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Too Long and Drawn Out
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 13, 2022
This book was much too long and needed some heavy editing in some areas and fleshing out in others. First, the character of the kidnapped daughter, Mel Keating, was totally unsympathetic and, since the whole story was about her kidnapping, I didn’t care if they found her or not. We are only told about her character in flashbacks former President Matt Keating has. Ditto Samantha Keating, her mother, and Matt Keating’s mostly absent wife.
The character of President Barnes, who succeeded Keating as President, contributed nothing to the story line and only seemed to be included to show what goes on in the White House which was superfluous to this story. The same with the character of Jiang Lijun, of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, who made a pathetic attempt at rescuing Mel at the behest of his boss. That both of these characters were also included in the long, boring Epilogue could only mean that they are planning to use them in their next book, and this is disingenuous. The only people I half cared about knowing what happened to them afterwards were former President Keating and his daughter.
The rescue carried out by Matt Keating and his team was too long. Just because you researched the equipment he and his team would have carried, didn’t mean we needed to know every excruciating detail about it. And we didn’t need the obstacles to stop the mission they had to overcome, they were pathetic and unbelievable. The rescue itself was also too detailed and long. I have always enjoyed James Patterson’s books, including The President is Missing, but I will not be buying the next one unless I need help falling asleep which I did several nights reading this book.