Monday, June 21, 2021

Gary Grossman & Ed Fuller Interview - Red Deception

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 is CEO of Laguna Strategic Advisors, a global consortium providing business consulting services worldwide. He has served on both business and charitable boards during his forty-year career with Marriott International where he was chief marketing officer followed by 22 years as president and managing director of Marriott International.

Under his management the international division grew from 16 to 550 hotels in 73 countries with 80,000 associates and sales of 8 billion dollars. Upon retirement, Ed repurposed his career in several arenas. He has served on five university boards as well as adjunct professor for both MBA and undergraduate students. For over four years he was a blogger for Forbes and other tourism and lodging industry media.

As author Ed published ‘You Can’t Lead with Your Feet on the Desk’ in English, Japanese and Chinese distributed throughout the world. In 2018 he and co-author Gary Grossman released their high energy thriller Red Hotel and in 2021 will release Red Deception, followed by Red Chaos as part of the Red Hotel series. Ed served as an Army captain in both Germany and Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation medals. He and his wife Michela reside in Orange County, California.

GARY GROSSMAN’s first novel, Executive Actions, propelled him into the world of geopolitical thrillers. Executive Treason, Executive Command, and Executive Force further tapped Grossman’s experience as a journalist, newspaper columnist, documentary television producer, reporter, and media historian.

In addition to the bestselling Executive series, Grossman wrote the international award-winning Old Earth, a geological thriller that spans all of time. With Red Hotel and Red Deception, his collaborations with Ed Fuller, Grossman entered a new realm of globe-hopping thriller writing.

Grossman has contributed to the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and was a columnist for the Boston Herald American. He covered presidential campaigns for WBZ-TV in Boston. A multiple Emmy series and specials for networks including NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, History Channel, Discovery and National Geographic Channel. He served as chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and Military Writers Society of America. He is a trustee at Emerson College and serves on the Boston University Metropolitan College Advisory Board. Grossman has taught at Emerson College, Boston University, USC, and currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University.

Publisher : Beaufort Books (June 22, 2021)
Publication date : June 22, 2021
Language : English


"Forget 'ripped from the headlines,' because RED DECEPTION threatens to write its own! RED DECEPTION is everything a great thriller is supposed to be! High stakes, incredible action scenes, a deadly plot, and a dynamic hero in Dan Reilly. Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller have crafted a relentlessly riveting tale that hones in on our greatest fears and takes us right to the brink in breathless fashion." —Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author

“RED DECEPTION provides an in-depth and realistic ground level view of the type of asymmetric Nation-state sponsored threats faced by the Agencies tasked with protecting the United States both domestically and abroad. Thoroughly researched with thrilling pacing, it follows a worst case scenario with the resulting fallout and a complex investigation that unfolds all over the Globe.” —Edward Bradstreet, Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

“Besides keeping us on the edge of our seats, RED DECEPTION is so prescient, filled with deep insights into the real worlds of espionage and politics, while giving us a window that sheds light onto the darkest aspects of political intrigue and human nature.” —Barry Kibrick, Host of national PBS series, Between the Lines

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Storytelling, long before books, has always been how we pass along history and imagination, news and family memories, unique people and the places visited. Today, books take us to those same places and more. They challenge us, educate us, and return us to important lessons. We go backwards and forwards through storytelling. Our story in RED DECEPTION covers past, present and future. A future with real threats and possibly tomorrow’s news.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding experience since being published has been writing and working with Gary Grossman and being able to connect with numerous friends from high school, college, military, Marriott and my Orange County consulting which I may have lost contact with but now there is a new bridge to connect. Through our creative collaboration on RED HOTEL and RED DECEPTION I’ve expanded my world view. It’s also provided new ways for me to become more knowledgeable about writing and the impact we can have as writers.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
We’re now well into writing the 3rd book in The RED HOTEL series. It picks up right where RED DECEPTION leaves off. I’m also working with the California tourism’s Visit California organization to increase overall tourism. Lots of creative ways to keep growing. And there’s one more thing, I’ve just donated my original car, a 1968 Mustang, to the Marconi Museum in Tustin, CA. It’s been around the world with me and now I get to visit it in its new home. Now that’s another reason for everyone to come to California. I continue with consulting and participating on several board seats.

Can you tell us when you started RED DECEPTION, how that came about?
I met Ed through a neighbor and friend, James Bond screenwriter Bruce Feirstein. He knew Ed from a Boston University board and Ed had told him he was looking for a collaborator to put some of his extraordinary stories together in novel form. I met Ed and quickly learned that prior to retiring as President of Marriott International he was as much in the anti-terrorism business as the hotel business. In other words, he’s the real deal, with harrowing exploits to share – which work into much of our globe-trotting thrillers You’ve got to read our books to believe and feel good that there are people like Ed watching out for us.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
RED DECEPTION is a novel living on the razor’s edge of tomorrow’s news. It’s a fast paced story that Ed and I hope will be enjoyable, yet though provoking; entertaining, but nail-biting. We also hope it gives readers a renewed sense that we are citizens of the world. We have to thing global and consider all that happens part of a three-dimensional chess game where each move matters. Most of all, we hope fans can’t put it down and look forward to more, because more’s coming!

What part of your characters did you enjoy writing the most?
Creating characters that make you wonder who they are. For me it was a character named Marnie Babbitt. Her unfolding skills in RED HOTEL really get answered in RED DECEPTION. Read our thrillers in order or out of order, you’ll still be captivated by her.
GARY GROSSMAN: I love writing villains, assassins, and enemy characters. The stronger they are, the more our heroes have to rise to face the challenge. Some of them are known, some are revealed. Ed and I will let you find them!

