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Fortress Frontier

(Shadow Ops [Publication Order] #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,501 ratings  ·  287 reviews
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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Mark Lawrence
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Control Point was one of my favourite reads of 2011 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 bett
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The big thing about over-the-top action flicks (or books like this) is that we've got heavily stereotyped hero characters from all walks of life doing heavily stereotyped things in big flashy over-the-top action scenes.

It's kinda the defining characteristic. We sometimes love to have a big steaming plate of our favorite foods over and over and over because it tastes good and it's comforting... and this is no different.

Bookbinder is a paper-pushing Officer who awakens with frighteningly powerful
Aug 19, 2012 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 th ...more
Jun 25, 2012 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 stor ...more
Oct 10, 2012 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 lik
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. Bu
Benji Glaab
3.5 🌟

This was good overall. We get a new main character that I could personally relate to well since he was a family man, and to see the circumstances that led him to the frontier would be more than frustrating. I have to say his character evolution was actually very well handled. I thought there would be a great deal more action. Aside from the finale I didn't find any of the action sequences overly gripping or engrossing. Myke Cole does a great job expanding on the frontier world, and I found
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: muf, urban-fantasy

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
Dec 30, 2012 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
Oct 19, 2013 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
Ranting Dragon
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: garrett, stephan

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
Dec 17, 2012 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
Mar 15, 2013 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
Apr 03, 2013 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
Nov 18, 2012 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 “loos ...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, “magi ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first novel was very interesting and I had high hopes for this.

But this time I wasn`t so interested in Oscar Britton story but I found that the arc of Bookbinder had far more potential and appeal to me.

The story was still good, maybe I wanted that the Indian arc to end in another way because you could see that they were really ignored in the first part by the Americans, and when they needed help, it was the Indian turn to be selfish and not so good with diplomatic ties. :)

Still a good evolut
Feb 11, 2013 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
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Fortress Frontier, Myke Cole eradicated pretty much any of the criticisms I had with Control Point. A huge, huge plus goes towards new protagonist and POV character, Alan Bookbinder, who I found to be a much more likeable hero, with a particularly interesting power. It was very easy to sympathise with him and even made Oscar Britton's parts more digestible when spread out against Bookbinder's parts. The action in Fortress Frontier is just as explosive and heart-pounding as Control Point and ...more
Jeff Harris
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, paperback
Built nicely off of the first novel. Cole integrates new characters into the story nicely and gives us more details on some we already know. He nails the modern military aspect in ways most authors don't.
Jan 31, 2013 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 re ...more
Stephanie  G
Feb 15, 2013 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
Nov 29, 2012 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
Aug 24, 2013 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 mainl ...more
Chris Bauer
Feb 11, 2013 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
Lisa P
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, aaa-2018
This book two of the series begins a little before the first one ends. However, it introduces a new character, Bookbinder, and the story is viewed from his perspective. With Britton from the first book, I was hit or miss with him throughout the story (he was a little wishy-washy at times for me). With Bookbinder, I liked him instantly from the very beginning. I always enjoy a good "unlikely hero" story, and that is what we have here. This series has fantastic world building and I particularly en ...more
Dec 24, 2012 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
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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. After hunting terrorists and criminals in real life, he kept up the job on TV, first tracking fugitives on CBS’ 2017 show Hunted, an ...more

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Shadow Ops [Publication Order] (6 books)
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