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THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING

— JASMEEN DUGAL

When former president of the US Bill Clinton and acclaimed author James Patterson team up to write a novel based on the White House mechanisms — The President Is Missing — you just have to buy it! Alas, though it begins at a fast pace, it loses the plot midway and almost seems to be a build-up to a sermon towards the end of the book. It's a pity that Bill Clinton didn't spend more time making his insider knowledge more compelling…

 

That said, the book is worth a read if you like thrillers. Just don't expect a juicy narrative about Bill Clinton and the White House! The entire novel takes place in a few days as terrorist Suliman Cindoruk — "the most dangerous and prolific cyberterrorist in the world" — plots to activate a computer virus, code-named Dark Ages, which potential to infect every server, every computer, every electronic device in the US… it is a race against time as the president goes rogue from the White House to meet two cyber terrorists who are having second thoughts about the virus after they discover the threat it poses to the world… moving on, he is convinced that he is the only person who can foil the cyber-terror attack, figure out which country is allied with terrorists, who is the traitor in the White House and stop Bach who has "assassinated generals, activists, politicians and businessmen. She is known only by her gender and the classical-music composer she favours. And by her 100 percent kill rate…" Game On!

 

My take? The sub-text of the president as an action hero reflects a mood in American politics over the last few decades, a feeling that all that is needed to solve the country's problems is a strong leader free from the shackles of politics… food for thought?
 

The President Is Missing: Bill Clinton and James Patterson
 
22-JANUARY-2019
 
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