Shadow Ops by Myke Cole
Control Point

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Synopsis

Army Officer. Fugitive. Sorcerer.
Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze. 
Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of it. 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.
 
The SOC knows how to handle this kind of situation: hunt him down--and take him out. 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.
 

About Myke Cole

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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 & Dragons, and lots of angst-fueled writing.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Ace. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In Cole’s vision of near-future America, magic and superpowers have become a terrifying and often lethal feature of everyday life. Army lieutenant Oscar Britton enforces America’s draconian, inflexibl

Dec 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

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Although the book feels padded, like a pulp tale stretched out to double the length, and the world is full of clichéd corruption and misery, this action-filled adventure holds the reader’s attention with occasional glimmers of hope that someday the oppressed magic-users might finally force tho...

Dec 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

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the rather Spartacusesque protagonist is not an infallible combat machine but a man who is able to learn from his errors, and Cole’s apparent disapproval of state-sanctioned brutality, slavery, and torture even in the face of possible existential threats is a welcome novelty in the era of 24.

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Examiner

Others have described Myke Cole's Shadow Ops: Control Point as Black Hawk Down mixed with X-Men.

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Feb 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

Tor

With last year’s Shadow Ops: Control Point, Myke Cole burst onto the scene with a bang, launching a cool, action-packed new series that combines elements of military fantasy and superhero fiction in a contemporary setting.

Jan 28 2013 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

SF Signal

Where Control Point took on the coming of age / learning to control one’s powers style of story (See Harry Potter, The Magicians, Name of the Wind, Circle of Magic, etc), the second novel in the Shadow Ops series takes on the Quest story that’s so popular in fantasy, and completely succeeds.

Mar 19 2013 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

SF Signal

Taking an unconventional route, Cole mixes his military experience with fantasy, rather than science fiction, and lets the action loose from the first pages.

Jan 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

The Ranting Dragon

Last year, Myke Cole’s magical US Army took the world by storm in Control Point.

Jan 29 2013 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

The Ranting Dragon

Two members of The Ranting Dragon staff, Stephan and Garrett, were able to get their hands on ARCs of one of our most anticipated books for January, Control Point by debuting author Myke Cole.

Jan 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

Toonari Post

Black magic, death magic, gate magic, and semi-sentient elemental conjuration are the four prohibited schools of magic.

Feb 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

Functional Nerds

But instead of taking just one view of the situation, Cole manages to show the military’s view (put down the uprising of anarchists) and the media’s view (someone save the poor primitive tribal people) and the internal conflict within the tribe, without take a side.

Feb 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadow Ops: Control Point

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