The President's Daughter: A Thriller

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Little, Brown and Knopf, Jun 7, 2021 - Fiction - 528 pages
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A rocket ride of a thriller—the #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, "the dream team" (Lee Child).

All Presidents have nightmares. This one is about to come true.

Every detail is accurate—because one of the authors is President Bill Clinton. 

The drama and action never stop—because the other author is James Patterson.

Matthew Keating, a one-time Navy SEAL—and a past president—has always defended his family as staunchly as he has his country. Now those defenses are under attack.

A madman abducts Keating's teenage daughter, Melanie—turning every parent's deepest fear into a matter of national security. As the world watches in real time, Keating embarks on a one-man special-ops mission that tests his strengths: as a leader, a warrior, and a father.

The authors' first collaboration, The President Is Missing, a #1 New York Times bestseller and the #1 bestselling novel of 2018, was praised as "ambitious and wildly readable" (New York Times Book Review) and "a fabulously entertaining thriller" (Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow).


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‘The President’s Daughter’ is the second offering from Bill Clinton and James Patterson. This time we meet ex-POTUS Matthew Keating, a former SEAL who was arguably too honest for his own good as President. The book is delivered in five parts with an epilogue at the end. The chapters are short and we see the action in the present tense from a multitude of perspectives in the third person. When we spend time with Keating, the story is told in the first person.
We meet a SEAL team on a mission to capture a notorious terrorist; as an opening hook, this works well as a catalyst for events that follow and Keating has made a vengeful enemy for life.
We witness the adjustment Keating has to make when he no longer has the ultimate power he enjoyed as president. The ex-FLOTUS, Professor Samantha Keating, is now following her own career and their daughter, Mel, is based with her father in New Hampshire and is delighted to no longer be followed everywhere by a security detail. However, this makes her an easy target for a terrorist group who want to extract revenge on her father for ordering the neutralisation of their leader, Asim Al-Asheed.
How much effort is really being put into securing Mel’s release? Will the former president remain passive as the agencies of state try to find his daughter? As an ex-SEAL, the answer to the latter question is emphatically no. He will go back into the field and to the ends of the earth if necessary to find his child.
What unfolds is a story based on the tried and trusted theme of good versus evil. The pages are filled with political intrigue, in-fighting, rivalry, jealously, resentment, frustration, anger, blackmail, betrayal, and fear, versus the unconditional love and loyalty and shared values of a committed family.
There are many diverse individuals, as one would expect in a real life situation but it is often difficult to incorporate so many names into a book. The co-authors get around this by giving the reader a succinct backstory to embed each new person, no matter how brief their appearance. I enjoyed the supercharged relationships between some of the characters, particularly the sour dynamic between Keating and his former vice-president. I was happily prepared to suspend reality as the story unfolded but found the teenage Mel’s steely grit and determination in the face of life-threatening adversity, perhaps a little too incredible.
As with the previous book written by this partnership, the plot, structure and syntax, read very much like a trademark James Patterson novel with literary techniques galore. It’s an exciting, fast-paced, all-action, easy read and it will definitely appeal to Patterson fans. I award 4.5 stars.


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Chapter 71
Chapter 72
Chapter 73
Chapter 74
Chapter 75
Chapter 76
Chapter 77

Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67
Part Three
Chapter 68
Chapter 69
Chapter 78
Chapter 79
Chapter 80
Chapter 81
Chapter 82
Chapter 83
Chapter 84
Chapter 85
Chapter 86
Chapter 87
Chapter 88
Chapter 89
Chapter 90
Chapter 91
Chapter 92
Chapter 93
Part Four
Chapter 94
Chapter 95
Chapter 96
Chapter 97
Chapter 98
Chapter 99
Chapter 100
Chapter 101
Chapter 102
Chapter 103
Chapter 104
Chapter 105
Chapter 106
Chapter 107
Chapter 108
Chapter 109
Chapter 110
Chapter 111
Chapter 112
Part Five
Chapter 113
Chapter 114
Chapter 115
Chapter 116
Chapter 117
Chapter 118
Chapter 119
Chapter 120
Chapter 121
Chapter 122
Chapter 123
Chapter 124
Chapter 125
Chapter 126
Chapter 127
Chapter 128
Chapter 129
Chapter 130
Chapter 131
Chapter 132
Chapter 133
Chapter 134
Chapter 135
Chapter 136
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Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992, and he served until 2001. After leaving the White House, he established the Clinton Foundation, which helps improve global health, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity and preventable diseases, create economic opportunity and growth, and address the effects of climate change. He is the author of a number of nonfiction works, including My Life, which was a #1 international bestseller. With James Patterson, he is co-author of the #1 international bestselling novel The President Is Missing.  James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, and Maximum Ride. Among his notable literary collaborations are The President Is Missing, with President Bill Clinton, and the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. For his prodigious imagination and championship of literacy in America, Patterson was awarded the 2019 National Humanities Medal. The National Book Foundation presented him with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and nine Emmy Awards. He lives in Florida with his family.

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