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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,...more
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Ace
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Seak (Bryce L.)
One of the things that really gets me into a series is when an author creates a unique world or magic system and not only does a good job staying true to those ideas, but constantly and consistently using them throughout the story. Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett are two authors that quickly come to mind where they have created such interesting and compelling worlds that I want to live and breath it no matter what happens, even when they're a doorstopper that doesn't further the plot all th...more
Peter
I am very fortunate to be one if Myke Cole's beta-readers, and had the privilege of reading Fortress Frontier long before its Feb. 2013 release. I can say with all honesty that fans of Control Point will not be disappointed. In addition to continuing the adventures of Oscar Britton and the other characters who survived the heated climax if Control Point, in Fortress Frontier Cole introduces a new protagonist, Alan Bookbinder, an unlikely hero who nonetheless delivers a powerfully compelling stor...more
Mihir

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Myke Cole’s Control Point was # 5 on my top ten-debut list for last year and amid the slew of fantastic debut releases, it is credit to the author’s vision and skills that the book gained that position. The potential shown in Control Point marked him out as an author to watch for and so it was with high anticipation that I awaited to read the sequel. Also I must disclose at this point that I have a soft spot for this book as Myke graciously allow...more
Mia
Fortress Frontier is book 2 of Myke Cole's Shadow Ops series. While it may not be necessary to read book one to enjoy this, I think reading the first will enhance the reading of the second.

Myke Cole builds on the steady foundations of Control Point. But while Control Point is a good book, Fortress Frontier is a FANTASTIC book.

From the outset, Fortress Frontier gives you an inkling that you're in for a great read. It begins by introducing a new character-- Colonel Alan Bookbinder, a career admi...more
Bane of Kings
Awesome book, really enjoyed it and can't wait for the third book. Great research, world building, pace & characters. An early contender for Book of the Year 2013.

FULL TFF Review (with link):

“An awesome second novel proves that Myke Cole is more than just a one-hit wonder. Expect Fortress Frontier to be one of the best novels of 2013.” ~The Founding Fields


I loved reading Fortress Frontier. The first book in the series, Control Point, was good – it made it onto my Best of 2012 list after all...more
Mark Lawrence
Control Point was one of my favourite reads last year ... quite possibly my favourite. I'll have to caveat that with the fact I don't manage to read a huge number of books these days - but it's a great read, fast, imaginative, well written, fun. I had my gripes about the main character, Oscar Britton, but I can appreciate the realism behind a 'hero' who isn't consistent, who changes his mind, who doesn't do what I think he should - that's real life for you.

Fortress Frontier is probably a better...more
Ranting Dragon
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Last year, Myke Cole’s magical US Army took the world by storm in Control Point. This February, its sequel in the Shadow Ops series, Fortress Frontier, raises the bar by adding more magic, American politics, and the Indian Army to the mix. It is an amazing combination of military fantasy, epic worldbuilding, and superhero influences, with action that sweeps you in from the very first page and may lead to sleepless nights trying to finish the book as quickl...more
Stefan
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. The novel introduces a world in which random people suddenly find themselves with magical powers, able to control the elements, create portals to another realm, even raise the dead. The U.S. military has taken control of these powerful new abilities because, as they say, “magi...more
Mike
Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole is the sequel to the author’s debut novel Control Point. Control Point was very much the tale of Oscar Britain and through him served to introduce the readers to the Supernatural Operations Corps. Unfortunately, this was also my problem with the novel I didn’t like Oscar. While there were times in the novel where I certainly sympathized with his plight more often than not I had serious issues with his decision making process. Fortress Frontier sees Cole broadening...more
Mike
Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole is the sequel to the author’s debut novel Control Point. Control Point was very much the tale of Oscar Britain and through him served to introduce the readers to the Supernatural Operations Corps. Unfortunately, this was also my problem with the novel I didn’t like Oscar. While there were times in the novel where I certainly sympathized with his plight more often than not I had serious issues with his decision making process. Fortress Frontier sees Cole broadening...more
Kdawg91
I have never ever written a review, I figure your opinion on books or movies or whatever is your own, why listen to a critic?

