The President Is Missing
President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson have written a spellbinding thriller, The President is Missing.As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing...Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is Bill Clinton and James Patterson's totally authentic and spellbinding thriller.

The President Is Missing Details

TitleThe President Is Missing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 4th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company and Knopf
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Politics, Mystery Thriller

The President Is Missing Review

  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    This is literally the most ridiculous collaboration I've ever heard about. And part of me desperately wants to read it solely for that reason.
  • Justin Tate
    January 1, 1970
    Actually good! I’m more surprised than anyone. When I first heard about this book a year ago I thought it was a joke. It reads like most popular thrillers, and I’m sure Patterson wrote 95% of it, but the added voice of an experienced president shines through. It’s not JUST a thriller, it’s a scenario of what-ifs. The commentary on how a president has to make tough decisions (they elect to avoid the phrase “hard choices”) is the most intriguing part of the book while the conventional edge-of-your Actually good! I’m more surprised than anyone. When I first heard about this book a year ago I thought it was a joke. It reads like most popular thrillers, and I’m sure Patterson wrote 95% of it, but the added voice of an experienced president shines through. It’s not JUST a thriller, it’s a scenario of what-ifs. The commentary on how a president has to make tough decisions (they elect to avoid the phrase “hard choices”) is the most intriguing part of the book while the conventional edge-of-your-seat plot kept me eagerly reading. I rarely “devour” a book, but I really did tear through this one. Only took 4 days to finish.Admittedly there are cheesy moments - but that comes with the genre. The bits of reality make it significantly more intriguing than similar race-against-time stories.Are you missing out on something monumental if you skip it? Nah, but if you’re even a little interested, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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  • Ron Charles
    January 1, 1970
    The CIA can relax. Surely, no black felt-tip pens went dry redacting classified material from this manuscript. “The President Is Missing” reveals as many secrets about the U.S. government as “The Pink Panther” reveals about the French government. And yet it provides plenty of insight on the former president’s ego.The novel opens with the commander in chief, President Duncan, preparing for a House Select Committee. His staff has strongly advised him against testifying. “My opponents really hate m The CIA can relax. Surely, no black felt-tip pens went dry redacting classified material from this manuscript. “The President Is Missing” reveals as many secrets about the U.S. government as “The Pink Panther” reveals about the French government. And yet it provides plenty of insight on the former president’s ego.The novel opens with the commander in chief, President Duncan, preparing for a House Select Committee. His staff has strongly advised him against testifying. “My opponents really hate my guts,” Duncan thinks, but “here I am”: just one honest man “with rugged good looks and a sharp sense of humor.” Facing a panel of sniveling political opportunists intent on impeaching him, Duncan knows he sounds “like a lawyer” caught in “a semantic legal debate,” but darn it, he’s trying to save the United States! Although Congress insists he explain exactly what he’s been up to, he can’t reveal the details of his secret negotiations with a terrorist set on destroying the country.As a fabulous revision of Clinton’s own life and impeachment scandal, this is dazzling. (One only wishes Rep. Henry Hyde could have lived long enough to attend the book party.) The transfiguration of William Jefferson Clinton into Jonathan Lincoln Duncan should be studied in psych departments for years. . . . .To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post:https://www.washingtonpost.com/entert...To watch the Totally Hip Video Book Review of this novel, click here:https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/...
