State of Terror - Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

State of Terror

By Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

  • Release Date: 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,770 Ratings



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.


  • State of Terror

    By szdanoipad
    Excellent!!! A page turner for sure!!
  • Yawn

    By Vintage Jules
    More boring than watching a pot boil. Bless her heart, she just can’t let it go. Comes across like the bitter old head that she’s become. Not a good look Killary, do better.
  • State of terror

    By beach book girl
    Good book could tell mrs.Clinton had input into many details. Await next collaboration. Had not read any of Mrs Pennys previous books will now. Beach girl
  • A pain of a book to finish

    By word lover 2021
    I give it a 3 stars because I know writing a book is extremely hard. This book was a yawn to me, it is written for the masses and definitely not a book that will be talked about next year. The language is simple, the plot is surreal, and I did not enjoy reading it. The book was bland.
  • It could happen

    By we12970@
    Far better than I thought it would be. I love L Penny’s books but wasn’t sure about this one. I’m glad it got it ! The story of what can happen as our sensible conservatives movie right, the right moves far right, the far right to alt right and the consequences of ‘patriots’ becoming radicalized - terrifying and not at all far fetched. Truly terrifying.
  • A thought provoking thriller!

    By GoGo Annie
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I have great respect for both of these women not only as authors but also for their inspiration and insight into life as we are experiencing it in 2022. A truly entertaining and reflective reading adventure!
  • Long time fan

    By Machine doc
    Long time fan of Penny and now the Clinton - Penny dynamic duo! Great book
  • Edge of my seat

    By Jonesey Rocks
    What a wonderful and timely book. Hits a little too close to reality. Maybe we would be best served if people who buy into conspiracy theories read this book. The world needs to come together in peace and begin to be more tolerant of people. Far right and far left don’t achieve but destroy. Great. Read. Couldn’t put it down. And from a mans view, it was great to read about strong female leads. I’m always learning. Thank you.
  • Terrific Read

    By anniewright
    Be prepared for a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Enjoyed the Thriller

    By Llksmouse
    Was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, reading the book and throughly enjoyed the thriller. Would have given five stars except for what I see as a problem. Let me say first I am no fan of the former president. However, it seems like the book takes too many potshots at him, even though I understand this is a work of fiction and some of what is said about him meets the mark. Ironically it’s the current president who pulled out of Afghanistan willy nilly. I will look forward to another collaboration, hopefully with even-handedness towards political opponents and allies.