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Breach Zone (Shadow Ops #3)

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The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating B
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Ace
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Mark Lawrence
So, I've given all three of these books 5*. The first two were very good. I had slight niggles with both of them but nothing that stopped them being damn good reads.

Breach Zone is just much better than its predecessors. We saw the characterization skills ramp up from Control Point to Fortress Frontier with the introduction of Alan Bookbinder, a deeper, richer character, and one that's easier to empathize with than Oscar Britton. In Breach Zone Myke gets us up close and personal with Harlequin an
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Robin Hobb
And with this volume, this series gets even better.

Kaleidiscopic! This is my new word for Cole's writing.

With every book, we see events continue to unfold, but from a different character's perspective. We have the same intricate pieces, but as he tosses them and lets us view them anew, all falls into ever more complex patterns.

I strongly recommend you begin with the first volume of Shadow Ops and continue through all three for the in depth experience.
seak
Breach Zone is the conclusion to the Shadow Ops Trilogy, which begins with Control Point and Fortress Frontier. As much as Control Point is Oscar Britton's book and Fortress Frontier is Bookbinder's, Breach Zone was firmly Lt. Col. Jan Thorsson's, aka "Harlequin."

Which is an interesting perspective. I doubt Harlequin is close to the top of anyone's list of favorite characters in the series, but after seeing the world from his perspective, the Jaime Lannister effect takes place. Not only do you
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Peter
FYI: Myke Cole is a personal friend of mine, as well as a fellow professional author, but nevertheless, this review is honest word. Myke is one of the few people I trust to give early criticism to my own work, and I am fortunate to have the same privilege with him. It's been wonderful watching Shadow Ops develop.

Breach Zone is a powerful conclusion to Cole's Shadow Ops trilogy. Lt. Colonel Harlequin relives a life of service and a failed romance that has brought him from being a series antagonis
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Stefan
Breach ZoneBreachZone is the third entry in Myke Cole’s contemporary military fantasy series Shadow Ops, after series opener Control Point and last year’s Fortress Frontier. “Contemporary military fantasy” is probably not the most evocative way to describe these books. Peter V. Brett’s blurb “Black Hawk Down Meets The X-Men” is much better—and the publisher seems to agree, as this line has now been featured prominently on the covers of all three books in the series.

You see, in the world of Shado
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Bryce
Because Myke is worrying about these too much.
Carly
Note: Although there should be no spoilers for this book, it is #3 in a series, so there will be unavoidable spoilers for the previous books, which I reviewed here and here.

When thousands of soldiers in America’s SOC (Supernatural Operations Corps) suddenly appeared on the lawn outside of the White House, the American public discovered three things: first, there is an alternate world called the Source that that is teeming with magical creatures; second, the American government had invaded it and
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Milo (Bane of Kings)
The Review: http://thefoundingfields.com/2014/03/....

“An excellent third act in the series, Myke Cole has really impressed with a stunning all-out war novel that never disappoints. This series is arguably one of the definitive military fantasy novels, and delivers an excellent payoff that’s well worth your time. Highly recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields


"The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing t
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Renee Bennett
Breach Zone completes the Shadow Ops trilogy, begun in Control Point and continued in Fortress Frontier. You can feel Cole stretching, reaching for the sky as he progresses through the books. Control Point was wonderful, and Fortress Frontier fabulous. With Breach Zone, I feel he reached a bit too far.

But only a bit. The book is still very good.

The main character of this book is Jan Thorsson, code-sign Harlequin, one of the major roadblocks for Britton from the first book, and not exactly the fo
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Joel Pearson
Read in January - just adding review to this since it doesn't seem to want to cross editions between US/US.

I had a huge review written up, but since Goodreads is too lazy to code in an autosave feature like nearly any other equivalent site would have, I lost it.

So I'll summarize - Myke Cole came out of left field when he wrote Control Point, a mile-a-minute book that had one of the most original and creative magic systems I've ever read. The characters were real and engaging, and the book sucked
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Mihir

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Breach Zone is the concluding volume in the first trilogy by Myke Cole, it is a book that most readers (including me) have been itching to read since we reached the end page of Fortress Frontier. Myke Cole had previously mentioned that this book was inspired by “The Heroes” by Joe Abercrombie and it would be all about a single drawn out battle. Unlike “The Heroes” wherein the battle was in a nondescript place, the battle in this book would be po
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Mia
BREACH ZONE is the third and last installment in Myke Cole's Shadow Ops series, a powerful and explosive finish to a series that already started by taking your breath away.

Myke Cole's Shadow Ops series has always raised the issue of individual and collective rights. While they may generally co-exist, there are real instances when these two rights stand on opposite sides of a conflict. Cole gathers all the players and features each of them in turn. You are presented with all sides of the conflict
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Lisa
There are often a litany of problems inherent in trilogies (book or movie), even when they follow the 'rules' concerning Bigger And Better Each Time. The plot gives way to spectacle. Characterisation goes out the window for the sake of getting more of that spectacle in, because hey, isn't that what people want? A lot of the time, in my view, less can be more. And by 'less' I mean 'keep the characters interesting even while you're blowing crap up, and don't look at me like that, it can happen!'.

M
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Kdawg91
THIS BOOK KICKS SOO MUCH BUTT! First of all, I am a unabashed fan of the series, so you see that? that's objectiveness flying right on out the window. A ripping conclusion to what I hope and you too should hope, is just the opening trip to the Shadow Op's universe.

