The President is missing.
The world is in shock.
But the reason he’s missing is much worse than anyone can imagine.
With details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.
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By Simon on 05-06-18
For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss
A thriller co-written by President Clinton is something very worth investigating and in truth this is a long way from the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. There is a decent enough story in here about cyber-terrorism and as I work in the industry I think there is some good technical detail in the plot but also some rather glaring exaggerations. I really enjoyed the opening though like the title it eventually proves to be mis-direction. I liked some of the build-up but the story was oddly-paced, starting well, slowing in the middle and then wrapping rapidly to a fairly uninspiring conclusion.
The writing style and realisation of the potential for getting the inside scoop isn't great. There is some good detail about process and structure of the US government but nothing you won't find elsewhere. Anyone hoping that Clinton would reveal great detail about the inner working of the Whitehouse is in for a disappointment. In addition Patterson seems to feel the need to additionally explain lots of the blatantly obvious about what characters are thinking or trying to communicate. Once I noticed it happening it tended to jounce the narrative around and meant for an uneven ride.
The cast chosen for this is of course top class. Dennis Quaid who played Bill Clinton in the 2010 TV movie "The Special Relationship" assumes the lead and gives an excellent rasping rendition of President Jonathan Duncan. Unfortunately there's a huge difference between playing a single character and being a lead narrator. Here he is required to voice many of the supporting characters and his efforts there vary from fair to genuinely painful, especially when called on to perform some of the female and accented characters. January LaVoy gives us her lusciously smooth delivery but has the misfortune of relating the story of possibly one of the most stereotypical female assassins ever inflicted on the fictional world.
In the end I was mildly entertained by the whole thing but finished it with a sense of disappointment. My overall impression is that the writer can't have guided President Clinton very well. the lead, President Jonathan Duncan, was a bit too predictably noble and selfless and seemed to spend rather too much time pondering meaningful philosophical thoughts at a time of crisis. There is a clear subtext from Clinton trying to emphasise how difficult it is being President and at times it felt like self-justification.
I sound very critical and maybe it's because I expected a lot more from this. Forgetting who was involved and just concentrating on the story it's an entertaining enough read and it's good to pass the time but I can't agree with President Clinton's suggestion that it's a story that will live long in the memory.
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By kris on 23-06-18
what a let down
So un-James Patterson.
I forced myself to listen to the long-winded dribble and by chapter 88 when I picked up the phrase "now slow is slowly" I could not have agreed more. We finally got a bit of motion by chapter 100 or so and when the nail-biting (yeah sure) problem is solved in chapter 112 I sigh with relief that it is close to finishing. Incredible characters
Don't waste your time on this very boring tale. It could be set up and solved in 6 chapters and still not have lost any of the story.
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By Penny Lambert on 16-08-18
A Scary Read
I think this is one of James Patterson’s best. It is scary because it is possible.
This is a new world & we need to create a much better ‘back up’.