From the publisher:
In the next thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, it’s a race against the clock when ISIS takes out the entire US power grid and throws the country into chaos.
When Mitch Rapp captures ISIS’s top technology expert, he reveals that he was on his way to meet a man who claims to have the ability to bring down America’s power grid. Rapp is determined to eliminate this shadowy figure, but the CIA’s trap fails.
The Agency is still trying to determine what went wrong when ISIS operatives help this cyber terrorist do what he said he could—plunge the country into darkness. With no concept of how this unprecedented act was accomplished, the task of getting the power back on could take months. Perhaps even years.
Rapp and his team embark on a desperate search for the only people who know how to repair the damage—the ones responsible. But his operating environment is like nothing he’s experienced before. Computers and communication networks are down, fuel can no longer be pumped from gas stations, water and sanitation systems are on the brink of collapse, and the supply of food is running out.
Can Rapp get the lights back on before America descends irretrievably into chaos?
This is the 6th Mitch Rapp novel by Kyle Mills, who continues the lead established by Vince Flynn who passed away at the height of his literary career.
Rapp was depicted as a valuable agent for a separate section of the CIA working directly under Irene Kennedy who manages the organization. The character is the same as Vince Flynn created. Mitch has always been cast as an individual that gets the job done on a “full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes” basis. While he does not have James Bond’s license to kill if necessary, granted by the government, he solves many a problem by doing just that.
The present book deals with a theme that has appeared in more than a few stories. That is, an attack on the national power grid which if sabotaged has the means to literally shut down the country; no water, no gasoline, no electricity, phones go out, food isn’t delivered nor even harvested, planes cannot fly. The consequence is that such circumstances could prove fatal for the majority of the people living in that country.
The novel opens with Mitch capturing the top technical advisor for ISIS. He learns from that individual that he was on his way to meet a man that claims to have the wherewithal to bring down the U.S power grid. The CIA sets a trap to capture that man, but it fails and several agents working for ISIS meet with the individual. The impossible happens, the taking down of the grid is accomplished and the consequence is the complete stoppage of the U.S. economy.
The government assigns many experts to try and restore power, but to no avail with the answer looks like it can only be to catch the planner and get him to rectify the problem. As in all other Mitch Rapp books, he attacks the problem head-on, directing his own loyal squad. The action is fast and constant as the group consisting of ISIS members is capable of killing with no fear of their own deaths to deter them. After a great read, the novel ends in one of the most satisfying ways I have encountered putting a capstone on the book.
10/2020 Paul Lane
TOTAL POWER by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn. Atria/Emily Bestler Books (September 15, 2020). ISBN: 978-1501190650. 384 pages.