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State of Terror: A Novel de Louise Penny
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State of Terror: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Louise Penny (Autor)

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Títol:State of Terror: A Novel
Autors:Louise Penny (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press (2021), 512 pages
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Smart, compelling; filled with the nasty nuances of political intrigue within the US government. And the demanding high-stakes need to continuously gather intelligence globally and at home.

All this gets kicked into high gear when bombs go off in 3 major European cities. US President Williams, Secretary of State Ellen Adams, the military and hundreds of other White House employees quickly start learning the why, the how and the who behind these brazen cowardly terror attacks. Ellen and her staff fly around the world to find out where bombs were assembled, how many made, and where others may be headed.

Gripping, frightening high-wire act of a novel. A quick and good read.
  Bookish59 | Dec 4, 2021 |
Because it seemed natural to think that Penny would bring her writing chops and Clinton her political ones, I looked forward to reading a fun book. I wasn't disappointed in the least. There were a few scenes that stretched the imagination, but, "Hey!" ( )
  kaulsu | Nov 29, 2021 |
Digital audiobook narrated by Joan Allen

Adapted from the book jacket: Novice Secretary of State Ellen Adams, has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray, and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most.

My reactions:
Clearly Clinton provided the behind-the-scenes information on the workings of government on this scale, while Louise Penny crafted the plot. I wish Clinton hadn’t relied so much on taking digs at # 45, because the basic plot would have worked without that, and it just makes the book seem like a thinly veiled criticism of our former leadership.

The plot was fast and furious and held my attention throughout. And, as a fan of Penny’s Gamache series, I was tickled by the various Easter Eggs in the plot. It ends with a hell of a cliffhanger, so I am guessing there will be a sequel.

Joan Allen does a fine job of narrating the audiobook. I liked her interpretation of Ellen Adams. ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 28, 2021 |
I must admit that I embarked on this novel somewhat reluctantly, expecting that it might simply prove to be a cynical publishing exercise, trading on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name to generate sales beyond what might reasonably reflect the book’s actual qualities. After all, having been First Lady, Secretary of State and a Presidential candidate, Mrs Clinton is a powerful draw in any context, even on this side of the Atlantic. Also, I hadn’t read anything by her co-writer, Louise Penny. I know that former president Bill Clinton has co-written a couple of thrillers with James Patterson, which probably fuelled my cynicism – although I haven’t read either of those, my brief acquaintance with Patterson’s books made me feel that his principal trait was to leave no cliché (however trite) knowingly overlooked.

As is so often the case, my pessimism was wholly misplaced. This is an excellent thriller. Fast moving, and with continual plot twists, it grabbed my attention right from the start, and never relinquished it. The plot is complex, but essential revolves around the struggle to prevent a terrorist outrage in America, after three bombs were detonated, without warning, in London, Paris and Frankfurt. The protagonist is Ellen Adams, Secretary of State in President Doug Williams’ newly formed Democrat administration, which has picked up the reins from the previous incumbent who seems to have been brash, reckless and not overburdened with an intellectual bent. Well, so far, so plausible.

One of the fascinating elements in the book was the way it depicted the tensions within the new administration. Ii have always been intrigued by how, in the presidential election cycle, the selection process for candidates for both parties initially involves a public and often highly vitriolic battle within the party. The prospective candidates pour relentless opprobrium upon fellow members of their own party, only then to have to try to unite behind whoever has emerged as the successful candidate. In this novel, there are clearly huge rifts between Secretary Adams and President Williams, the latter seeming hell bent upon exposing the latter to potential pitfalls with a view to undermining her as quickly and comprehensively as possible.

The book does race along, and he plot goes through any number of hairpin bends and tangents. There are some unlikely coincidences, but I was entirely won over by it, and will now be looking to read more of Ms Penny’s books. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Nov 21, 2021 |
This is a joint collaboration between Hilary Rodham Clinton and Canadian crime writer Louise Penny. Ms Clinton likely provided the inside view of the White House and her role of Secretary of State and Ms Penny her writing ability.
Ellen Adams is the Secretary of State to recently elected President Williams. He has recently replaced Eric Dunn, the Republican.
The plot involves bus bombs in three European cities and the blame is laid at the feet of the regime in Iran. The mastermind is nuclear physicist Bashar Shah who was released from custody in a complicated deal signed by Eric Dunn. Adams and her counsel Betsy Jameson travel to Germany, Oman, Islamabad and Moscow to discuss, negotiate and manoeuvre the tracking of Shah and his plans to detonate dirty nuclear bombs in 3 American cities.
Behind the scenes, others are involved in tracking down the High Level informant within the White House.
Good entertaining story but as with all thrillers, stretches of incredulity.
Recommended ( )
  MaggieFlo | Nov 11, 2021 |
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The most amazing thing that has happened in my lifetime in neither putting a man on the moon nor Facebook having 2.8 billion monthly active users. It is that in the 75 years, 7 months, and 13 days since Nagasaki, a nuclear bomb was not been detonated. -- Tom Peters
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To the courageous men and women who protect us from terror and stand up to violence, hatred, and extremism no matter the source. You inspire us every day to be braver, to be better.
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