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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow Ops (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256367
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Shadow Ops: Control Point

Black Hawk Down meets The X-Men.” —Peter V. Brett, international bestselling author of The Desert Spear
“[A] 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

“Very entertaining…The Magic 8 Ball says ‘will enjoy.’”—Mark Lawrence, author of King of Thorns

“Hands down, the best military fantasy I’ve ever read.”—Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Endgame

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.

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Multiple point of view characters.
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Myke Cole does a fantastic job of pointing out the cracks in the system, while giving us characters who present different insights into a very complex and rich world.
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When I read the first book of this series, I really enjoyed it, but hated the end.
Brandon Zarzyczny

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Albedo on February 12, 2013
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The previous book, the first one of the series, was mostly enjoyable but every now and then irritating as well. There were strengths and weaknesses which made for an average read.

This book is better in every way. Better build, more believable, better characters. It's very nice to see an author progressing that much, I can't wait for the 3rd one.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric Christensen on January 31, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Control Point, the first book in the Shadow Ops series, opened with Oscar Britton going on a military raid. The sequel, Fortress Frontier, opens with Colonel Alan Bookbinder heading to his desk job while reminding himself to pick up his daughter's favorite cereal on the way home. Right off the bat, I knew I was dealing with a very different hero, and that Fortress Frontier was going to be a very different book. Whereas Control Point was the story of Oscar Britton deciding whether to accept or rebel against the system his government had built around the return of magic, Fortress Frontier is the story of how fragile that system is and how badly it needs leaders to protect it.

When Colonel Bookbinder manifests, he doesn't run like Oscar Britton. He submits to testing and is shipped off to Forward Operating Base Frontier in the Source. Even though he's a Colonel, due to his lack of combat experience, Bookbinder is seen only as a logistics/supply officer--a rubber stamp for Frontier's commanding officer. Until Oscar Britton escapes, that is. Frontier is cut off from the home plane and under attack. Supplies are dwindling, the situation is dire, and Bookbinder is now in charge.

Bookbinder must lead a small team of operators across hostile territory to connect with the Kingdom of the Naga, a multi-headed snake-like race that have a relationship with India's military. Bookbinder must negotiate for resupply--and for the very survival of Frontier--but what price will the Naga demand? Not only must Bookbinder learn how to lead, but he must also learn how to handle a new school of magic the world has never seen before.

But Oscar Britton doesn't disappear from the story entirely. Cole devotes a few chapters to Britton and his small band of rebels.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on July 30, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole is a strong follow up to the first book in a series that looks to blend military fantasy, and comic book-esque elements in a world that's very much rooted in a reality like our own.

People are able to control the elements, wield magic, resurrect the dead, and even create doorways, or portals to other worlds. Unsurprisingly, the United States government's response to this is `we will be taking control' because to them, "magic is the new nuke." The even give it a name: "Latent." Anybody who realizes that they have these abilities is required to fess up, otherwise they can be prosecuted as "Selfers." It's a bit like the idea of mutants in the X-Men comics, and works well, especially considering the implications. Even the pull quote on the book proclaims that the book is a combination of Black Hawk Down and X-Men, so it's easy to see the similarities.

The second book finds readers with a different protagonist. Instead of sticking with the same character throughout a series, Cole has done something different, and jumps into the world of Colonel Alan Bookbinder, who is basically a bureaucrat. His biggest concerns are whether the right forms got filed, and if he has enough coffee in the morning. He isn't a warrior, and feels out of place among soldiers who've seen combat. But all of that changes when Bookbinder finds out that he's Latent. This means an end to a pretty cushy life, and he has to figure out how he's going to adjust to his change in circumstances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch on July 3, 2013
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Colonel Alan Bookbinder has never seen battle. Most of his military career has been spent doing paperwork. In fact, Bookbinder takes great pride in his work. That all changes when he wakes up from a dream where everyone he cares for is drowning. The feeling of suffocation gets worse as the day progresses. A brief trip to the doctor assures him that it is just stress. Yet by the end of the work day, Bookbinder's magical abilities make themselves loudly known.

Bookbinder is immediately whisked away from his family and transported to a new and dangerous world, where magical abilities are normal and creatures from D&D games are real. It's not long before he finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier. When he and his people are surrounded by monsters and about to be overrun, the only hope of salvation lies in teaming up with Oscar Britton, public enemy number one.

**** FOUR STARS! Author Myke Cole blends military, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy to create an exciting story that will long be remembered. I found it fascinating to watch a normal paper pusher transform into someone who could have joined the X-Men. Goblins, trolls, and a mysterious contractor (called the Sculptor) enrich the favor of the story and kept me reading late into the night. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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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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