State of Terror

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What to expect

A Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller!

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

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

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 realizes it was a hastily coded warning. Then a series of bus bombs devastate Europe, heralding the rise of a new rogue terrorist organization 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?

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

Praise for State of Terror:

‘Clinton and Penny are each a force on their own – put together they are unstoppable’ – Karin Slaughter

‘This is as close as you’ll get to being in the White House Situation Room with a secretary of state.’ – The Times

‘Fast-paced and packed with insider knowledge.’ – Daily Mail

‘The perfect political thriller . . . a glimpse into the world of our most powerful politicians.’ – Ann Cleeves

Critics Review

  • Pretty darn good…the real appeal of the novel, apart from a fuel tanker’s worth of political score-settling, is that this is as close as you’ll get to being in the White House Situation Room with a secretary of state.

    The Times
  • Tightly plotted tale of political intrigue…[Clinton and Penny are] a match made in heaven… This is meticulously plotted, intelligent and terrifying… Don’t miss it.

    The Guardian
  • Great fun…an unexpected delight

    Daily Telegraph
  • remarkable…Fast-paced and packed with insider knowledge, it superbly conveys the pressures at the heart of the world’s diplomacy.

    Daily Mail
  • I expected a thriller written by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny to be smart, very well-written, and suspenseful . . . But State of Terror is so much more than that. Yes, this novel is a rip-roaring, brilliant page-turner, but it’s also timely, cheeky, important, and wonderfully, courageously provocative. What great fun!

    James Patterson
  • The nearly 500-page novel combines other details that resonate with recent news… along with explorations of friendship… and, for the writers, the enjoyment of placing women of a certain age at the heart of a political thriller.

    Independent (AP News)

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