What a total edge of your seat action thriller this was!
Having loved their first book The President Is Missing (and also The First Lady by Patterson alone) I couldn’t wait to get started on the second book by Patterson and Clinton. And it was just as action packed as the first!
This is another stand alone – it is a different President to the first book.
In this book we follow ex Navy SEAL President Matthew Keating. We are introduced to his administration as he sanctions an attack to kill a terrorist. Unfortunately the terrorist is not is his house but his wife and three daughters are killed. The terrorist calmly plans his revenge on the President.
When his 19 year old daughter is kidnapped 2 years later, Matt the now ex POTUS is forced to take matters into his own hands as he is not getting the support he needs from the current president and sets off on a mission to rescue her.
I was drawn in to this book from the beginning and completely engrossed in the evolving story.
The main characters are, as you would expect from master storyteller James Patterson, very well developed, and written in first person which gives a deeper understanding of their personalities and motives. Matt is a very likeable character who has been stabbed in the back by those he trusted. His own VP is now President, she stood against him and won the election, a woman who has very little integrity when it comes to Matt whom she dislikes and thinks he never deserved to be President.
Mel, the daughter, is a strong willed and able girl who has dealt with her share of bullying because of her looks and saw her boyfriend shot dead right in front of her. She is written with just the right balance of grit and determination (having had gun training and a basic hostage training) but also the tears and frustration of someone who has been kidnapped.
Matt’s wife Samantha plays more of a back seat part in the book having moved away from her family to return to her love of archeology, but boy does she come up with the goods at just the right time!
A full 5 stars from me and I hope there will be a further book!
Thank you to Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book which is out now!