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The President Is Missing

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  101,286 ratings  ·  10,605 reviews
President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson have written a spellbinding thriller, The President is Missing.

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
Kindle Edition, 513 pages
Published June 4th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company and Knopf
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NancyJ Advanced Readers Copies are sent out months in advance. They might go out early to well known authors (to get some nice comments to put on the book ja…moreAdvanced Readers Copies are sent out months in advance. They might go out early to well known authors (to get some nice comments to put on the book jacket), librarians, book reviewers, book bloggers, and avid readers who sign up with places like NetGalley to read and review books. They want early reviews and word-of-mouth prior to the publication date. l have several ARCs that I won as giveaways on this site. But yes, I imagine that some early ratings simply reflect excitement about a book, or a person's bias (positive or negative) about the subject matter or author. People will be scouring this book to figure out who inspired various characters.(less)

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Justin Tate
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually good! I’m more surprised than anyone. When I first heard about this book a year ago I thought it was a joke.

It reads like most popular thrillers, and I’m sure Patterson wrote 95% of it, but the added voice of an experienced president shines through. It’s not JUST a thriller, it’s a scenario of what-ifs. The commentary on how a president has to make tough decisions (they elect to avoid the phrase “hard choices”) is the most intriguing part of the book while the conventional edge-of-your
Ron Charles
The CIA can relax. Surely, no black felt-tip pens went dry redacting classified material from this manuscript. “The President Is Missing” reveals as many secrets about the U.S. government as “The Pink Panther” reveals about the French government. And yet it provides plenty of insight on the former president’s ego.

The novel opens with the commander in chief, President Duncan, preparing for a House Select Committee. His staff has strongly advised him against testifying. “My opponents really hate m
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I figured that this pairing of writers would be a very good collaboration. This book is touted as a thriller, with page turning excitement. For me it was neither. For me it was just pages and pages and did I say pages of nothing remotely thrilling. I couldn't wait to be finished with it. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
James Patterson has entered into his most interesting collaboration yet, taking second chair to former American president Bill Clinton in a story that is highly political and action packed from the opening paragraph through to the epilogue’s lingering final sentence. President Jonathan Duncan finds himself in the middle of a congressional witch hunt. The former military hero has stories about outlasting Iraqi torturers, but when it comes to an opposition Congress, he’s forced to accept an attack ...more
Jeffrey Keeten

”They aren’t going to ask for something.
They aren’t seeking a change in our foreign policy.
They don’t want prisoners released.
They aren’t going to demand a ransom at all.
They’re just going to detonate the virus.
They want to destroy us.”

On top of all this, which fortunately the American public is blissfully unaware of this impending national computer virus crisis, the President is also missing. While his arch enemy, the Republican Speaker of the House, is gleefully trashing him in the
Jul 04, 2018 added it
This is basically the book equivalent of McDonalds: You know it is trash but you also kind of enjoy it and the high levels of artificial cheese leave you feeling kind of queasy. Watch me discuss this book in my July wrap up: ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truthfully, I figured this would be a so-so book - cobbled together simply because two very well-known names would be a sure thing sales-wise. Well, folks, I figured wrong; I absolutely loved it!

Make no mistake, though - there's plenty of political "stuff" in here. I've read that when Patterson writes with a co-author, they send chapters back and forth for additions, corrections, etc. In this case, it's fairly easy to spot the Clinton influence. In fact, for those who don't share his political b
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An entertaining cyberterrorism thriller with quick pacing and relentless tension

The novel opens with President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, preparing to testify before a House select committee. His staff has strongly advised him against testifying. The panel of political opportunists are intent on impeaching the president. Congress is insisting that he explain his actions of the past week. According to phone records released by a French newspaper, President Duncan placed a direct call to Suli
Feb 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
So, you may already know that I like to point out when translation is bad and when an author is butchering a foreign language.

And someone pointed out to me that it is an unfair thing to do that I'm hurting poor little indie authors who do not have the means to pay an editor to check if the language is correct. (Ehm, I'm willing to bet that if you ask on Quora, several native speakers will give you the right answer pretty quick but okay.)

So, here I am pointing out an author butchering a foreign
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is a disappointing effort from this duo as I found this underwhelming. Mr. Clinton always has a penchant for wordiness, exacerbated in this novel. 2 of 10 stars
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
President John Duncan has to confront a terrorist threat and keep the nation from being destroyed.

Fast pacing, lots of POVs, and lots of interesting story lines in this one. Short chapters that made for tight, quick storytelling. I would enjoy another book by this duo. I really liked that the authors gave the president a fairly serious medical condition. Kudos for giving major characters disabilities and making them awesome! It was a super interesting plot. Check it out from the library for a g
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love West Wing or Designated Survivor mixed with a bit of Dan Brown, you'll love this book. It's just a fun ride with lots of guessing about what's going to happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

3.5 stars

'The President is Missing' is a novel about President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, who's in a race against time to stop a cyberattack that would cripple the United States.

It's tempting to compare fictional President Duncan with real President Clinton (who co-authored the book), and many reviewers have had fun pointing out that Duncan is an improved version of Clinton.

Be that as it may, for my review I'll consider President Duncan a purely fictional character, made up by the authors.