Did you learn anything from writing RED DECEPTION and what was it?
I learned a great deal more about things I had already looked into and experienced, from business to global politics. Why? Because it’s an ever-changing world and we have to change with it! I also continued to learn more about collaboration, working with Gary and the team, handling sensitive situations. A constant, positive experience. Most important, I was able to dig back in history that supported a great deal of the cultures that allowed for leaders to develop; leaders such as Vladimir Putin.
GARY GROSSMAN: I agree with Ed on all counts. He taught me so much. I also learned that we need to think the unthinkable, turn it into the knowable, and consider it the plausible or likely. My hope is that leaders also recognize that and act on intelligence correctly and prevent the scenarios we, as thriller writers, come up with.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
Businessman and erstwhile intelligence operative Dan Reilly from RED HOTEL and RED DECEPTION, meet Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke from my thrillers EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, EXECUTIVE TREASON, EXECUTIVE COMMAND, and EXECUTIVE FORCE. Go have a drink together at Old Ebbitt Grill bar in Washington. You’ll certainly discover a lot to talk about.

  • 1. It’s engaging.
  • 2. It’s fast-paced.
  • 3. It’ll take you inside the minds of world leaders, spies, and intelligence operatives.
  • 4. It answers some questions from RED HOTEL and sets up new ones.
  • 5. It will put readers in the hot seat.
  • 6. You won’t be able to put it down.
  • 7. It’s a picture of the clear and present dangers we face.
  • 8. It’s loaded with research.
  • 9. You’ll get important tips on being a safer traveler.
  • 10. You’ll want to see what the TV series or movie looks like!
Tell me about a favorite event of your childhood.
Playing ice soccer in Chicago and my studies of history starting in junior high.
GARY GROSSMAN: Being a rock DJ every afternoon at our hometown radio station, WHUC. I biked over to the station every afternoon after school. What great fun! What great music!

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Travel the world to as many destinations as possible. Without traveling you can’t fully get a sense of people, their uniqueness and culture, their history and their aspirations, and through them the challenges that plague the world today.
GARY GROSMAN: Listen to Ed. He’s right!

Best date you've ever had?
My around the world trip with my wife Michela in 2013.
GARY GROSSMAN: Italy with my wife and kids. Positano. The best!

What was the first job you had?
I was a security guard for Pinkerton at the Prudential Center in Boston. I did that for 41/2 years.
GARY GROSSMAN: Back to that rock DJ job. Four years on the air in Hudson, NY.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
My service as a U.S. Army captain in Germany and Vietnam during the Vietnam War had tremendous impact on my life. My 40 years of working globally for Marriott International especially in the international arena where there were many incidents.
GARY GROSSMAN: Running camera at WBZ-TV in Boston for “Meet the Press” when Daniel Ellsberg came out of hiding following his release of The Pentagon Papers. The host, reporters and director flew up from Washington. Prior to the live nationwide telecast, we were not told who was coming to the studio. In walked Ellsberg. It was a true political awakening.

What were you doing the last time you really had a good laugh?
Sitting down with my friends Chip & Micky and my wife Michela.
GARY GROSSMAN: Laughing with my kids, enjoying their wonderful storytelling and quick wit.

First Heartbreak?
Good question. An early date call in high school that I was so nervous making. Got a quick no. It had taken me so long to muster the courage to ask. Truth be told, I was probably more crestfallen than heartbroken. FYI, I’ve since named a character after her. Spoiler alert, she’s not a villain.
ED FULLER: The gal I was going steady with in high school started getting involved in drugs as she went off to college. So, I broke it off because of the drugs and the distance. She was at Northeastern in Boston and I was at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before?
True love with a heartbreak.
GARY GROSSMAN: Read how Dan Reilly does in RED DECEPTION. You’ll see my answer.

Intelligence experts and thriller authors concur: Red Deception is “A page-turner by authors who might as well sit on the National Security Council.”

When terrorists bomb bridges across the country and threaten the Hoover Dam, the vulnerability of America's infrastructure becomes a matter of national security. But Dan Reilly, a former Army intelligence officer, predicted the attacks in a secret State Department report written years earlier—a virtual blueprint for disaster, somehow leaked and now in the hands of foreign operatives.

With Washington distracted by domestic crises, Russian President Nicolai Gorshkov sends troops to the borders of Ukraine and Latvia, ready to reclaim what he feels is Russia's rightful territory. Tensions in Europe threaten to boil over as a besieged American president balances multiple crises that threaten to upend the geopolitical order.

This is the chaos into which Reilly leaps headfirst. Reilly's position as Global Head of Security for the Kensington Royal Hotel Corporation means he must keep his customers and staff safe as the crisis envelopes countries across three continents. His past as a State Department analyst means he recognizes the connections behind the seemingly disparate terror attacks, assassination plots, and authoritarian power plays that dominate the headlines. But it's the very knowledge that makes him good at his job that also makes him a target—to the press, to the government, and to the forces gathering for another assault on America.

Follow Reilly as he travels the world to safeguard both his company's assets and his country's secrets. With the US at the mercy of an egomaniacal leader, and reporters and covert agents on his tail, he may be the one man who can connect the dots before an even bigger catastrophe unfolds.

RED DECEPTION is the second book in the RED Hotel series.

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you GARY GROSSMAN & ED FULLER for making this giveaway possible.
5 Winners will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card or a Kindle Fire.
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