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Shadow Ops: Control Point Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow Ops (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937007243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007249
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cross The For­ever War with Witch­world, add in the real world mod­ern mil­i­tary of Black Hawk Down, and you get 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

“Cross The Forever War with Witchworld, add in the real world modern military of Black Hawk Down, and you get 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

Control Point is Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men. Fast-paced and thrilling from start to finish...military fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.”—Peter V. Brett, bestselling author of The Warded Man
“Myke Cole takes you down range where the bullets fly and the magic burns with precision-guided fericity that’ll put you on the edge of your seat before blowing you right out of it.”—Chris Evans, author of the Iron Elves Series

“Hands down, the best military fantasy I’ve ever read; Control Point is a chilling, enthralling story. Myke Cole just might be a wizard himself.”—Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Enclave

“A debut by a former military officer that will attract readers who like their urban fantasies with more of a military edge.”—Library Journal

“High recommendation. A sold and entertaining novel, a real kick-ass premise/milieu … Cole has launched a solid series that I hope to continue reading, and he’s written a novel that starts the year off very strongly.”—SFF World

“A fun, fast-paced entertaining debut novel from a promising author…I wonder what Cole’s got up his sleeve for us next.”—SF Signal

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 has done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A lifelong fan of fantasy novels, comic books and Dungeons & Dragons, Myke now lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More 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 and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.

Customer Reviews

The Bad: Simply put I hate Oscar Britton as the lead character.
Laszlo Kovacs
Control point was a great book to read and you could tell Myke Cole has first hand knowledge into military life and he uses that beautifully in this book.
It has a great story line, excellent character development, and full of action--lots and lots of action.
Scott Curit

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69 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Kovacs on February 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
To kick off, I'd like to mention I was looking forward to this after hearing about it in, the mix of otherwise disparate concepts tickled the proper portions of my brain. I was, sadly, underwhelmed... but there are some good nuggets that I hope are better developed in Cole's next novel.

The Good: The world is well thought-out and, while not perfectly fleshed out, offers tantalizing hints of the grater change the Reawakening of powers has had on the global landscape. That the militaries of the world would jump at the chance of using super-powered assets rather than fight a failing genocide is fresh, and their on-the-fly attempts to understand control and cultivate these abilities has the right flavor of bureaucratic BS and boots-on-ground practicality. The US Army isn't dumb, as often portrayed in these kinds of novels, just amoral and lacking a certain amount of imagination and neither are they purely fascist evil. Points for that.

The Bad: Simply put I hate Oscar Britton as the lead character. As a character he suits the world, don't get me wrong, but his constant flip-flopping of attitudes between 'loving the corps' and 'hating the inhumanity of it all' really really bugs me. I just can't sympathize with him when he can't stop blaming everyone else. Every time he acts selfishly people die, horribly, and he never really owns up to it, even by the end of the novel when he's leading an psuedo-rebellion. Pick a goddamn side, Oscar, and stick with it.

When you compound this with the idea that he learns to sling portals and martial arts in a couple weeks, plus gets the hot healer babe as a girlfriend, plus a blood-dept from a native price, despite being dumb as a bowling ball, it just sits as more phony than the magic.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By CavalierAttitude1660 on August 30, 2012
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Okay, the author has some great ideas, and the writing is good - BUT the "hero" is the single most annoying character I've ever encountered in fiction. He whipped the title away from its long-time co-holders, Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary, in less than five pages. And his wishywashy-ness made those consummate drips Raoul de Bragelonne and Louise de la Valliere look like Terminators One and Two. One reviewer called the lead in SO: CP "Waffles" because it's his main characteristic. I nearly threw the book across the room many times, because Waffles changed his mind constantly. Sometimes he whipped his opinion around 180 degrees in the middle of a sentence! Pick a mindset and STICK WITH IT, man. And hey, listen up, Waffles: if a teenager is frying other teens AND melts my fellow soldier's face, I don't know about you, but I'M going to shoot the, what can one call the dear child, I wonder, that Amazon won't yank the review for? Well, I'm sure you readers of this review can figure it out, or supply your own invective. (Now, I don't want a hero who will happily shoot a 15-year-old girl; that scene could have and should have been fixed: show her yelling to the other teens to run because she can't control her pyro. Something, anything, to show us she's not in control and is trying to keep from hurting people. Throw us a frickin' bone here.)

The author kept me reading, but I'm still trying to decide whether to buy the next book or not. If Waffles doesn't stop, well, waffling, then for me this series will be toast...
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Justin Landon on January 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ever read a novel and say... I can't say anything bad about it? That's pretty much the case with Myke Cole's debut novel Shadow Ops: Control Point. It's not a great novel; it lacks the artistic flair of something by K.J. Parker or the deep emotional resonance of something like The Tiger's Wife (Obreht). It is, however, a very good one that tells a compelling story connected to well conceived world building and substantial undercurrents. After finishing it I'm flabbergasted that Ace decided to only release it in mass market paperback as I've read few novels that will appeal to such a broad spectrum of readers.

Control Point begins with a scene too familiar to the American mind -- school shooting. In this case, the students are shooting fire. Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze. They're latents, young people incapable of controlling in-born magical power, and because of it they've been marked for termination.

Oscar Britton, Cole's protagonist, is an officer attached to the military's Supernatural Operations Corps. His mission is to bring order to a world gone mad. An archetypal military officer, Britton believes in his government despite struggling to obey orders in conflict with his personal code. Having read Cole's reflection on his time spent serving in Iraq, I can only venture a guess at the nascence of Britton's internal conflict. When Britton suddenly manifests a power of his own, he's forced to reevaluate his conflict and his answer is to run.

He doesn't get very far and in that moment he becomes a part of Shadow Ops. I won't say anymore as the revelation of where things go from there is a real treat.
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