State of Terror by Hilary Clinton and Louise Penny #bookreview #blogtour @panmacmillan @RandomTTours

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Hilary Clinton and Louise Penny, State of Terror. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

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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?

MY THOUGHTS

State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny reads like a blockbuster movie and I have no doubts that the film rights will be snapped up. State of Terror is an exhilarating, tense, wild and a very entertaining read. I don’t normally read political thrillers but this one really intrigued me and I’m so glad I picked it up.

There is real authenticity to this book, I could see who some of the characters were loosely based on, especially the former US president. Some of the descriptions did make me smile as I was reading, particularly as well the British Prime Minister. The novel explores Hillary Clinton’s worst fears. In Europe a wave of devastating terror attacks take place, putting the world on red alert. No one knows who is responsible for the bombings and there are real fears that they could strike the United States. It becomes a race against time to unravel what is going on here and who is behind the attacks before it is too late.

This is a book that delivers on tension and the pace was spot on. The dialogue really engaged me and Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny portrayed the fear and the anxiety well in their characters voices. I loved the race against time element which kept my eyes glued to the page. I had no idea how things were going to unfold next. This makes the premise of this novel so frightening as well as it is something that could very easily happen in today’s world.

The lead character is Secretary of State Ellen Adams. She is faced with an impossible task just as she is coming into office and she knows she will have to prove herself. But you can see how determined she is to protect her country and that she is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve that. Her relationship with the President is an interesting one and early on there are suggestions that it could be fraught with tension. This is also what makes her an intriguing character to follow.

State of Terror is a white-knuckle ride that will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a fast paced exhilarating read. I highly recommend it.

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication date: 12th October 2021

Print: 512 pages

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Source: Review Copy

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Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.

MY THOUGHTS

In Rachel McLean’s novel A House Divided we meet Minister Jennifer Sinclair, a Labour party politician. The book is set in late 2019 in 2020 and in 2021. Labour is in power and Jennifer is at the top of her career. But the party and the country are soon rocked by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that take place, and the country’s mood, including the mood of politicians, darkens. A bill is put forward to take a tougher stance on immigrants from certain countries entering the UK, to help prevent another terrorist attack from taking place. This puts Jennifer in a very uncomfortable position; she has to make up her mind on some tough decisions, including, potentially, the rest of her career in politics.

Although the novel is set just a few years into our future, the issues being discussed feel very close to what is happening in today’s world. You only have to look at Trump’s travel ban in the US to realise that the ideas that Rachel McLean explores aren’t very far-fetched at all, which is what makes the ideas in her book scarily plausible.

Rachel’s writing is very readable, and it does move along at a fast pace, particularly in the first half of the novel which explores the effects that the attacks have had on the public and on politicians in Westminster. Jennifer is a British woman, but she is married to a Muslim, Yusuf, and they have two children, so her own family is affected by the troubles. This is what makes the current situation within her party deeply personal to her, and her views against it come across very strongly in Rachel’s writing, particularly in a speech she delivers when the vote on the proposed bill is just about to be held. I think it’s Jennifer’s passion, for trying to defeat what the government is proposing, which pushes the novel forward. I could never be sure what was going on behind the scenes, in both her own party and the opposition. It did make me think of the current state in British politics at the moment, where it seems that there is always someone ready to stab a colleague in the back in their push for promotion.

The end of this book left me gasping. A House Divided is part of a trilogy, and it has made me very keen to pick up the next book as soon as I can get my hands on it. If you are fascinated by politics, and if you’re looking for a book that is character driven with an ending that will get your heart pumping, then I highly recommend giving this book a go. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Catawampus Press

Publication day: 24th September 2018

Print length: 327 pages

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