THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING, JAMES PATTERSON & BILL CLINTON
9781780898407 RANDOM HOUSE
‘Yes, The President is Missing is fiction – it’s a thriller – but James Patterson and I have come up with three of the most frightening days in the history of the presidency. And it could really happen… These days, the seemingly impossible can happen. And it happens so fast. I believe that readers will not soon forget President Jonathan Duncan and his story.’ – Bill Clinton
As the novel opens, a threat looms: Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing…
Nobody knows of this terrible threat other than the President and a handful of his trusted aides. Their role is simple. It is to provide informed advice that the president can then ignore in favour of his own instinctive solution.
This consists of slipping the Secret Service to meet two young cyber terrorists at Nationals Park who are having second thoughts about a virus they’ve planted for Cindoruk that will shut down every operating system in America once it’s activated. (Who’s behind the attack that would send us back to the “Dark Ages”? Russia? China? North Korea? A Muslim nation?)the plot continues in a page turning, ‘what’s going to happen next?’ kind of way.
Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most anticipated thrillers of the year. And it could all really happen.
Easy to read with no complicated sub-plots and numerous chapters so you can pick it up and put it down when you have to, it is a good read if you are looking for a summer thriller that will give those over-worked brain cells a well needed rest – and isn’t that what holidays are all about?
DARKEST HOUR, ANTHONY MCCARTEN
This is the Sunday Times number one bestseller and official tie-in edition to the award-winning motion picture starring Gary Oldman, who took home best actor at the Oscars for his sublime turn as Winston Churchill.
From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, this is a cinematic, behind-the-scenes account of a crucial moment which takes us inside the mind of one of the world’s greatest leaders – and provides a revisionist, more rounded portrait of his leadership.
It is May 1940 and Britain is at war. European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, faces this horror – and a sceptical King and a party plotting against him.
He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so, magnificently, before leading the country to victory.
It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched, gripping day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative.
In doing so he revises the familiar view of Churchill – he made himself into the iconic figure we remember and changed the course of history, but through those turbulent and dangerous weeks he was plagued by doubt, and even explored a peace treaty with Nazi Germany.
It’s a scarier, and more human story, than has ever been told.
THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 3, DAVID WALLIAMS
9780008304591, HARPER COLLINS
From the phenomenal number-one bestseller David Walliamscomes another collection of more hilariously horrible children! Illustrated in glorious and gruesome colour by artist genius, Tony Ross.
These stories will appeal and delight young readers.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your bookshelf, 10 more horrendously hilarious stories about the absolute worst children ever! From ten-year old Hank and his endless pranks on his poor, long-suffering family, to Tandy and her titanic tantrums – this brand new collection is the perfect companion to World’s Worst Children books 1 and 2 and an ideal gift for the worst children in your life!