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"Ambitious and wildly readable... Clinton and Patterson's fictional commander in chief brims with humanity, character and stoicism."
―New York Times Book Review
"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
"Harrowing . . . Mr. Patterson withholds details until the moment of maximum dramatic effect . . . beach reading of a high order."
―The Wall Street Journal
"Sure to entice millions of readers . . . the novel is fascinating . . . President Duncan for a second term!"
"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
"An extraordinary event . . . the pages spark to DEFCON 1."
"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
"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 plotting is immaculate... the writing is taut."―Sunday Times (London)
"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 clock ticks, suspense builds. . . [to] a satisfying twist at the end."
"The plot is epic."
"A first-rate collaboration from a couple of real pros! Engrossing from page one."
―David Baldacci, #1 bestselling author of The Fallen
"Could I put The President Is Missing down? Of course not . . . The climax is very exciting."
"Compelling from page one. A fantastic read!"
―Mary Higgins Clark, #1 bestselling author of I've Got My Eyes on You
"A high-octane collaboration . . . the addictivequalities are undeniable."
―Daily Telegraph (London)
"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
"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."
"Addictive. . .The President Is Missing towers above most political thrillers . . . Must read."
"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
"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
*"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 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
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (June 4, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1478998881
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478998884
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.5 x 5.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #354,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That being said....I am choosy about what I spend money on. I have read some of James Patterson's earlier books and I did read one of President Clinton's. So when they were on Steven Colbert's show talking about this book, I thought I'd get the sample chapters. I was drawn in immediately and purchased the book. I read for enjoyment mostly, on average 4-5 hours a day. So the premise of the President is Missing is that the press - and by reporting it - the public doesn't know where the President is. The characters were very believable, and I liked the insight to the people connected to the White House. I could see the input from President Clinton. Unless you are privy to the inner workings of the Presidency and political workings, this would not have been believable. Because I watched Designated Survivor, this book came alive for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.
Forget your political leaning...this could be any party's President, but the threat is universal. So, what I'd recommend is to get the sample and see if you want to spend the money on the book. Make up your own mind, don't be swayed by a good or bad review.
A virus is discovered that will cause this chaos to occur in record time. The story revolves around trying to find the code word that will disable the virus.
The President is missing is not exactly accurate, but it’s what the world believes. The President has actually decamped to a secure, secret place where he amasses a team of experts to try to stop the virus in its tracks. This is a uniquely hands-on President, it seems.
The story is compelling and in our times completely believable, including discovering a traitor inside the White House. However , the President tends to deliver periodic and lengthy polemics about the state of the world, which are thinly veiled attacks on our current administration. I will say this: I’m not a fan at all if the current administration and its policies. However, I think the fictional President’s tirades are unnecessary. They add nothing to the story and in fact detract from it, which is why I give this darn good ride of a story only three stars. You can pretty much tell what part of the story James Patterson wrote and what part Bill Clinton wrote. The distinction is that obvious.
Nevertheless, if one overlooks the political digressions, this is an excellent tale.
2. Near the end, the main character (POTUS) makes a major speech to the country which is obviously a vehicle for the authors to make a speech to their readers about the current state of the country. So if you're looking to this as an entertaining novel, you may find parts that are inappropriate and disappointing.
I could NOT put this down (with the exception of sleep, of course). The characters are incredibly well developed, & I came to like one character whose job leaves precious little to deserve my liking her.
The suspense of the book made my heart race a little, which to me makes it a great read! The plot twist at the end was unexpected and seriously well written! Buy this book - you won’t regret it!!!
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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