Review The President Is Missing : A Novel by James Patterson, Bill Clinton

“Clinton and Patterson are a dynamic duo weaving a suspenseful and gripping technothriller that will leave readers wondering, ‘Could this really happen?’ Highly recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review


The publishing event of 2018: Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s The President Is Missing is a superlative thriller . . . one that must not be missed.

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. 


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Editorial Reviews


“The dream team delivers big time . . . Clinton’s insider secrets and Patterson’s storytelling genius make this the political thriller of the decade.”―Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series

“Bill Clinton and James Patterson seamlessly craft a heady thriller revealing the razor-thin edge between policy and ambition, politics and patriotism. They provide a front-row seat to the inner workings of our political system, a plot that is frighteningly plausible, and a cast of complex characters–both men and women–who all have their own stake to claim. The result: a fast-paced summer read you’ll see on planes, trains, and every beach across the country and around the world.”
Walter Mosley, bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series

The President Is Missing is heart-pounding, gripping, terrifying. As I read, ferociously turning the pages, I kept asking myself, ‘Could this really happen?’ Bill Clinton’s insight into the pressures of being president and life in the White House coupled with James Patterson’s chops as an action writer have combined to give us a genuinely masterful thriller. My knuckles are still white!”
Louise Penny, #1 bestselling author of Glass Houses

“This books moves like Air Force One. Big and fast. Clinton and Patterson are a dream combo. Two great storytellers, one inside and one outside, both at the top of the game. They’ve put together an undeniably gripping ride through the hidden passageways of power and politics. This book teaches as much as it entertains.”
Michael Connelly, #1 bestselling author of the Ballard and Bosch series

“Marry the political savvy of Bill Clinton with the craftsmanship of James Patterson and you get a fabulously entertaining thriller that is meticulous in its portrayal of Washington politics, gripping in its pacing, and harrowing in its depiction of the perils of cyberwarfare. This dark tale is, at bottom, a warning and a prophecy about the mortal threats to our democracy posed by terrorists abroad, homegrown extremism, and the technological miracles that have rendered us both powerful and defenseless at once.”
Ron Chernow, #1 bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Grant

“Compelling from page one. A fantastic read!”
Mary Higgins Clark, #1 bestselling author of I’ve Got My Eyes on You

The President Is Missing is a big, splashy juggernaut of a novel, combining thrills with a truly authentic look at the inner happenings in Washington. I read it in one gulp. You will too.”
Harlan Coben, #1 bestselling author of Don’t Let Go

“A first-rate collaboration from a couple of real pros! Engrossing from page one.”
David Baldacci, #1 bestselling author of The Fallen

“The combination of Patterson’s lightning pace and Clinton’s tantalizing inside knowledge of how terrorists operate is what make this timely novel so vivid, engrossing–and authentically frightening.”
Carl Hiaasen, bestelling author of Razor Girl

“From the pens of two American icons comes a political thriller that rocks. The President Is Missing entertains, educates, and inspires us all to put our country above our politics. Bill Clinton delivers the art of government and James Patterson delivers the art of writing. The reader gets a helluva story.”
Nelson DeMille, #1 bestselling author of The Cuban Affair

Top customer reviews

Blake Newman:
The book captured my attention from page one and I could not put it down. It is brilliantly and beautifully written with drama, suspense, and insight that only a few people in this world can have. I almost wish that Bill Clinton’s name was not on the cover of the book because it seems that people are polarizing and politicizing the whole thing. Regardless of who wrote the book, if you love a great novel of suspense with historical context, if you are a political junkie who enjoys novels, if you like to binge on exciting drama and suspense, then you would probably enjoy reading this book. It is a thick book, over 500 pages and 100+ chapters that will keep you reading page after page, chapter after chapter. It feels solid in your hand and your lap. It will keep you entertained for hours, if not days.
jhTop – Contributor: Photography

This novel is quite lengthy at 528+ pages, but it’s a “fast-read”, in fact I knocked out 200+ pages in just one sitting…most likely to finish tomorrow! What I’ve read so far is really quite fun, the story flows swiftly and it’d make a pretty good movie too. Ironically, it’s Dennis Quaid that narrates the audiobook version and I believe he’d be great as the main character (President Duncan).

Some aspects of this fiction are somewhat thought-provoking, especially in light of the current Washington DC climate combined with cyberterrorism. I listened to the NPR review/interview with James Patterson & President Clinton where they discussed their efforts to maintain authenticity wherever and whenever possible. Much of the information (plot) could and probably will happen; might be happening right now.

This fictional account of the white house inner workings, secret service, etc… is very contemporary but not too “over-the-top” with techno-jargon mumbo jumbo.

Peggy J.
I seldom give novels a 5 – saving that for true literature; I make an exception in this case because I truly could not put it down. The writing is Patterson at his better than best and the insights and details reveal the insider knowledge that comes from Clinton. While it is a great read, it is also eye-opening. Our world is a scary place these days.

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