A Covert-One Thriller That Pits Old School Soldiers Against New Technology
By Kyle Mills
Grand Central Publishing, $26.99, 422 pages
A clandestine organization, Covert-One, was established by the president as a last resort resource in case of a global threat. Colonel Jon Smith, a doctor with a military background, is an agent of that organization. When Dresner Industries created a system called “Merge” that makes personal computers and smartphones obsolete, Jon is assigned to assess its potential usefulness for the military. At the same time, CIA operative Randi Russell is in Afghanistan and discovers a disturbing scene where a village has been wiped out, and the heads of all the adult males are missing. Her investigative path soon has her working with Jon Smith. Together, they begin to question whether Merge is a miracle or a threat to millions of people.
The late author Jason Bourne wrote twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print. He authored The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series; The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum among others. He passed away in March 2001. Kyle Mills is a New York Times bestselling author of over ten novels, including Rising Phoenix and Lords of Corruption.
A cautionary tale about technology, The Utopia Experiment explodes with combat action, dangerous secrets, and industrial intrigue. Clandestine agencies and mercenaries, as well as foreign armies, create constant danger to Smith and Russell, keeping suspense alive to the end.
Reviewed by Fran Byram