A man stands on a rooftop, and using a high-powered rifle, guns down nine innocent people. That’s how this eco-terror thriller, written by Everett Powers begins, with high intensity action that will keep you on the edge of your reading chair until the last page is turned.
Detective Grant Starr has caught the case; he and his partner desperately chase after the ring leader of group of eco-terrorist mercenaries, a man named John Lightfoot. Lightfoot, a man who has adopted a Native American persona, complete with headdress and buckskin pants is bent on destroying two local dams and returning the land back to nature. The writing here is superb, Powers brings the action and he brings it hard. There are no slow parts to this story. Every page forces you to turn to the next. The characters are fully developed, especially the character of Mindy, one of the terrorists who has a taste for sharp knives and rough sex, often at the same time.
Powers did his research for this tale and it shows. The Hetch Hetchy, is glacial valley in California. The valley has been completely flooded since the construction of the O'Shaughnessy Dam in the 1920s. This is one of the main targets of the terrorists, and Powers convincingly describes the history of the dam and its environmental effects to the surrounding area and to the Native American population. I was afraid this book was going to come off as preachy, but it doesn’t. Both sides of the controversy are fully explored and he manages to bring a real-life environmental debate into the fictitious world of a few madmen, and a few good cops.
The characters in this book are unforgettable and fully engaging, and the writing is clean and crisp. Powers is a writer to watch, you’ll be hearing more of him I have no doubt. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of the Grant Starr series. If you enjoy thrillers then you should get your copy of “The Mighty T.” You’ll be glad you spent some time with this extraordinary writer.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)