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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
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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…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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Ruth
May 06, 2018 marked it as hmm
This is literally the most ridiculous collaboration I've ever heard about. And part of me desperately wants to read it solely for that reason.
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
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Ron Charles
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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Loretta
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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.
Matt
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 press,
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Monnie
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
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Rincey
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: http://youtu.be/uug2ch7Sggc
Lisa
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An entertaining cyberterrorism thriller with quick pacing and relentless tension

SUMMARY
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
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Tim
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
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?
Barbara
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.

*****

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Sara Planz
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!
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
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Kat
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
President John Duncan has to confront a terrorist threat and keep the nation from being destroyed. All while keeping his medical condition from sending him to the hospital.

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 good beach read.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
Layton
May 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: stupid
oh FUCK me, i might be a liberal but this makes my stomach churn.
☙ percy ❧
Jun 16, 2018 marked it as tbr-other
i mean damn. "a thriller written by bill clinton and james patterson" who wouldn't be morbidly curious
Faith
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
Sam
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
Scott
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
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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
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Glitterbomb
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
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Kate
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
Darinda
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 nove
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Mahlon
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Peter Monn
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much better than I expected. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Brilliant.
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
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Edie Hanafin Phillips
Perhaps geeks can poke holes into the plot, but personally I found it to be a fast-paced, enjoyable read. Also it serves as a cautionary tale about the vulnerability of our digital world in which many things from infrastructure to government are connected to the internet. It seems pretty scary that our world could easily crumble from cyber-terrorist threats. I enjoyed the ruthless pregnant female assassin character, even though she was villainous. The take-away quote in the last chapter serves a ...more
Suzanne
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad at all. Interest plot with lots of characters adds up to be a good book. I am in a bit of a reading slump right now since I didn’t read much last week because of Shark Week. Picked back up where I left off and finally finished reading the book. It was a great collaboration between Clinton & Patterson.

My quick and simple overall: good book once I sat down and read it.
Sara
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 just cause it sounds super official and presidenty)

TO: only the PRESIDENT'S most trusted staff members [if you are not on that list do NOT read this. You know who you are! Even if we don't. Seriously we're assuming you do cause we really don't know.]

SUBJECT: the PRESIDENT IS MISSSS
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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
“Our democracy cannot survive its current downward drift into tribalism, extremism, and seething resentment. Today it’s “us versus them” in America. Politics is little more than blood sport. As a result, our willingness to believe the worst about everyone outside our own bubble is growing, and our ability to solve problems and seize opportunities is shrinking. We have to do better. We have honest differences. We need vigorous debates. Healthy skepticism is good. It saves us from being too naive or too cynical. But it is impossible to preserve democracy when the well of trust runs completely dry.” 5 likes
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