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The President Is Missing Mass Market Paperback – 26 May 2020
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The President Is Missingfeels like the result of a strong collaboration . . . It's driven by star power and persuasive-sounding presidential candor . . . This book's a big one.
--New York Times
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 President Is Missing ticks every box for top-notch thriller writing: A relentlessly fast plot, utterly unexpected reversals and twists, a compelling--and a thoroughly human--hero, and a searing and honest examination of issues that strike close to our hearts as Americans in this day and age. Bravo, James Patterson and Bill Clinton!
--Jeffrey Deaver, bestselling author of The Bone Collector and The Cutting Edge
The President Is Missing is heart-pounding, gripping, terrifying. As I read, ferociously turning the pages, I kept asking myself, 'Could this really happen?' Bill Clinton's insight into the pressures of being president and life in the White House coupled with James Patterson's chops as an action writer have combined to give us a genuinely masterful thriller. My knuckles are still white!
--Louise Penny, #1 bestselling author of Glass Houses
*A page-turning thriller. The authors keep the suspense high . . . Fans of the TV series 24 and the movie Air Force One will be riveted.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
*Clinton and Patterson are a dynamic duo weaving a suspenseful and gripping technothriller that will leave readers wondering, 'Could this really happen?' Highly recommended for thriller and suspense fans.
--Library Journal, starred review
A bullet train of a thriller, power-fueled by equal parts adrenaline and expertise. Timely, furiously paced, and crackling with authenticity, it's The Day of the Jackal for the 21st century.
--A. J. Finn, #1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
A first-rate collaboration from a couple of real pros! Engrossing from page one.
--David Baldacci, #1 bestselling author of The Fallen
A high-octane collaboration . . . the addictivequalities are undeniable.
--Daily Telegraph (London)
Addictive. . .The President Is Missing towers above most political thrillers . . . Must read.
Ambitious and wildly readable... Clinton and Patterson's fictional commander in chief brims with humanity, character and stoicism.
--New York Times Book Review
An extraordinary event . . . the pages spark to DEFCON 1.
Bill Clinton and James Patterson seamlessly craft a heady thriller revealing the razor-thin edge between policy and ambition, politics and patriotism. They provide a front-row seat to the inner workings of our political system, a plot that is frighteningly plausible, and a cast of complex characters--both men and women--who all have their own stake to claim. The result: a fast-paced summer read you'll see on planes, trains, and every beach across the country and around the world.
--Walter Mosley, bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series
Compelling from page one. A fantastic read!
--Mary Higgins Clark, #1 bestselling author of I've Got My Eyes on You
Could I put The President Is Missing down? Of course not . . . The climax is very exciting.
From the pens of two American icons comes a political thriller that rocks. The President Is Missing entertains, educates, and inspires us all to put our country above our politics. Bill Clinton delivers the art of government and James Patterson delivers the art of writing. The reader gets a helluva story.
--Nelson DeMille, #1 bestselling author of The Cuban Affair
Harrowing . . . Mr. Patterson withholds details until the moment of maximum dramatic effect . . . beach reading of a high order.
--The Wall Street Journal
It's a go-to read. It maximizes its potency and fulfills its mission. There's a twist or two of which Frederick Forsyth might be proud. So, if you want to make the most of your late-capitalist leisure-time, hit the couch, crack a Bud, punch the book open, focus your squint, and enjoy. --The New Yorker
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 defenseless at once.
--Ron Chernow, #1 bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Grant
Sure to entice millions of readers . . . the novel is fascinating . . . President Duncan for a second term!
The clock ticks, suspense builds. . . [to] a satisfying twist at the end.
The combination of Patterson's lightning pace and Clinton's tantalizing inside knowledge of how terrorists operate is what make this timely novel so vivid, engrossing--and authentically frightening.
--Carl Hiaasen, bestelling author of Razor Girl
The dream team delivers big time . . . Clinton's insider secrets and Patterson's storytelling genius make this the political thriller of the decade.--Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series
The novel's accelerated pace of action is one of the novel's strongest assets, along with a roster of intriguing characters . . . a clever, brave and moral leader that any free nation would be lucky to have at the helm.
The pages of The President Is Missing are filled with the classic tropes of a big commercial thriller . . . but the authors resist pure escapism . . . The pleasure of this book is in imagining the wild tales Clinton might disclose about his own years as President, if only he could.
The plot is epic.
The plotting is immaculate... the writing is taut.--Sunday Times (London)
This book moves like Air Force One. Big and fast. Clinton and Patterson are a dream combo. Two great storytellers, one inside and one outside, both at the top of the game. They've put together an undeniably gripping ride through the hidden passageways of power and politics. This book teaches as much as it entertains.
--Michael Connelly, #1 bestselling author of the Ballard and Bosch series
Truth hides on every page in this fiction--scary, remarkable truth that can only come from the ultimate insider. The President Is Missing is more than a book, it's a skeleton key that lets you inside the head of a U.S. president. What a surprising treat.
--Brad Meltzer, #1 bestselling author of The Escape Artist
About the Author
James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community from the National Book Foundation. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson created a new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.' He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (26 May 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538713845
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538713846
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 3.18 x 19.05 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 707,481 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