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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 MC on February 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
BREACH ZONE is the third and last installment in Myke Cole's Shadow Ops series, a powerful and explosive finish to a series that already started by taking your breath away.

Myke Cole's Shadow Ops series has always raised the issue of individual and collective rights. While they may generally co-exist, there are real instances when these two rights stand on opposite sides of a conflict. Cole gathers all the players and features each of them in turn. You are presented with all sides of the conflict -- government, military (magical and non-magical sections), all factions of the rebel latents -- and drops them in the financial center of the most famous city in the world, New York.

At the center of the opposition is Scylla-- an attractive, resourceful, powerful player in New York City's economy. Her life was upended when she came up latent with a prohibited magical ability. She was apprehended, incarcerated and written off until she escaped and sought revenge against all those who stole her life. Marginalized, pissed off and supernaturally powerful is a dangerous combination. It can move mountains, conquer cities...or destroy them. In Scylla, Cole has created an opposition that plays on my heart strings. She is no archetypal villain, no two-dimensional afterthought for the protagonist to run roughshod over. She is a victim (of fate, of circumstances and of the ruling order) who realized she is not helpless and proceeded to act contrary to what society expects and demands of her. She is not one to be forced into Procrustes' bed and she has enough moral ground to sway people to her way of thinking. There is a definite male fantasy element to her which I would normally scoff at, but I cannot really begrudge anyone their attraction to such a figure.
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