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Sixteenth Watch

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  81 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 shes not prepared for. Suddenly at the helm of the Coast Guards elite SAR-1 lunar unit, Oliver
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: sci-five, ebooks, arc-s

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 Im 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 didnt exactly
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Angry Robot for the ARC of this one.

Ive 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 didnt quite live up to the premises 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 writing
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 Hos comforting words in her stateroom after Allen had left, but she couldnt 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.

Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Sixteenth Watch was my first book by Myke Cole since Control Point, and its 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
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.
The top story tonight military sports continue to dominate ratings for the twentieth straight week, with the Armys Worlds Best Ranger Competition capturing over 100 million viewers in the coveted prime time slot. Even bigger is this years Boarding Action, which pits space-based crews in a simulated boarding of a hostile vessel in zero-gravity. The highest rated civilian sport is still the American NFL, but it doesnt even
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 thats both familiar and original at the same time.

Before I get into my review, I do have one complaint, although its 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,
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
Beth Cato
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, netgalley, 2020
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
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 ...more
Karen’s Library
Mar 15, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley
As much as I loved the premise of this book, I couldnt 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%.

Ive read quite a bit of military sci-fi in the past and as long as theres more story than jargon, I can usually get the gist without glazing over too much. Unfortunately, there was just too much glazing
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
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.
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. Ive 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 wed get an entirely different feeling given the setting and plot. Either way I was excited to begin this read.

If you dont know anything about Myke Cole its
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
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
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 ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This review can also be found on my blog: here.

This one sounded really interesting. You dont typically see spacey military sci-fi about the Coast Guard, for one. When one thinks of space, one does not generally think of the coast. However, in most sci-fi Ive read, space and the faring of it by human military forces is typically more maritime? So, for all intents and purposes, space is the sea, and the borders that exist within it between the US and other territories needs to be guarded.

This is
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 shes not prepared for, leading and training the Coast Guards elite
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Mar 22, 2020 marked it as review-book-dnfs
This was a well written example of military science fiction. Unfortunately, I just dont 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
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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.
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 thats 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 ...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 ...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.
Sarah Wright
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars Cole brings niche expertise to a novel with broad sci-fi appeal

The older I get, the more I appreciate media focused on female characters in middle age and beyond. Sixteenth Watch protagonist Jane Oliver is a Coast Guard commander in her fifties, and her storyline grapples with topics like processing grief and managing PTSD against the backdrop of a singular plot: training a team to win a quasi-military reality show in space.

Of course, events move in an unexpected direction as tensions
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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally posted to my Blog

I received a free eARC copy from Angry Robot , via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This was my first Myke Cole and I really enjoyed it. from the disclaimer at the front about not explaining military jargon on page but instead providing a lengthy glossary. I was worried I had got myself into a very hard military sci-fi. This was a false impression, instead I was treated to a character focused book dealing with the loss of loved
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The US Coast Guard is charged with law enforcement "over the high seas and waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States;" and in his first book, author and former Coastie Myke Cole takes the "high seas" part literally, including the high frontier, from Low Earth Orbit to Lunar space. On the moon, China and the US interests are clashing, largely over the H3 deposits. The Navy, beloved of the administration, sees this as a warzone and their business, but the Coast Guard believes that if ...more
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
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 ...more
Ashwini Abhyankar
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first ever Myke Cole and it was only after requesting this title that I realised that this author has quite the base as far as scifi genre is concerned. One of the pros of this book is that I learned a lot more about the Coast Guard and Navy of the USA than I ever thought I would know. (I am not an American, I wasnt even interested in knowing more, if I am being honest.)

However despite that less than awesome tone, I did enjoy this book. Sixteenth Watch starts when US and China are
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As a security contractor, government civilian and military officer, Myke Coles career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. Hes 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, and ...more

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