The President is Missing

Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Reading Order: Book 37
Categories: 2019, Erik Rostad
Fiction
Pages: 528
Suggested By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Date Started: August 24, 2019
Date Finished: August 28, 2019
8h 20m 26s
Reason Book was Chosen: Couldn't pass this up. An ex-president joining forces with one of today's top thriller writers.

My Thoughts

This was a fun thriller. I kept wondering what parts Bill Clinton advised on and which ones were straight from James Patterson. I’m curious how this writing partnership worked.

The story centers around a planned massive cyberattack on the United States. Patterson & Clinton go into some detail of what a complete shutdown of the internet and corresponding data elimination would entail. It isn’t pretty, but it’s a good exercise to consider the ramifications of our increasing complexity of and reliance upon electronic data. For example, a complete shutdown means no access to money (banks records inaccessible), no access to medical records (medical records gone), and no electronic stock trading. We’d be looking at a complete shutdown of social order, financial systems, and police protection.

This was a quick read, a general thriller, and a good beach book.

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