Hey ya’ll! I am coming at ya with a “weekly” meme thanks to my friend Joe over @ Storeys of Stories! I really liked this idea because it is less commitment on my part (I don’t have to do it EVERY week, only when I start a new book) and gets me talking about books I have just started (or want to start very soon).
Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you will):
First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end. Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right? I think what will really make this meme a lot of fun, is linking back to it from your review to say, “Look at how wrong I was!” OR “See? I knew it all along!”
This week I started:
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
As it currently stands at this moment, I am about 34% of the way through this book (though by the time this is posted, it will be more like half way). I was not super blown away with the beginning of this book. I even temporarily thought about DNFing for a little while since I just got a huge stack of books from the library that I had put on hold ages ago (but of course they all came in at the same damn time). But I pushed through, mostly due to the fact that this was also a library hold and I know how hard it has been to get my hands on. I am glad I pushed through the tough beginning because it certainly picked up soon after the first maybe 15%.
The story starts with a President who is facing impending impeachment charges. He cannot defend himself because national security is at risk, so in order to defend the country (to the best of his knowledge) President Duncan must appear suspicious and endure scrutiny without saying a word (other than “I cannot comment on that matter”). I mean, you cannot get any more “authentic” than a former President as co-author on this type of story. While I am semi-familiar with James Patterson’s work, it was really Bill Clinton’s name that drew me in. Again, former President Bill Clinton writing a fictional novel about an American President? I will say though, that part of the reason I had a hard time with the beginning of this book was because it bounced around a lot, in terms of character POVs. Typically, authors will write the name of the character at the start of their chapter, to represent the POV change for readers. This does not happen here. I think I would get about a few paragraphs into the chapter before realizing that it was a completely different (or new) character’s POV. This was a bit disorienting and often took me out of the story. That, and in today’s society (especially in the US) political jargon is a constant presence in our lives, making addition (fictional) political talk hard to swallow. I think that right now, everyone is so overloaded with political news and talk that this type of novel pushes an average person’s tolerance of politics over the limit. But I could be wrong.
Either way, as I stated earlier, the novel has picked up and I am now enjoying it quite a bit. It helps that James Patterson’s notoriously short chapters encourages the “just one more chapter” mentality. As of right now, I am predicting a 3.5 out of 5 stars for this book.
So tell me, is this book on your radar? Are you already a fan of James Patterson’s books? Let’s chat!