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    James Patterson has entered into his most interesting collaboration yet, taking second chair to former American president Bill Clinton in a story that is highly political and action packed from the opening paragraph through to the epilogue’s lingering final sentence. President Jonathan Duncan finds himself in the middle of a congressional witch hunt. The former military hero has stories about outlasting Iraqi torturers, but when it comes to an opposition Congress, he’s forced to accept an attack James Patterson has entered into his most interesting collaboration yet, taking second chair to former American president Bill Clinton in a story that is highly political and action packed from the opening paragraph through to the epilogue’s lingering final sentence. President Jonathan Duncan finds himself in the middle of a congressional witch hunt. The former military hero has stories about outlasting Iraqi torturers, but when it comes to an opposition Congress, he’s forced to accept an attack on all sides. The issue working to protect the Sons of Jihad, a known terrorist organisation, and its leader, Suliman Cindoruk. Duncan denies the allegations and has tried using Executive Privilege in regards to what happened, but the committee will hear none of it. Rumours begin that impeachment may be the only answer, though Duncan refuses to discuss what he knows with anyone, particularly with the television cameras glaring in his direction. Back in the Oval Office, Duncan receives a call from his daughter about a highly confusing encounter she had in France when she was approached by a mysterious woman. The First Daughter was asked to pass along the urgency that this woman meet with POTUS, uttering a highly classified code word to cement her seriousness. This word is one known only to the top echelon of the National Security Team, leaving POTUS to wonder who’s been leaking classified information. Duncan meets with this woman, who outlines a story about a potential cyber attack on America. Whisked away from the public eye, Duncan learns more about the attack how deadly it could be to the nation as a whole. Remaining off the radar, POTUS is presumed missing while the rest of the world tries to make sense of what is going on. With only a handful of people aware of the imminent attack, the clueless vice-president must wait to see what steps she might need to take and the country seeks answers. With a country unaware of this cyber-attack and their president nowhere to be found, it is only a matter of time before someone will have to take the reins of power. That play could have dire consequences without the full picture. How long will POTUS remain missing and what’s being done to address this terror event? And what of this sly assassin, code named Bach, who seems to have a mission all her own? Clinton and Patterson deliver a sensational thriller full of twists and political insider knowledge. It’s sure to impress many and might leave some wondering if they ought to try some of Patterson’s newer work. Recommended for thriller buffs, particularly those who enjoy something with a political and terror twist.This is surely not your typical James Patterson novel, leading me to wonder just how much influence the former president had in its writing. In a book full of insider knowledge of the American political system, Clinton and Patterson weave a story that has all the essential ingredients to be a top-notch thriller that will keep the reader engaged for hours as they push through to the climactic ending. The story is full of wonderful character development, particularly Jonathan Duncan, whose victories and foibles are documented in equal measure. Clinton and Patterson have also created a number of highly-intriguing characters that serve to entertain the reader, some more likeable than others. Told in a four narrator style, the authors weave a story that is told from various perspectives, which only enriches the overall delivery. There are many aspects of the book that will intrigue a large cross-section of the reading population, which can only help to ensure its success. I found myself enthralled by the political narrative, but also the well-paced action and terrorism as it progresses. The book is a mix of Patterson’s short cliffhanger chapters and longer (mainstream?) chapters that pull the reader in and develop a theme quite effectively. One can only presume that this is Clinton’s doing, wanting to flesh-out some of the political perspectives that cannot be packaged into three pages. There are even digs at the current administration with long-winded speeches about re-inventing America, a country lost over the last number of years. A strong effort with some apparent ghost writing by David Ellis, another of Patterson’s collaborators, this is not a book to miss and could be one of the better travel reads of the next few months. One can hope that Patterson and Clinton will collaborate again, for this surely ups the ante when it comes to novels bearing the former’s name on the cover.Kudos, President Clinton and Mr. Patterson, for a great novel. I was hooked from the start and can see how well you two appear to work together. Please say that there is more to come.Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Loretta
    January 1, 1970
