Total Power (Mitch Rapp #17), by Kyle Mills

Eight stars

First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Kyle Mills, and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Kyle Mills continues to impress as he extends the series first created by Vince Flynn. Taking the terror threat to American soil, Mitch Rapp is forced to work against the clock with a weapon few would likely have considered, against a terrorist who holds all the cards. When whispers of a new ISIS threat reaches Mitch Rapp, he and his team slink off to Spain to intercept those who are said to be responsible. Back in Washington, a congressional committee receives a detailed report from the Department of Energy, outlining the ramifications of a complete takeover of the power grid system and a request for additional money to prevent this. While many scoff at the possibility, someone in the shadows has been orchestrating just such an act and is prepared to flip the proverbial switch. When Rapp and his team complete what they hope will be a strong delay tactic for any local strike, they soon learn the sleight of hand has failed. A secondary cell is at work to begin knocking the power grid offline, which could take years to fix and leave the country completely without power. This would not only mean use of candles and generators, but also the need to scour for food, petrol, and even basic plumbing. Americans would surely not survive long after losing this essential part of their lives. As the power goes out on Christmas Day, panic ensues and Rapp is sent in to find the culprit and determine how to fix this. As a Russian operative seeks answers as well, she knows that she will be hunted down, knowing the person behind the entire operation. Things take a nasty turn as the temperature drops and Rapp must race to procure a set of codes to bring things back on-line, or wait like the rest of the country to die a horrible death. Thought-provoking and chilling in equal measure, Mills has certainly outdone himself with this piece. Recommended to those who have long enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series, as well as readers who like terror thrillers with a unique perspective.

Having long enjoyed Mitch Rapp’s adventures, I had hoped that there would be another waiting for me in this book. Kyle Mills did not disappoint at all, choosing something that resonates closer to home and proves to be even more destructive. Mitch Rapp is back in the driver’s seat, serving as a protagonist without humour or patience. He has lived a long life of protecting his country and it is time to do it again. Seeking a quieter life, the reader sees some of his personal life coming together, though there is always the rough exterior that serves as a protective shell. Rapp is here to do a job and that’s what he will do, leaving much character development and backstory to others. The handful of secondary characters serve the story well, offering insights not only into plot development, but also the intricacies of such a unique (and horrific) terror plot. The reader can see how all the perspectives come together, creating a strong story that still has a sense of realistic portrayal. The story itself was quite strong and held my attention throughout. I enjoyed the descriptions of the fallout from power loss and how America (and parts of Canada, connected to the grid) would be completely devastated. Mills has surely done his research and keeps the story on point, sending chills up the spines of those readers who choose to personalise what they read. As the Rapp series continues to inch along and there is surely some discussion about how to tie things off, Mills offers new life to a character who has seen and done most everything. I’m eager to see what transpires in the next few years and how this series will evolve or come to a solid conclusion.

Kudos, Mr Mills, for a winner in the midst of a busy series. I hope you have a few more ideas, as I am always eager to see what Mitch Rapp will discover next.

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