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State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny

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About the Book- State of Terror

From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—State of Terror.

State of Terror follows a novice Secretary of State who 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.

This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know.

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State of Terror is a political thriller that is heavy on politics than on thriller. It may sound exciting for some but for me it meant, the book was exhaustive with long meetings, conversations and plans of action with no action.

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Our Review of State of Terror

This book is basically a fictionalised version of the current world politics with a few movie ingredients. Anybody who has a hand on the political pulse of the world or even a basic idea of what happened in US politics will be able to see the plot more clearly. You can’t help picture the whole book and premises in context with the author of the book (Hilary Rodham Clinton) who herself was/is one of a prominent political leader. So naturally, anything that was said and happening, to me, was pictured with our author in mind. So whenever there was a mention of how bad “the previous Administration” was, I couldn’t help but see it in respect to what happened in the actual “previous Administration” of the USA. Let us just say that the author had a lot boiling inside her which came out in volcanic heat in this book 😜

So let us talk about the book. State of Terror is heavy on our current world and American political atmosphere. So you get the taste of it reading the book. Also, the book would appeal to those whose choice of thriller spreads to this domain as well. I have read political thrillers before too so I can safely say that this was a tad bit heavy on technicalities and political part rather than the thriller part

That is the only issue I had that the paperwork is more compared to the actual action. Well if you look at it in retrospect I guess it’s kind of true as in real life many of the wars are fought in war rooms than in actual war zones. So basically the book shows that. Major portions of the book is just the meetings, conversations and negotiations happening over pages while the actions are happening in the background and reported in. For me that meant a lot of reading, piecing together facts and taking notes and drawing conclusions and taking clues from paragraph-long conversations. So by the time some action is happening, I am busy jotting down the clue points mentioned in the last conversation. You can’t help notice that no instance was spared to mention “Previous Administration” was horrible and consisted of a bunch of idiots (as per the book, not me). I felt hilarious how this was recurring with regular intervals.

Conclusion

State of Terror is a political thriller that is heavy on politics than on thriller. It may sound exciting for some but for me it meant, the book was exhaustive with long meetings, conversations and plans of action with no action. The actual thriller or blood rush came through a couple of scenes that felt more like a conciliatory prize than the actual component of the book. So for me, the only trouble with the book is that it is bulky with information and board rooms but less on the action. Rest is all akin to its genre.

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