job.
The 3 novel Executive Series by Gary Grossman includes 60 hours of listening time although John McLain's excellent narration can be easily enjoyed at ..Show More »higher listening speeds. The series can be described as espionage, political, or suspense thrillers; it is all three. The primary protagonists are Secret Service Agent Scott Roark, Roark's lawyer girlfriend who is a constitutional authority, and on-again, off-again US President Morgan Taylor. The characters are well developed and vivid. The situations are believable.
I ran across this series by accident early this year and set the books aside to listen to when time was available. My expectations were low, but this series meets and exceeds all possible expectations. Unlike the first two novels in the series which dealt mostly with the US Constitution and the powers of the presidency in time of domestic crisis, Executive Command deals with major incidents of domestic terrorism.
I highly recommend Executive Command which stands on its own, but listen to Executive Actions and Executive Treason first.