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Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.
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- a cyber attack that could actually happen to the USA Review by Love
In this book, the cyber terror attack is so real, believable, and relevant to want could actually happen when a President and the Administration do not take any internet attack seriously by protecting our country.
(Posted on 2/14/2019)
- He's not missing, he's hiding! Review by shelley
Like many people I'm sure, I've been waiting for this book to be released. As a politician Clinton has always been know for his speaking abilities and his skillful way of negotiating with other countries (re: twice negotiated with N Korea). I'm not sure who did the majority of the writing but this book did not reach my expectations.
I thought the writing got bogged down in it's descriptions of how the tech virus was introduced and how it all works. It got repetitive when explaining how not only computers won't work but also phones, refrigerators, home security and anything else that goes online. Then it's repeated with the addition of cash registers and looting etc. I had to turn the speed up to 1.5 because I started getting bored.
I know people are probably going to hate this review but honestly I think Jack Ryan (Clancy) would have been more decisive and would not have gone into hiding to waffle with a decision about how to deal with cyber terrorism.
I thought the cast of narrators did an excellent job.
(Posted on 2/14/2019)
- A fable for our time Review by Larry Lynch
It would be interesting to know exactly how Bill Clinton and James Patterson collaborated on this book. Clearly Patterson's novelistic talents are evident along with Clinton's convictions and political savvy, and of course he is a good writer of nonfiction. The novel is a resounding success, a page-turner and an important cautionary tale for the US in today's hyper-dependent-on-technology world.
I could hear Bill Clinton's voice in the persona of the fictional president, Jonathan Lincoln Duncan (echo of William Jefferson Clinton?). It's a refreshing voice, unlike a certain strident voice we hear rather too much of these days. The events swirl around an all-too-possible catastrophic threat to the United States, with twists and turns to the end. The whole story is "straight out of today's headlines," as they say, and hard to put down. I wondered how good it could be given the unusual pair of authors, and I must say it's as good as it gets. I highly recommend this exciting novel, which should keep you on the edge of your seat.
(Posted on 11/23/2018)
- Highly recommended. A great, entertaining read! But skip the political lecture tacked on at the end. Review by Ira
What I liked best was that I was surprised at how good and gripping the book was. I thought it would be a boring dud. After a slow so,so-start, it took up speed, and I could not put it down - read it almost straight through. Both authors talents and skills combined amazingly well, yet I could hear Clinton's voice coming through often. Worst part, Clinton's lecture at the end. Stopped reading at that point. Clearly Clinton had a deal that he could pontificate in one final section. As a avid reader of the genre, I read at least two books a week, but that last section was too much. I did not spend money on a political-culture lecture.
(Posted on 11/16/2018)
- Excellent, thrilling, thought provoking Review by BestBookSales Customer
Once I started this novel I couldn't stop. It was well written and kept me turning pages devoting this story. It also made me think about what if this actually happened to America, and the chaos it would cause. Since we live in a technical world where everything is computers, it is something to think about and would me and my family be prepared to deal with it. Granted I was not born in the techie world of everything has to be read, seen, asap and I'm grateful for it. I highly recommend this book, and give deep thought to it, in this world we live in today it's a possibility.
I see a movie in the future for this book!
(Posted on 11/13/2018)
- Not Really a Surprise Review by Unka Heshie
As one who gives minimalist reviews, I am tempted to do the opposite. But then, I might reveal the...
Okay, one of my three favorite presidents teamed up with one of my all-time favorite authors and no surprise, their book is a true page-burner. I simply couldn't put it down, no matter what time of day or night.
Great concept, tight plot line with just the right amount of twists and turns and strong characters across the board, makes for one of the best books I've read in years.
As an old TV commercial said, "Try it; you'll like it." No, folks...you will love it!
(Posted on 11/13/2018)
- Surprisingly good Review by Andrew Kent
I don't read Patterson, and adding Clinton to the cover added to my reluctance. However, the reviews were surprisingly consistent and good, so I thought I'd at least wade in, if only for amusement. Well, two days of intense reading later, and I can say that the reviews are right -- the book is consistently good, with a propulsive plot, believable characters, a good balance of detail and pacing, and some cards played at the end that make it all come together nicely. While there is a quality of reveal to it that sometimes makes it feel a little too tidy for a minute or two, the pacing keeps you moving, and it's a great, fun read.
(Posted on 11/12/2018)
- Very well done Review by PCox
1st book of Patterson's that I've read. Combined with Bill Clinton was just an added plus.
I started off figuring that they were using the current president as a model. I was partly right. Thank goodness I was correct in the proper way.
The President in this book so what a president ought to be!!! Concerned with the country's needs. NOT his party or big donor concerns. This man is smart, intelligent , courageous , strong minded. Those are just a few of his good points. The plot was well thought out and moved along at a good clip.
I truly enjoyed this book and will be looking into more of James Patterson's offerings. That is one of the highest recommendations I can give an author. I'm willing to spend more time with them. I can get money spent back, but you or I can never get back time spent. §P§
(Posted on 10/20/2018)
- Bill Clinton turns out to be an excellent co - author for James Patterson Review by Fred H. Dimond
All of Jame Patterson’s books are good. This one is particularly entertaining.
I was skeptical of Bill Clinton’s involvement as a co – author, although he is known to devour fictional works like this
and is obviously a bright guy.
Regardless of where Bill Clinton starts and James Patterson ends, this collaberation works. Terrific story; well
told – with a very topical doomsday scenario. What is fictionalized here could happen, given the dependence of
our society on technology.
