State of Terror: A Novel

Narrated by:
Joan Allen

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2021
15 hours 41 minutes

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.
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Disappointing, expected more sophisticated writing. It was very repetitive, and many situations totally unrealistic to be laughable!

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I enjoyed this book. Intense and exciting with a dose of sharp wit.

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Good book. There was a lot going on in the book and at times I found it difficult to follow. Nonetheless, it was a good book.

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Thought the last minute connect to Three Pines a bit contrived.

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J Carlos S.

A tremendous fast pace book. The job on Donald Trump is sour grapes, but beyond that, this is a book that you will enjoy it. The narrator is the very best I have heard thus far.

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Engrossing and thrilling. Insight into politics by Clinton and great storytelling by Penney. I liked the interface with Gamache series (should have been earlier). Narrator could have been better with the accents of the characters.

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Great book could not stop listening

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