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Am down 200 pages and its sooo boring. Nothing going on enough to push me forward to read.
Will try to edit comment once am done.
The reason for the zero stars - what an awful book to read. I read maybe 30 pages and then felt I should burn it!. James Patterson should have let President Clinton do his own stuff on this book. Good grief.
The plot is too contrived and the President is too alone-trusting no one and unable to delegate even a tiny bit to subordinates. Lonely at the top way overdone and the sermon at the end was likely the only part written by the ex-President
This book started slow and finished preachy. I have always ejoyed Patterson in the past, even though I don't like his politics. Patterson always has a liberal bent; but this book is full of propaganda, especially the end. In short this book has too many pages, too much propaganda, and not enough plot.
This is my first Patterson book so I have nothing to compare it to. Because he co-authored it with Bill Clinton it is also difficult to judge. It is obvious former President Clinton contributed several elements only a president would know about, giving the book plausibility. I enjoyed reading this book and like several other critics, I read it rather quickly despite the 500 pages. I found it well written and devoid of long, often useless descriptions found in many novels. The authors keep us guessing throughout.
I had a hard time getting into this book but halfway through I wanted to know how it ended. It is quite relevant to what could happen today and how crippled we would be it there was a cyber attack. The speech at the end of the book given by the president is well worth the read.
I found the 1st half of the book dull and the other half exciting...cyberterrorism is pretty prevalent these days...spies and espionage not my thing
Excellent! By far the best thing Patterson has ever written. The President’s speech to Congress at the end is solid gold.
Meh... I was hoping for better. It was an okay read. All the politics and government stuff gets a little dull. A hero president who needs to save the world, but he's got a trader in his cabinet.
Who can he trust. Think 24, designated survivor, Jack Ryan.
A Dan Brown style adventure but easier to follow. Enjoyable, especially if you like political thrillers.
The entire novel is set into action predicated on an improbable and ludicrous premise that an idiotic President will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid Secret Service protection. Go along for the ride if you want (I did) but it is pure cotton-candy fluff.
After 30 or so pages I wasn’t getting enthralled. Mr. Clinton should stick to his lucrative talk circuit gig.
Fast paced, exciting and dramatic, but reads like a season of 24: I kept expecting Jack Bauer to put in an appearance. Sometimes heavy on the computer or IT mumbo jumbo. The novel has Patterson's writing flavor, but wonder who approached whom about co-authoring the book.
It was difficult to get into but about midway through it gets so interesting that I found it hard to put down. Frightening to think that this sort of thing could actually happen. It many ways it touches on what is happening in our government today.
While 500+ pages, definitely a quick read. Interesting plot - I'm sure it will turn into a movie. Far from the best book but thoroughly entertaining.
This was the most boring book I have had the displeasure of reading in YEARS and I was so looking forward to it.
I look forward to the sequel, "The President's Apology for His Treatment of Women in the 90s."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think co-writing with an ex-president gave it a more real feel.
This book was absorbing and fascinating. If you like books with interesting plots, you will like this book; there are many twists and turns. Just when you think you have figured something out, you find out you are wrong.
Warning: the book opens with a very annoying Congressional hearing. I did NOT want to hear that crap after living through the appalling hearings in the past few weeks. My spouse assured me that was just the first chapter, and that was true. It is a real page turner; it will definitely keep your interest, and you will keep reading to see what happens next!
The most interesting thing about this book is how things work behind the scenes in the White House with the Vice President, White House staff, and Secret Service. I think Bill Clinton brought a lot to this book. James Patterson writes a lot of thrillers, but he could not have known all this inside information.
I do not want to spoil the plot, but there is something terrible threatening our country, and the President and a few trusted advisors have to try to figure out how to stop it. The scary threat is surprisingly plausible, which makes this a real thriller.
In this book, the President and his staff are intelligent, competent and ethical. He and nearly everyone on his team really care about the country. These people put the interests of the country ahead of their own personal and political interests. Reading this book, I felt that these people gave us the best shot to solve the problem and save the country. But I could not help thinking what a different story this would be if such a threat had occurred during the current administration. I am sorry to say that the people running our country today are NOT intelligent, competent and ethical, and I do not trust them to put the interests of our country ahead of their own interests. I hope and pray that our nation will not face a serious threat while these people are in charge. (PLEASE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6!!)
I am a fan of Mr Clinton's politics. This book is a convoluted and highly imporbable tale. Mr Clinton never met a sentence that he couldn't turn into a paragraph. I did not finish this book, something I rarely do.
Not really well written. I think this famous and excellent author was too busy to work on it more.
Mostly good. The lectures on various themes go on far too long and seem to be Clinton trying to make claims about his own presidency. I really miss the early Patterson books that he wrote himself.
I enjoyed this book very much. It has the style of James Patterson and the inside knowledge of President Bill Clinton. I found it to be very interesting.
I've never actually read a Patterson before. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. Surprisingly, it kept me intrigued and I finished it in just a few days (partially because I knew there were over a hundred people behind me on the waiting list!). Others have complained about the technical stuff in the middle, but it didn't bother or detract from the story for me. Overall well done, I was pleasantly surprised and will likely give Patterson another shot at some point to see how I feel about him without Bill Clinton's writing in the mix.