The book by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Canadian crime writer Louise Penny went on sale in the United States on Tuesday. The novel “State of Terror” tells the story of the actions of a fictional chief of diplomacy against a global terrorist plot.
The thriller “State of Terror” is the novel debut of the former US presidential candidate and the fruit of her friendship with Louise Penny, author of the best-selling crime series about Inspector Gamache. The heroine of the book is the inexperienced secretary of state Ellen Adams, who soon after taking up her post has to deal with a series of terrorist attacks in Europe and the USA and the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Hillary Clinton: “State of terror” is a wake-up call
The book contains many allusions to world leaders with whom Adams is dealing, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the British Prime Minister, and formerly the head of diplomacy, Boris Johnson. There is also a fictional character of former US President Eric Dunn modeled on Donald Trump. As he writes in a review of the New York Times, in the novel, Clinton Dunn appears as a key figure in a right-wing conspiracy whose members consider him an “idiot” but useful to their ends.
“It’s a wake-up call for everyone who cares about America and the world,” Clinton said in an interview with CBS.
The media notes that all the main characters of the book – apart from its antagonists – are women, and the plot also describes the challenges faced by women in high places. The ending suggests that this will not be the last book by Clinton and Penny.
Most of the book’s reviews so far are positive. A New York Times reviewer found the Clinton-Penny duo’s book engaging and better than the June thriller “The President’s Daughter” by former US President Bill Clinton and fellow best-selling author James Patterson.
The Los Angeles Times states that the novel is “really good”, the plot is plausible, and the character characterization “too human.” On the first day of sale, the book was also ranked second in the American Amazon bestseller.
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