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Shadow Ops: Breach Zone Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014

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  • Series: Shadow Ops (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Shadow Ops novels

Black Hawk Down meets The X-Men...military fantasy like you've never seen it before.”—Peter V. Brett, international bestselling author of The Desert Spear

“A great book.”—New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss
“Hands down, the best military fantasy I’ve ever read.”—Ann Aguirre, USA Today bestselling author of Perdition
“Cross The Forever War with Witchworld, add in the real world modern military of Black Hawk Down, and you get Shadow Ops: Control Point, the mile-a-minute story of someone trying to find purpose in a war he never asked for.”—Jack Campbell, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Fleet Series

“The best ride military fantasy has to offer.”—Mark Lawrence, author of Emperor of Thorns 

About the Author

As a security contractor, government civilian, and military officer, Myke Cole's career has run the gamut from counterterrorism to cyber warfare to federal law enforcement. He's done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All that conflict can wear a guy out. Thank goodness for fantasy novels, comic books, late-night games of Dungeons & Dragons, and lots of angst-fueled writing. He is the author of Special Ops: Control Point and Special Ops: Fortress Frontier.

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As a secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole's career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforce­ment. He's done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deep­water Horizon oil spill.

All that con­flict can wear a guy out. Thank good­ness for fan­tasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dun­geons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.

Customer Reviews

There is ACTION aplenty.
Eric Christensen
Characterization is well done, with motivations for main characters explored, but there are no massive info dumps or anything to get in the way of the story.
Alexander von der Linden
The third installment is absolutely the best in the series.
Franklin Vergara

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Christensen on January 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Myke Cole wraps up his Shadow Ops trilogy with the release of BREACH ZONE, and he does so in a spectacular fashion, with action sequences that will make Hollywood producers drool and characters whose growth becomes more impressive with each installment.


BREACH ZONE is primarily the story of Jan “Harlequin” Thorsson who, in the aftermath of the battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier, finds himself adjusting to public celebrity and private scorn. The man who has been something of a poster boy for the military’s system and all its rules in the previous two books must find a way to deal with now being literally in that position. That adjustment becomes incredibly more difficult when Scylla launches a war against that system, if not all of humanity.

When Scylla and her army of goblins and Gahe destroy a good portion of Manhattan, Harlequin works to rally the Supernatural Operations Corps to take back New York and defeat Scylla, a woman he has as past with. But who will answer his call? Alan Bookbinder, Oscar Britton, and the many magical (“Latent”) characters we’ve met in books one and two must pick the future they want and then fight for it. With they stand with the U.S. Government, with Scylla, or for some other system?

And that, to me, is really what the Shadow Ops books are about: systems and their effect on people. How can rules, categories, and divisions created by laws, regulations, and tradition hope to contain messy, complicated people? Inevitably, one-size-fits-all systems are revealed to be anything but. And when the system doesn’t fit, it creates friction. Some people can accept the friction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Cardno on February 22, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If this is in fact the conclusion of the Shadow Ops series, it's a satisfying one. Alternating between the present and six years in the characters' past, Cole gives us a complete story that builds on the previous two installments while satisfying our curiosity about how the world got to be the way it is. The action starts fast, with Scylla's invasion of lower Manhattan, and is pretty much balls-to-the-wall for the rest of the book. Even the theoretically "quiet" moments carry a level of tension that you can feel is just a minor respite; our focal characters, Harlequin and Bookbinder, get no rest. I can honestly say I was as exhausted as they were by the end. The battle scenes, both one-on-one and full-scale, are written with a fantastic eye to detail that I think only someone who has really been in combat can capture. Also impressive is the fact that Cole is not afraid to take on the issue of collateral damage and the civilian human cost of a major military action occurring in New York City. He also, I think, "gets" the nature of New Yorkers: that unwillingness to get out of harm's way that often serves us so well when the community needs to band together (the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy being prime examples) but which can also work against us.

Flashbacks are not a new story-telling device by any means, but the way they are employed in service to a narrative has changed since, I think, the advent of the tv series LOST. Gone are the "one flashback explains it all" types of flashbacks; equally as rare, it seems, are the "framing device" stories where most of the novel is flashback. We now get flashbacks of varying detail interspersed with the current story, flashbacks triggered at key moments by something a character says, does, sees or feels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on July 19, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Breach Zone (2014) is the third Fantasy novel in the Shadow Ops series, following Fortress Frontier. The initial volume in this sequence is Control Point.

In the previous volume, Bookbinder was having strange dreams of drowning. He woke up in a panic. He told Julie that it was just a nightmare.

As he ate breakfast, he felt a current running through him. The girls squabble over who gets what. Bookbinder promised to pick up some shredded wheat on the way home.

He still felt the current on his way to work. After reaching the office, he asked his secretary to get him an appointment with his doctor. He asked that she do it is her name so they wouldn't bump him to the head of the line.

Three minutes later, a corpsman called to tell him about a vacancy and offered to take him right away. He told the doctor about the drowning sensation. Then the doctor asked about the conditions that affected the feeling. Bookbinder said that the sensation remained the same regardless of his activities.

In this novel, Jan Thorsson is a now a Lieutenant Colonel in SOC. He is an Aeromancer with the handle of Harlequin.

Alan Bookbinder is a now a Brigadier General in the US Army. He worked for the Army Materiel Command in Washington. He is married to Julie and they have two daughters: Kelly and Sarah. Now he has returned from Fortress Frontier on the other side.

Swift was an Aeromancer Selfer in the prison compound of Fortress Frontier. Now he is free and has returned to Washington and the Houston Street gang.
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