The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton

The President Is Missing

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 a suspect, and then goes missing...Set in real time, over the course of thr...

Details The President Is Missing

TitleThe President Is Missing
Release DateJun 4th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company and Knopf
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Politics

Reviews The President Is Missing

  • Justin Tate
    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 i...
  • 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...
  • Loretta
    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
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Monnie
    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. ...
  • Lisa
    An entertaining cyberterrorism thriller with quick pacing and relentless tensionSUMMARYThe 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 newspa...
  • Barbara
    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 ...
  • Tim
    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
    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?
  • katwiththehat
    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. After a bit of a slower start, the action picked up and it was pretty awesome all the way to the end. 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 i...
  • 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....
  • Sara Planz
    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!
  • Faith
    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 ...
  • Sam
    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 t...
  • Scott
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 act...
  • Peter Monn
    So much better than I expected. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at
  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    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...
  • Suzanne
    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.
  • Mahlon
    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 tw...
  • 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...
  • Jim C
    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 p...
  • Linda Millard
    Such a misleading title! In addition this book suffers from what so many books by big name authors seem to share the lack of a strong (some might say ruthless) editor. After reading the first 120 pages l thought that the meat necessary to advance the plot could have probably been presented in 20 pages or less. Bill Clinton was my favorite President of the past 50 years, so l was looking forward to this book. I felt that the insider knowledge that...
  • Ariannha
    A pesar de todas las críticas que he leído del libro, me ha encantado.Desde la primera página nos vemos inmersos en la vida de la Casa Blanca y de todos sus actores. Son casi 600 páginas, que me he comido"literalmente" en dos días, llenas de declaraciones políticas relativas al manejo de la información, la seguridad nacional, las comunicaciones que emiten los periodistas (a favor o en contra), los posibles fraudes electorales, el papel de ...