The Character of A Hero: Executive Action’s Scott Roarke, by Author, Gary Grossman
On Tour with Gary Grossman and Executive Action
After reading Executive Action, a compelling, complicated thriller written by Gary Grossman, we were excited to share an article from this fine author. Currently on a virtual book tour with Partners In Crime Book Tours, you can find the author at a variety of sites with interviews, guest articles, reviews and more.
Today he is sharing more about the hero of his Executive series, Scott Roarke. A terrific character, see if this doesn’t make you all the more anxious to read his books.
THE CHARACTER OF A HERO:
EXECUTIVE ACTIONS’ SCOTT ROARKE
By Gary Grossman
As an author of international political thrillers, I suppose I can draw on a world of character types. The cold, calculating James Bond as Ian Fleming wrote him. The fish out of water turned hero Jack Ryan crafted by Tom Clancy. John le Carré’s driven Jonathan Pine in “The Night Manager.” Vince Flynn’s calculating Mitch Rapp. They’re all great, powerful figures who step into the scene and get the job done. I love them all.
But real investigative work takes a team or at least people talking with one another, muddling through the weeds, and sharing what they know.
I know because my father was in a law enforcement investigator in New York State.
I know because as a documentary TV and film producer, it also takes a producing team to uncover facts.
So when I began writing EXECUTIVE ACTIONS I wanted my hero to succeed through failure, learn from mistakes, know that he didn’t know everything, and reach out to people smarter than him, though he’s pretty darned smart.
Oh, and one more thing, he needed a smart woman by his side.
For Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke it became Boston attorney Katie Kessler.
Roarke, like many thriller heroes, first acts on a hunch. That hunch catapults him into a global plot with roots in the Cold War and a branch of the United States government. But he doesn’t manage to put the pieces together alone.
Just as I reached out to expert Constitutional attorneys, a Navy Commander, a State Department official, a retired Army intelligence officer, and FBI and forensics experts, Roarke also needs to rely on his team.
They include a CIA operative, two FBI agents, an Army captain, the advice of his boss a former Navy flier now the President of the United States, and the strength and determination of Katie Kessler.
The realization is not a sudden thought. Roarke’s backstory reveals a troubled history. He was raised by his father who was always on the road driving, arrested as a young teen for robbing a store, offered a chance to redeem himself by a beat cop, and given a career path through the U.S. Army.
He comes to his job having discovered the importance of teamwork and the necessity of listening to others as well as his own instincts. He can kill, but he is not a born killer. He is loyal to the president, but wonders what life would be like if he walked away from the Secret Service.
Scott Roarke is in his 30s – aren’t most of our thriller heroes – but he can act on a good idea from someone his junior or senior. He’s handsome, physically fit, sexy and sexual – of course. But Scott Roarke also loves saxophonist Dave Koz, a great Scotch, reading time and alone time.
He doesn’t jump right into a relationship with Katie. He worries about the dangers his career will bring her.
In other words, to me, he’s human; a realistic figure, a multi-faceted character, and man who comes to heroism not because he’s got special abilities, but because he rises to the occasion. That’s what makes him special.
Maybe he’s a good deal of my dad, though I usually only saw my father at his desk.
Maybe he’s a bit of who I wish I could be.
But I hope he’s a whole lot of what makes you want to read EXECUTIVE ACTIONS. I hope you’ll find him a personable, interesting and exciting guy you’d like to get to know…a man who, if you are in trouble, you’d want by your side. You’ll have to let me know.
Gary Grossman is author of the EXECUTIVE series starting with EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, OLD EARTH, the soon-to-be released RED HOTEL, and two books on television history. He is an Emmy Award winning television producer, having produced more than 10,000 shows for 40 networks. He’s also a member of the International Thriller Writers Association.
He can be reached through email@example.com, www.garygrossman.com and on twitter @garygrossman1
by Gary Grossman
on Tour June 1 – July 31, 2017
In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke gets an assignment that turns his world upside down. His investigation uncovers a plot so monstrous it can change the course of America’s future and world politics. Roarke discovers that presidency is about to fall into the hands of a hostile foreign power. The power play is so well-conceived that even the U.S. Constitution itself is a tool designed to guarantee the plot’s success. With the election clock ticking, Roarke and Boston attorney Katie Kessler race at breakneck speed to prevent the unthinkable. But they also know that it will take a miracle to stop the takeover from happening.
Praise for the Executive Series:
“Executive Actions is the best political thriller I have read in a long, long time. Right up there with the very best of David Baldacci. [A] masterpiece of suspense; powerfully written and filled with wildly imaginative twists. Get ready to lose yourself in a hell of a story.”
Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author
“Break out the flashlight, and prepare to stay up all night … Once you start reading Executive Actions you won’t be able to put it down.”
Bruce Feirstein, James Bond screenwriter, and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor
“Executive Command mixes terrorists, politics, drug gangs and technology in nonstop action! Gary Grossman creates a … horribly plausible plot to attack the United States. So real it’s scary!”
Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Exit Plan, Cold Choices, Red Dragon Rising
“Moving at break-neck speed, Executive Command is nothing short of sensational … Executive Command is not just a great book, it’s a riveting experience.”
W.G. Griffiths, award-winning, bestselling author of Methuselah’s Pillar, Malchus
“Executive Command ramps up the excitement … A truly bravura performance from a master of the political thriller!”
Dwight Jon Zimmerman, New York Times bestselling co-author of Lincoln’s Last Days, Uncommon Valor
“Intricate, taut, and completely mesmerizing. Grossman expertly blends together globe-spanning locations, well-researched technology, finely crafted narrative, and intriguing characters to create a virtuoso tale. Highly recommended.”
Dale Brown, New York Times bestselling author
“Executive Treason is more chilling than science fiction … You’ll never listen to talk radio again without a shiver going down your spine.”
Gary Goldman, Executive Producer, Minority Report; Screenwriter, Navy SEALs & Total Recall
Genre: Political Thriller, Mystery
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication Date: January 13, 2012
Number of Pages: 556
ISBN: 1626811059 (ISBN13: 9781626811058)
Series: Executive #1
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Gary Grossman is a multiple Emmy Award-winning network television producer, a print and television journalist, and novelist. He has produced more than 10,000 television shows for 40 broadcast and cable networks including primetime specials, reality and competition series, and live event telecasts.
Grossman has worked for NBC, written for the Boston Globe, Boston Herald American, and the New York Times. He is the author of four bestselling international award-winning thrillers available in print, eBooks, and Audible editions: EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, EXECUTIVE TREASON, EXECUTIVE COMMAND and OLD EARTH. (Diversion Books, NYC) and two acclaimed non-fiction books covering pop culture and television history – SUPERMAN: SERIAL TO CEREAL and SATURDAY MORNING TV.
Grossman taught journalism, film and television at Emerson College, Boston University, and USC and has guest lectured at colleges and universities around the United States. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Emerson College in Boston and he serves on the Boston University Metropolitan College Advisory Board. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and The Military Writers Society of America.
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