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.
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 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.
Publication date: 12th October 2021
Print: 512 pages
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