Title: The President is Missing
Author: Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company and Knopf
Publish Date: June 4, 2018
Genre: Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 3/5
The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view…
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.
I have been seeing and hearing about this book all over the place. The President is Missing is a collaboration between former president Bill Clinton and well-known author James Patterson. In this political thriller, the President is suspected of negotiating with a terrorist and the term impeachment is thrown around, the United States is under threat of a terrorist cyberattack, the President suffers from a serious medical condition, and there is a mole at the top level of the government.
This novel had a lot happening in it. At times, it seemed like too much. Even with everything going on, it sometimes moved a little too slow. There was a fair bit of information about the branches of government and their roles. So, maybe it was all the back and forth between characters and storylines that slightly threw off the flow for me.
The characters were plentiful and varied. The story centered around the President though, and, except for his medical condition, he was pretty much perfect – smart, brave, powerful, selfless, humorous, and attractive. This was a serious case of Gary Stu.
As to be expected by a novel from James Patterson, this was a mostly fast-paced and exciting read. This was in no way a realistic story, but it was entertaining. Honestly, I wasn’t wowed with this latest James Patterson novel. I think fans of Patterson will like this one as well as they enjoy his other thrillers. I’ve read (almost) all of Patterson’s books, and while this one wasn’t the best, it definitely wasn’t the worst either.