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The President's Daughter: A Thriller Hardcover – June 7, 2021
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All Presidents have nightmares. This one is about to come true.
A rocket ride of a thriller—the #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, “the dream team” (Lee Child).
Every detail is accurate—
because one of the authors is President Bill Clinton.
because the other author is James Patterson.
Matthew Keating, a one-time Navy SEAL—and a past president—has always defended his family as staunchly as he has his country. Now those defenses are under attack.
A madman abducts Keating’s teenage daughter, Melanie—turning every parent’s deepest fear into a matter of national security. As the world watches in real time, Keating embarks on a one-man special-ops mission that tests his strengths: as a leader, a warrior, and a father.
The authors’ first collaboration, The President Is Missing, a #1 New York Times bestseller and the #1 bestselling novel of 2018, was praised as “ambitious and wildly readable” (New York Times Book Review) and “a fabulously entertaining thriller” (Pulitzer Prize–winning author Ron Chernow).
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“Brace yourself for a thriller with inside secrets and riveting excitement that only the partnership of Patterson and Clinton could produce. From the president’s opening phone call to the politically tense ending, it’s a page turner with resonance for our times.”―Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"The President's Daughter is an absolute rocket. Rich with authenticity only a president could deliver, this story of a father's desperate search for his daughter will have readers burning through pages. Clinton and Patterson are simply the best in the thriller business."―Robert Crais, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Elvis Cole series
“The President’s Daughter is a smart, taut, utterly fantastic roller coaster that had me holding on for dear life: a combination of every parent’s worst nightmare—a daughter abducted by a terrorist with a scimitar—and the inside world of Washington, DC (a place where, arguably, the knives are pretty damn sharp, too).”―Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Midwives, The Flight Attendant, and Hour of the Witch
“The President’s Daughter is a spellbinding thrill ride that grabs the reader tight on page one and doesn’t let go till the very last page. With lightning-paced prose and a plot that seems terrifyingly plausible, this is one novel you won’t be able to put down.”―Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Relentless, a Gray Man novel
“Propulsive, exhilarating, and unnervingly believable. You won’t just read The President’s Daughter, you’ll devour it.”―Karin Slaughter, New York Times and internationally bestselling author
“This novel offers tantalizing clues into the unconscious of Clinton…[a] highly entertaining book.”―New York Times
“James Patterson brought his A-game to this one, and Bill Clinton adds the verisimilitude one would expect from his experiences in the White House as a former president and commander-in-chief. Buy it; read it; enjoy it.”―New York Journal of Books
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company and Knopf (June 7, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316540714
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316540711
- Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.75 x 9.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is divided into five parts and an epilogue, with a total of 136 chapters, and just under 600 pages of story. As you can imagine with that many chapters, each one is pretty short, at just a few pages. The setting or perspective often changes with a new chapter, so the story is slowly built up from different angles.
The book starts out right away with descriptions of some brutal and dramatic events in the first chapter. The extreme nature of the antagonist is established, and some gruesome details are used to really portray him as a terrible enemy.
Starting with Chapter 4 we get some chapters that are written in the first person from our protagonist President Matt Keating's perspective. There are a few details that I noticed right away that showed the possible influences of President Clinton on the story; including that President Keating's daughter attending Sidwell Friends School, the same school that President Clinton's daughter Chelsea actually attended when he was in office. The first person perspective of these chapters serves to really put the reader in President Keating's shoes, and made it easier to feel invested in the story. Part One does a good job of setting up the characters, as you also see the early tension between Keating and his successor, the new President Pamela Barnes, who had been previously been his Vice President.
In Part Two the pace seemed to slow down a bit, even though this is where the former President’s daughter Mel is actually kidnapped. There are many chapters from her perspective, so her character's competent but frightened nature is well established. You get to see the situation from several different character's perspectives as the chapters switch back and forth, and the scope of the situation is fleshed out.
The pace picks back up toward the end of the second part, and there is a ton of action and compelling scenes that made it hard to put the book down. I felt like the main characters were given just enough background and detail for the interactions to seem realistic, even with this plot that might initially seem somewhat unlikely. The authors really create an environment that sets up clear heroes and villains, and makes it easy to root for the protagonist.
Overall I enjoyed this book. Even though it was pretty long at 600 pages, the shorter chapters and the constant switching of perspectives prevented it from ever getting too boring or tedious. It might not have been the most amazing or mind-blowing story I've ever read, but anything that can keep me interested for that long and come to a satisfying conclusion is a pretty good book in my opinion. 4.5/5
In The President's Daughter, we meet Matthew Keating, a former Navy Seal and a one term president of the United States. After he has served his one term, his daughter is abducted by a terrorist, and the former president has to knock the rust off his Seal's training to plan and carryout a special op to try to rescue her.
The President's Daughter is a true thriller; its pages are filled with thrill. From the outset, this reading experience felt like riding a thoroughbred who broke well from the gate and went wire to wire at a record setting pace. The President's Daughter did not slow from page one.
It has been a long time since I have become so lost in a book that I had to work to control the need to continue to read it. But at 608 pages, this meaty text seems to require some pacing. And, the short chapters did not help that compulsion, as "just one more" becomes difficult to deny.
As with the first novel, this book is well written with interesting, well-drawn characters and a rich and complex plot. The ending is bittersweet, both in the substance of the book and in my realization that I am going to have to wait a long time for Clinton and Patterson to write another 600 pages.
The President's Daughter is highly recommended.
Only Bill Clinton and James Patterson can do a story like this. Hopefully they will do another.
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Mel is a fabulous character who wants to lead her own life out of the limelight of the press. Unfortunately, this has made her an easy target for someone seeking revenge against her dad. Mel had played out in her mind many scenarios, but not the one she was now in. Within minutes she knows just how deadly her abductors were.
With Matt’s successor as President making the whole thing a publicity boost for her popularity ratings, rather than getting his daughter back, it isn’t long before Matt is calling in old favours from his time as President and a former Navy seal. It is to become an elite unit of experience, tac-ticks and adrenaline. Mind games twist the story, with emotions that hit rock bottom and highs that give you that punch in the air feeling.
The insight into the workings of politics has a natural feel to it as Bill Clinton’s experience gives the story authenticity and James Patterson nose for a gripping plot, perfection. There isn’t a dull moment with characters that didn’t need to grow on me, it was instant. I enjoyed the side-line stories that linked the characters, with double-crosses, slights of hand and at times shocking and brutal vengeance. A brilliant Book.
I'm afraid I do have a wee niggle though. Being a person who enjoys the taste of single malt I winced when I read that President Pamela Barnes had ice in her particular brand of whisky. Does she not realise that the aged and balanced, intricate flavours of this single malt are confused when ice is added. Best to add a little pure water or better still to be taken neat.