If you are a fan of the X men, Mr. Cole, even though he isn't writing "mutants" per say probably understands the basic concept of the super powered as opposed to the normal man better than any X Men writer in the past ten years, (YOU H
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Ryan
Final book in the Shadow Ops series was just as good as the previous two. Very solid, fun superhero/military trilogy. Raises the same issues the X-men comics/movies raises about how mutants are treated and how to deal with superior humans. I really liked the flashback chapters in this book centering around Harlequin and someone else I won't mention.

I picked up Gemini Cell and will read that soon.
Daniel
Oddličan završetak za dobar serijal magijsko vojnih savreemnih knjiga.

Lično najviše što me je inpresionirlo je dosta realana prikaz reakcija ljudi, društva i vlada na novo nastale situacije (totally fucked up :) ), ili barem tako nekako bih i lično zamišljao da se stvari razvijaju.

U svakom slučaju potpuna preporuka na ovaj serijal.
Fernando Fitch
Cole's writing seems to improve significantly from book 1 to book 2, and improves moderately from book 2 to book 3. The overall story is cool and the action is great. At first I didn't like how it starts with only one character's perspective in book one then adds a new character perspective in book 2 then another in book 3, but it grew on me and I think it actually turned out really great (I'll comment a little more below, has spoilers). I do wish the magic system had been more fleshed out. The ...more
Michelle Johnson
VERDICT: An okay beach read set in a thought-provoking alternate universe. Terrible cover and title. Lots of politics. This volume was the most disappointing book of the series. I lost interest about halfway through, but was able to pick it back up and finish the story.

QUICK PITCH: Tom Clancy meets Avatar: The Last Airbender, or an Americanized version of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series. Bad guys kick the crap out of New York City, as they're wont to do.

Two things made it difficult for th
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This story starts with a bang, with the characters from the last book. Right away we get some more insight into Scylla and how she feels and where she is willing to go for what she wants. I really liked how the story started.

After jumping right into the thick of things this story starts to feel like two different stories. The author takes us from the now to six years earlier and for me it didn’t work. Every time I would
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David
Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men, best blurb ever. That blurb is what made me pick this series up, and I am so glad I did.

Magical beings going to war in New York City! The story was even more action packed than the last two novels. This novel is the wet dream of every kid who grew up on fantasy and comic books. It's a battle between Mages in modern day New York going at it giant spiders, goblins, and monsters.There was a cinematic quality throughout the whole novel that kept me rooted to my seat
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Lucinda
Explosive military fantasy with an idiosyncratic twist of sci-fi

Having read Shadow Ops book 1 and been blown-away by such a remarkable, extraordinarily original new series I was incredibly excited to read this!

Myke Cole does not disappoint as Breach Zone was even more electrifying, even more suspenseful and especially unique. The merging together of eclectic, edgy Urban Fantasy with a futuristic, science-fiction feel to it is inspired and like no other series I have encountered. Masterfully c
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Joel Pearson
I had a huge review written up, but since Goodreads is too lazy to code in an autosave feature like nearly any other equivalent site would have, I lost it.

So I'll summarize - Myke Cole came out of left field when he wrote Control Point, a mile-a-minute book that had one of the most original and creative magic systems I've ever read. The characters were real and engaging, and the book sucked me in like not many others ever have. Fortress Frontier introduced so many more aspects to the story, new
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Mike
When I reviewed Myke Cole’s first Shadow Ops book, Control Point, back in 2012 I found that the book had a great premise, a fascinating world and thrilling action. I was less than enthused with the novel’s main character Oscar Britton. In Fortress Frontier, the second Shadow Ops novel, Cole expanded the characters and the world by introducing Colonel Bookbinder. The split perspective of that novel, primarily between Bookbinder and Britton, made for some better reading and the expanded world made ...more
Stephan van Velzen
Do you know that feeling, when someone asks you what your favorite book is, and you have no clue how to answer? Is it The Silmarillion, the book that changed my youth? Perhaps it's The Veritas Conflict, the book that changed how I view the world? Or The Eye of the World, the book that made me a geek? Or perhaps a book by my favorite author Brandon Sanderson? Maybe one of those literary gems by N.K. Jemisin?

This past year, however, the answer's been easy: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole. The book
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Daniel
I enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. I like the perspective Myke Cole brings to the idea of the US military weaponizing magic after it becomes a reality in the 21st century. Though I have no military background myself, Cole's take on how this event might play out has a sound basis that caught my interest. I also like how Cole leads each chapter with a little tidbit, be it an interview excerpt, a quote, or a news byte, every one of which adds texture and background to Cole's world; some ...more
Conal
A great finish to an entertaining series. I especially enjoyed the alternating chapters between present time and the past. Hopefully Myke Cole will continue in this universe and give us more stories related to the characters used in this series.

5 stars for a fully entertaining read. Recommended for any fan of military or urban fantasy.
Tal
he third book in Myke Cole's acclaimed Shadow Ops series. The Great Reawakening introduced magic into an already volatile world. Many of those with newfound powers have been conscripted by the US Army ... but when the barriers between our reality and the source of this magic starts to fall, they will have to decide who they are really fighting for.

i like that Harlequin, who is the main focus, is forced to reconsider the military's role in the Selfer/SOC conflict and that he's able to see past hi
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James Cox
I can't believe it's over. What an awesome series!
david
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a nat
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