The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

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. 

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The collaboration between former President Bill Clinton and best selling author James Patterson is solely the reason why I picked up this novel. You have two really big names and I couldn’t wait to read the “insider” view of what it is like to be president.

Well turns out that I didn’t really like it! My copy came in at just over 500 pages and I was ready to give it up after 200 pages. It was too political for me. I didn’t care at all about all the emergencies and crises that the president had to deal with. I wanted drama. I wanted kidnapping, murders, ransoms and I didn’t get any of that.

President Duncan started off the book showing that it is not easy to be president. While testifying in front of the House Select Committee, Duncan shows that there is no way to win. Every move of his is broken down and then ripped apart. He tries defending his actions, but can’t reveal all the details. Basically it doesn’t turn out good.

The president’s week doesn’t get any better as there is a threat against the county, which could have to do with the terrorist group that he was getting criticized earlier on. Not to mention, there may also be a mole inside his inner circle! Oh boy!

Have you watched Designated Survivor with Kiefer Sutherland? If so, this book really seems like one of the episodes. There are so many things going on in the White House that you fully can’t trust anyone and a new enemy seems to appear with another crisis to threaten the country.

Like I mentioned above, I realized that I didn’t like the novel for maybe the first half. The second half turned less political and turned up the drama, so I was more drawn in. I wasn’t overly shocked by anything, including who the mole was. Also I found the title very misleading, since I was expecting a kidnapping of the president. Minor spoiler – he did not get kidnapped and held for ransom.

Overall, this book was not for me, but I would still recommend it if it sounds interesting to you. I think my husband and my dad would both love this novel as well as those who are a fan of Designated Survivor and other political shows.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. This novel made it clear that I wouldn’t enjoy going into politics!

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34 thoughts on “The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

  1. It’s a book that I have thought about buying, but I think it’s the collaboration with Clinton that has not really appealed to me. I am glad to have read your review as now I don’t really think I’m missing out on something.
    Great review by the way xx

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  2. I’m interested in this book for the same reason as you…..two big names as authors. Sorry to hear you didn’t love it. I might give it a shot just out of curiosity. 🙂

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  3. I am pretty behind with my James Patterson collection but I did used to enjoy his books sounds like I wouldn’t enjoy them as much now.

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  4. Wow I am really disappointed that the president does not go missing. I feel that is a very misleading title. I think that would have been a interesting story to do. I don’t think I’m going to pick this book up though. I do like thrillers but this doesn’t really appeal to me.

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  5. The publisher sent this to me for reviewing. I was really looking forward to it and then all the reviews started coming in and most are not great. Trying to keep an open mind but not easy, especially with the amount of one star reviews that news agencies have given it. Great review.

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