Ken French
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not brilliant by any means, but a fun read and a real page-turner. I'm guessing that Clinton provided the details on the presidency and characters and Patterson drove the plot, but who knows? ...more
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
I don't normally read this type of book but... What can I say. I was intrigued to see former US President Bill Clinton's input. And in the early part of this novel I enjoyed it. Was ambling along nicely to a solid three star popcorn type read. But then it descended into rhetoric overkill. And an utterly illogical outcome that I predicted from the moment it was set up purely because it made little to no sense and therefore I knew that was the *twist* Patterson (or whichever of his ghostwriters wa ...more
Jim C
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Awhile ago, I swore I was done with James Patterson. His mass production of books, the double spacing of pages, and the two page chapters were not for me anymore. Then I saw this collaboration between him and the former president. I entered the giveaway and you can guess the rest of the story.

In this one, a phrase is whispered into the daughter's ear of the president. This phrase means that our country will be set back many
Tiffany PSquared
At first, I wasn't at all interested in reading this political thriller penned by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Then, while on vacation, I watched an interview with the former president about the book, its storyline, and why he wanted to write it. By the end of the interview, I was sold.

After reading it, I am glad I saw the interview and totally satisfied with my decision to check the book out. It is - at its essence - a James Patterson book. If you're familiar with his writing style, you wi
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
i mean damn. "a thriller written by bill clinton and james patterson" who wouldn't be morbidly curious ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here’s my upfront James Patterson disclosure. I read most of his books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others.

In this outing Patterson has teamed up with former president, Bill Clinton, to write a novel about none other than a President facing the ultimate terrorist attack threat that America can possibly imagine. Having Clinton’s knowledge and experi
This thriller is a pageturner if ever there was one. It's one of those 'just one more chapter' books and, because the chapters are so short, before you know it you're reading late into the night. Although it's not perfect (it is a little confused or predictable on occasion and there are a few presidential info dumps - on occasion Clinton does want to have his say), it's certainly entertaining and I was totally gripped. I love political and/or action thrillers and so I was always going to read th ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so disappointed in this book. I love James Patterson and all his books are always a fast read. I bought this book when it came out on Monday and today it's Thursday and I am only on page 14 the beginning of chapter 2 because I keep finding things I could do instead of reading this book, like cleaning the toilet. The first chapter is so boring that I keep having to re-read it because I have already forgotten what was written. Funny thing is that I even skipped to the middle of the book and r ...more
May 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: stupid
oh FUCK me, i might be a liberal but this makes my stomach churn.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
I've always been suspicious and skeptical of writers who turn themselves into corporations and start to use co-authors to further their brand, much of Tom Clancy's later work is a good example of this. I remember Reading at least two of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels and thinking they were a bit formulaic and nothing special. This is initially how I viewed the President is missing but then I saw a handful of late night interviews with the two authors. It was clear that they had a good time ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I must say I was leery. JP collaborations have been iffy which has stopped me reading his “brand” some years back. But I must admit intrigue and have to give this a shot. After a slow start, a chapter or two in the beginning, I was hooked. At that very early stage, I knew I didn’t want it to end. I was so very fascinated with the tale. The President was my hero and I hope this is a bright beginning to a series. I used to listen to Alex Cross and I felt like this book was JP at his best
Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
A thriller from which I had higher expectations. It falls flat with rhetoric and predictable plot which revolves around stereotypical characters and themes: a Muslim terrorist, Russian involvement, destruction of America and an American President saving the day.

The book starts with President Duncan being in question for his conduct and likewise not supported by even his own party. The President goes missing for three days in order to find out about ‘Dark Ages’ - secret code for a virus which wo
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This book is written from the point of view of the US president who believes that a terrorist attack is about to occur. He goes missing and assumes a disguise to carry out a secret mission to save America. (Nothing implausible there.) He is also dealing with a blood disorder, the threat of impeachment and a traitor in the White House. At least two of those plot lines were superfluous. There is a lot of boring political maneuvering, especially at the beginning of this book. Some chapters are also ...more
Mariah Roze
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
I read this book for my hometown book club. I really wanted to like this book and I did, but I didn't love it. I felt like it dragged on forever and could have finished wayyyy sooner.

"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..."
May 23rd 2020: YOU. GUYS. They’ve made this into a TV movie and guess who’s playing the president!?!?! Ann frickin’ Dowd. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this news. This whole book was such a chauvinist circle jerk and this is like spitting all over that and I LOVE it.

MEMO FROM PRESIDENT'S DESK: (okay look its actually from his secretary's desk because we can't go in there but its right outside the Oval Office so we just went with that)

DATE: [redacted](not for any particular reason ju
I was browsing my local bookstore the other day and caught sight of this out the corner of my eye, and did a double take. James Patterson and... Bill Clinton?! It was so completely random, unexpected and a little bit absurd... I may have giggled a bit when I picked it up. Anyway, I couldn't help myself. I bought it. I honestly wasn't expecting much from it, and only bought it for shits and giggles.

So straight off the bat, I'm giving you 10 points for marketing. I'm sure I'm not the only one who
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
Update: 11-19-18- 7:28 pm Eastern Standard Time

I rated this wrong. I give this one star not three. Yes, I am GOP mix gal who is a Trump Supporter. Regardless, I do read books on liberals for my daddy taught me the only way to know the full story is to read and learn both sides.

I think this book could have been done without smearing our current president. In the book it blames a certain group. A group that many news outlet is blaming Trump for. Yes, that was vague. I decided I was not going to gi
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William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III) was the forty-second President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president, older only than Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. He became president at the end of the Cold War, and is known as the first baby boomer president, as he was born in the period after World War II. He is the hu ...more

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