…ambitious and wildly readable…Without divulging any of the satisfying plot twists…I can report that the novel unspools smoothly…[The President Is Missing] realistically depicts the selfless and often nameless people who work in governmentand are willing to lose their livesbecause they are compelled to serve their nation. It explores the thin line between loyalty and duty on one side and resentment and temptation on the other that can corrupt even the most honorable of public servants, and it shines a spotlight on the deep commitment of America's adversaries to tear us apart and weaken our standing in the world.…[Clinton] appears to have provided inside information about how the job works when a president is paying attention…done some speechifying and drawn upon his great love of thrillers. Patterson does what he does best: deliver cliffhanger endings to short chapters and make the story move…The President Is Missing feels like the result of a strong collaboration. Clinton and Patterson are a fine match…once they hit their stride, they complete each other in the Jerry Maguire sense…★ 05/21/2018
Former president Clinton (My Life) and bestseller Patterson (The People vs. Alex Cross) deliver a page-turning thriller that rivals the best work of such genre titans as Brad Meltzer and Vince Flynn. President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan is un-der fire from the House Select Committee for allegedly ordering a team of Special Forces and CIA operatives to Algeria to thwart an attempt on the life of Turkish-born terrorist Suliman Cindoruk, leader of the Sons of Jihad. Hostile committee members repeatedly ask him questions about the raid that he refuses to answer. But Duncan’s concerns about the out-come of congressional hearings into his actions are secondary to his fears that a computer virus is about to be activated that would completely cripple the United States. In order to avert that calamity, Duncan leaves the White House and his protective detail behind and attempts to gain the confidence of the shadowy figures who revealed the existence of the threat. The authors keep the suspense high as Duncan dodges bullets from a master assassin, deals with his deteriorating health from a blood clotting disorder, and strives to unmask a traitor among his inner circle of advisers. Fans of the TV series 24 and the movie Air Force One will be riveted. Agent: Bob Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (June)“Ambitious and wildly readable… Clinton and Patterson’s fictional commander in chief brims with humanity, character and stoicism.”“It’s a go-to read. It maximizes its potency and fulfills its mission. There’s a twist or two of which Frederick Forsyth might be proud. So, if you want to make the most of your late-capitalist leisure-time, hit the couch, crack a Bud, punch the book open, focus your squint, and enjoy.”“Harrowing… Mr. Patterson withholds details until the moment of maximum dramatic effect . . . beach reading of a high order.”“Sure to entice millions of readers . . . the novel is fascinating . . . President Duncan for a second term!”“The President Is Missing feels like the result of a strong collaboration . . . It’s driven by star power and persuasive-sounding presidential candor . . . This book’s a big one.”“An extraordinary event. . . the pages spark to DEFCON 1.”“The pages of The President Is Missing are filled with the classic tropes of a big commercial thriller . . . but the authors resist pure escapism . . . The pleasure of this book is in imagining the wild tales Clinton might disclose about his own years as President, if only he could.”"The plotting is immaculate… the writing is taut."“The clock ticks, suspense builds . . . [to] a satisfying twist at the end.”“The novel’s accelerated pace of action is one of the novel’s strongest assets, along with a roster of intriguing characters . . . a clever, brave and moral leader that any free nation would be lucky to have at the helm.”“The plot is epic.”“Could I put The President Is Missing down? Of course not . . . The climax is very exciting.”“Addictive . . . The President Is Missing towers above most political thrillers . . . Must read.”“A blockbuster.”"A high-octane collaboration... the addictive qualities are undeniable."01/01/2018
Here's a big collaboration: the former U.S. president joins with the author who holds the record for the most No. 1 New York Times best sellers for a thriller about the disappearance of POTUS from the stringently guarded White House.2018-05-15
It's textbook synergy, as the marketers say: A media-savvy ex-president teams up with the ringmaster of mass-produced pop fiction to churn out a by-the-numbers thriller.It's a telling sign of the times that the very first bit of text in this scrappy potboiler by Clinton (Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy, 2011, etc.) and Patterson (NYPD Red, 2012, etc.) is a shoutout to the lawyer who brought them together "and occasionally cracked the whip." That said, Clinton lifts generous hunks of his own presidential biography in this yarn celebrating the gnarly President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan (think William Jefferson Clinton, natch), who is being assailed on every side. There are Islamic terrorists, but worse, the Congressional committees grilling him from Page 1 on, questioning Benghazi-like episodes in which the Sons of Jihad have been mowing down innocent Americans. Then there's the "tall, leggy, busty" assassin who's coming for the Prez without rancor but with clinical certainty. It doesn't help that Duncan's veep—"a parasite, living off her host"—may be plotting to take over, nor that the media is given to leaking that he intends "to try to cut a deal with the House Speaker to spare me impeachment if I agree to a single term in office." And did we mention the killer computer virus that's about to turn the switch on the information age? What's a beleaguered politico to do when the klieg lights are on and the bullets are flying? Hunker down and hit the mattresses—but then go all Jack Ryan or maybe even all Dubya ("In the coming days…we will find out who are America's friends and who are America's enemies. Nobody will want to be an enemy"), recruit a Lisbeth Salander or two, line up NATO pals and maybe even the Russkis, and go mano a mano with the assembled bad guys, foreign and domestic.Formulaic but reasonably fun provided you have no expectations concerning probability or literary quality."Truth hides on every page in this fiction--scary, remarkable truth that can only come from the ultimate insider. The President Is Missing is more than a book, it's a skeleton key that lets you inside the head of a U.S. president. What a surprising treat."
Brad Meltzer, #1 bestselling author of The Escape Artist
"The President Is Missing ticks every box for top-notch thriller writing: A relentlessly fast plot, utterly unexpected reversals and twists, a compelling--and a thoroughly human--hero, and a searing and honest examination of issues that strike close to our hearts as Americans in this day and age. Bravo, James Patterson and Bill Clinton!"
Jeffrey Deaver, bestselling author of The Bone Collector and The Cutting Edge
"A bullet train of a thriller, power-fueled by equal parts adrenaline and expertise. Timely, furiously paced, and crackling with authenticity, it's The Day of the Jackal for the 21st century."
A. J. Finn, #1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window