The Story Behind Executive Command by Gary Grossman


“Executive Command” is the third book in the “Executive” trilogy.  That makes it an important work for me where I tie up loose ends and characters come to full fruition.

Executive CommandHowever, since I write political thrillers, and more specifically “political reality thrillers,” I draw story inspiration from the news and the threats which exist in the real world.

For me, the true through line between personal experience and dramatic plot was 9/11.

I was in New York September 11, 2001.  The horrific experience changed things forever.  For me, for you.  For everyone.

I wondered how I could process the sheer facts and the raw emotion in a way that would matter.  I did it through mediums that I work in:  television and writing.

First came the production of a TV documentary special for History Channel on the history of civil defense in America, “Protecting the Home Front.”  Then, my first novel, “Executive Actions.”

The night of the attack, however, I heard an unconfirmed network radio news report about an alleged terrorist attempt to poison reservoir water, in all places, my hometown, Hudson, NY.

The story was actually incorrect, but it still received national attention.

I filed the story away for potential use in “Executive Command,” which continued the plotting and characters from “Executive Actions” and “Executive Treason.”

Once into the research, I was astounded that our nation’s water resources are so exposed and vulnerable, yet largely ignored by federal, state and local governments.

We have few protections or safeguards in place, but volumes of studies that recommend it.  Moreover, the work revealed that it wouldn’t take widespread bio-toxins or bio-chemical assaults to create a nationwide panic on a scale we have never seen.  Just the fear that our water would be – or even might be – unsafe to drink could lead to a collapse of much of America’s infrastructure and belief in the government’s ability to protect us.

“Executive Command” is not real.  Not yet.  I pray that the threat will never come to pass.  But it can.

I don’t present a primer on how to accomplish it, however, I do expose the threat.  I hope that treating it as fiction makes for a good read.  Considering it as possible makes it all too real.

“Executive Command” is an eBook release available in all formats and platforms through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other platforms or via www.garygrossman.com and www.diversionbooks.com.   I invite readers to get in touch with me at gary@garygrossman.com.

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Gary GrossmanGary Grossman is an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, a print and television journalist, a novelist and a film and TV historian.  His career has included stints producing for NBC News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS and 36 cable networks. He is author of three celebrated International “political reality thrillers,” EXECUTIVE COMMAND, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and EXECUTIVE TREASON and two acclaimed non-fiction books covering pop culture and television history –  Superman: Serial to Cereal and Saturday Morning TV.

Grossman has been partnered with Robb Weller in Los Angeles-based Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific television production company.  Together, they produced more than 9,000 programs and earned numerous awards including the prestigious Governor’s Emmy Award for their USA Network special, “Healing the Hate,” and an Emmy for Best Informational series with the production of “Wolfgang Puck” for Food Network.  Their documentary “Beyond the Da Vinci Code” (History Channel) earned two national Emmy nominations.  In all, Grossman has received 14 Emmy nominations.

In addition, Gary Grossman is now a principal in World Media Strategies, a new International branded entertainment marketing content company with offices in Los Angeles and Miami.  WMS produces television specials and series for travel destinations, corporate clients and government entities.

Grossman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Emerson College in Boston and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University.

He began his broadcasting career as a rock disc jockey at WHUC, in Hudson, New York.  He worked at Boston television station, WBZ; joined The Boston Globe as a special contributor, and then became the television critic and media columnist at The Boston Herald American.  His freelance articles have appeared in The New York Times and numerous magazines.  He taught journalism and media at Emerson College, Boston University, and USC and guest lectured at colleges and universities across the country.

Grossman helped formulate, program and launch television cable networks including HGTV, Fit TV, National Geographic Channel, and The Africa Channel.

Grossman serves on the Emerson College Board of Trustees and chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.

He is also a member of the Boston University Metropolitan College Advisory Board.  For was chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Caucus for Television Producers, Directors & Writers, a Hollywood-based media activist group and a member of The International Thriller Writers Association.

His latest book is the political thriller, Executive Command.

Visit Gary on the web at www.GaryGrossman.com.

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