My question after reading “The President is Missing” is will Bill Clinton continue to be a co – author with James
Patterson? I hope so.
(Posted on 10/19/2018)
- Intriguing Premise.... Review by BestBookSales Customer
Upfront I want to say that I am a voracious reader. I am on my Third Kindle since 2011....and I do not play games.
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.
(Posted on 10/18/2018)
- Interesting premise Review by highlandlas
I found this book to be a great read -- at least until I got to the very end. The story gets 5 stars, but the ending gets 3. I was very surprised toward the end to find out who the person leaking information was. Not someone you'd expect -- at least not until Trump came to office. The problem I have with the ending is that it seems "preachy." We're told in a presidential speech that if we just do a couple of things and love each other, all will be well. While it's a nice sentiment, it's not realistic and not likely to happen in my lifetime. It would have been a good book without the speech. (I've read War and Peace and felt the same way about that. It'd be a really good tale if it stopped 50 pages sooner.) It makes me feel like the authors didn't quite know when to quit. The title is also a bit misleading. The president isn't really missing. The reader knows where he is and what he's doing the entire time. The only people who think he's missing are the ones he doesn't trust. All this said, I still think it was a good story and worth the read. Just skip the speech at the end.
(Posted on 9/6/2018)
- Gripping! Thrillers Don't Get Any Better Review by Pennydreadful Reader
In typical James Patterson fashion, "The President is Missing" hooks you from page one. What is different from a Patterson novel are the tremendous insights and the insider knowledge of The White House. Every character is neither completely good nor completely bad. By the end of the book you know/understand their motivations. Just when you think you might take a breath, the authors up the stakes. I couldn't turn pages fast enough and had so much fun guessing who was behind this deadly plot. Loved that there wasn't Democrat/Republican bashing through the book. We got that there were opposing parties. It's a political novel, but it's also thrilling International escapism. I vote for President Duncan for another term. Please, President Clinton and Mr. Patterson--let's see if you can up this story in book two!
(Posted on 9/3/2018)
- Riveting!!! Review by shellyblythe
In the first few chapters, after reading the internal dialogue of the president, I turned to my Mom & said “This could only have been written by a former president...it’s just too real, & much too funny!” It’s about a President who knows of a cyberterrorist’s plan to put America in grave turmoil. He knows what the plan will do, but must keep it a secret in order to prevent mass hysteria.
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!!!
(Posted on 9/3/2018)
- Very exciting Book! Review by Melvin Hunt
The star of the book is President Duncan. He is under attack by the Speaker of the House Lester Rhodes The Speaker wants to hold hearings to begin inpeachment against the President.There is also a terrorist organization called Sons of Jihad who is skilled at launching a cyber attack on America.The leader of this group is Suliman Cindurok. To add to this situation is a hired assasin who goes by the name of Bach.By removing the President Speaker Rhodes waants to get his daughter appointed to the Supreme Court.There is a code word to guard a cyber attack called Dark Ages.President Duncan is warned of a coming cyber attack by two individuals named Augie and Nina. President Duncan dissapears in order to have a secret meeting with Augie and Nina.There are also some villains involved in this story. Kathy Brandt and Carolyn Brock. There is also a secret code word to stop the cyber attack.There are more villains who are financing these evil activities, The Russians and the Saudi Arabians are the money bags involved. This turned out to be a riveting book. Do not miss it.
(Posted on 8/26/2018)
- Action-Packed Thriller that is Definitely Gonna Make it to the Big Screen Review by Book Club Member
Fans of James Patterson will be delighted by this all-too-plausible tale of the United States facing the ultimate cyber warfare- a virus that will shut down the Internet and everything that depends on it, which is, well, everything! Patterson's gift for the action thriller is well established, and the story is enhanced by the insight that is to be gained by collaborating with a former president. Don't be deterred from reading the book just in case you don't like the politics of the co-author. Knowing that the book is informed by insider info makes the plot more believable and even scarier! This edge-of-your-seat story will make a great movie!
(Posted on 8/26/2018)
- For fiction, characters, tech, situations are good political, cybersec and tradecraft representations Review by Shava Nerad
I worked in cybersecurity as a contractor for State, among others, and worked closely with many people in the Intelligence Community. I have also worked as a campaign manager and speechwriter and confidential ghost for politicians, and was a Democratic State Committeewoman.
I generally read books such as this with a chip on my shoulder. Within a chapter of so, my shoulder was chip-free. I mark up my books (apologies to those who cringe at this) and for a book (fiction or non-) in this domain, this book came out phenomenally unscathed.
(Posted on 8/25/2018)
- Take it from a conservative Republican - this book has bipartisan appeal Review by Mark
Politically I've never been a big fan of Bill Clinton, but that couldn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this book. The main character is a U.S. President who is facing impeachment, who in the end gives a long speech that could have been written by the Clinton 2016 campaign. But other than that speech, the whole plot is just a riveting, suspenseful battle between good and evil. And for those wondering how much Mr. Clinton's reputation as a womanizer is reflected in the attitudes and behavior of this president, the answer is: not one iota.
Some of my fellow old-timers may remember a novel from the 1960's, "The President's Plane is Missing," which was also about a president who faked his own disappearance in order to engage in secret international diplomacy, and think that this book might be a knock-off. But times have changed, the threats facing the civilized world have changed, and the plots are completely different.
(Posted on 8/25/2018)