I am, first and foremost, a story teller; in documentary form for television; as a media historian and now as a thriller writer. But I describe my books as “political reality thrillers.” They come from reality, intersect with history, weave real places and relevant events into the story, then take off into a realm of both the believable and the unthinkable.
I write with two or three internet servers open, constantly allowing me to check names, dates, places and facts. But even that’s not enough. I’ve worked with a commander in the U.S. Navy, intelligence officers, Constitutional law experts, weapons and munitions specialists, elected officials in government, heads of law enforcement agencies, and even a friend in the White House. But sometimes that isn’t enough. Readers, based on their knowledge and expertise, will catch things and I will work them into later editions or subsequent work.
Some of the history I’ve touched on in a contemporary manner include Russian sleeper cell spies that are still operating in the U.S. (“Executive Actions”), an genuine plot to overthrow President Franklin Roosevelt (brought up to date in “Executive Treason”), the power and influence of hate radio (from Fr. Charles Coughlin in the 1930s to today’s personalities) and more.
My third novel in the series, “Executive Command” will be out mid-summer 2012. It promises more excitement following Secret Service agent Scott Roarke, President Morgan Taylor, CIA agent Vinnie D’Angelo, attorney Katie Kessler, a master assassin and a global terrorist – all wrapped up in a plot that is truly the most frightening I’ve written. Moreover, my sources tell me, it is a scenario we must be prepared for.
I count on readers, bloggers, fans and critics to keep me honest to my characters and their stories. In turn, I promise a good read that may look a lot like tomorrow’s news.
In Executive Actions, an assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech in upstate New York. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the election is irrevocably changed. But Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, isn't killed. His wife is. 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 Service Agent Scott Roarke delves into the case and begins to unravel a deadly plan that's been incubating for more than 30 years. He’s aided by Boston attorney Katie Kessler, whose
involvement catapults her into the highest levels of Washington decision making and puts her squarely in the enemy’s sights. From the very first page, Executive Actions culls events from today's headlines, intersecting with a scenario that's shockingly real: An insidious plot hatched in the old days of the Soviet Union continues to grow to fruition in the hands of a power hungry, revengeful Middle East heir to the throne. At its core, a sleeper is awakened to take a prominent role in American life. Executive Actions is a tense political thriller; an election year page-turner, where both the Presidency and the Constitution are at stake.
About Executive Treason:
Actions, finds Secret Service agent Scott Roarke back on the trail of the elusive assassin who
tried to take down the U.S. presidency. The globe-trotting novel explodes with surprises from
the Oval Office to the cockpit of Air Force One, right to middle America and the broadcast
studios of immensely powerful national talk radio host Elliott Strong with political motives of his own.
With the president’s life in jeopardy and his succession in question, Roarke discovers that his former nemesis, a mysterious assassin who had managed to evade him during the recent presidential campaign, is deeply involved. This time, Roarke gathers a number of clues about the assassin's past that give him the tools he needs to track down the hunter, but clues can only go so far.
Roarke must use all his skill and cunning, as well as a great deal of luck, if he's going to catch his quarry. The plot recalls a real presidential coup attempt in the 1930s, the roots of hate radio and the vulnerability of our Succession Laws. All underscoring the “political reality” of Executive Treason.
Gary Grossman also created a character web page for the powerful talk show host Elliott Strong in Executive Treason. Readers can log onto the faux website for Elliott Strong, hear his rants, read the Constitution, and write elected officials. Strong even takes aim at Gary Grossman on the web page (which starts with “The Star Spangled Banner”). Those sites can be found here: www.elliottstrong.com
or www.strongnationradio.com if you would like to go and have a look around.
Gary Grossman is an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, a print and television journalist, and novelist. He has produced more than 9,000 television shows for 40 broadcast and cable networks includingprimetime specials, reality and competition series and live event telecasts.