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The President is Missing


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The President is Missing by President Bill Clinton
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I had high hopes for this book. A thriller writer (who I'd heard of but never read) and a charismatic former president. I was promised secrets only a president would know, and a fast paced thriller. Unfortunately they didn't really deliver.

The plot, once they FINALLY reveal it (about half way through the book) is very good and genuinely terrifying. This is no tired old “nuclear bomb in an unnamed city” story, and none of the presidents kids have been kidnapped. This is a new kind of problem that reflects the current situation. The threat is very realistic and scared the pants off me in it's realism (especially since I work in the industry it applies to).

The downside is that while the author knows how to ratchet up the tension, much like the modern news cycle, he does so without telling the reader anything of note until about page 150 (by which time I wanted to scream “just tell me what's wrong!!”). It feels like that time when all the adults in the room had just been told that your little sister had an incurable disease but they were afraid of telling you in case you got upset. So the first half of the book is just frustrating. He also has a writing style that uses chapters like other, more fluid, writers use paragraphs. Every time he changes scene, even if it's as simple as swapping between the people inside the house and the people outside the same house at the same time, he starts a new chapter. As a result, a great many of the “chapters” are only one or two pages long, and I found this very frustrating too.

Then there's the “secret life of presidents” issue. If you've read another thriller in the last decade that deals with events at the White House, or you've watched any of the numerous “White House” dramas on TV or in a movie, then you won't discover anything you didn't already know about the life of a president or the running of the White House or the operations of the Secret Service. I can't recall reading anything at all that didn't already know, nor was there anything I'd expect others might reasonably be unaware of. I have to assume the author didn't learn anything new either and just slapped Bill's name on the top to sell more books. I was very disappointed with this aspect of the book.

Is it worth buying the book- Yes. The actual threat it covers is real and we need our governments to assure us they're aware of it and addressing it (something I certainly wouldn't take for granted these days), and the book does a credible job of explaining the scope of the problem and the likely outcomes. As someone who knows a little about the issue in question I'd say it's a credible threat. But either skim the first half of the book or wait for the shortened “Readers Digest” version to come out.


'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 ________________________________ The President is Missing. The world is in shock. But the reason he's missing is much worse than anyone can imagine. With details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver. ________________________________ '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 'This book moves like Air Force One. Big and fast.' - Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch series '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 'Yes, The President is Missing is fiction - it's a thriller - but James Patterson and I have come up with three of the most frightening days in the history of the presidency. And it could really happen... These days, the seemingly impossible can happen. And it happens so fast. I believe that readers will not soon forget President Jonathan Duncan and his story.' - Bill Clinton 'Needless to say, we had some great conversations about the presidency, what life in Washington is really like, and about the state of America and the rest of the world.' - James Patterson 'I felt like I was right along with the characters for the shocking twists and turns you'll never guess are coming. Patterson and Clinton have created a truly unique character in their 'missing' President. The President is Missing puts the listener inside the White House and inside the mind of a President grappling with extraordinary circumstances.' - Dennis Quaid on the audiobook of The President is Missing 'Relentless in its plotting and honest in its examination of issues that strike close to our hearts.' - Jeffery Deaver 'A first-rate collaboration from a couple of real pros! Engrossing from page one.' - David Baldacci 'vivid, engrossing - and authentically frightening.' - Carl Hiaasen, author of Razor Girl 'The President is Missing is more than a thriller - it's a skeleton key that lets you inside the head of a U.S. president.' - Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist 'From the pens of two American icons comes a political thriller that rocks... a helluva story.' - Nelson DeMille, author of The Cuban Affair 'The President Is Missing is heart-pounding, gripping, terrifying... a genuinely masterful thriller. My knuckles are still white!' - Louise Penny, #1 bestselling author of Glass Houses '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.' - Ron Chernow, #1 bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Alexander Hamilton and Grant 'Compelling from page one. A fantastic read!' - Mary Higgins Clark, #1 bestselling author of I've Got My Eyes on You

Author Biography

President Bill Clinton (Author) Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States in 1992 and served two terms. After leaving the White House, he established the Clinton Foundation, which helps improve global health, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity and preventable diseases, create economic opportunity and growth, and address the effects of climate change. He is the author of a number of nonfiction works, including My Life, which was a #1 international bestseller. This is his first novel. James Patterson (Author) JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
Release date Australia
June 4th, 2018
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