Hillary Rodham Clinton has starred in a number of titles, from the Secretary of State, to the Senator, the First Lady and now the Novelist.
“State of Terror” was released on Tuesday and is the first attempt to write a novel with Clinton her co-author and bestselling crime novelist Louis Penny. The thriller follows the journey of the new Secretary of State and main character, Ellen Adams.
Clinton takes readers through her own nightmare scenarios when Secretary Adams must navigate terrorist conspiracies, nuclear weapons and a Trump-like administration. Along the way, Adams battles sexual criticism from his male counterparts but finds friendship and support in the women around him.
What, then, is Adams’ biggest concern in the novel? President Eric Dunn’s previous administration has signed a deal to see Adams return the country to the Taliban and increase the risk of terrorist activity. Clinton and Penny Trump launched the “State of Terror” draft months before the 2020 election defeat and the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
“We outlined a year or so before the (2020) election. We didn’t know who would win. We didn’t know what would happen,” Clinton explained in a recent joint interview with Penny at the Simon & Schuster offices in Midtown Manhattan. Biden – facing a failed feat. “
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Columnist Jill Lawrence said Clinton felt she was “wrestling” with how Donald Trump could lose the presidency. The novel reveals Dunn’s profits from the cunning of foreign governments and the “dark face” of democracy.
In the novel, Adams visits former President Eric Dunn at his Palace Florida estate and paints a picture of Dunn’s charming but “scary” personality.
“It’s unusual to be in his orbit. There was a pull, a promise of excitement. With danger. Like juggling grenades. It was exciting. And horrifying. She could feel it too.
“Guardian Mark Lawson points out that” State of Terror “can also be seen as Clinton getting the last word on the two men who defeated her in the White House. Becomes
After Dunn’s departure from the White House, Democratic Doug Williams entered, describing Adams as “stupid,” which Lawson and other critics say is represented by President Joe Biden. In the 2014 commemorative episode of Clinton, he criticizes then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Lawson wrote to The Guardian: “So the man who beat the novel reasonably well – Dunn is no less than an elected Hannibal Lecter – and the man who defeated him can reasonably read it.”
“State of Terror” tackles Washington’s misogyny because the main character navigates jabs and sexist comments at the hands of male opponents. If male characters are rude and cross, women win by outperforming their counterparts.
“Hillary [characters] Listen carefully and use their keen understanding of human nature to expel their opponents (women), ”writes Sarah Lyall of the New York Times.
Although Penny is a new category of thrillers, Lyall noted that her signature writing is a portrayal of friendships, short and sweet paragraphs, and philosophical enlightenment.
And while Clinton is settling on political scores, she also embraces women’s abilities, brains and support for each other, as seen in the novel’s characters.
The main character, Adams partly Clinton’s friend, former Secretary of State Ellen Tousser, died in April 2019.
Lawson praised “State of Terror” and awaits its continuation, while Liale presented Hillary with the prize for the best Clinton thriller of 2021.
Contribution: Associated Press.
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