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Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops [Publication Order] #2)

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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,
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Ace
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Apr 05, 2013 seak rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mark Lawrence
Feb 28, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Mihir rated it really liked it

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
Executive Summary: I thought this was much better than Control Point, possibly because Colonel Bookbinder was FAR more likeable to me than Oscar Britton.

Audiobook: Korey Jackson once again does a good job. He's well-spoken and easy to hear and understand. This isn't a must listen, but it's definitely a book that works well in audio.

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Control Point was a pretty good debut, but it had its issues. You could tell it was Mr. Cole's first novel. It felt clunky in places. I also didn't like
Milo (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
Jan 06, 2015 Carly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, muf

When it comes to nasty surprises, magic doesn’t discriminate. As a paper pusher par excellence, Colonel Alan Bookbinder may not get the respect his position demands—as he admits, the military “didn't give Purple Hearts for paper cuts”— but since he gets to go home at night to his loving wife and darling kids, he figures that it’s more than a fair trade. Unfortunately for Bookbinder, his comfortable life has just ended: suddenly, he is able to feel the magical currents around him. Like so man
Jan 11, 2014 Mia rated it really liked it
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
Ranting Dragon
Mar 02, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephan, garrett

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
Apr 10, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Apr 03, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
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
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, ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Kdawg91 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2013 Jacqie rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars. I waffled on 4 or 5, but ultimately decided on 4 because of some technical issues.

The main character of this book is Alan Bookbinder,another person with Latent magic abilities. When he discovers his abilities, he almost immediately does what he is supposed to and turns himself in, unlike Oscar Britton, the main character in the first book in this series. Because of this difference, we get a very different view in this book about how military magic works.

Bookbinder is a rul
Jan 31, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Audiobooks_Rock rated it it was ok
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
Stephanie  G
Feb 15, 2013 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy

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
J. S. Turner
Jan 05, 2013 J. S. Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
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
Jan 16, 2014 Azriel rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Jack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
Chris Bauer
Feb 23, 2013 Chris Bauer rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series "Shadow Ops" by Myke Cole and it was superior to the first in just about everyway imaginable. There were several aspects I really appreciated in the work;

- very tight and authentic military setting and feel
- complex exploration of duty vs honor vs right vs obligations
- introduction of a new POV main character was excellent
- combined a variety of genres into a seamless work
- unexpected twists
- rigid adherence to the rules of "magic" set forth in the first boo
Feb 03, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing

That was so good. Fortress Frontier expands on Coles world from a variety of viewpoints. Bookbinder is an intensely likeable and followable character. He is truly human, with everyone's doubts and fears. He grows into the role he's landed in and excels far past his own expectations and you find yourself proud of him as you read.

Control Point was amazing. Fortress Frontier blows it out of the water.

Cole leaves you in sensory overload, taking time to process everything that's just happened. I
James Cox
Mar 07, 2015 James Cox rated it it was amazing
This series has been fantastic. This book is just as awesome. Tons of action, world building, an excellent plot and great characters.
Robin Hobb
Apr 23, 2013 Robin Hobb rated it really liked it
Another solid tale, deftly plotted, excellent characters!
Jan 21, 2013 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013
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
Alan Bookbinder has been a pencil-pusher/desk jockey for most of his military career, achieving high administrative ranks. When he comes up as a Latent, showing magical abilities, Bookbinder’s life as a bureaucrat takes a drastic shift, placing him in the world of the Source and away from his beloved family. Although he is hesitant to be put through this process, essentially turning the tables on him – once Alan could be considered a bean counter, now he is something of a bean. Yet, he gives ...more
Dec 18, 2012 H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
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
Feb 23, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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 ...more
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