Ignore the previous sentence and go read this book.

The Shadow Ops series so far (and yes, I'm including both books) has been a action packed, character driven, rip roaring blast of machismo that is what urban modern fantasy needs. A fresh face in a world of vampires and gothy emo characters.

I'm not spoiling the book, that's where you go out and read it yourself. The author...more
Paranormal Haven
In a rare instance, social media (don’t snicker now) will induce me to try an author I might not normally pick up on my own. Such was the case with Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier. I’ve read and enjoyed his blog and Twitter feed, and generally have liked what he has to say. So when I was offered the chance to review the book, I promptly picked it up thinking that what I’ve read online thus far could translate into a really good book.

Colonel Alan Bookbinder is a paper pusher who has nev...more
J. S. Turner
Myke Cole's sophomore effort expands his Shadow Ops world mightily, introducing a new main character in the Pentagon paper pusher Colonel Bookbinder, to new supporting characters, creatures and locales, to returning characters in Oscar Britton and crew from Control Point. The beginning of the novel has the same kind of feel as Control Point. Bookbinder and Britton's magical awakening and SOC transition felt quite familiar; Two military guys coming up latent and thrust into a new and rugged life,...more
Jack
This book is fantastic in a many ways, The idea of people becoming latent" (having magic) not just born into it but develop's at any age is welcoming in that you might have magic at anytime in your life,(this is not always a good thing), I can see some kind of government containment author is spot on there and works well with his story' The first novel's main character Britton (quite a few people had some "issues" of liking him and his choices , but with this development of a magical power mainl...more
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This is the second book in the series, I have not read the first one. When reading the synopsis it appears you can read this as a stand alone and you can. However, I would recommend reading the first book to have a better understanding of characters and how things started. Having said that, what an excellent book, the world this author builds is amazing his characters seem real with flaws and insights into themselves and others. I can’t wait for the next book...more
Eric
Control Point, the first book in the Shadow Ops series, opened with Oscar Britton going on a military raid. The sequel, Fortress Frontier, opens with Colonel Alan Bookbinder heading to his desk job while reminding himself to pick up his daughter’s favorite cereal on the way home. Right off the bat, I knew I was dealing with a very different hero, and that Fortress Frontier was going to be a very different book. Whereas Control Point was the story of Oscar Britton deciding whether to accept or re...more
Azriel
Myke Cole's sophomore work is a significant step forward in narrative. Cole’s strongest points for me have been the use of moral conundrums as character development, and his attention to authentic military detail in depicting everything from bureaucracy to the life and culture of a Forward Operating Base. Oscar Britton had a habit of moral flip-flopping that occurred so rapidly throughout CONTROL POINT that he seemed like a cartoon version of John Kerry. He didn’t seem like a maverick or a “loos...more
Woodaddy
Second books in any series usually let me know what to expect from an author. I've read second books and been disappointed, wanting very much to enjoy it as much as the first. I've also experienced second books that simply raise the bar and sell me completely on the idea of following said author on any adventure they put in my path.

This book is the latter! I knew I was going to enjoy it, the only unknown was to what degree. Much like the first book Myke's second jump into his alternate reality s...more
Kai Mundwiler
Where do I start? How Cole expanded, beautifully if I may add, on both the magical system and the world he's created? How his writing, his plot structure and pacing, and his characterization have all been taken to a new level? How he wrote a darn good book? I just don't know, but I'll take a stab anyway.

I started hearing the buzz pretty early on about Myke Cole's second book and I'm pleased to say that after reading Fortress Frontier I can say that the buzz was right on. I loved the first book b...more
Mieneke
Myke Cole's debut Control Point, published last year, was 'Fast-paced, well-written and well-thought out' as I put it and I was really looking forward to reading its sequel, Fortress Frontier, to see whether the magic would hold. And I'm pleased to say it did. Not only did we get to catch up with the first book's protagonist, Oscar, we're also introduced to another lead character, Colonel Alan Bookbinder. He allows us to get a different view of SOC and of the forward operating base in the Source...more
Joe
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The second in this series continues to revolve around how the United States is dealing with the Great Awakening. Namely, they are taking all citizens who manifest magic – some against their will – and train them to work for the military. In most cases they are in the Supernatural Operations Corps. For some, like Oscar Britton, who manifest in a prohibited school of magic this means working for the military as a contractor. The secretive Shadow Coven.

