Plot. A new Secretary of State is confronted with nuclear threats, terrorism, repair of foreign relations, misogynistic leaders, and an antagonistic relationship with the new president. A catastrophic prior administration and a resulting national/international unrest are at the root of America’s decline – and it’s often a reference in this fictional story. Urgency of the moment involves dirty bombs in the United States.
Liked. It’s a creative thriller. HRC’s 4-year stint as Secretary of State in the Obama administration brings credibility to the story and characters.
Not so hot. Well, if you’re not a big fan of HRC, you’ll probably not like this book – it has silly references, like moose pajamas, pantsuits – just not what you’d expect out of an intense political thrill-book, comic references are awkward. Some phrases/passages are just not Louise Penny – and she likely wouldn’t have included them were it not for her co-author…you be the judge.
Narration is fine, no issues. No sex, no objectionable language – a clean read.
State of Terror is written by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton, narrated by Joan Allen, about 15 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format and, released in October 2021 by Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press.