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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The President Is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton (Hachette Audio Book)


The President is Missing
written by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
read by Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim,  Jeremy Davidson
Audio...Enjoy books on the go!published by Hachette Audio
ISBN 10: 1478998881
ISBN 13:978-1478998884

James Patterson Website

#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller
My Review:
From what I have seen, reviews are mixed about this book. I started, from disk one, with an open mind. I wasn't looking for clues as to which author penned what. I was interested in the clues that pointed to the identity of the antagonist. Oh, it was quite clear that Jonathan Lincoln Ducan was the President William Jefferson Clinton wished he had been. (Except for the being a widower part.) I dare say if President Clinton could go back to critical points in his life he would make different decisions. Especially with the knowledge, he would one day be President of the United States and people would be talking and writing about him and his legacy for . . .well, forever. But who wouldn't? I know if given the chance to "re-write" certain parts of my life, I most certainly would. To me, that's what they have done with this book. President Duncan is a veteran. A decorated hero. President Clinton never served. Duncan and Clinton both have one daughter. Each was elected Governor of a southern state. Duncan is a celibate, widower, still absolutely committed to the wife he lost to cancer. Clinton couldn't seem to avoid controversy when it came to the ladies. Both face impeachment.

Told from the first person perspective the story, while littered with often longwinded lecturers from the Commander and Chief, is well organized and easy to follow. The President sneaking away from his Secret Service detail, traveling underground through those "forgotten tunnels" is reminiscent of Wesley Snipes in Murder at 1600. Similarities end there. Because while Snipes is an obviously flawed hero, Duncan is portrayed as saintly. Even so, he is likable and down-to-earth. A patriot, who loves his country.

America is divided politically and socially in the book as badly as it is in real life. I don't believe that was a coincidence. Over and over again the message is sent forth "we have to come together." (And we do.) The President is Missing is a good book. I thought there was no way five different voices would make for good listening. . .But I was wrong. The audio edition is incredible. The characters are boldly drawn and expertly delivered. The transitioning is smooth and effortless. Each voice utilizes their own special tones, inflections, and depth to create a triangular connection between narrator, character, and listener. I listened to the audio, then read the hardcover. I enjoyed both. But the narration, by such accomplished voices, puts a real zing on the dialogue.
Being party neutral was a smart move. It has garnered publicity from both sides of the aisle The CEO of Showtime, David Nevins confirmed the television rendition of The President is Missing is in the works.

In a nutshell, ~ The President is Missing is realistic (as much as a fiction novel can be expected to be), suspenseful, thrilling, and above all - entertaining. It could easily have been shortened by a hundred pages, but it still works. It has all the big-bang-action sequences Patterson readers love, the eloquent speeches of a polished politician, and plenty of media hype to peek your curiosity. Grab a copy - if nothing else, you'll be able to opine around the water cooler.

Happy Listening,


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40144544President 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 three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is Bill Clinton and James Patterson's totally authentic and spellbinding thriller.

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About James Patterson ~

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community from the National Book Foundation. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide.

But did you know . . .

He tirelessly champions the power of books and reading, Patterson created a new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.'" He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

Available in Hardcover

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great review! Thanks!