Thursday, May 24, 2012

Executive Action by Gary Grossman

Executive Action by Gary Grossman is the classic political thriller.  Democratic candidate Teddy Lodge's wife is assassinated during a political speech in a small New York town on the eve of the state's primary.  The mysterious killer disappears but his actions have dramatically changed the election.  Lodge uses the sympathy vote to become the leading contender and eventual nominee.  Lodge's candidacy threatens the incumbent President, Morgan Taylor. Under secret orders from the President, Special Service Agent Scott Roarke investigates the case and begins to unravel a deadly plot  designed to alter America's allegiances in the Middle East. 

The story, which might be titled "The Libyan Candidate," has some interesting plot turns.  Roarke is the usual macho hero who enlists the aid of an attractive Boston attorney.  She is very likable and her constitutional discovery is one the best parts of the novel.  I immediately checked on this amendment. The investigation takes a long time to develop and Lodge is elected President.  The climax comes at the inauguration where Roarke seems more a bystander than the story's protagonist.  The raid in Libya, complete with embedded journalist, seems hokey.  At times, Roarke's investigation seems to drag on without direction.  I had problems with the Libyan connection especially in light of the nation's post-Gaddaf status.  

In spite of these criticisms, I enjoyed Executive Action.  The dialogue is crisp and the characters interesting although at times formulaic. 

We rate Executive Action       

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