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Sixteenth Watch

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  615 ratings  ·  148 reviews
The Coast Guard must prevent the first lunar war in history.
A lifelong Search-and-Rescuewoman, Coast Guard Captain Jane Oliver is ready for a peaceful retirement. But when tragedy strikes, Oliver loses her husband and her plans for the future, and finds herself thrust into a role she’s not prepared for. Suddenly at the helm of the Coast Guard’s elite SAR-1 lunar unit, Oliv
Kindle Edition, UK Edition, 317 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Angry Robot
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, ebooks, sci-five

Military science fiction is my absolute favorite genre to read because it has the ability to fully take me away as a reader. Not only can I lose myself in a place so different than the one I’m in, I can often feel myself there amidst all the non-stop action. Plus, I like all the explosions.

From the get-go Sixteenth Watch starts out with a bang, the action already in full swing upon the surface of the Moon. Even though the Moon was supposed to be a new start for humanity, it didn’t exac
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Angry Robot for the ARC of this one.

I’ve read a lot of Myke Cole over the last few years. I thought his Shadow Ops modern military fantasy series was excellent, and the prequel trilogy was solid. His Armored Saint fantasy series was a departure from his comfort zone, with a truly awesome premise. The books didn’t quite live up to the premise’s promise, but the first two were still decent, and I look forward to reading the third in the trilogy. And I have a lot of respect for Cole writi
UPDATE: In light of new information regarding Myke Cole, I can no longer endorse any of his work, including Sixteenth Watch. While at the time I enjoyed this book thoroughly, in retrospect, it has proven to be a shitty piece of false, performative "feminism." Many women and nonbinary individuals within the writing community have come forward sharing their stories as to how Myke abused them. Some of their stories are below. I recommend clicking through for the full context.

Holly (The Grimdragon)
“The grief was so powerful that it approached physical numbness, in her face, in her fingertips. How could you have been so stupid. How could you have let this happen. She tried to recall Ho’s comforting words in her stateroom after Allen had left, but she couldn’t conjure them now. All she could do was take numb step after step back to where SAR-1 waited. The further future sprawled before her in a gray, hopeless wash. She could only focus on the minute by minute in front of her nose.”

Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you so much to my partner Angry Robot Books (thank you!) for the finished copy of Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole! The book was provided in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

I usually enjoy books with fictional military bearing and love my sci fi, so this book seemed like a natural pick.  It is my first romp into current American military fiction, featuring mainly the Coast Guard and Marine Corps/Navy.  Sixteenth Watch is what they call a tour in space, and one central pl
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Sixteenth Watch was my first book by Myke Cole since Control Point, and it’s clear his storytelling and writing skills have come a long way since. Still, I had some mixed feelings for this one for reasons more to do with unfulfilled expectations, but other than that, I thought the book was an entertaining tale of militaristic action in space, a slightly different take on your usual mil sci-fi.

The novel opens with a stunn
J.P. Ashman
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you social media.

My bookish friends on social media allow me to see authors I may not have spotted before and through social media, I get to see them before I read/listen to (Audible in this case) their books. This is one of those cases.

I started following Myke Cole a while back after seeing friends following him and liking the cut of his jib (pun intended, considering his history). The guy seemed funny and knowledgeable, honest and outraged at the same news articles/politicians/celebs as
Beth Cato
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, science, netgalley
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.

In Sixteenth Watch, Myke Cole has created a compelling, action-packed work of military sci-fi where United States settlers face off against Chinese interests on the moon--and the United States Navy and Coast Guard likewise face off, escalating an already hot situation into one that could go nuclear.

I trust Cole to get the military aspects right; I know the guy, and he knows his stuff. As a former Navy wife, I have some familiarity with the su
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Part near-future work of militaristic science fiction and part love-letter/homage to the women and men of the Coast Guard, Sixteenth Watch is an interesting read that’s both familiar and original at the same time.

Before I get into my review, I do have one complaint, although it’s more about the marketing and less about the writing. The cover blurb is a deceptive tease, focusing entirely on the opening prologue and the two closing chapters, while glossing over the bulk of the story. Even then, th
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
[Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

Summary: Set twenty minutes into the future, so to speak, Sixteenth Watch is a solid military fiction book with scifi elements, more so than science fiction book proper, one that attempts to juggle a futuristic plot concept and wrap it around a core of familiarity with the present. The idea of trying to imagine how things in the military could be based on how they are now is intriguing, and the book definitely does its best when de
Karen’s Library
Mar 15, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
As much as I loved the premise of this book, I couldn’t get past all the military jargon. I loved Captain Jane Oliver as a character and really wanted to read a sci-fi tale set in space and the moon, but it was such a chore to try to figure out what was going on. I ended up DNFng at about 30%.

I’ve read quite a bit of military sci-fi in the past and as long as there’s more story than jargon, I can usually get the gist without glazing over too much. Unfortunately, there was just too much glazing w
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteenth Watch is the opening instalment in a brand new science fiction series from critically-acclaimed writer Myke Cole, and it didn't disappoint in providing an impeccably plotted story full of thrilling action and high-stakes danger. Jane Oliver is our protagonist and like some of the most engaging characters before her she is certainly a reluctant heroine who is thrust into her role by the circumstances in which she finds herself and gallantly (or foolishly) continues to forge onwards tryi ...more
Elizabeth Tabler
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy of this in exchange for my open and honest review.

In Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole, he again writes a modern military science fiction that is solid. Myke Cole is everywhere right now. He has put out multiple novels in the last few years, including The Sacred Throne series, which has The Armored Saint, The Queen of Crows, and The Killing Light. He has also written the non-fiction book Legion Versus Phalanx about the phalanx form
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just what I needed to take my mind off of current events (although it certainly a plausible near-future event). Our protagonist, Jane Oliver, is a Coast Guard Captain who is tasked with building a team that can win a boarding party reality show. But her actual mission, at least in her mind, is to deescalate the current tensions between the United States and China over Moon resources. The Navy is doing most of the Moon policing, and they are more eager for conflict.

What I liked the
Anna Stephens
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid 3.5 stars.
This got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but once it ramped up I did find myself really enjoying it. It's a quick and easy read, once you get over needing the glossary every 2 minutes for the military terminology and acronyms. Didn't blow me away, but it was fun.
Apr 19, 2020 is currently reading it
I may end-up regretting this? However, I'm a fan of "Loonie" SF-- fiction on lunar colonization. I've got a Loonie Low Light right now. :)
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

I turn to Myke Cole for a good action novel with a believable and understandable military bent. I was dismayed to discover that this particular novel is not for me.

I haven't read a ton of military scifi but I've read enough to understand command structure and the difference between tactics and strategy. At its best, this genre can take me on a fun space opera adventure that introduces me to interesting aliens, has flashy scenery an
Matt McAbee

I would like to thank Angry Robot Books for sending me a copy of this book, the following is my unbiased opinion of the book.

Humans have started living on the moon! So far only the Americans and Chinese have establised territories on the moon. The borders are patrolled by The US Coast Guard, The US Navy, and The PLAN (The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy). Now the tensions are rising between the US and Chinese and war seems imminent. Now it is up to the Coast Guard to try and prevent the fi
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recent-hard-sf
(I received an early ARC via NetGalley.)

Cole changes it up with a straight military-SF novel, with none of the fantasy elements of his most recent fiction work. Unusually for this genre, the military corps in the centre of the action is the future Coast Guard, based in Earth orbit and on the moon. Given Cole's own service background with the Coasties, it isn't surprising that he handles the military and battle scenes deftly - and there's certainly enough shoot-'em-up action. The story moves wit
Jason Aycock
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
When I first saw a teaser that Myke Cole had written a science fiction novel about the U.S. Coast Guard in space I knew I wanted to read it. I’ve only read one other book by Cole, The Armored Saint, and I loved it. I was curious to see if he could recreate the same level of pathos present in that book in Sixteenth Watch, or if instead we’d get an entirely different feeling given the setting and plot. Either way I was excited to begin this read.

If you don’t know anything about Myke Cole it’s impo
Reid Edwards
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Myke Cole is one of those authors that can both craft an action scene so vivid that you flinch when a character gets injured and develop real characters with flaws and ambitions. Sixteenth Watch continues to highlight his ability to blend military experience with science fiction and fantasy elements; using each to push the other into new areas. With the Shadow Ops series, he showed his depth of military fiction; with the Sacred Throne series, he proved his mastery of characters, making us live a ...more
Dirk Reul
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the not too distant future, Earth has expanded to the Moon and old conflicts are still a threat to people everywhere. Myke Cole takes a bold step by writing a book that’s not military science fiction, but could more accurately be called rescue science fiction. Focussing on the US Coast Guard instead of the Navy, or the Marines. Emphasising that wars are created by escalation, and that the past is for lessons to be learned, not for holding us back. The narrative is tight, going unexpected plac ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Man, I loved this one. Cole does a fantastic of using the unique law enforcement and regulatory missions of the Coast Guard to provide something of a fresh perspective on military sci-fi. The novel does an excellent job emphasizing the personal stakes for Oliver against a backdrop of larger political and military stakes. Oliver might not be the most likeable of characters but her struggles to move past tragedy and her single-minded focus on her mission make for some compelling reading. The bante ...more
Jun 25, 2020 marked it as lemmed  ·  review of another edition
DNF at about 40% due to author controversy. this was fine but not spectacular up to that point.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Mar 22, 2020 marked it as review-book-dnfs
This was a well written example of military science fiction. Unfortunately, I just don’t think it was for me. I really liked that the author bought his own background into the story because he had worked as a coast  guard and so was able to bring authentic coast guard terminologies and practices to the story. The glossy at the end was very helpful to a lay person like myself. I personally prefer more character focused narratives so I struggled to connect with this one. Given the subject matter, ...more
Jon Adams
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Urban Fantasy to Fantasy to Science Fiction, Cole has proven he can write them all, and do it well. I can't wait for the next one.
S. Naomi Scott
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest and unbiased review. My thanks to Angry Robot Books and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity.

Following a tragic encounter between American and Chinese forces that results in the death of her husband, Coast Guard Captain Jane Oliver is readying herself for a quiet retirement when the Commandant of the Guard offers her a role she’s not prepared for, leading and training the Coast Guard’s eli
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussortiert
A very military/cost guard oriented read. Fast pace, tightly paced, action packed and just plain entertaining.
But apart from the military aspects it is also a story about loss and grief and how to come to terms with them. The human side wasn’t lost despite the abundant and intense space battles, boardings and just general space travels..
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"I need to... I know this sounds stupid, but I need to make your father proud again. One last time."
Alice reached across and placed her hand on her mother's knee. "He already is, mom. I know it."

I really enjoyed reading Sixteenth Watch. It was a really, really easy read. I initially picked it up just trying to get the book started, and before I knew it I was 38% of the way through the book and I needed to sleep.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Coast Guard Search and Rescue - in Space! This novel had interesting politics (at the personal, organizational, national, and solar system level) and a great lead character who has clear leadership strengths at the same time that she's grappling with trauma and recovery. All of the characters, in fact, were well created and I felt like I knew and was interested in almost everyone I came across. But caring about the character makes the abrupt, near-cliff hanger unresolved ending a bit unsatis ...more
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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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