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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Executive Action by Jac Simensen, when a crazed business tycoon believes the US government is sacrificing military lives needlessly, he devises a plot to turn Muslims and Christians against each other. His plan to detonate a dirty bomb in the middle of The Grand Mosque in Mecca will be capable of killing thousands. Now all he needs is someone who is prepared to sacrifice his life for this horrific cause. The perfect candidate comes in the form of Rusty who has just seen his wife killed in a terrorist attack. However, Rusty wants no part in it. Slowly, everything Rusty loves and treasures is sadistically taken from him in a brutal brainwashing scheme. He is left with nothing to live for and as Rusty enters the mosque, only one question remains. Will he have the courage to push the button?
Executive Action by Jac Simensen has a compelling premise and the plot is filled with tension and excitement. The author cleverly manages to introduce many believable characters and subplots, then weaves them together effortlessly. I loved the backstory detail on the main characters as it gave the novel a lot of depth and believability. Rusty was a superb character; the way he was brainwashed was quite frightening. But the means the author used did highlight to me the situation in the world today, where media reports can turn people against each other depending on their political views, race, or religion. Although the war hero character Charley only had a minor role, I really liked his personality and courage. The first section of the novel brilliantly built great anticipation in readiness for the exciting emotional rollercoaster ending. This is a great example of a psychological thriller and the ending was not what I was expecting, which I appreciated as a reader. I feel the epilogue at the end hinted at a sequel. I hope so.