Book Review: Shadow Ops: Breach Zone, by Myke Cole (spoilers) |
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It sees the beginning of something new and awesome: Blending military fiction with Urban Fantasy, this novel was an absolute blast to read — action-packed, tightly written and plotted, intense and utterly gripping.
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Then, he is introduced to a part of the military he never knew existed, one that is hidden from the American population and the world at large in the parallel realm, the Source. Introduced to a new organisation populated with interesting and diverse characters, he must navigate this new reality and its myriad social and political strata in order to make a new place for himself. He is not the only one with prohibited powers, and when he is attached to Shadow Coven, he must learn to use his abilities for the greater good.Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved - Esther Perel
Myke Cole served in the military, so it should come as no surprise that the military elements of the novel are extremely well-written. There are many great snippets of banter and dialogue throughout the novel, giving everything a very authentic and natural feel. Some of the terminology is easily figured out, but Cole keeps us in the dark about some terms, in order to not ruin the momentum of the start.
What he does with the various magics is also great — some of the types are utilised in ways I never would have expected. This may sound like a strange thing to pick up on, but all too often in fantasy a character will manifest abilities and in very short order become a master.
Britton chafes against the training, his situation, and pretty much everything about his new life — unsurprising, really, given the rumours, the way he got there, and so forth.
A lieutenant attached to the military's Supernatural Operations Corps, his mission is to bring order to a world gone mad. Then he abruptly manifests a rare and prohibited magical power, transforming him overnight from government agent to public enemy number one.
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The SOC knows how to handle this kind of situation: Driven into an underground shadow world, Britton is about to learn that magic has changed all the rules he's ever known, and that his life isn't the only thing he's fighting for. Synopsis sourced from the authors website http: You get Shadow Ops: I know it's very early on in the piece to be making such bold statements but Control Point is a fantastic book and if this is the standard forthen we are going to be in for one hell of a year.
Army who is attached to the Supernatural Operations Corps for the purpose of bring rogue sorcerers under control. When Britton himself manifests a prohibited school of magic called portamancy, magic that allows him to teleport between dimensions, he runs, only to be captured by the SOC and given the option of lethal injection or becoming a magical force multiplier on a leash. What ensues is the true story of Control Point - learning to control immense power, learning to control the emotions that govern your thought processes, learning to control the situation, and learning to take back control of your own life.
You cheer for every success and wince at every mistake, only the winces are amplified because Britton is an adult,should have already come of age, and should not be making these mistakes.
The plot is intriguing, full of wonder, mystery, and inevitable betrayal, and while not all the threads are resolved, you can leave the book feeling satisfied that the coming of age story has finished its arc and feeling excited about the future direction of this series.
While the plotting is very good, what really enables this story to work is the thorough world building that has been implemented by Cole. In a world where anyone at random can manifest with any range of powerful abilities, the United States have taken it upon themselves to impose strict regulations that govern the use of magic around the globe, enforced by their own army of sorcerers. You can draw parallels between this a number of different political issues throughout history which I think adds a healthy dose of realism to this book without making too much of a political statement.
Religion believes magical manifestation is an abomination, nations around the globe fear the U. Cole has also crafted a parallel world called The Source, populated it with a wide range of magical creatures, and used it to locate an operating base for the training of sorcerers away from the public eye.
The Shadow Ops universe crackles with wind, fire, and stone magic to name but a few types. There are villains like the aeromancer, Harlequin. There are monsters and elementals.
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Cole dips generously from the genre well to produce novels that could be labeled grimdark, urban fantasy, military fantasy, or simply speculative fiction. If you boil down any story, no matter what it is. We talk about his characters, his books, and his Misery Ethic. And we have a whole lot of fun doing it. I think books work on a couple of levels.
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Sort of your own lens. The Shadow Ops books definitely aim for the gut. I nearly had a panic attack reading the early sequences of both books, when Britton and Bookbinder realize that they are magical [Latent].
That is the goal. I get different reactions from people. Not the first one [Shadow Ops: The second book [Shadow Ops: Luckily, those voices have been few enough. I think it was Charlie Stross who wrote that a polarized fan base is actually a really positive sign because it means that your writing is really affecting people, and a person that really hates you or hates your work is actually more likely to read it than someone who had a bland and banal experience with it.
The idea of forcing us—the readers—to change viewpoint characters with each novel in a series seems to be the very thing that you force your characters to go through: I never even thought of it that way. For me it was a much more bald approach.
Ace mass market originals, in particular, have been very successful with a long run of novels that deal with a single protagonist. The thing for me is that all of the stories that have been most dear to me have had ensemble casts. Control Point, we get an image from the cover art that suggests one type of character, and then you show us that the person that we think of as powerful, the muscles, the tight t-shirt, the big gun, often feels powerless.