The author warns at the beginning of the book that all coincidences with reality are accidental.
Former Secretary of State and former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her debut novel “State of Terror,” co-authored with the popular U.S. writer Louise Penny, brought out recognizable images of modern politicians. However, at the beginning of the book, she warns that all coincidences with reality are accidental.
The novel, in particular, features a fictional character – former U.S. President Eric Dunn, whom in the book even his entourage calls Eric, the dumbass. He is charismatic, sometimes eccentric, was at the head of state for only one term, greatly weakening the country’s foreign policy positions during this time. After the defeat, he retired to Florida, where he plays golf and plans to return. At the same time, the main heroine of the novel admits, he surrounded himself with professional supporters from among the Republicans, which provided him with success in the past and support in the present.
The main character of Clinton’s novel is Ellen Adams. She works as a secretary of state, and before that, was the head of a large media corporation. Ellen will have to deal with Dunn’s foreign policy failures, the main one of which was the release from prison of a terrorist who has now planted atomic bombs in three major American cities. Before that, he had already managed to kill the husband of the main character with an undetectable poison.
In the process of chasing a terrorist, Ellen will have to face “Russian President Maxim Ivanov,” whom she considers an authoritarian ruler who used Eric Dunn for his purposes. But Ellen is sure that she can get what she wants from Ivanov because he underestimates women.
The closest ally of the United States, Great Britain, does not appear in the best light. Prime Minister Belligton, with whom Ellen calls on Zoom, according to her assessment, is a representative of the upper class, with disheveled hair and a touch of slovenliness, trying to hide the lack of special abilities behind copious quoting of Latin expressions, and also not listening to what the interlocutor tells him.
After the book was published, Hillary Clinton herself became the object of criticism. Many commentators on social networks were quick to suggest that we are talking about the United States during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State or what would have become of the country if she had won the elections in 2016.