Fortress Frontier starts be...more
Logan Spangler
I absolutely love Myke Cole's books. He manages to capture everything I've truly loved and enjoyed to the utmost in literature for the last 13 years of my life (military/espionage fiction, X-Men, and heroic fantasy) and bring it all together in this series.

Where the first book had Oscar Britton discovering his latency and working out the cognitive dissonance between serving his country and doing what he feels is right, Fortress Frontier, while still including Britton, focuses on Alan Bookbinder...more
Andrea Santucci
Un seguito che riesce a essere migliore del libro che lo precede e che apre la serie Shadow Ops. In Fortress Frontier a Oscar Britton, protagonista e punto debole di Control Point, viene riservato solo un ruolo di supporto, mentre il protagonista vero e proprio è Adam Bookbinder, un militare da scrivania che, di colpo, diventa latente e viene spedito alla Forward Operating Base. Fast Forward di qualche mese e la storia di Bookbinder si ricollega al punto in cui avevamo lasciato Britton alla fine...more
Anthony
I loved CONTROL POINT, Myke Cole's first Shadow Ops book. I'm not a "modern military fiction" fan for the most part. I enjoyed THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, but haven't read any other Clancy books; I don't think I could even name the top writers in the genre if winning Jeopardy depended on it. But I was intrigued by Cole's premise -- mixing modern military with fantasy elements the way so many authors mix medieval military with fantasy (George RR Martin in particular these days), and I ate up the f...more
Readsalot81
**** Also posted as Guest review over at Paranormalhaven.com ****

In a rare instance, social media (don’t snicker now) will induce me to try an author I might not normally pick up on my own. Such was the case with Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier. I’ve read and enjoyed his blog and Twitter feed, and generally have liked what he has to say. So when I was offered the chance to review the book, I promptly picked it up thinking that what I’ve read online thus far could translate into a reall...more
Audiobooks_Rock
I see all these full stars while honestly, I cannot agree with that assessment.

This book starts off HALF WAY of the previous book, but this time it features an other character. I rated it 2 stars instead of the previous book's 3 because of the following reasons:

1. Whilst there now is some story, it does not tie up the loose ends throughout

2. In this series it was mentioned multiple times that the FOB was an international base, there were multiple nationalities located there who had their own zon...more
Matthew Baker
Early last year, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing a book that broke new ground in a cutting-edge genre of fiction that few people have heard of: Military Fantasy. That book was SHADOW OPS: CONTROL POINT written by Myke Cole. At the end of that book, I was salivating for more, eager to learn what happens to the main character, Oscar Britton. Well, lo and behold, the fine folks over at Ace answered my prayers and saw fit to grace me with an ARC of Cole's next book in the series, SHADOW OPS...more
Ken
Myke Cole's Control Point was one of my favourite debuts last year. It had action, a sophisticated magic system and most importantly characters that you care about. Now with the sequel Fortress Frontier, Cole has done the impossible and produced an even better novel. Not only are we introduced to a new lead character Colonel Alan Bookbinder, which I'm sorry to say has overtaken my love for Oscar Britton, but Cole has also greatly expanded the world as well as enhanced the magic system.

The thing...more
Justin
Fortress Frontier is the sequel to Control Point and book 2 of the Shadow Ops trilogy. Cole makes a rather bold choice to introduce a new protagonist. Even after Oscar Britton shows back up, he still plays second-fiddle to Colonel Alan Bookbinder, a Pentagon paper-pusher who gets sent to the FOB in the Source (i.e., Fortress Frontier) when he comes up Latent. Col. Bookbinder is a very different character from Britton. He isn't quite so given to angst as Britton (I didn't mind Britton's angst in...more
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