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A Strange New World,
This review is from: Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops) (Paperback)
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.