**Spoiler Free Series Review**
As I sit here at my kitchen counter trying to decide what the fuck to say about this series I decide to scroll into Amazon for a look around. In doing so, I see authors like David Baldacci, Ayn Rand, and of course, Tom Clancy. And I wonder, what the hell? Why isn’t this series at the top?
I suppose if you think about it, becoming the next John Grisham is about like becoming the next Beyonce or the next Leonardo DiCaprio. There are thousands if not millions of talented people in this world. And those that make it big just happen to win the lottery. They make that one connection that leads them to the next big thing.
Last year I completed my read of the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. The first book in this series was written in a matter of months by an unknown 25 year old author in a room over his parent’s garage. And while this brilliant series got over 120 rejections, once it was picked up, it became a NY Times best seller and is soon to be made into a motion picture. I love this series and if you have not picked it up…do it. It is truly unbelievable and like Tal’s series, I was a mess of emotions throughout the entire third book. So what is it that makes one author a household name?
Part of it no doubt is luck of the draw, and part of it I have to believe is getting recognized by that one person that can make a difference. A YouTube video goes viral. Why? There are millions out there with very few hits and it is that one in a million that spreads like wildfire. And I want this series by Tal Bauer to spread like wildfire...
Because I want everyone to read this…I want everyone to know the brilliance that is created here and to see what I see. See the magic that forms on the page and experience the heart stopping moments I did. To be left in such a state they can barely go on.
Because dammit…EVERYONE should look like this when they are at work!!!
And I am not going to lie...several times over the last few weeks we (thanks to my fellow buddy-reader, Marco) seriously contemplated that Tom Clancy had not died at all but just became the author we know as Tal Bauer. I have no idea if Tal even likes Clancy’s work and honestly I have only read one. But dammit…Clancy was a brilliant storyteller and his accolades included such statements as the following:
"He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale." —The New York Times Book Review
"Heart-stopping action. . . entertaining and eminently topical." —The Washington Post
"Highly entertaining" —The Wall Street Journal
And every single one of these comments could equally be attributed to Tal Bauer’s series. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
The Executive Order series is absolutely mesmerizing and the amount of research that went into developing this series is quite remarkable. Tal weaved a tale so applicable to today’s political situation that it was quite scary at times. And yet the story told here was so completely different. From LGBT rights, the Presidency, ties to Russia, to moles and spies infiltrating our political system, to even such things as cloning and the modernization of Islam. And while I would probably characterize this first and foremost as a political and military drama, the romance is so well done and heartbreakingly accurate that the love between these characters just melds into this story beautifully. We all hope and strive for inclusion, for a world when it doesn’t matter who we love. To look upon a person in love and see that their life is full because of this other person. To accept that love, to encourage that love and to help that love succeed is something we as humans should cherish and want to see. And as the series progresses, the friendships that are formed and forged are strong because of love. Love binds us all.
While the entire series is captivating with situations that leave you catching your breath and constantly on guard wondering who will stab you in the back next…nothing beats this third installment. I swear I was a mess for the better part of this book and left staggering around looking for a place to lie down between chapters. Fucking hell man.
Yeah…I might have fangirled a bit here with my thoughts and honestly this review may make absolutely zero sense. I posted really nothing about this story, these characters and posted no quotes…because you just need to read it!!!
And if you finish this series and don’t honestly wish that you could elect Jack Spiers right now, then that is really unfortunate because you have clearly missed the reasons why. I would be so damn proud to call Jack Spiers MY President of the United States. Maybe one day.
As a side note, I am also making my way through the free bytes on Tal Bauer’s website and what a treat these are. That there is hope for future installments makes me extremely happy. Much love for all of these beautiful characters and a special shout out to Captain Anderson…gaaahhh I loved this man too and desperately want a snip-it of him post Enemy Within. : )
And Tal…thank you for this unbelievable ride and for a series that lands on my 6 star shelf. Cheers to you!
And a special thanks to Elsbeth and Marco...what an amazing BR this one has been.
To say that I have pushed my limit on this book is putting it mild. While the other two books in this series deal with victims of rape and physical abuse, this one does so from the eyes of a beloved character and it was painful. This one is not to be taken lightly and while I knew briefly what was coming, I was not all together prepared for some of these scenes and the horrific terror our character endured.
This most definitely was the darkest of the three books so far in this series and if it was not for the love between Ben and Gavin, I am not sure Elsbeth and I would have made it through this book. But forge ahead we did and what an outcome it was.
This really was quite remarkable and I am so happy to have made this journey.
I was stronger with Ben. Always had been. There would always be people who didn’t understand it, either the idea of two men together, or the power exchange we subscribed to. I didn’t care what anyone else thought. The plain truth was I was a better person with him by my side. I could endure more, had more to give back, and had more confidence in myself than ever before.
“I love you,” I said, mouthing the edge of his jaw. “You’re my anchor. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“I love you, too. And you don’t have to find out. Because I’ve got your back, Gavin. Always.”
So many characters I want to see explored further with more stories to be told and I can only hope one day we will get them. Until then, I will love on these a little longer.
Thank you Elsbeth, for being ahead of me on this and holding my hand.
There are two moments in this book which will forever be some of the most memorable immersions into a story and into two characters that I have ever experienced and they centered around the use of this word. I felt every single word, every emotion and ever heart aching moment these characters were going through and it was beautiful.
This series continues to surprise me. Not sure what I really expected from this but it is not at all what I am getting on the pages before me. The BDSM elements are so passionately written and the love and trust described between these two men is just amazingly developed.
“You are the only one I want, sub or not, fucked in the head or whole. This last year, with you, I’ve woken up inside. I used to think it was the thrill of the whip, of seeing someone on his knees for me, or the heat of a freshly reddened ass that made me feel alive. Getting someone to fly with me, taking submission for the gift it is—that’s a heady thing. It makes my nerves sing and my heart beat fast. Gets me hard and I feel like can do anything. And that feeling is a pittance compared to being with you.”
My Ben. My strength. My heart.
And while the BDSM is still a running theme through this story, it is not the focal point. The relationship with Myah and the detective aspects take center stage here. And while there is no on page rape, there is certainly discussion of this level of abuse.
Overall (since I have now finished all three books in this series), this one stands out as my favorite. The reestablishment of trust and the breaking down of emotional walls as these characters grow in their relationship with each other is breathtaking. And while this series gets darker and darker, the consistent love shown between these men is never forgotten.
A fabulous BR with Elsbeth
Loved, just loved this.
Loved the language, loved the story, and loved the way life goes on, only differently.
So happy to see that there were no quick fixes, and no miraculous come backs, only a hard-earned struggle to make life work again.
Kudos, author, you did a great job.
We need more books like this one.
Simply loved it.
*** Bought this book with my own monies ***