State of Terror

By: Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

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Named one of the most anticipated novels of the season by People, Associated Press, Time, Los Angeles Times, Parade, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—State of Terror.

After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in, and to everyone’s surprise the president chooses a political enemy for the vital position of secretary of state.

There is no love lost between the president of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. But it’s a canny move on the part of the president. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, since taking the job means Adams must step down as head of her multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) on the Pakistan desk at the State Department, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source.

Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

As the horrifying scale of the threat becomes clear, Secretary Adams and her team realize it has been carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy, and out of power in the places where it counts the most.

To defeat such an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy, it will take the skills of a unique team: a passionate young FSO; a dedicated journalist; and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state.

State of Terror is a unique and utterly compelling international thriller cowritten by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 67th secretary of state, and Louise Penny, a multiple award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling novelist.

Title:State of Terror
Author:Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

    State of Terror Reviews

  • CAROL1012879
    This was a page turner from the very beginning. I hope it’s the first in a series. Clearly, HIllary used her SecState experience and her decades of beltway politics in creating Ellen, the main character. I also LOVED the many (accurate) nuanced references to “the previous administration”. I loved this book!
  • Carbass01
    Very enjoyable read. Got bogged down in details at times or it would have been a five star.
  • Joanabake
    I liked the characters and the interweaving of the two authors’ key characters. But the ending was kind of pat and corny.
  • ElsieW.
    I couldn’t put this down . Everything a reader needs to feed our thirsty minds of a great book. Thank you!
  • Canadien Expat
    Love Louise Penny. Her books are beautiful, but will never read any again, not after this Collaboration. Why she wanted to team up with this loser I will never know.
  • Npgirl64
    A Sec. of State serving in a Govt. without good leadership huh? Well, she should know a hella LOT about that, LoL. Given that she’s the “smartest woman in the world” and served as Co- President when Hubby Slick Willie was POTUS for 8 yrs. She’s a bona-fide expert on subterfuge, espionage and shady business in general.
  • Rugby4752
    Fabulous and thrilling
  • K508
    It could have been a good read but Hillary’s need to re hash her election loss was not necessary. Bill and James have written two really good thrillers without dragging in old baggage.
  • Crash's Mom
    I’m not usually an international thriller reader, but this was superb. Lots of twists and funny (scary?) parallels to current politics.
  • 2diagusted
    A must read, scared me to my core and then I voted.
  • Propertylover
    There are so many characters in this book I found it a bit hard to follow at first and it was a bit slow moving at times. But I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes this type of story (Which I do)
  • Darkcloud1039
    No idea how this book has positive reviews. Very predictable, felt like I had to force myself to even get 1/2 way. I decided to pick it back up and give it a 2nd chance, maybe it started off rough and has a better ending? Nope. Don’t bother.
  • PattyCake68
    So many plots but, well connected in the end.
  • Bugba49
    I thought the book was great and sorry to say really tragic in the sense that America is under attack from within. I wonder what the America Right would say as they seem to be carrying out some of the most damaging elements in this story.
  • Dallas Professional
    Loved this book. Grips you from the beginning.
  • Me Too Futz
    To call this garbage would be an insult to garbage
  • Rod Patrick
    Bought the audiobook version.....can't help feeling that some of the characters are real people veiled behind fictional names. An inside look at the machinations of government all wrapped up as a mystery. Interesting.......
  • Bevo MCMXVI
    …but was not at all thrilling. More predictable than I liked.
  • SA Book Lover
    Enjoyed the audiobook so much, I found myself not wanting to get out of the car. Great narrating by Joan Allen. Can’t decide if she should play Ellen or Betsy in the movie. This story would make a great movie.
  • Just Let Me To See My Stuff
    This book is a 5 star book. The plot of the book is fill action and suspense that kept me from putting it down, it’s full of suspense and the twists and turns of the storyline really wanting to read more Kevin
  • Theodore G.
    Not worth reading.
  • Aaron772
    From began to end it is constant trust and turns of the plot. So entertaining. The characters feel so real! It may just be me but it feels as though Mrs. Clinton took some inspiration from a great tv show, Madam Secretary, and wrote and awesome book!
  • Scrabble Tile Too
    I can’t say more without giving away spoilers, but this book is amazing. A long time Louise Penny fan, this was truly wonderful. Thanks to you both for the collaboration. (And yes, I would love more!)
  • LawCat09
    Perfect balance of character development and fast paced action. Kept me on my toes and put me in the room at the same time. Amazingly prescient to what we face today. The book feels almost too plausible. Excellent writing and that plot twist- wow. Wow. Wow. A simile walks into a bar….
  • Suzette23
    Loved it at the beginning, then it got a little bogged down with all the middle eastern names, the different direction of the plot and characters. So, I didn’t love it. And towards the end it gets confusing again with the introduction of new people and different story lines. Thought former President Dunn was a very funny character.
  • Runnin Momma
    Couldn’t put it down! I liked the action, the flow, even if sometimes the characters were hard to keep straight. It all came together in the end in a very satisfying way. Reminded me of a Tom Clancy novel.
  • PBwk
    Timely and layered with a plot out of the headlines. The major players in this are very recognizable and had to have come from Clinton’s experience. Found it an engrossing read. Recommended
  • WYvolcano_girl
    I’m grateful to Louise Penny and Secretary Clinton for writing this excellent book.
  • Carocross
    I really hadn’t expected such a good book although both writers are excellent. It’s very frightening to think this could become reality in today’s world. Highly recommend. Ignore all the trumper comments here. They wouldn’t read this book in reality.
  • From The Attic
    Only Penny and Clinton could deliver this political thriller that combined realistic characters that are so relatable with a chilling thriller that warns of what is ahead if we don’t work together as nations and within our nations to build a better world. It is a cautionary tale.
  • LuannJ
    Very boring due to the fact that it was so repetitive. Everyone said everything a dozen times or more. I hate reading the same thing over and over.
  • Shell2beach
    Ignore the haters, I’m excited to read this book!
  • Robert K Young
    Ignore Bauzen. He’s still mad his parents didn’t care enough that they never taught him how to read.
  • Cant Thi
    I’ll look for it in all the thrift stores, they always have a good supply of her books, most never cracked open. Can’t think of any other names, so just cancel.
  • Glassceiling
    Loved getting a behind the scene peek into the political machinations of an administration while being entertained by a plot filled with twists and intelligent writing. A plot that’s realistic enough to make it scarier than any horror story.
  • Vikingdreamlass
    brilliant book! hoping these two continue to collaborate.
  • DonnaPablano
    Better than any emails anyway :)
  • Shasta 1972
    What a shame her presidential election was stolen by a fat orange con man, totally incapable of running our democratic country. He lost the Senate, the House and the Presidency…he’s simply a loser! And he wants to come back as a dictator! NEVER!
  • GreEEn FrOg 55425
    I didn’t read it yet, but neither did the other jackass that had to get a dig in.