A Lima Charlie Review: ‘TOTAL POWER’ By Kyle Mills. With a BLAST RADIUS of a NUCLEAR BOMB!

Kyle Mills is back with his sixth Mitch Rapp novel, Total Power. Since picking up the series in 2014, Mills has done an outstanding job with this series, ensuring to stay authentic to one of the best characters in the thriller world.

No matter the situation, in your favorite thriller you can expect the hero to save the day. Sometimes with just seconds to spare, the dramatic events that lead to that point are always a fun read. But, what if the hero fails? The day isn’t saved, and the consequences affect the entire country, even the entire world.

He failed. The CIA, NSA, FBI, they all failed to do what the American taxpayers pay them to do. America’s power grid is successfully defeated in a brilliantly designed plan which took years of planning and maneuvering. The man responsible goes by the handle PowerStation, he has done all the leg work, flawlessly planned the execution, he just needs some competent foot soldiers to assist in the small hands on portion of his plan. Recruiting those proves to be difficult, he reaches out to some countries he’s sure would want to watch America burn, but ultimately is forced to work with ISIS.

Last Year’s New York Times bestselling Lethal Agent had ISIS attempting to introduce a Corona Virus like sickness on the American people. While Total Power has a threat that is a bit different, the end result is almost identical to the headlines we’re seeing on the news today. Rioting, looting, death at an alarming rate, American’s desperate to survive. People who would normally stop on the side of the road to help you change a flat tire are now plotting ways to make you stop your car, so they can steal what you have at gun point.

What’s left of the Government is in a brand-new bunker, a nice reference to Vince Flynn’s Memorial Day (2004) when Mitch detonated a nuke in the old bunker. As they’re trying to get organized, the country is on fire, people are desperate, starving, and they quickly turn violent. Survival of the fittest.

Total Power is bold, fresh, and unlike anything in the market today, like Lethal Agent (2019) with a Corona Virus like threat, Mills proves he can stay ahead of the headlines with a driven plot that will want to make you prepare for doomsday. Earning itself a Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb! This Mitch Rapp novel is a compelling story of modern-day people instantly being thrust into darkness and being utterly unprepared.

 

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Author: Kyle Mills
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-1501190650
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Follow Kyle & Vince Flynn’s social media page on Twitter: @KyleMillsAuthor & @VinceFlynncom
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A NUCLEAR BOMB (10/10) – The potential here is death on a global scale, nothing is scarier than a nuke.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

VINCE FLYNN:

The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.

After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up.  While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits.

Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

 

KYLE MILLS:

I grew up in Oregon but have lived all over—D.C., Virginia, Maryland, London, Wyoming. My father was an FBI agent and I was a bureau kid, which is similar to being an army brat. You tend to spend your time with other bureau kids and get transferred around a lot, though I fared better on that front than many others.

One positive aspect of this lifestyle is that you can’t help but absorb an enormous amount about the FBI, CIA, Special Forces, etc. Like most young boys, I was endlessly fascinated with talk of chasing criminals and, of course, pictured it in the most romantic terms possible. Who would have thought that all this esoteric knowledge would end up being so useful?

I came into writing from kind of a strange angle. When I graduated from college in the late eighties, I had the same dream as everyone else at the time—a corporate job, a nice car, and a house with lots of square footage.

It turns out that none of that really suited me. While I did go for the corporate job, I drove a beat up Jeep and lived in a tiny house in a so-so Baltimore neighborhood. Most of the money I made just kind of accumulated in my checking account and I found myself increasingly drawn to the unconventional, artistic people who lived around me. I was completely enamored with anyone who could create something from nothing because I felt like it was beyond me.

Enter rock climbing. I’d read an article on climbing when I was in college and thought it looked like an incredible thing to do. Someday, I told myself, I would give it a try. So one weekend in the early ’90s, I packed up my car, drove to West Virginia and spent a weekend taking lessons. Unknown to me at the time, this would be the start of an obsession that still hangs with me today. I began dating a girl who liked to climb and we decided we wanted to live somewhere with taller rocks and more open space.

Moving to Wyoming was the best decision we ever made. The place is full of the most amazing people. You might meet someone on a bike ride and find out they were in the Olympics, or climbed Everest, or just got back from two months trekking in Nepal. In a roundabout way, it was these people who made it possible for me to write a novel. They seemed to have no limitations. Everything was possible for them and I wanted to be that type of person too.

I was working for a little bank in Jackson Hole, spending my days making business loans and my afternoons and weekends climbing. For some reason, it finally occurred to me that I’d never actually tried to be creative. Maybe I could make something from nothing. Why not give it a shot?

My first bright idea was to learn to build furniture. That plan had some drawbacks, the most obvious of which being that I’m not very handy. It was my wife who suggested I write a novel. It seemed like a dumb idea, though, since I majored in finance and had spent my entire college career avoiding English courses like the plague. Having said that, I couldn’t completely shake off the idea. Eventually, it nagged at me long enough that I felt compelled to put pen to paper. Eight months later, I finished Rising Phoenix and about a year after that I managed to get it published.

The success of Rising Phoenix and my subsequent books has allowed me to make my living as a writer, which isn’t bad work if you can get it. Other than that, my life hasn’t changed all that much. Aging elbows have forced me to replace climbing with backcountry skiing and mountain bike racing. And I got the not-so-smart idea of restoring an old pickup to replace the dying Jeep. I still live in Wyoming, though, and I’m still married to the girl I started climbing with so many years ago.

 

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