Book Review, Little Brown & Co., Political, Thriller

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Publication Day: 4 June 2018 [Kindle]
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0316412694
Pages: 529
Category: Fiction, Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery


As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing…

Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s totally authentic and spellbinding thriller.


Over the last few years, I have become a fan of political thrillers filled with espionage, action, and suspense, and when I heard of the Clinton/Patterson collaboration, The President is Missing, listed as  the #1 bestseller in the New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street JournalI couldn’t wait to read it.

Sooner or later, every president faces decisions in which the right choice is bad politics, at least in the short term. If the stakes are high, you have to do what you think is right and hope the political tide will turn. It’s the job you promised to do.

President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, widower, father, and decorated Iraq War veteran, is preparing to testify in front of the House Select Committee against the wishes of his staff.  The committee hopes to find sufficient evidence against him for impeachment, but President Duncan is more concerned about whether there will still be a country if an Internet virus called “Dark Ages” is activated.

The characters are well-developed and interesting as well as believable.  President Duncan’s quick thinking is crucial for the fate of the country, for when his life is threatened, and for when he finds out a member of his national security team betrayed him.  The antagonist and female assassin named Bach is mysterious but vulnerable and I like how her story is slowly uncovered to find out her part in the plot.

The threat of cyberterrorism is real which gives this story legitimacy and makes it well worth reading.  The plot is inventive and the action intensifies throughout the book, culminating into a nail-biting finale.  Clinton’s input on presidential decisions and the inner workings of the White House and Patterson’s action-packed mystery writing, give the plot many twists and turns that caught this reader off guard.  Highly recommend.


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William Jefferson Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in United States history.  After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. His Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. He served as the UN Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and is now the UN Special Envoy to Haiti.

pattersonJames Patterson is the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove to everyone, from children to adults, that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over a million books to schoolkids and over forty million dollars to support education and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers.  He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.



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