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This review is from: Control Point (Shadow Ops) (Paperback)
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I got just over 140 pages into Control Point and gave up. I can best describe Mike Cole's prose as turgid and clunky. His alternative reality, whilst it has flashes of originality, never really grabbed me or imparted a genuine sense of the magical; a real problem in a book about wizards. The action is okay but not great enough to make up for the book's other deficiencies. Characters are two dimensional at best and Oscar Britton, the book's leading man, is just plain annoying. Worst of all the story itself is just tedious. By the time I quit I'd given up waiting for something of interest to happen.
Some will brand that as unfair since by that point we'd been introduced to an alternative earth and the world of magic, but as I said above, none of these events was really that interesting or handled in a way that made them so. With the pace of the story also stalling I decided I had better things to read.
Now to be fair had I pressed on Control Point may have improved hugely and I might therefore be being massively unfair. If that is the case then I'm sorry, but based on what I did read there didn't seem much potential for improvement.