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Javelin Rain

(Reawakening Trilogy #2)

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The fast-paced, adrenaline-filled sequel to Gemini Cell, set in the same magical and militaristic world of the acclaimed Shadow Ops series.
 
Javelin: A code denoting the loss of a national security asset with strategic impact.
 
Rain: A code indicating a crisis of existential proportions.
 
Javelin Rain incidents must be resolved immediately, by any and all means necessary, no
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Paperback, 331 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Ace
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Carly
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's something really badly wrong with me. An example: I'm at the climax of a horrifically graphic battle scene where Jim Schweitzer, ex-SEAL and current super-zombie on the run from a secret government cell, is desperately trying to protect his wife and child from magic-wielding mercenaries who have come to take him back or take him down. Schweitzer's wife is fighting for her life, but another mercenary has her in his sights. Schweitzer acts. In the sudden silence, he gazes at the body of th ...more
Becky
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Admittedly, I am annoyed with myself. Over the last couple years I basically took a hiatus from fantasy because I felt like I was getting nitpicky and bored. Maybe it was accidental echo chambers online, or because I moved to a rural town where I didn’t have friends to talk books with, or that I’d never managed to get to a con so I was missing out on everything that was really out there. The truth is I should have been looking harder to find what I really wanted, now I have, and I’m playing catc ...more
Matthew
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful! Full review to come closer to release.
Michael Hicks


Myke Cole’s Gemini Cell was one of my favorite reads last year, so I was looking forward to Javelin Rain with a lot of excitement.

These two books comprise the opening gambit of a new trilogy that serves as a prequel to Cole’s Shadow Ops series (which I haven’t read, but since these are prequels they’re as good as place as any to start, I think), and like a number of middle entries, Javelin Rain struggles as its own entity. It has to continue the story began in Gemini Cell of Jim Schweitzer, an u
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Patrick St-Denis
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although his popularity seems to increase with each new published novel, it often feels as though Myke Cole remains the genre's best-kept secret. I'm well aware that military fantasy is not everyone's cup of tea, but Cole's two series are as accessible as they are compelling. The Shadow Ops trilogy was fresh and unlike anything else I have ever read. All three volumes were fun, intelligent, action-packed, and entertaining reads, each packing a good dose of ass-kicking! Breach Zone closed the sho ...more
new_user
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Javelin Rain had so much potential. I loved the first book, Gemini Cell, and hoped for more awesome, namely SEAL Jim Schweitzer, who's super noble and badass and determined to save his family. In this sequel, for some reason, we're introduced to two other unlikable main characters, one of whom is borderline offensive.

I realize Cole's style leans towards archetypes, but Javid's a walking, talking stereotype- no, even more so, a caricature. Not that there isn't repression and chauvinism among som
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Kdawg91
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, The Shadow Ops books are automatic buys for me, and if you follow my ranting reviews you should have already read this series, and I will not spoil any of you slow arses who haven't yet. (so there)

Myke Cole's world and storytelling gets tighter, better and more bad ass with each book and how the HELL that's possible is beyond me. It is the perfect storm, the balance between strong well developed fantasy and sheer fist pumping badassness (that's not a word, I'm on a roll I don't car
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Miriam Williams
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Eh. I really enjoyed Cole's first few books but this one was just... unnecessarily macho. Lots of action, lots of talk about protecting women, lots of non-white characters who die. I don't think I'll read the next.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“He channeled his despair into a stomp that collapsed the Gold’s chest, crushing the sternum and revealing the gray edges of a heart pierced by its shattered ribs. He lifted the thing by its neck and hauled it over his head, slamming it on the ground again and again, stomping and wrenching.

Crack. Crack. Crack. Bones crunching like gunshots. The thing writhed in his grip, but it was helpless to fight, first against his brutal strength and then its own steadily reducing armature, as its own bones
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Eric
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Javelin Rain by Myke Cole is the second book of his second, prequel trilogy. If you haven’t read Myke’s four other books, I’m going to at least assume you’ve read the first book in this trilogy, Gemini Cell. This review will contain spoilers for that book. So fair warning.

In the first trilogy, magic had fully re-entered the world. People are aware of it in the sense that they are aware of icebergs. Most of it is hidden away behind military contracts and classification. But in this trilogy, human
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Jacqie
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The tragedy of Jim Schweitzer's undead existence continues with Javelin Rain.

