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Executive Force

by Gary Grossman

Series: Executive Series (4)

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The fourth standalone thriller in The Executive Series finds Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke on a serial assassin's trail--one that leads to a clandestine North Korean plot and a nuclear standoff. "As harrowing as it is entertaining--a thrilling race against an ingenious plot to fracture the United States from within!" --Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment and The Switch Instability and fear seize the nation. Local and national political figures are systematically assassinated. A growing secessionist movement stirs up anti-government fervor. The combination creates nationwide unrest and lack of confidence in leadership. With the clock ticking toward a monumental constitutional crisis, President Morgan Taylor assigns Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke to investigate the assassinations. Meanwhile, Roarke's fiancée, an assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, is tasked with researching the separatists. Attorney Katie Kessler goes rogue to gather evidence for the court. Roarke hunts a lone assassin across two continents. Their paths lead them both to a decades-old plot hatched at a private school in Switzerland, now leading to North Korea. With the assassin ready to make his greatest kill and critical destabilizing votes occurring state-by-state, the president must decide whether to activate America's own secretive, long-incubating active measures against an enemy that can't be exposed, but must be stopped. Timely and revealing, with an inside-out view of real and present dangers, Executive Force brings a political reality to the page that feels like breaking news.… (more)
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I'd not realized that this was the fourth book in a series by the author when I began reading it, fortunately it can stand alone, is good enough that I now feel I've got to hunt the preceding works, and it was engaging. The plot draws from contemporary current events, North Korean relations (or lack thereof) and white supremacists' agitation for their own country, all of which utilizes characters from earlier works, Fortunately the author has done an excellent job of making the characters believable even if you haven't read the prior stories and the plot while not the tightest I've read moves along quickly and entices the reader to continue. Above average in many respects, try it I believe you will be pleased. ( )
  dmclane | Oct 17, 2018 |
Excellent thriller! I had a hard time putting it down. Uses current events ripped out of today's headlines (North Korea and white supremacists) to give an exciting, non-stop ride. I will definitely be reading the author's earlier works!
And, I can't let this go without mentioning some parallels with today's actual events.
1-Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested in 2009 that the state might secede from the Union (that's today's Energy Secretary Perry).
2 - He's the walking embodiment of the big six constellations of personality disorders; sadistic, antisocial, paranoid, narcissistic, schizoid, and schizotypal. A person who has exteme difficulty making or maintaining close relationships. He seeks, demands, and requires adoration. The associated mannerisms include preoccupation on an equal basis with both minor and grandiose decisions....may be predisposed to having a superior manner and the obsessive belief in their own self-worth above all others". No, not DJT (but if the shoe fits...), the North Korean Leader.
3 - regarding danger signs that a leader might be losing it...from the Army Field Manual, "a leader should demonstrate control over behavior and bring it in line with the needs of the organization...cannot act viscerally or angrily when receiving bad news or conflicting information. This man is known for impulsive emotional outbursts. He allows his selfish personal agenda, emotions...to dictate his reaction to threats." Again, it's regarding the NK Leader, but, oh, how the Joint Chief of Staffs must be wringing their hands currently!
This was a really good book. Taking the story as just that, a story, it's a fun read. Reading into it the descriptions of our own leader's traits, however, makes it chilling! ( )
  1Randal | Aug 21, 2018 |
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The fourth standalone thriller in The Executive Series finds Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke on a serial assassin's trail--one that leads to a clandestine North Korean plot and a nuclear standoff. "As harrowing as it is entertaining--a thrilling race against an ingenious plot to fracture the United States from within!" --Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment and The Switch Instability and fear seize the nation. Local and national political figures are systematically assassinated. A growing secessionist movement stirs up anti-government fervor. The combination creates nationwide unrest and lack of confidence in leadership. With the clock ticking toward a monumental constitutional crisis, President Morgan Taylor assigns Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke to investigate the assassinations. Meanwhile, Roarke's fiancée, an assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, is tasked with researching the separatists. Attorney Katie Kessler goes rogue to gather evidence for the court. Roarke hunts a lone assassin across two continents. Their paths lead them both to a decades-old plot hatched at a private school in Switzerland, now leading to North Korea. With the assassin ready to make his greatest kill and critical destabilizing votes occurring state-by-state, the president must decide whether to activate America's own secretive, long-incubating active measures against an enemy that can't be exposed, but must be stopped. Timely and revealing, with an inside-out view of real and present dangers, Executive Force brings a political reality to the page that feels like breaking news.

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