Blowback

James Patterson, 1947-

Book - 2022

US President Keegan Barrett has swept into office on his success as Director of the CIA. Six months into his first term, he devises a clandestine power grab with deadly consequences. Barrett personally orders Special Agents Liam Grey and Noa Himel to execute his plan, but their loyalties are divided. The CIA serves at the pleasure of the president, yet they've sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. When the threat comes d...irectly from the Oval Office, that's where the blowback begins.

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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction
Political fiction
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"An American president goes insane"--Dust jacket.
Physical Description
502 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780316499637
0316499633
Main Author
James Patterson, 1947- (author)
Other Authors
Brendan DuBois (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

What if a sitting American president loses his mind? And not just in a small way? What if, say, he enlists a couple of CIA agents to execute a top-secret (and wildly illegal) plan to wipe out his enemies, foreign and domestic? It's a premise that's not quite as implausible as it might have seemed a half-dozen years ago. The narrative is written in the present tense, giving the proceedings an immediacy that proves crucial to keeping the reader from exploring the story's weaknesses: a certain thinness of character and an overreliance on suspending disbelief (even once the premise is accepted). It helps that Patterson, writing with coauthor DuBois, employs his signature short chapters and constantly shifts the point of view from one character to the next, keeping us wondering what's going to happen next. Patterson's name on the cover pretty much guarantees an audience, but books with his name on them vary considerably in quality, from barely serviceable to quite good. Rank this one somewhere in the middle: clever and unnerving but a bit too slick to really get our pulses spiking. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In Voice of Fear, the latest in Graham's long-running paranormal romantic suspense series, FBI agent Jordan Wallace worries about new partner Patrick's special gift of getting into another's mind—can he read her thoughts?—but must learn to trust him as they hunt for a nasty killer (400,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). In Johansen's Captive, Eve Duncan's daughter, Jane, is happily married to Seth Caleb, but his troubled past means threats from a psychopath. Paradise police chief Jesse Stone returns in Mike Lupica's Untitled new Robert Parker thriller, though what happens next has yet to be revealed. In Maden's Clive Cussler's Hellburner, Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon crew face a particularly violent drug-smuggling criminal syndicate that has been passed down from father to son for generations. In Patterson and Dubois's Blowback, Liam Grey and Noa Himel are upended when President Keegan Barrett orders them to help execute his secret power grab; as CIA special agents, they must follow the president's directives but are sworn to uphold the Constitution. In Turow's Suspect, Clarice "Pinky" Granum—granddaughter of Turow stalwart Sandy Stern—is working second-tier cases as a private investigator and trying to recoup from the mistakes of a mislaid life when she's asked to help Highland Isle police chief Lucia Gomez, who has been accused of soliciting sex from three male police officers in exchange for promotions. Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Early in this fast-moving thriller from bestseller Patterson (the Alex Cross series) and DuBois (the Lewis Cole series), President Keegan Barrett, a former CIA director, tells CIA officers Liam Grey and Noa Himel that he's tired of America being "the world's punching bag." He's setting up two CIA teams, one domestic and one foreign, with authorization to "break things, kill bad guys, and bring back our enemies' heads in a cooler." Despite it being illegal for the CIA to operate on American soil, Liam and Noa carry out a series of successful missions on Keegan's behalf. Eventually, the two begin to have doubts about what they're doing, and it becomes clear that Keegan—who has expanded his personal kill list—is sounding more than a little delusional. The president is soon acting totally paranoid, good people start to die, and war with China looms. The authors offer nothing new, but they throw in some historical anecdotes of interest, deliver tense action scenes, and tie up all the loose ends. Those who haven't already encountered the insane president plot will have fun. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Sept.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Two CIA agents find their loyalties divided between chain of command and the Constitution when their former Director, now the president of the United States, asks them to carry out a clandestine power grab with deadly consequences.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Two CIA agents find their loyalties divided between chain of command and the Constitution when their former Director, now the president of the United States, asks them to carry out a clandestine power grab with deadly consequences. 300,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A brilliant American president is also a psychopath. He has his finger on the red button. And he’s about to start a world war with our most dangerous enemy. Put your finger on the order button. Push it to read James Patterson’s best and scariest novel yet. “Pure Patterson… Blowback asks us to imagine what would happen if a narcissistic psychopath were elected to the White House [and] to experience the terror of the world hanging in the balance at a moment when only a handful of determined patriots can save us.” –Ron Charles, Washington Post US President Keegan Barrett has swept into office on his success as Director of the CIA. Six months into his first term, he devises a clandestine power grab with deadly consequences.    Barrett personally orders CIA agents Liam Grey and Noa Himel to execute his plan, but their loyalties are divided. The CIA serves at the pleasure of the president, yet they’ve sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.   When the threat comes directly from the Oval Office, that’s where the blowback begins.