At the beginning of the book, Jim is trying to go on the run with his wife and toddler son. However, he is pursued by undead soldiers whose bodies have been melded with "demons", souls torn from the afterlife and pushed into corpses. Most of these other soldiers have been taken over by their demons and are almost uncontrollable. When Jim reanimated, however, he was able to hold on to himself and even eventually banished
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Javelin Rain is an outstanding fantasy/sci-fi thriller that moves fast and doesn't let you catch your breath. It is book two in the series but you can jump right in, the author catches you up immediately and the race is on. The black op government program by putting jinns inside soldiers so once they are dead, they can come back and fight some more. Now the soldiers will be under the control of the sorceress or wizard, or should be under the control. Jim is the only one that fought off the jinn ...more
Pat
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for this book before reading Shadow Ops books, having read Gemini Cell last year. I've heard that the authors books have got better with each book and this his latest just blew me away. Just so good. I really hope that I'm not disappointed when I read his earlier work. Wondering if choosing to read in chronological order rather than publishing order doesn't spoil the experience.?? I couldn't put this down and it's been years since I've kept reading like I have with this one, my ...more
Sontaranpr
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book starts off moments after Gemini Cell and doesn't stop moving. No spoilers, but now I need to hire someone in Boy Scout cosplay to follow Myke around at a con asking him "why, Mr. Cole? Why?" Disclaimer- the author is a marvelous chap at cons, also very funny in Twitter.
Qwill / The Qwillery
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Javelin Rain by Myke Cole picks up immediately after Gemini Cell, the first novel in the precursor series to Cole's Shadow-Ops Trilogy - Control Point, Fortress Frontier and Breach Zone. The Great Reawakening (the return of magic to the world) has not yet happened. However, magic is being used and probed and the Gemini Cell has created 'zombies' - dead animated by the souls of powerful and evil jinn pulled from the soul storm by a sorcerer. Jim Schweitzer (now an immortal undead ex-Navy SEAL) is ...more
Krissys
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star, featured-books
Being a US Navy SEAL was Jim Schweitzer’s life right up until the day he was killed. Now, his escape from the government who raised him from the dead has been coded "Javelin Rain." Schweitzer and his family are on the run from his former unit, the Gemini Cell, and while he may be immortal, his wife and son are not.

Jim must use all of his strength to keep his family safe, while convincing his wife he’s still the same man she once loved. Only what his former allies have planned to bring him down c
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James
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the direct sequel to Gemini Cell, and it's very much the middle book in a trilogy. It won't stand by itself, but it develops more characters and more background, and that effort takes away from a more complete plot.

But...a good action scene can't just have excitement and a descriptive narrative so you can follow what's going on.

A good action scene has a sense of PERIL; you have to believe there are stakes, that the characters are in danger, and that the author will kill them the sa
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Allen Thomas
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to find and follow Myke Cole shortly after the release of his first book. You will always read expert opinions about people that they are better with each work. Half the time that's not true. In Myke's case it is. Each book leading you to the next, impatiently waiting for the author to finish.. hint, hint. To date this is the best which is hard to believe sense I'm sure I said that about his last.
Marc Morris
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Been a fan of Myke's from the start and love the first trilogy , so this series had a hard act to follow the first book was slow starting and built up towards the end But this Wow from start to end just wow feel this is by far the best work yet ....! Now for the next instalment Myke needs to better this I know he can
David Biondi
Now this is more of my pace for reading! This book was kick ass from start to finish. With all the super hero movies and shows that are being made someone needs to jump on this ASAP! So much action so much cool stuff happening. The first book in the series was good but man this one just took off after the first chapter. Keep writing Mr. Cole I wanna find out what happens!
Adam Woods
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Myke Cole improves with each book. I expected the action to be stellar and it was. However, Myke surprised me with how compelling the POV's of the villains were. I bought this as an e book but like it so much i bought a paper copy to put on my shelf.
John McDermott
This book didn't hit the heights set by Gemini Cell but it still was an entertaining read. Javelin Rain is non stop action from the start which never lets up. No real conclusion to this book but it sets things up nicely for the next installment. Looking forward to it. 3.5 stars .
Stefan
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review soon on www.tor.com and www.farbeyondreality.com.
Mia
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-3.5 stars.

I actually listened to this via Audible but that edition isn't listed on Goodreads.
Michelle
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was not as strong as the first book but it was still fast fun. There wans't as much of a character struggle, mostly just plot and action. Not good enough to be a favorite or be recommended to anyone who isn't specifically looking for military fantasy (admittedly that's a very small sub-genre), but it was a quick read that was good enough to keep the pages turning. Although I did take a very long break in the middle to finish some Star Wars books, I still wanted to finish it after I was ...more
Nora
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish. The first few chapters, the ones available for free on goodreads or whatever, were nice and intriguing. But when you get the book and read further on, the story is bland. Nothing special. With the sort world-building or plots that are easily forgotten or become hollywood movies featuring mediocre white men. A man that must save his family is such a snore and repetitive story for me, apparently. They'd fit right in with Hollywood, nothing that would really make you think or cause ...more
Robin H Rodriguez
Fantastic Fusion of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance, & military fiction

Myke Cole keeps the pedal down on this race through the story of Jim-turned-jinn. His descriptions of the physical battles are as horrifying as in his first book but now the lives of his family are literally in his hands. For me this second volume brings more questions about good vs. evil and how far someone can go for love.
Jesse
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This took me a long time to get through, not because it's bad, but because life suddenly got very busy and I didn't really have time for reading. This happened as I was partway through the book, and I suspect that this reduced my enjoyment of it a bit (not fault of the book, here). Despite all that, a fun, fast paced read with solid action sequences. I'm eager to see how it all wraps up in the third book.
Wes
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one was just a miss for me. Seemed overly drawn out and the characters were far from compelling. Hoping that the final book brings some enjoyment back. Overall, not as good as his first trilogy so far.
Jane Halliday
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aw man. I had a small hope for something to happen and now my dreams have been crushed. Can't say it wasn't a surprising plot twist, though. Will keep reading.

Full lengthy review at the end of the saga.
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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. He recently joined the cast of Hunted on CBS as part of an elite team of fugitive hunters.

All that conflict can wear a guy out. Than
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Reawakening Trilogy (3 books)
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  • Siege Line (Reawakening Trilogy #3)
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