State of Terror - Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

State of Terror

By Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

  • Release Date: 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 250 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.


  • Delivers Thrills

    By 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.
  • Fast paced and believable

    By 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
  • Fast paced and satisfying wake up call to citizens

    By WYvolcano_girl
    I’m grateful to Louise Penny and Secretary Clinton for writing this excellent book.
  • Chilling

    By 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.
  • The Perfect Pair

    By 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.
  • Worst book I’ve read in a long time.

    By 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.
  • State of Terror

    By shell2beach
    Ignore the haters, I’m excited to read this book!
  • Great book

    By robert k young
    Ignore Bauzen. He’s still mad his parents didn’t care enough that they never taught him how to read.
  • State of Terror

    By 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.
  • Suspenseful and Intelligently Written

    By 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.