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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755393996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755393992
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. All that con­flict can wear a guy out. Thank good­ness for fan­tasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dun­geons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.

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'A mile-a-minute story of someone trying to find purpose in a war he never asked for' (Jack Campbell, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Fleet series)

'Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men ... military fantasy like you've never seen it before' (Peter V. Brett)

'I suspect this is the best ride that military fantasy has to offer - you definitely want to get on board' (Mark Lawrence, author of King of Thorns)

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The explosive Shadow Ops military fantasy series continues


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 April 2013
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This is the second in Myke Cole's magical, militaristic series set in the near future - and I enjoyed it more than the first, Control Point (Shadow Ops 1). The action overlaps between the two books with a new central character, Bookbinder, developing psy-powers at the start of Frontier Fortress. Then we catch up with the cast of Control Point for a while, before the plot drags everyone together for a slam-bam fighting finale. It's a ripping read which I tore through in a couple of days.

In this universe, humans have been sprouting psy abilities of different types since magic started seeping through realities, from another plane called the Source. The Source is inhabited by a variety of freaky and fearsome creatures - some of them friendly to the human outposts, most not. The US military trains units of the more acceptable psy-soldiers who can light fires, form earth, control water, and so on - and out-sources those gifted with the nastier abilities to deniable contractors. In America, you have few choices if you suddenly demonstrate psy powers - Bookbinder is yanked out of his usual deskjob as a high-ranking army paper-pusher and punted into the front line in another dimension. Many people choose to go underground and flee the restrictive system, and of course the govt lies to the people about exactly what's going on...
Bookbinder is an interesting character who starts off as a middle-aged career solder family man who's never seen action in his life. He's more worried about his bowel movements than being blasted by a goblin or a dragon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2014
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Bookbinder, the main protagonist in this story, is a high ranking officer in the US Army. However, he has spent his career as a paper pusher rather than as an officer in action. When he starts displaying latent magical abilities it is quite a shock when he is inducted into the Supernatural Operations Corps and is assigned to a Forward Operating Base in a world in another dimension. It is even more of a shock when he finds himself in charge. Can Bookbinder rise to the occasion?

The reader quickly gets into the groove of this strange new world where some individuals have magical abilities and one becomes familiar with aeromancers, hydromancers, portomancers et al. About a hundred pages in we switch to a different scenario where an apparent criminal has made an escape from the Base. This is where it all lost me a bit as I am sure that it must pick up from the previous book in the series which I have not read so for a while there was quite a lot going on which I did not entirely understand. However, the book did get back on track and was quite an absorbing read as it progressed.

I do not particularly like long drawn out endings where every conceivable loose end is tied up but, for my taste, perhaps the end ing here was a bit abrupt and may have benefited from a little fleshing out. However, for all that it was an interesting and enjoyable read and I am inclined to put the next in the series on my reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2013
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Fortress Frontier grips you from the beginning, and the fast pace doesn't let up. The previous book, Control Point, had its flaws; principally the yo-yoing between mindsets of Oscar Britton, the main character. It helps that in Fortress Frontier, Bookbinder, a new character and the focus for a large portion of the novel, is much more likeable and easy to root for.

The fantasy element goes up a notch in the second novel, and this isn't a bad thing as the author handles it well (think snakes. Big snakes). But the key strength that both novels share is the clash and fusion of magic and technology - where else can you read about rocs sparring with helicopters?! It makes for endlessly fun reading and put a smile on my face at the epic-ness of it all more than once.

It's a testament to the novel that I was really disappointed to have come to the end of it, but I liked how one of the main arcs from Control Point had its resolution, with a few hanging threads left to whet the appetite for the next instalment.

As a stand-alone novel, I'm not quite sure it works. Although those who read the previous book will be as unfamiliar with Bookbinder as new readers, once the POV switches back to Oscar Britton there isn't much of a fill-in. So I recommend reading Control Point before this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yojimbo on 1 Feb. 2013
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Following up an excellent debut novel is always going to be hard! Myke Coles first offering
Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) was awesome! The premise, the characters, the writing!
He set the bar pretty damn high!
It's Myke Coles unique Military background that make this such a compelling and convincing read!
If you've already read the first book then you won't need my opinion before buying this book,
but if you haven't then I strongly suggest buying both books and I hope you enjoy the ride!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Feb. 2013
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OK, I spend quite a bit of time jumping between genres but one title that grabbed me last year was Myke Cole's Control Point where he brought Urban Fantasy and the Military into one blend of high tension, hard fought action adventure that took you in a completely bizarre and yet unique direction. As with the first the second continues following this vein with the addition of a new character that took another aspect of the tale in a different direction.

The story is sharp, has some rough edges but all the while maintained your interest with some snappy comebacks and of course a plot that just wouldn't let go of your mind after you'd put it down for the night. Add to this some reasonable prose a wonderful turn of phrase backed up with solid characterisations and all round it was a satisfactory read.
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