    I figured that this pairing of writers would be a very good collaboration. This book is touted as a thriller, with page turning excitement. For me it was neither. For me it was just pages and pages and did I say pages of nothing remotely thrilling. I couldn't wait to be finished with it.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining cyberterrorism thriller with quick pacing and relentless tensionSUMMARYThe novel opens with President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, preparing to testify before a House select committee. His staff has strongly advised him against testifying. The panel of political opportunists are intent on impeaching the president. Congress is insisting that he explain his actions of the past week. According to phone records released by a French newspaper, President Duncan placed a direct call to Suli An entertaining cyberterrorism thriller with quick pacing and relentless tensionSUMMARYThe novel opens with President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, preparing to testify before a House select committee. His staff has strongly advised him against testifying. The panel of political opportunists are intent on impeaching the president. Congress is insisting that he explain his actions of the past week. According to phone records released by a French newspaper, President Duncan placed a direct call to Suliman Cindoruk, head of the Sons of Jihad terrorist organization. Duncan refuses to reveal to the country that this terrorist organization has threatened to activate a devastating computer wiper-virus within days, that will infect every server, computer, and electronic device in America. Once activated the country’s financial, legal, security, and medical records will be totally erased in just a matter of hours. The transportation and electrical grid’s will crash and the water system will no longer be potable. It’ll be the dark ages and the U.S. will immediately become a third-world country. But President Duncan is working tirelessly to stop the terrorist, identify the country supporting the terrorist, and find a traitor in the West Wing. But can he do it in time?“The media knows what sells—conflict and division. It’s also quick and easy. All too often anger works better than answers; resentment better than reason; emotion trumps evidence. A sanctimonious sneering one-liner, no matter how bogus, is seen as straight talk while a calm, well argued response is seen as canned and phony.”REVIEWThe unique writing partnership between Patterson and Clinton has drawn us all in like a moth to a flame. Both men have at least a couple of books under their belts, and one even has a few years experience as the President. My advice is don’t go in with expectations, just read it for entertainment. Don’t look for any special meaning or significance in the plot or in the characters and you will enjoy it all the more. The duo has expertly delivered a thought-provoking cyberterrorism thriller that will leave you worried about internet dependence.Short chapters propel the dramatic story along quickly. From the moment the President goes missing from the White House the tension is unrelenting. President Duncan narrates the drama so you are with him every step of the way as he goes undercover to a Nationals baseball game, and it’s game on from there. And just in case the wiper-virus isn’t enough to hold your interest, there is an pregnant female assassin who goes by the name Bach on the loose, and the President is without his security detail. I listened to the audible version of the book and found it interesting. Most of the voices were great, but there were a few minor characters that left a lot to be desired. Very stilted and strained and painful to hear. Thankfully those voices have very limited roles and detracted only slightly from the overall enjoyment of the book. Showtime cable network has acquired the dramatic rights to the book and it is expected to be a TV series next year. You are going to want to read the book first. The book is always better!Publisher Little, Brown/Knopf/Random House AudiobooksPublished June 4, 2018Narrated Dennis Quaid/Bill Clinton Check out more reviews at www.bluestockingreviews.com
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    Truthfully, I figured this would be a so-so book - cobbled together simply because two very well-known names would be a sure thing sales-wise. Well, folks, I figured wrong; I absolutely loved it!Make no mistake, though - there's plenty of political "stuff" in here. I've read that when Patterson writes with a co-author, they send chapters back and forth for additions, corrections, etc. In this case, it's fairly easy to spot the Clinton influence. In fact, for those who don't share his political b Truthfully, I figured this would be a so-so book - cobbled together simply because two very well-known names would be a sure thing sales-wise. Well, folks, I figured wrong; I absolutely loved it!Make no mistake, though - there's plenty of political "stuff" in here. I've read that when Patterson writes with a co-author, they send chapters back and forth for additions, corrections, etc. In this case, it's fairly easy to spot the Clinton influence. In fact, for those who don't share his political bent, I'd strongly suggest skipping the final chapter entirely (President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan's address to a joint session of Congress). I happen to agree 1000% with what he says, but even so, it's a bit heavy on the rhetoric. In contrast, though, are insights as to the inner workings of government at the highest levels and even a few bits of humor, such as when the aforementioned President muses, "God, I sound like an ass. Worse yet, I sound like a lawyer."Political leanings notwithstanding, it's the story that kept me on the edge of my seat - first and foremost because it tackles an issue that concerns a ton of other folks: Our country's nearly total dependence on the Internet. Remember the y2k scare back in 2000? Well, multiply that by a hundredfold. President Duncan is right in the middle of the situation, having been sent a dire warning about what's to come via his daughter in Paris (his wife died of cancer a year or so earlier and he's personally dealing with a serious blood disorder, adding a bit more tension as the story progresses). The warning comes as the President is facing a House Committee hearing that his enemies hope will end in impeachment (hmmm, that, too, has a familiar ring to it). The hearing comes because he's accused of preventing the almost certain capture or killing of an international terrorist named Suliman Cindoruk (think Osama bin Laden). Duncan is acutely aware of what really happened, but for national security reasons, he cannot reveal the truth. And as he learns more about the imminent cyberattack that would effectively shut down the entire country for years to come, he discovers that there's a traitor in the worst possible place - his own cabinet.Can the President and his carefully selected team find the solution and save the world for democracy? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. Highly recommended!
