By: Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Company and Knopf
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
One of my summer reads was Bill Clinton’s and James Patterson’s book, The President is Missing. I give this book 5 stars as it is definitely a page-turner.
President Duncan, recently widowed and with health issues, is the main character. His daughter asks him about “Dark Ages,” a code word about cyber terrorism known only to his cabinet of eight. With this new found knowledge, the President realizes he has a traitor within his cabinet, but who? At the same time the Speaker of the House, Lester Rhodes, wants to impeach him for, supposedly, letting Suliman Cindoruk the leader of the Sons of Jihad and a cyber terrorist escape.
Nina, a cyber hacker contacts the president, but she doesn’t know who she can trusts. So, she gives the president instructions to follow. President Duncan follows Nina’s instructions and meets her partner, Augie who knows only how to locate the virus but does not have the password to delete or stop it. When the President and Augie are close to meeting up with Nina, she is killed by an assassin named Bach. But, who hired, Bach? During the shootout, Augie is hustled into the vehicle with the president by the Secret Service. Close to the White House, the President’s motorcade is attacked and the president decides to go into hiding at a cabin deep in the woods. Here the president is surrounded by only a few trusted secret service agents and a team of cyber experts from the United States, Germany, and Russia, who are trying to find the virus that has been planted into the United States infrastructure software. If the virus isn’t stopped, the country could be thrown into total chaos.
Who is behind the cyber attack? Suliman Cindoruk or someone else? Who is the traitor in the White House and why? Who is the assassin, Bach? Who does Bach want to assassinate? Who hired Bach?
I wanted to know the answers to these questions and other readers will want to know too.
In this day and age, there is a possibility of a cyber attack occurring somewhere in the world. It gives me some comfort knowing that there are people who are working every day to prevent a cyber attack.