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Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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“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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Colonel Alan Bookbinder is a glorified paper-pusher. Every day he faces armies of documents on the battlefield of his desktop. That is, until he unexpectedly and unexplainably manifests a magical power. In no time Alan is torn away from his comfy office, separated from his loving family. He is thrust into a logistics role at Forward Operating Base Frontier, America's armed presence on a hostile alien planet called the Source. When Oscar Britton escapes from FOB Frontier he causes a massive crisis, leaving the soldiers stationed there without support in the face of increasing assaults. To save the men under his command, Alan will have to become a true soldier and a true leader.
It only took a few chapters before I was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Alan Bookbinder (yes Bookbinder, apparently his occupation was fated at birth) is not the despised Oscar Britton. Despite being a desk jockey, Alan displays more courage in the first few pages than Oscar does in all of SHADOW OPS: CONTROL POINT. As an administrative worker posted on a frontline military base he is a fish out of water.Read more ›
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Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier, second in Myke Cole's military fantasy series, presents as its lead character one of my favorite kinds of protagonists: that guy that everyone... Read morePublished 15 months ago by H. Bala
A nice second book with new characters that took a bit to take off but it did. I would start with book one thoughPublished 17 months ago by Kevin K. Dean
Best of the trilogy (but all three are great reads) due in no small part to introduction of Alan Bookbinder, a soldier plucked from normalcy and his decidedly noncombat role when... Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Mierau
If Control Point is best summarized thematically as the conflict between doing what's right and doing one's duty, then Fortress Frontier is best summarized as a trial by fire. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David R. Rich
While the first book focused on a flawed protagonist, this one focuses on a flawed protagonist who recognizes it and takes an active role in his own growth, even if it takes... Read morePublished 19 months ago by dtc107