The Cyclops Initiative: A Jim Chapel Mission

David Wellington. Morrow, $25.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-224883-1

In Wellington’s exciting third thriller featuring Jim Chapel (after 2014’s The Hydra Protocol), a Predator drone hits a cargo ship carrying radioactive materials at an inspection station in the Port of New Orleans. As panic spreads across the country, military strategists suspect a hacker somehow managed to commandeer a CIA drone to carry out the attack. Chapel, a military intelligence officer who was once a Special Forces commando, disagrees with his bosses’ conclusion that the culprit is a hacker known as Angel—who happens to be a woman he’s quite close to. The rift becomes so wide that some in the military begin to think that Chapel himself could be behind the attack. With no options left, the tough yet humble Chapel decides to go on the run. He stays close to the ground, but must fight off assassins as he makes his way from New York City to Washington, D.C. Only a few cringe-inducing sex scenes mar the swift-moving plot. [em]Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (Jan.) [/em]