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  • Rincey
    January 1, 1970
    This is basically the book equivalent of McDonalds: You know it is trash but you also kind of enjoy it and the high levels of artificial cheese leave you feeling kind of queasy. Watch me discuss this book in my July wrap up: https://youtu.be/uug2ch7Sggc
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  • Ken French
    January 1, 1970
    Not brilliant by any means, but a fun read and a real page-turner. I'm guessing that Clinton provided the details on the presidency and characters and Patterson drove the plot, but who knows?
  • Layton
    January 1, 1970
    oh FUCK me, i might be a liberal but this makes my stomach churn.
  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    This book is written from the point of view of the US president who believes that a terrorist attack is about to occur. He goes missing and assumes a disguise to carry out a secret mission to save America. (Nothing implausible there.) He is also dealing with a blood disorder, the threat of impeachment and a traitor in the White House. At least two of those plot lines were superfluous. There is a lot of boring political maneuvering, especially at the beginning of this book. Some chapters are also This book is written from the point of view of the US president who believes that a terrorist attack is about to occur. He goes missing and assumes a disguise to carry out a secret mission to save America. (Nothing implausible there.) He is also dealing with a blood disorder, the threat of impeachment and a traitor in the White House. At least two of those plot lines were superfluous. There is a lot of boring political maneuvering, especially at the beginning of this book. Some chapters are also told from the point of view of a pregnant assassin. Although the projected attack is cyberterrorism, this book devolves into a lot of shooting. I've never read, or wanted to read, anything by Patterson (or whoever actually wrote this book) and read this book only because of Clinton. I have no idea whether Patterson always takes so long to get to the point, but the beginning of the book had a tremendous amount of needless details. If you have to read this, I really suggest skipping the first 14 chapters. You will miss nothing. Clinton is an intelligent, thoughtful man with a huge range of interests and he also has real life experience with the presidency. However, this was just a standard thriller. I couldn't detect Clinton's input in this book, except for a speech at the end which was an awkward addition.
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  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    i mean damn. "a thriller written by bill clinton and james patterson" who wouldn't be morbidly curious
  • Sara Planz
    January 1, 1970
    If you love West Wing or Designated Survivor mixed with a bit of Dan Brown, you'll love this book. It's just a fun ride with lots of guessing about what's going to happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
  • Glitterbomb
    January 1, 1970
    I was browsing my local bookstore the other day and caught sight of this out the corner of my eye, and did a double take. James Patterson and... Bill Clinton?! It was so completely random, unexpected and a little bit absurd... I may have giggled a bit when I picked it up. Anyway, I couldn't help myself. I bought it. I honestly wasn't expecting much from it, and only bought it for shits and giggles.So straight off the bat, I'm giving you 10 points for marketing. I'm sure I'm not the only one who I was browsing my local bookstore the other day and caught sight of this out the corner of my eye, and did a double take. James Patterson and... Bill Clinton?! It was so completely random, unexpected and a little bit absurd... I may have giggled a bit when I picked it up. Anyway, I couldn't help myself. I bought it. I honestly wasn't expecting much from it, and only bought it for shits and giggles.So straight off the bat, I'm giving you 10 points for marketing. I'm sure I'm not the only one who picked this up out of curiosity. Well done gentlemen, well done.So, imagine my surprise when it was actually.... not terrible? I mean, its a typical James Patterson thriller. I'm not a huge fan myself, but I will admit, hes an entertaining author, especially if you're looking for something story driven that you don't have to think too hard about. When I say "Not Terrible" I don't mean "It was Great". It fell a little bit short of that for me. It took forever to get going and I only really persevered for the shits n' giggles. Once the plot started developing, it kept me interested enough to finish the book, but I found it a bit predictable. the characters were fine, I didn't feel strongly about them either way, they were well written, but nothing really stood out. I was intrigued by the story line, I'm a sucker for technological thrillers, and while this didn't really offer anything new in the genre, it was entertaining and well written.Am I glad I read this? I guess?... I mean, I can now say I read Clinton's fiction debut, and I can say with some certainty that its "Not Terrible". But, honestly, this wasn't a standout for me. If you're a fan of thrillers in general, and don't mind a fair smattering of politics, this may be right up your alley, particularly if you're already a Patterson fan. 3 (Not Terrible) Stars.