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    As above

    Totally brilliant could nt put it down~more please !!
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    ‘The President Is Missing’ is the debut novel from former president, Bill Clinton, in partnership with best-selling novelist, James Patterson. The cover is very simple and features a picture of the White House, leaving us in no doubt that this is a story about a fictional president of the USA. The story is told in real time and written mainly in the first person. We see much of the action through the eyes of President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan. Inevitably, a president has a lot of staff around him and we meet several of his team. Each of them are introduced to us together with a brief backstory, taking up no more than a paragraph or two but making each seem real and three dimensional. The story opens with a practice run-through of the president’s upcoming appearance in front of a House of Representatives Select Committee, ahead of potential impeachment proceedings. There is secrecy surrounding what is actually happening but we are taken into the president’s confidence and know the country is facing a malware cyber-attack. To complicate matters, there’s a traitor in the president’s inner circle. Only the president himself can thwart the terrorists’ plans and to do this he has to go undercover. Throw into the mix his immune thrombocytopenia along with an assassin determined to eliminate him and you have the ingredients for a tense race against time as he attempts to save the USA from a total technology meltdown. Once disguised, the president sees a side of life from which he has been shielded for years and meeting a homeless army veteran has a profound effect upon him. He witnesses other events which make him ponder moral and ethical situations faced by the general public each day. On a macro level, this is a tale of espionage, counterespionage, treason, cyber and bioterrorism. On a micro level, it’s a tale of love, loyalty, honour, hate, large egos and political jealousies. There are twists, turns, misdirection and of course, the final denouement. The plot is fast-moving and maintains its momentum throughout as the country faces the threat of economic collapse, panic and mass hysteria. At times the authors give us moments of humour to ease the tension and, particularly when President Duncan is thinking of his late-wife, moments of poignant pathos. The descriptive passages are vivid and plunge the reader into the heart of the action. I don’t know how much input the former president had in the production of this work; the litmus test will be if he writes a novel independently. If the original plot idea was his, I commend him. It is imaginative and in places, quite gripping. Without doubt he would have been able to add a lot of insight into the mind-set of a president and the White House machine. Otherwise, this book has all the hallmarks of a slick James Patterson story, with short chapters and the proficient use of a whole plethora of literary devices. This work is up to his usual high standard and I award a maximum five stars.
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    The President is missing

    Wow, Wow, Wow! I could not put this down. 100mph action which paints a frightening picture of the havoc that computer terrorist hackers can cause. It begs the question, Who can you truly trust? I would love another book by these two!
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    A thrilling read.

    As you would expect from the author, a thrilling roller coaster of a read, albeit a little predictable, but enjoyed it never the less
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    The president is missing

    The title is what sparked my interest, then the authors. The short chapters were a bonus, I could pace my reading sessions without losing the plot, which throughout had a basis of realism. It would have been fascinating how the pressure cooker would have been managed if the technical team had a limited number of attempts to solve a critical component of the plot. This is not critical, just a thought.

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