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The President is Missing: The political thriller of the decade Hardcover – 15 June 2018
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The President Is Missing is a big, splashy juggernaut of a novel, combining thrills with a truly authentic look at the inner happenings in Washington. I read it in one gulp. You will too. -- Harlan Coben, #1 bestselling author of DON'T LET GO
The book’s biggest selling point is the guarantee of political authenticity… the kite-mark of unmatchable psychological veracity… The eventual revelation of the villain, which is satisfying and surprising, really does feel like the outcome of a conversation between one writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting and another with an exceptional grasp of global politics. The literary running mates have earned a second term. ― The Guardian
An entertaining romp… thoroughly enjoyable… it works. It is a quick, slick, gripping read ― The Times
Page-turning… In a plot crammed with twists, readers are granted thriller writing that delivers… Nobody will walk away from The President Is Missing feeling disappointed if they are looking for a vigorous, fast-moving thriller that takes the reader into the corridors of power -- Barry Forshaw ― i newspaper
A brilliant, tricksy first chapter… unmistakably shows that their partnership works… The President Is Missing enthrallingly interweaves a cyber-thriller, a Homeland-style battle against jihadi terrorism and a find-the-mole hunt à la Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – and it has aspects of a Cold War geopolitical thriller, too… To paraphrase Katherine Hepburn on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bill gives James class and James gives Bill sexed-up plotting ― Sunday Times
The plotting is immaculate… the writing is taut -- Josh Glancy ― Sunday Times
Marry the political savvy of Bill Clinton with the craftsmanship of James Patterson and you get a fabulously entertaining thriller that is meticulous in its portrayal of Washington politics, gripping in its pacing, and harrowing in its depiction of the perils of cyberwarfare. This dark tale is, at bottom, a warning and a prophecy about the mortal threats to our democracy posed by terrorists abroad, homegrown extremism, and the technological miracles that have rendered us both powerful and defenceless at once. -- Ron Chernow, #1 bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ALEXANDER HAMILTON and GRANT
A high-octane collaboration... the addictive qualities are undeniable ― Daily Telegraph
A bullet train of a thriller. The Day of the Jackal for the twenty-first century. -- A.J. Finn, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
A first-rate collaboration from a couple of real pros! Engrossing from page one. -- David Baldacci
Relentless in its plotting and honest in its examination of issues that strike close to our hearts. -- Jeffery Deaver
A showstopper… if you like thrillers and you like American politics, you’re going to love this book... You feel the authenticity of the two writers writing hand in glove... It’s a cracker -- Ryan Tubridy ― RTE
Fast-paced and well-engineered… Clinton’s input is well deployed on the White House insider scenes, and… Patterson can tell a story ― Financial Times
The political thriller of the year ― The Sun
The thriller only a President could write.
- ASIN : 1780898398
- Publisher : CENTURY - TRADE (15 June 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781780898391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1780898391
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 4.4 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 228,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The President is Missing, written by the former president of the United States Bill Clinton and James Patterson will give the reader a good mix of modern politics, action and who-dun-its in this 517 page read that is a relaxing and easy to follow.
While I am sure Bill gives the book some context in relation to the White House and presidential workings the plot and descriptive text along with well-practiced character development leads me to believe that James probably had much more role in putting words to this story. So if you are a fan of James’s work you won’t be disappointed. While I really found that there was no point that I was struggling to get through sections I needed to binge read the last 150 pages to see how this page-turner ended.
So what about the book you say? As I stated the book is easy to follow, flowing between dialogue and description giving the reader clear delineation of where the story is taking them. There appears to be good fact-checking as there is enough detail in the story to give an air of legitimacy without going over the reader’s head with excessive jargon.
There is action and intrigue as you would expect from the book. Plenty of shootouts and car chases to contrasted with the cyber element associated with stopping a world-ending computer virus. Again here there appears to be thought and factual checking to give realism to the sequences. There is a small amount of emotional tear-jerking within the book, but that’s not why I read and I found it indifferent.
I like to read stories with a unique twist, and particularly currently I like reading action books with an online component. Here the unique twist was the counter-play of the president having to essentially stay off the grid of media and governmental attention to undertake a task that only he was given, while also trying to include various members of not only his government but other nations while coordinating large numbers of departmental agencies.
When I get to the end of a book I like to ask “would this be believable?” Does it make sense and if the hypotheses proposed by the authors were in fact true could the scenario play out? I believe in this case it could. The President is Missing balances on the concept that even the president of the United States were given a unique set of circumstances and the stakes high enough would go to any lengths to save his (or her) nation and the world at large.
My only real criticism of the book is the last few pages, which left a somewhat muted taste in my mouth. In one of the final scenes president Duncan is addressing a joint-session of congress. In that scene he goes on for several pages given an in-depth synopsis of all of the major events of the book. While I can understand this could happen I don’t see the point. We have just read the book and known what has happened (unlike the various members of congress who are finding out for the first time). So why re-hash this for the reader?
However, if you enjoy American politics and spy thrillers and are looking for an easy read The President is Missing is the book for you. Enough action, drama and intrigue to keep you interested and turning the next page. Definitely put this book on your ‘to read’ list.
Otherwise a story of a major threat in a modern day world was told fairly well, interestingly enough.
I struggled to finish it. I didn't care about the character of the President who to me came across as shallow.
Was excited to read it because of the 2 great minds who wrote it - it was at best a real fizzer.
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President Jonathan Duncan is facing a select committee hearing. The Speaker of the house seems determined to have him impeached for allegedly having a ‘phone conversation with the world’s most wanted terrorist - Suliman Cindoruk. POTUS invokes executive privilege. Why? For reasons only known to himself the president leaves the White House, his covert departure known only to his oldest friend and White House counsel, Danny Akers. The president is missing. Speculation as to why leads to a media frenzy. No-one knows where he is or what his intention is. But what faces the USA is certain destruction of everything dependent on the internet - and in this day and age that means - everything. And this book is truly unputdownable…
I have read some ridiculous comments about this book. Why? Because Bill Clinton is a co-author? Really? What happens when two highly intelligent individuals cooperate on a political thriller (and I say that without prejudice) results in a story so riveting, so breathtaking, so pulse-racing, that took me behind the machinations of US politics into a world of subterfuge and nail-biting tension.
I recommend The President is Missing without reservation.
Yet Clinton’s scale of telling tales isn’t evident in this one. It’s just a normal superb James Patterson. I’m sure Mr Patterson could have done just a good a job without Clinton.
So the amazing combination of the planets best novelist plus the worlds most notorious men misleading tale teller just adds up to “worlds best novelist” - shame, but worth a read, great read page in page out :)
A ridiculous plot that’s full of holes. The President is supposed to be dangerously ill but there’s no mention of the illness for the second half of the book (while he’s personally derailing a major terrorism attack). The plot has the President ordering the secret service to let him leave the White House secretly to meet a terrorist at a baseball game! Insane. Its like Bill Clinton spin a fantasy about what he wishes he’d been like as President, they got an intern to write the book and just banked the royalties. Really poor