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    This thriller is a pageturner if ever there was one. It's one of those 'just one more chapter' books and, because the chapters are so short, before you know it you're reading late into the night. Although it's not perfect (it is a little confused or predictable on occasion and there are a few presidential info dumps - on occasion Clinton does want to have his say), it's certainly entertaining and I was totally gripped. I love political and/or action thrillers and so I was always going to read th This thriller is a pageturner if ever there was one. It's one of those 'just one more chapter' books and, because the chapters are so short, before you know it you're reading late into the night. Although it's not perfect (it is a little confused or predictable on occasion and there are a few presidential info dumps - on occasion Clinton does want to have his say), it's certainly entertaining and I was totally gripped. I love political and/or action thrillers and so I was always going to read this and I'm very glad I did. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
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  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant.I must say I was leery. JP collaborations have been iffy which has stopped me reading his “brand” some years back. But I must admit intrigue and have to give this a shot. After a slow start, a chapter or two in the beginning, I was hooked. At that very early stage, I knew I didn’t want it to end. I was so very fascinated with the tale. The President was my hero and I hope this is a bright beginning to a series. I used to listen to Alex Cross and I felt like this book was JP at his best Brilliant.I must say I was leery. JP collaborations have been iffy which has stopped me reading his “brand” some years back. But I must admit intrigue and have to give this a shot. After a slow start, a chapter or two in the beginning, I was hooked. At that very early stage, I knew I didn’t want it to end. I was so very fascinated with the tale. The President was my hero and I hope this is a bright beginning to a series. I used to listen to Alex Cross and I felt like this book was JP at his best. Of course, BC, obviously gave insight into the insane life that a pres must live. Their collaboration is stellar. Here is hoping for more. My wish list - A signed copy for my bookshelf.This story had it all from intrigue to on the edge of your seat moments that will hook you to the very end.Don’t be partisan! Read because it’s a fantastic story and keep your red vs. blue out of this fictional story. Spoiler alert - this story doesn’t get into what party the President is affiliated with. And honestly, one would hope that any President regardless of party lines would always act selflessly for the benefit of our country.
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    I am so disappointed in this book. I love James Patterson and all his books are always a fast read. I bought this book when it came out on Monday and today it's Thursday and I am only on page 14 the beginning of chapter 2 because I keep finding things I could do instead of reading this book, like cleaning the toilet. The first chapter is so boring that I keep having to re-read it because I have already forgotten what was written. Funny thing is that I even skipped to the middle of the book and r I am so disappointed in this book. I love James Patterson and all his books are always a fast read. I bought this book when it came out on Monday and today it's Thursday and I am only on page 14 the beginning of chapter 2 because I keep finding things I could do instead of reading this book, like cleaning the toilet. The first chapter is so boring that I keep having to re-read it because I have already forgotten what was written. Funny thing is that I even skipped to the middle of the book and read a chapter and it's boring also. I find it hard to believe that James Patterson had anything to do with this pile of garbage. I will struggle to finish this whole book because I hate the thought of spending money and not reading it but it will be a tale of those are hours of my life I will never get back. Oh and before people get hurt and start screaming politics...that doesn't play into this review. It is based on how the book grabbed me from the first and held my interest. It didn't on either count.
