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Shadow Ops: Breach Zone Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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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. He recently joined the cast of the TV show Hunted on CBS as part of an elite team of fugitive hunters. 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. Myke is the author of Javelin Rain and Gemini Cell, prequels to his Shadow Ops novels, which include Breach Zone, Fortress Frontier, and Control Point.
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This book is not released at the time of this review, I read an ARC that I got from the Worldbuilder's charity auction.
Breach Zone is the third book in Myke Cole's Shadow Ops trilogy, and the author's development in his craft is highly evident. In each book, the author shows a willingness to try new things in service to the narration, expanding the number of POV characters, widening the scope of the narrative, and now changing the narrative structure to include two separate interweaving stories. The prose is crisp, and moves the story along. Chapter endings are varied with a mix of natural story breaks and "cliff hangers" and worked well to keep my attention glued to the story, and getting me to turn the page. 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.
In Fortress Frontier, the previous book in the series, Myke Cole explored his universe's version of the Epic Journey. This book is about The Siege in the tradition of Thermopylae or the Alamo. And that thematic choice is used well to underscore themes that have been running throughout the series. This entire series deeply explores the dichotomy of "Right" vs. "the Law". In the previous book, Harlequin, the main POV character in this one, had to make a choice between the lives of 8 US Marines and an entire division of people. The ramifications of that decision are shown here in Breach Zone.
It is obvious that the author has served in the military, and that his experiences there have formed a large part of the philosophies espoused in this book. It is the rare service member that hasn't wrestled between following orders and doing what they perceive as right, though the stakes are generally not as high here. I believe that anyone can pick up this story and enjoy the action, adventure, and narrative, but those who have served will notice plenty of little easter eggs.
Breach Zone is a worthy successor to the first two novels, and provides a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy or comic books, and would also recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the military. Heck, I'd recommend it to just about anyone, and have gifted copies of the first book to friends, family members, and libraries.
In reference to the trilogy as a whole, I absolutely love and admire how Cole has placed different characters at the forefront of each of the three novels. Oscar Britton is clearly the center of Control Point, Alan Bookbinder of Fortress Frontier, and Harlequin of Breach Zone. The others are not off the map once "their story" is finished. I was greatly attached to Britton in reading Control Point, and at first I was wondering why I wasn't getting enough of him in Fortress Frontier. But then I realized it wasn't "his story" anymore, but that didn't mean he no longer existed. The passing of the protagonistic torch to Bookbinder was a brilliant move on Cole's part, and when I came to this conclusion of the trilogy, I was ready to address my relationship with Harlequin and bring the story to a close. Myke Cole can write, and he does it amazingly well.
Character development is pretty damn good as well, especially with regards to Scylla. There are no black/white disticntions here, everything is a shade of grey, even Scylla. Much like the real world.
Hope Mr Cole continues on with this world, would love to see more of it.
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