Some books you can't put down. Some linger with you for days, like that tender kiss from your sweetheart you can't get out of your mind.
The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, had both of those qualities for me, but it also had that elusive 'something extra'.
It is an unconventional thriller. No blood or dead body on page one. The hero doesn't worship his gun. The climax has no explosion. Don't get me wrong, there is action and suspense, the story just takes a while to get moving. Once it gets going though, the roller coaster delivers highs, lows, and curves. The ending is quite satisfying; I even got a little misty-eyed.
What makes this story unique and compelling, providing that extra element, is that it's about a president, written by a president. Against our current political backdrop, it calls for unification and a reminder that we share a common humanity and sometimes, to do the right thing, we have to cross the political Grand Canyon.
Politics today are almost as much a blood sport as Roman gladiator fighting. That's dangerous to our republic, as there are plenty of governments who don't see liberty, freedom, and justice for all as ideals. As this timely story illustrates, those foundations are under attack, and we Americans would be wise to save our ire for those who want to destroy our democracy, rather than each other.
Read the book. It'll keep you up at night and make you dream of a better day.
International award-winning thriller author.