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Review: The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

Title: The President is Missing

Author: James Patterson and Bill Clinton

Year Published: 2018

Category: Adult fiction (mystery/thriller)
Pages: 528
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2021 Google Reading map) USA (Washington, DC)

Summary (from Amazon): 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.

Review:  I've never read a James Patterson novel before and when I looked for this one, I learned how prolific he is! And, he usually co-authors with someone (usually--all?--male). I also read the trade paperback version, which is perhaps why I feel like it would be a good book to read on an airplane flight.

I like the idea of Washington DC intrigue, secret service, etc so this novel promised to be a good read for me and it delivered. Though the book is over 500 pages, I read it in about 3 days, and enjoyed every moment. Patterson says that this novel has a little something extra in the details because Bill Clinton helped to write it and that shows: he really makes the secret service and the interior of the White House come alive. I also liked the way the president character interacted with leaders of other countries and his decision-making.

This book would make a good action movie. There's some shooting, but mostly it's intrigue. I mean, seriously, the thought of a software virus infiltrating the US system was terrifying before I read this book, but the characters point out things I just didn't think about beyond the obvious clean water, electricity, etc: no proof of the money you had in the bank, your insurance, your educational degrees, your career history, etc. Talk about chaos!

If you want to be entertained this book will do it.

Challenges for which this counts:
  • Big Book Summer--528 pages
  • Cloak and Dagger

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