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  • Jim C
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.Awhile ago, I swore I was done with James Patterson. His mass production of books, the double spacing of pages, and the two page chapters were not for me anymore. Then I saw this collaboration between him and the former president. I entered the giveaway and you can guess the rest of the story.In this one, a phrase is whispered into the daughter's ear of the president. This phrase means that our country will be set back many I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.Awhile ago, I swore I was done with James Patterson. His mass production of books, the double spacing of pages, and the two page chapters were not for me anymore. Then I saw this collaboration between him and the former president. I entered the giveaway and you can guess the rest of the story.In this one, a phrase is whispered into the daughter's ear of the president. This phrase means that our country will be set back many years with its technology and this puts the president into action to stop a terrorist act. This reminded me a lot of the show Designated Survivor .Right away I could see Bill Clinton's contributions. The chapters were longer and there was more detail. He did seem to get a little preachy as the main character was going thru a similar process he went thru as president. I can see why this would turn off some readers but I enjoyed the in depth detail look as we are also getting a peek into the former president. Unfortunately, this part of the book did not last as the side with James Patterson took over. This lost me as I was enjoying the book up to this point. The ridiculous and tiresome tropes are present throughout the concise chapters. There was nothing new here and I felt like I have "been there, done that" for the majority of this book.I would have never gone near this book if it wasn't for the unusual collaboration. Sadly, this was more of a James Patterson book with a little assistance from the former president. This time I mean it. No more James Patterson for me.
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  • Linda Millard
    January 1, 1970
    Such a misleading title! In addition this book suffers from what so many books by big name authors seem to share the lack of a strong (some might say ruthless) editor. After reading the first 120 pages l thought that the meat necessary to advance the plot could have probably been presented in 20 pages or less. Bill Clinton was my favorite President of the past 50 years, so l was looking forward to this book. I felt that the insider knowledge that he had of how a President really functioned would Such a misleading title! In addition this book suffers from what so many books by big name authors seem to share the lack of a strong (some might say ruthless) editor. After reading the first 120 pages l thought that the meat necessary to advance the plot could have probably been presented in 20 pages or less. Bill Clinton was my favorite President of the past 50 years, so l was looking forward to this book. I felt that the insider knowledge that he had of how a President really functioned would give this novel a feel that we were getting a true sense that what was happening could be real. As with any book with James Patterson as an author or co-author (not that I have read them all!), the writing was very easy to digest and the story - after the Slow beginning - was well paced.
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Visit the locations in the novelA fun and fast-paced thriller. There’s been a lot of hype and excitement to this book coming out but I really enjoyed the ride. From the scene setting at the beginning, the novel builds to a crescendo (or two) of thrills and spills. If even a small percentage of the detail in this novel is true, then it’s mind-blowing. The terrorist threat and the work required to contain, control or react is one thing, but the everyday workings of the White House and the inner th Visit the locations in the novelA fun and fast-paced thriller. There’s been a lot of hype and excitement to this book coming out but I really enjoyed the ride. From the scene setting at the beginning, the novel builds to a crescendo (or two) of thrills and spills. If even a small percentage of the detail in this novel is true, then it’s mind-blowing. The terrorist threat and the work required to contain, control or react is one thing, but the everyday workings of the White House and the inner thoughts of the president are what really fascinated me.Why this novel works now is it’s very timely. Couldn’t be more timely if it tried. Terrorist threats, secret operations, a president forced to answer the questions of their people, why he’s doing what he’s doing and how that will affect the country. Oh the list is endless and it will surely provoke reactions from people from all sides. Enjoying this purely as a fictional thriller, it’s unrelenting, politically and emotionally charged and danger lurks on every page.Ther’s a LOT to this novel. Back stories for the president, timely occurrences in the Middle East and the threat of a terrorist group The Sons of Jihad. Scary since you’re never sure what’s real and what’s not.Not to mention the cyber attacks! This was launched at the London Book Fair this year with a look alike Donald Trump sitting in a mocked up Oval Office. Scarily realistic. And reading this took me right back to that moment.Sometimes the level of detail and political dialogue can get overbearing and confusing but it rights itself and only sometimes gets in the way of the frenetic pace. There’s a lot of scene setting early on of course but once the novel gets going, there’s no holding back.An interesting collaboration that I wasn’t sure if it would work. It does seem far fetched in places and would the president say everything he does in the novel? Nothing is certain in the novel or in the real world for that matter. Not even that title.But the overall operation? An enjoyable, no holds barred thriller
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  • Kathi Defranc
    January 1, 1970
    Where is the President!?!An interesting thriller, that opens with a serious incident happening that the President and his inner circle are trying to stop. I found the story hard to read and enjoy until through about 40% of it, but then several things happen and the race to save the country begins! From there I am engrossed in the action and entertained by the different characters.There are great details about the office of president, and how the Secret Service officers work. The plot is frighten Where is the President!?!An interesting thriller, that opens with a serious incident happening that the President and his inner circle are trying to stop. I found the story hard to read and enjoy until through about 40% of it, but then several things happen and the race to save the country begins! From there I am engrossed in the action and entertained by the different characters.There are great details about the office of president, and how the Secret Service officers work. The plot is frightening, as you wonder if this could actually happen today. A nice read, worth the time for most suspense or mystery readers.
