State of Terror - Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

State of Terror

By Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton

  • Release Date: 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 377 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.


  • Started off interesting…

    By Bevo MCMXVI
    …but was not at all thrilling. More predictable than I liked.
  • Fantastic Audiobook!!

    By SA Book Lover
    Enjoyed the audiobook so much, I found myself not wanting to get out of the car. Great narrating by Joan Allen. Can’t decide if she should play Ellen or Betsy in the movie. This story would make a great movie.
  • State of Terror

    By just let me to see my stuff
    This book is a 5 star book. The plot of the book is fill action and suspense that kept me from putting it down, it’s full of suspense and the twists and turns of the storyline really wanting to read more Kevin
  • Horrible

    By Theodore G.
    Not worth reading.
  • A captivating political thriller!

    By Aaron772
    From began to end it is constant trust and turns of the plot. So entertaining. The characters feel so real! It may just be me but it feels as though Mrs. Clinton took some inspiration from a great tv show, Madam Secretary, and wrote and awesome book!
  • Amazing.

    By scrabble tile too
    I can’t say more without giving away spoilers, but this book is amazing. A long time Louise Penny fan, this was truly wonderful. Thanks to you both for the collaboration. (And yes, I would love more!)
  • WOW. Could not put it down

    By LawCat09
    Perfect balance of character development and fast paced action. Kept me on my toes and put me in the room at the same time. Amazingly prescient to what we face today. The book feels almost too plausible. Excellent writing and that plot twist- wow. Wow. Wow. A simile walks into a bar….
  • Phenomenal

    By kaykaybean13
    Couldn’t put it down!!
  • State of Terror

    By Suzette23
    Loved it at the beginning, then it got a little bogged down with all the middle eastern names, the different direction of the plot and characters. So, I didn’t love it. And towards the end it gets confusing again with the introduction of new people and different story lines. Thought former President Dunn was a very funny character.
  • 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.