Executive Order

Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Series: Reeder and Rogers, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (280 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A riveting novel by MWA Grand Master Award winner Max Allan Collins.

In Eastern Europe four CIA agents are dead - geopolitical pawns caught in border dispute cross fire. Why were they there? Who sent them? Not even the President knows.

Back in Washington, the Secretary of the Interior dies from an apparent allergic shock. As details emerge, so do suspicions that she was murdered.

Investigating their respective cases, ex - Secret Service agent Joe Reeder and FBI Special Situations Task Force leader Patti Rogers recognize a dangerous conspiracy is in play. When suspects and government contacts are killed off with expert precision, their worst fears are confirmed. As the country edges closer and closer to war, Reeder and Rogers must protect the President - and each other - from an unseen enemy who's somehow always one step ahead.

The stakes have never been higher, against killers who might be anywhere, and Reeder and Rogers have no one to trust but each other.

©2017 Max Allan Collins (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Great Book and Series. Excellent Narration!

This series has been really good. Exciting, mysterious, entertaining and some action thrown in.

I really like Reeder and Rogers. I like that they are friends and don't cross that line. The friendship and trust between these two is great.

The story line and plot was great. I really enjoy a good conspiracy story. There is a lot of great dialogue throughout the entire book. This was also very well written that it didn't get confusing. It all flowed very well.

As for the narration. It is excellent. Dan John Miller does a fantastic job on all the voices including the female voices.

I can totally recommend all these books in this series.

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Exciting story and great narration..



This book started just how I DON’T like a book to start: you get to know someone and within minutes they’re all dead. UGH! I hate when authors do that.

Anyway, this is about those four CIA agents sent to Azbekistan, AFTER the President expressly ordered NO ONE to be sent there because everyone was sure the Russians were about to attack, which they did. And it’s was about Joe Reeder, who owns ABC Security, and Patti Rogers who works for the FBI attempting to figure out if the four CIA agents have anything to do with the murder of Secretary of the Interior Amanda Yellich in Washington DC.

This was exciting from the very beginning and really didn’t let up. But it was kind of scary. LOL… It showed what our politicians are capable of.

There was nothing romantic about this book so if reviews tell you there was they’re crazy. The F-bomb was used 8 times.

The only disappointing thing about this was the fact that you had NO idea what anyone looked like. Oh, once in a while it would say someone was balding or fat or someone was African American or someone had curly hair, but not what any one person looked like. So, Joe, Patti, Miggie, Hardesy, Ivanek, Lucas and Wade could have all looked alike for all I know. So, it lost a star for that.

As to the narration: Dan John Miller did a pretty good job with the narration. I think mostly he had such a nice reading voice that I wasn’t bothered by any lack of something. I would definitely listen to him again.

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All you need to know

All you need to know about the political view of this book is that the main character, presumably the hero, drives a Prius and that fact, even though it has no bearing on the story line, is repeated several times in the book. Here we have a very PC character and the rest of the story follows the line you might expect, given the Prius. The 'good guys' are all from the correct PC groups, the 'bad guys' are conservatives, the 'evil mastermind' is a Republican Senator and the 'evil organization' has a name with the word 'Patriot' in it. All of this is a shame since the story line itself, had it been a bit less preachy would have held up reasonably well. There really was no reason for the idea of a 'vast right wing conspiracy' except to draw in those on the left of the political spectrum.

The writing is OK, as is the narration, even if it is less than inspired. The book seemed OK to me until I got to the part where real, but now dead, Republicans were listed as heads of the evil organization. When I came to the name of Barry Goldwater as one of those I mostly gave up knowing that although Goldwater was a very conservative Senator, the suggestion that he would have been involved in something so sinister was just preposterous. From that point on it was slow going to the end.

The author clearly can create interesting scenarios and if he can divorce himself from the heavy-handed and biased tendency to label all of those who are not PC as evil and enemies of democracy he might create a book that seems more reasonable and interesting.

He might also benefit from re-reading the order of Presidential Succession which does not go from the President and Vice-President to the members of the Cabinet, but instead goes first to the Speaker of the House and then to the President Pro tempore of the Senate and, only after them, to the members of the Cabinet. A small point, but one that the author seems to have missed, and which has a major impact on the plot.

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excellent read

this was my first read by this author and I found that it held my attention very well and I looked forward to getting back to it.

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Well done

Well written, plausible,and scary! Especially in light of what just happened in the presidential impeachment.

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Over the top & unrealistic

Former Secret Service Agent, Joe Reader, and FBI task force leader, Patti Rogers, work within and outside the law to thwart an assassination of the President. A group of rich and powerful men see it as their duty to “save” the country from the weak President. Their power reaches the highest levels of government, and only Reeder and Patti have the courage to stop them. Despite being hunted by Patti’s own FBI, she and Reeder are the only ones the President trust. Even his Secret Service detail is suspect.

The action is nonstop as Reeder and Rogers follow clues to leaders of the threat while avoiding being killed or captured. The plot appears to come from an avid conspiracy theorist. Unfortunately, at least one listener believes it shows the true nature of our politicians. The plot and action, though interesting, are unrealistic. This is especially true of the final battle with the traitors.

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I really didnot like this story. I can't imagine the President working closely with two underlings. The plot was
unrealistic and the dialogue was too over the top. I don't t know how it could be improved as I can't guess how to improve it. The showdown left the two forces facing one another for too long a time period. I would suspect both sides would have started to fire upon encountering each other. There are so many of these books he authored I will probably try another one further down the line to see if the author has improved his style.

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Great storyline, author knocks it out of the park!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the author did an excellent job!
The narrator did an amazing job bringing the story to life! I highly recommend this book!

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terrible

worst book Max Allen Collins has written that I have read.Could not believe this poor excuse was offered to the public.

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The whole series has been fun

I believe this is well written, fun, and could potentially make some good movies. I hope the are more to come!

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American braveheart

An excellent story that was both exciting and enjoyable. Written st s good pace the action was non stop from the first page. I like this author and will read more of his action books