It pains me to give such a high rating to a James Patterson book but I actually enjoyed this story, even at over 500 pages. The plot serves up a compelling, intricate thriller with interesting behind-the-scenes detail of how the U.S. government might react to a cyber-crisis. The main character, President Duncan, is way too good to be realistic but it’s balm to any anti-Trump soul. Credit should also be given for the use of female characters as assassins, skilled hackers, political powerhouses, capable heroes, and deceitful villains. The number of important female characters in a political thriller is worth noting. The final two chapters felt excessive in making an obvious point but some readers will revel in the sentiments.