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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 and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.

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Myke Cole The same way I deal with being tired on gym days, or going to the dentist when I don't want to: I lock it up, pull up my big-boy pants, and get to…moreThe same way I deal with being tired on gym days, or going to the dentist when I don't want to: I lock it up, pull up my big-boy pants, and get to work.

Look, I certainly sympathize with the difficulty and anxiety of tackling an artistic enterprise. I know what it feels like to be stuck. But, you're an adult. Fix your shit.(less)
Myke Cole I definitely suffer from missing reader expectations. On the one hand, I try to stay out of politics and avoid staking positions. I'd rather not…moreI definitely suffer from missing reader expectations. On the one hand, I try to stay out of politics and avoid staking positions. I'd rather not comment than risk alienating a reader or coloring their view of my work. My goal is to write great stories that are unencumbered by the reader's view of me personally.

On the other hand, I have a strong sense of justice and try to stand up for what I believe in, even when doing so is difficult or uncomfortable. There have been some issues where I have taken public stands and it has no doubt cost me readers. I'd be lying if I said I was fine with that. The thought of losing even one reader due to a personal disagreement really rattles me.

Anyone who reads my work can't fail to notice that my positions often diverge from the prevailing military culture, and more importantly, from the prevailing culture of those who admire the military and either have never served, or have served in the past. To the extent this cognitive dissonance causes me to lose their respect or attention, I am tremendously troubled, but I do feel like I've accomplished what I set out to do artistically.

Hope that wasn't too careful an answer :) (less)
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Folks are aware that I’ve recently run a contest. The challenge was for you to tell me what my books are about, and the prize was a signed copy of JAVELIN RAIN. Normally, I let these things run long, and take my time in picking winners, but I wanted to do it quickly here, as it’s just (gasp) TWO DAYS until the book releases. Seriously, folks. The clock just struck midnight as I was writing this...

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An outstanding, highly accessible history of a greatly underserved period. There's a real dearth of strong scholarship on the time from Alexander the Great's death to Cleopatra VI's suicide, which is a shame, because this is some Game of Thrones shit ...more
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Pressfield's sequel to the outstanding The War of Art both gets back to basics and expands the theme: Taking pride in misery and keeping your in the crucible where the work gets down. Pressfield once again strikes the perfect balance between butt-kic ...more
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Macedonian Armies after Alexander 323–168 BC by Nicholas Sekunda
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Again, a valuable sourcebook hampered by the same lack of narrative sense that effects Sekunda's other work (see my review of his book on the army of Alexander). Worth your time, but misses the chance to hit harder.
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The Army of Alexander the Great by Nicholas Sekunda
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While an excellent sourcebook for those researching minute details in Macedonian panoply and order of battle, Sekunda lacks the narrative flair of other Osprey authors. By deep diving into source material, he gives short shrift to the over-arching hi ...more
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The Thracians 700 BC–AD 46 by Christopher F. Webber
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Another excellent title in the series. The Thracians are often discounted as light troops auxiliary to their more famous Greek hoplite or Macedonian phalangite colleagues. The truth is, of course, far more complex, and Webber tackles it with a thorou ...more
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Sorry to say that I couldn't finish this one. While I know Dodge is traditionally acknowledged as a heavy-hitter in the field, I found so many glaring errors by chapter 5 that it left me feeling like he was hand-waving, without real command of the so ...more
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Prior to reading this book, I would have told you that George R. R. Martin was the best writer of characters, had the strongest ability to create an authentic voice for the widest range or people, all of whom were nothing like him. I was stunned by t ...more
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“Fear isn’t the mind killer. It is fathoms deep and miles wide, more intri­cate than the pat­tern on a fine Per­sian rug. I will not “master my fear.” I am a thinking man who knows it’s not a thing that could ever be mas­tered. I will instead seek to under­stand it, to embrace it, to know how it lifts me up and how it holds me back.”
Myke Cole

“This was the thing about religious types she hated so much. They never missed a chance to proselytize. No tragedy was sacred, no setback off-limits. They would solemnly enter your private space, regal and pompous as crows, full is righteous self-importance. Then, when she was at her weakest, they would tell her why the unacceptable was acceptable, why it was okay that she'd lost the love of her life
because an invisible man in the sly (and it was always a man, wasn't it?) had willed it.”
Myke Cole, Gemini Cell

“When you cannot have a thing, sometimes you hunger for it anyway. The closeness of it, the taste of it, the feel of its heat. It is a pale reflection of the truth, but a reflection is better than darkness.”
Myke Cole, Gemini Cell

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Lucinda Dear Myke,
Thank you for acepting my friendship request here on Goodreads. I am delighted to have won a copy of your novel Control Point {Shadow Ops. book 1}, through a first read giveaway, which i am really looking forward to reading! Keep a look out for a review and thanks once again,
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


Michael Hey Myke,

Thanks for the add. Love the books. Just finished Fortress Frontier the other day and I have to say you completely outdid yourself. Amazing from start to finish. Keep up the great work!


Zachary Caldwell When I heard about control point, I thought "how could I possibly pass this up?" and thank god I didn't, after finishing it I immediately recommended it to everyone I know, awesome book Myke, can't wait for Fortress Frontier, which I must say has some pretty awesome cover art.


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Myke Cole Eric wrote: "man you really like naomi novik"

You should check her stuff out.


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Eric Sudol man you really like naomi novik


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