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  • Terence M
    January 1, 1970
    Barely ⭐⭐⭐ of 5.0For the first part I thought my stated distaste for James Patterson’s collaborations might need to be reviewed, but no, as ultimately this book was a bloated disappointment. I intend to write a slightly more comprehensive review after I have had my dinner and slept overnight but I am unlikely to feel more positive about “The President is Missing” than I do now. Barely ⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5.0For the first part I thought my stated distaste for James Patterson’s collaborations might need to be reviewed, but no, as ultimately this book was a bloated disappointment. I intend to write a slightly more comprehensive review after I have had my dinner and slept overnight but I am unlikely to feel more positive about “The President is Missing” than I do now.
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  • Adah Udechukwu
    January 1, 1970
    The President is Missing was good, But not too good. I don't know what it is but it was definitely missing something
  • Susan Crowe
    January 1, 1970
    I have no words to describe how great this book was. Wow! Former President Clinton, awesome job! I have always been intrigued with presidents for as long as I can remember. This book....wow, the cool stuff that goes on that we had no idea about. A book only a former president could write. The narrators of the audiobook did a great job. Who doesn't love Dennis Quaid!!
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  • Hugo Marroquín
    January 1, 1970
    De haber sido película, habría sido el blockbuster del verano sin duda. Como thriller, será el mayor de este verano. Es simplemente vertiginoso, lleno de acción, gran dosis de intriga, traiciones y los delgados hilos de la más alta política en la nación más poderosa del mundo.La unión entre el expresidente de los EEUU, Bill Clinton con una de las grandes plumas del thriller, James Patterson, es perfecta. No solo abre la puerta a colaboraciones de toda índole, se siente en las líneas de la novela De haber sido película, habría sido el blockbuster del verano sin duda. Como thriller, será el mayor de este verano. Es simplemente vertiginoso, lleno de acción, gran dosis de intriga, traiciones y los delgados hilos de la más alta política en la nación más poderosa del mundo.La unión entre el expresidente de los EEUU, Bill Clinton con una de las grandes plumas del thriller, James Patterson, es perfecta. No solo abre la puerta a colaboraciones de toda índole, se siente en las líneas de la novela. Datos ínfimos, discretos pero sólo posibles por quien vivió en La Casa Blanca. La visión política y humanista del personaje del presidente, es también un llamado a la nación actual que es los EEUU.Y en este punto “El Presidente ha desaparecido” será motivo de un debate mayor en la nación americana, de la misma forma, hará un aporte en la reflexión sobre los valores que la fundaron y el quehacer de sus ciudadanos. Claramente hay un demócrata detrás.“El Presidente ha desaparecido” se instaura de mi breve listado de thrillers, por su acción, su agilidad, su fondo político, lo verosímil de sus argumentos, lo bien trazado de sus personajes y por la novedosa unión de dos seres sobresalientes.
