Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier: By Myke Cole



The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers--summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed...but not for everyone.

Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier--cut off, surrounded by monsters, and on the brink of being overrun.

Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place--Oscar Britton, public enemy number one...


First off, I was truly impressed with Myke Cole’s d├ębut novel Control Point that came out last year. It combined fantasy, magical powers, and modern day soldiers all in one book.

It absolutely rocked my socks.

I’m used to reading soldiers and high level technology in science fiction novels, but never have I read about modern soldiers getting magical abilities. To put it bluntly, it’s awesome! It’s like reading a superhero book with a twist.

That said, I was a little scared that Cole was going to hit the sophomore slump with his second book, Fortress Frontier.

I should have never worried.

Fortress Frontier is fantastic. Not only does it maintain the awesome characters it established in Control Point with Oscar Britton and Harlequin, it also takes the time to establish amazing new characters such Bookbinder. Bookbinder is fantastic, not only is he an relatable character who got forced into this situation he never wanted to be in, but with Bookbinder we get to see a whole new set of magic and potential for magic. Not wanting to give anything away, I thought Bookbinder’s magic was really cool. That’s all I’ll say about the magic, but let me say that I’d recommend the book JUST for magic.

Luckily, there are many other positive elements to the book. Such as the war/battle scenes (which there are plenty), the story expands in a way that makes me shake with excitement for the next book in the series, and the characters are phenomenal. All in all I loved Fortress Frontier, and can’t wait for the next in the Shadow Ops series.


Publisher: Ace

Published: January 29, 2012

Price: $7.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Ops-Fortress-Myke-Cole/dp/0425256367/ref=pd_sim_b_1

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