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Publisher's Summary

Take a ringside seat in the high-stakes world of international politics....

After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in. Secretary of State Ellen Adams is determined to do her duty for her country. But she is about to face a horrifying international threat....

A young foreign service officer has received a baffling text from an anonymous source. Too late, she realises it was a hastily coded warning. Then a series of bus bombs devastate Europe, heralding the rise of a new rogue terrorist organisation who will stop at nothing in their efforts to develop their own nuclear arsenal.

As Ellen unravels the damaging effects of the former presidency on international politics, she must also contemplate the unthinkable: that the last president of the United States was more than just an ineffectual leader. Was he also a traitor to his country?

From the number one best-selling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise.

©2021 Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A rip-roaring, brilliant page-turner, but it’s also timely, cheeky, important and wonderfully, courageously provocative. What great fun!" (James Patterson)

"Clinton and Penny are each a force on their own - put together they are unstoppable." (Karin Slaughter)

"Smart and fast and twisty, State of Terror is a dazzlingly unpredictable political thriller. I loved it." (Kathy Reichs)

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Rushed ending

Starts with some solid setting up of the chess board but then degenerates into a rushed endong. Some super cringey flag waving to boot.

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Best fiction in a long long time!!!!!

The entire book is very close to a possible reality even if it is a fiction. It is just great. I advise anyone to read r listen to it.

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Cheap plot - caution spoiler

The last thing you want to read, or listen in this case, for a thriller involving the US President is when everybody surrounding him is a bad guy conspiring against him. I’m struggling to finish the book because of this bad taste that I have to swallow. Next time, try a more convincing plot.

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 10-24-21

Excellent.

A gripping political thriller, very well written and narrated. Mrs Clinton, despite my reticence, is a very good writer. Highly recommend.

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  • eGJ
  • 10-15-21

An exciting non-stop experience

This shows the strength of two life-long women friends who deal with a worldwide crisis at the highest level. No spoilers, but be prepared to give up several hours to indulge in listening to this non-stop riveting narrative. Don’t be surprised if you are a devotee of Louise Penney’s novels that you will find familiar strands near the heart -stopping conclusion.

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  • Linda Cannon
  • 11-20-21

Disappointed

I came into this book very open minded. It was getting a lot of publicity and it sounded interesting. I've always admired Hillary Clinton for her forbearance against the patriarchy. Honestly, I really did not like this book at all. Way too female centric. Too much of a Hillary Clinton ego-trip wish-list of people, events and outcomes. Thinly disguised real characters of Trump, Putin and Boris, but with different names, and the main females getting the better of each of them. No, not for me. If Barbara Cartland did political thrillers, this may be how it might look... I am not American, nor have I any agenda regarding the Clintons, but I do not feel this book matches the hype surrounding it. Disappointed. The reader was good.

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  • 11-19-21

Boring and unsophisticated. Narration poor too.

Hooked by the Hillary thing I guess I tried Penny for the first time. The story didn't have any of the tension it should have. Unsophisticated; take a fight scene where an attacker falls off a cliff but handily his phone and car keys 'fell out of his pocket' first so our guy wasn't stranded! Hilarious. I got a bit jumbled with the characters names and roles, and realised it's for the worst possible reason when reading a book, it's because I didn't care. They were not interesting enough, or described well enough to differentiate one from the other - which is kind of important when there's a mole - I could never remember who was who. Final straw is the narrator, who madly over enunciates everything like she is teaching small children English as a second language - very distracting. I'm near the end and will probably let it dribble on to its conclusion, but its not a page turner. Oh, I forgot, every paragraph practically opens with 'after the chaos of the last administration ' again they feel the need to beat me about the head with that theme, showing no subtly and trust in the overall mood, an editor should have removed 80% of those and we'd still be overcooking it. We get it.

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  • molly68
  • 10-19-21

Amazing. Not what I expected at all.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this. I love Louise Pennys novels and I didn’t know what to expect with this. It was gripping, thrilling, funny and insightful. It goes without saying that it felt so much more than another book/TV series set in the Whitehouse because of the authenticity that Hilary Clinton brings with her. I loved the links with 3 pines which were the icing on the cake for me. I can’t recommend it enough. I’m really hoping that this is the first of a series. The narrator was excellent and really brought the characters to life in an understated way. What a great read.

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  • Stewart Johnson (sj.johnson@ntlworld.com
  • 04-09-22

Easy listening fantasy.

A book that juxtaposes fiction with fantasy reasonably paced, well ghost written but full of unlikely scenarios. The blackmail scene is particularly wishful I can’t see that dialogue happening at all.
The one realistic scene was the helicopter deployment, the yanks do tend to lose them well.
All the same I heard it through to the end.
The narrator using a dead voice to announce the chapter numbers was irksome.

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  • Viv Morgan
  • 03-25-22

OMG what a ride

Joan Allen the narrator did this book proud. I was hooked from beginning to end. To say I held my breath on occasions is accurate. Wonderfully written, what a great book. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Terence Langford
  • 03-13-22

Great Thriller

Well written and informative of the workings of the White House and its staff recommended.

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  • Brian Rule
  • 03-07-22

Exceptional

Lots of intriguing characters and power plays.....
Diplomacy across a number of countries and their leaders.
Really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend

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  • Miss t bond
  • 03-02-22

Gripping story - and could it happen ?

I really enjoyed this book - and the fact that Hilary Clinton had co authored it made it seem very believable. It was clear who some of the characters were based on but even so it was more nuanced than it could have been -

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-25-21

average

I struggled to keep listening. The characters were not entriging and phrases repeated over and over.

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  • sharshar
  • 12-16-21

Brilliant

Fabulous book and great resolution. Highly recommend especially if you follow American politics, but equally enjoyable of you don't.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-21

A must read

This book is extremely well written. Had my attention from the start. Excellent narration. Recommend to anyone interested in world politics. Makes you question everything about what actually goes on behind the scenes and had to ask myself did Clinton tell us anything or was it all fiction?

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  • Skolz01
  • 11-17-21

Completely unbelievable

Hard to get into because the plot is just so far fetched. Goes from bad to worse.

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  • asb
  • 11-05-21

Do not underestimate

This is a surprise to be able to me, but I loved this book.
But it should not have been.
Clever and edge of seat reading, filled with twists and turns and an uneasy building of anticipation of disaster.
I loved the political asides and insight into the machinations of government
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The combination of Penny and Clinton produced a classic political thriller for the modern age
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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-21

Enjoyable

A fast paced thriller with a sound plot and relatable characters. Nice nods to Louise Penny’s three pines characters. Narrator was solid. Give it a go!

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  • Katie beardsley
  • 10-30-21

Bording

Boring didn’t go anywhere however the narrator was very good and easy to listen to