A novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise.
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...Read More
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.
Louise Penny is an international award winning and bestselling author whose books have hit #1 on the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail (Toronto) lists. Her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, published by Minotaur Books, an imprint of the St. Martin's Publishing Group, have been translated into thirty-one languages. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise Penny lives in a village south of Montréal.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author of seven previous books, all published by Simon & Schuster.
"State of Terror is a plot-driven concoction, featuring a classic race against time to out-maneuver international terrorists and homegrown traitors hellbent on turning the United States into a Russian satellite state... State of Terror is a giddy read, particularly for women of a certain age... All thrillers are fantasy stories -- fantasies about power and ingenuity. In State of Terror, an older woman draws on her expertise, a reserve of female solidarity, and the magic of a tool James Bond never scored -- a pair of Spanx -- and she manages to avert disaster. As thriller fantasies go, this one feels a lot more plausible to me than most." - Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air
"The real-life inspiration is clear, but this version is way more fun." - Entertainment Weekly
"With combined expertise, Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny offer a story that is not only artfully written but also rich in its deep knowledge of the complicated global mess that is international politics. With each tick of the clock, the spring is more tightly wound, and readers will find themselves breathlessly expecting in every moment that in the next moment the worst will occur. But wisely and with expert craft, across page after page of heart-in-your-throat moments, these two collaborators draw the reader inevitably toward a truly surprising conclusion. State of Terror is a feast for thriller lovers." - William Kent Krueger
"This is the perfect political thriller: rollercoaster action, credible heroes and villains, and a glimpse into the world of our most powerful politicians. Add into the mix flashes of humor and fine writing and we have a winning formula!" - Ann Cleeves
"A Page-Turner Part Sly, Part Sweet....Surprising...The plot is ambitious and apocalyptic.... [and] a high-speed diplomatic race... This is a romp. The authors have a great deal of fun throwing up red herrings.... Political junkies will relish the veiled insults to real-life people....The emotional cast to the writing, the tendency to dangle portents and wait some time before resolving them, the depiction of friendship, the short paragraphs, the philosophical aperçus -- these are all marks of Penny's writing....If Clinton is slyly settling old political scores, she is also, sweetly, celebrating women's support of one another later in life." - New York Times
"To say more would rob readers of the pleasures of discovery in this taut thriller, a story made all the more relevant by the U.S.'s recent withdrawal from Afghanistan. Possessed of both head and heart, 'State of Terror's' layering of ethical tradeoffs, political intrigue, high-level espionage and pure evil perfectly melds Clinton's intimate knowledge of the State Department and foreign policy with Penny's mastery of genre mechanics." - Los Angeles Times
"Consistently entertaining....Penny and Clinton demonstrate a sure hand at international intrigue and narrative pacing....The real key to 'State of Terror, ' though, is its secret weapon: female friendship." - The Washington Post
"Hillary Rodham Clinton pairs up with powerhouse mystery novelist Louise Penny for State of Terror, a political thriller full of action and intrigue...Clinton and Penny create a heart-pounding mystery about terrorism, corruption and diplomacy, meticulously written with the promise of details only someone on the inside could contribute." - TIME Magazine
"An utterly thrilling, mesmerizing, whiplash-inducing plot-driven story, 'State of Terror' will make you pull up the bedsheets as you stay up late trying to keep up with Secretary Adams and the team she assembles to crack the case." - GoodMorningAmerica.com
"A page-turning political thriller...consider this your fall escape." - CNN.com