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  • Mahlon
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been suspicious and skeptical of writers who turn themselves into corporations and start to use co-authors to further their brand, much of Tom Clancy's later work is a good example of this. I remember Reading at least two of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels and thinking they were a bit formulaic and nothing special. This is initially how I viewed the President is missing but then I saw a handful of late night interviews with the two authors. It was clear that they had a good time I've always been suspicious and skeptical of writers who turn themselves into corporations and start to use co-authors to further their brand, much of Tom Clancy's later work is a good example of this. I remember Reading at least two of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels and thinking they were a bit formulaic and nothing special. This is initially how I viewed the President is missing but then I saw a handful of late night interviews with the two authors. It was clear that they had a good time working together and that Patterson really got a charge out of working with Clinton like he knew he needed to bring his a game again. I decided that given my love of Presidents I wanted to at least give this book a try. All I can say is there is a reason why this book is the biggest hardcover seller in the past two years! Yes it's written like a blockbuster movie but I would argue that At least it's a damn good one. Parts of it actually reminded me of something like Patriot Games. True I did guess the big twist at about 75% and after that the authors just seemed in a hurry to wind everything up resulting in an ending that feels truncated. It's also true that character development is sometimes sacrificed for the sake of the action but it's such good action that I didn't really mind. These minor criticisms do not take away from the fact that this is a significant work of it's genre and while I may not read most Patterson novels I will definitely look forward to his future collaborations with ex- Presidents or other political figures.
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  • Lois
    January 1, 1970
    This was not what I expected which was nice. Still only ok for me.
  • Edie Hanafin Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps geeks can poke holes into the plot, but personally I found it to be a fast-paced, enjoyable read. Also it serves as a cautionary tale about the vulnerability of our digital world in which many things from infrastructure to government are connected to the internet. It seems pretty scary that our world could easily crumble from cyber-terrorist threats. I enjoyed the ruthless pregnant female assassin character, even though she was villainous. The take-away quote in the last chapter serves a Perhaps geeks can poke holes into the plot, but personally I found it to be a fast-paced, enjoyable read. Also it serves as a cautionary tale about the vulnerability of our digital world in which many things from infrastructure to government are connected to the internet. It seems pretty scary that our world could easily crumble from cyber-terrorist threats. I enjoyed the ruthless pregnant female assassin character, even though she was villainous. The take-away quote in the last chapter serves as a good idealist theme: "The American dream works when our common humanity matters more than our interesting differences and when together they create endless possibilities."
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  • Trish Nankivell
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I haven't read a James Patterson novel for a very long time.I had begun to feel cheated. His books had so much white space (top of new chapter, end of chapter, double spacing) and the factory process he has at churning out books made me feel like 'it was expected' that I'd 'automatically' buy his books. Waiting, with my mouth wide open!But this one had Bill Clinton as contributing author, and I decided to give it a go. I have time for Bill Clinton and as an ex-POTUS would add something rel Okay, I haven't read a James Patterson novel for a very long time.I had begun to feel cheated. His books had so much white space (top of new chapter, end of chapter, double spacing) and the factory process he has at churning out books made me feel like 'it was expected' that I'd 'automatically' buy his books. Waiting, with my mouth wide open!But this one had Bill Clinton as contributing author, and I decided to give it a go. I have time for Bill Clinton and as an ex-POTUS would add something relevant to the story.I enjoyed it. It didn't read like a James Patterson. It was a thriller, rather than crime novel. (He could have moved to thrillers without me noticing, because I haven't read for a while) :)Interesting to read knowing that Bill has contributed this. Scary and relevant almost apocalyptic world; technology related. If you've enjoyed Patterson in the past, worth the read.
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  • Yoly
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was a nice surprise. I couldn’t put this book down. It was exactly the kind of book I needed right now, something fast paced with an interesting enough plot. The computer virus parts made me roll my eyes a few times, but that seems to be the norm in these books (and movies) when the author is not a technical person, but man, hire someone to double check whatever you decide to write on that page. The epilogue was probably dedicated to the current US administration :) Overall, I was ent Well, this was a nice surprise. I couldn’t put this book down. It was exactly the kind of book I needed right now, something fast paced with an interesting enough plot. The computer virus parts made me roll my eyes a few times, but that seems to be the norm in these books (and movies) when the author is not a technical person, but man, hire someone to double check whatever you decide to write on that page. The epilogue was probably dedicated to the current US administration :) Overall, I was entertained and couldn’t put the book down, so even if the plot was highly improbable, very predictable and silly in some parts, I had a good time reading it!I listened to the audiobook. The audio production was very good and Dennis Quaid is amazing. I highly recommend the audio version.
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