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David Zaslavsky

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Bill Clinton, James Patterson: The President Is Missing: A Novel (2018) 3 stars

The President Is Missing is a political thriller novel by former U.S. President Bill Clinton …

Enjoyable if you like this genre but not exceptional

3 stars

The promise of this book is a well-crafted thriller with a compelling mystery, with the pedigree of probably the best-selling author of the genre (James Patterson), injected with insights and details about politics and the US government from an actual former president (Bill Clinton). And it more or less delivers on that. It's just a pretty standard example of the genre. The story is complex but internally consistent, so that as you read you feel like you can unravel the mystery along with the fictional President Duncan (the main character), and it keeps the action going all the way to the end. I enjoyed this book and I think it's a good read if you like these kinds of stories, but it's not going on my list of favorites.

I guess my main "complaint", if one can call it that, is that the plot is extremely compressed and pretty intense …

Review of 'Patterns in the Dark' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I love this series! While it has the characters splitting off on their own, away from home on an unpredictable adventure, this fourth book still has the same engaging banter as the first three, the same mix of fantasy and in-universe science, and pretty much all the same elements that made me want to follow the story in the first place. I will say, some of the interactions are getting a little bit repetitive; I'm kind of itching to see some growth in certain relationships that isn't actually there. But I still like the book overall enough that it's an easy five stars.