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Shadow Ops: Control Point

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Hot cover, cool book

This was a great read. I generally avoid fantasy set in the modern (or sorta) world, and never considered myself a military-anything buff. So Control Point was a very-pleasant surprise. I devoured the book in two days.

Cole does a great job of building an alternative...
This was a great read. I generally avoid fantasy set in the modern (or sorta) world, and never considered myself a military-anything buff. So Control Point was a very-pleasant surprise. I devoured the book in two days.

Cole does a great job of building an alternative reality that’s believable and authentic. He sprinkles in fantastic nuggets of how the world we know and live in now would react to a subset of the population suddenly popping up with magical powers. He examines the political and social impact without ever moralizing or making a judgment. It would be easy to draw a clear good/evil line in a story like this and get preachy but Cole did none of that.

All of this in the middle of taking us into a fully-realized alien world full of its own creatures and cultures and believable magic system. Cole not only seamlessly knit together a fantastical world with ours, but did it without you noticing. No long info-dumps, no boring explanations. Just great details drizzled in and among the action.

This is a great debut and I’m thrilled to have found it.

But because every book has its faults, I do have the following complaints:

I couldn’t give Control Point five stars because Cole used one of my pet peeve writing techniques, internal monologue. I’ve gone on record before about how much I hate IM, but I know it doesn’t bother most readers so that’s probably neither here nor there to the majority reading this.

I also agree with another reviewer who wondered when Britton would “man up.” At some point it began to feel like he debated a point with himself, only to forget the next day what he’d decided the day before.

That said, neither of those annoyances were enough to override the imaginative plot and worldbuilding and the realistic action scenes. Definitely a recommended read. Enjoy!

posted by LeahPetersen on February 22, 2012

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

It's probably not a good sign when the (argueably) most evil character in the book is the one I'm cheering on.

It's probably not a good sign when the (argueably) most evil character in the book is the one I'm cheering on.

The author does a good enough job with world creation (or alteration, given that it's a modern setting with fantasy elements added in) that it doesn't feel ...
It's probably not a good sign when the (argueably) most evil character in the book is the one I'm cheering on.

The author does a good enough job with world creation (or alteration, given that it's a modern setting with fantasy elements added in) that it doesn't feel like X-Men with the numbers filled off. While most of the magic use does seem more like mutant powers than spell casting, there's enough to show that it is magic instead of "we don't know, it's magic, deal with it".

My problem with it is that I don't think the author thought everything all the way through on some elements. He establishes that a person's emotional state is tied to how they control their magic, with stronger emotions making magic more powerful and more difficult to control. So the best way to deal with an out of control teenager that's just gotten their powers is by sending in two helicopters full of heavily armed soldiers. Repeatedly thought the story, the author uses the phrase "skill over will" to illustrate that it's better to be precise and well trained in the use of one's magic than to be flashy and out of control. And then, instead of having the military sorcerers start off fights with enemy spellcasters by blocking their access to magic, they start off with summoning lightning and throwing fireballs. Combined with the fact that ninety five percent of the characters can be either classified as "jerk" or "spineless", and I can't see myself ever picking up the next book in this series.

posted by 10068023 on May 25, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Who needs a sword when you have a submachine gun and magical powers!?

    In Myke Cole's debut novel magic has appeared in the modern world. Goverments around the world strive to control and supress these new powers. Control Point follows U.S military officer Oscar Britton through this action packed story. The action scenes in control point are second to none. This is military fantasy at its finest. I'll be the first to admit that i was a little skeptical to read a fantasy set in a modern military, but from the start Myke's prose, realistic dialouge, and overall heart thumping action took over. This story really makes you think about a lot of issues going on in post 911 America. This book perfectly blends an action packed summer blockbuster with an in depth look at human rights, foreign policy, and the tricky balance between national safety and individual rights. ***also i must say seeing a fantasy story with scenes set in Vermont was really kick a$$.***

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I love what Myke has created with this series, and after 2 books

    I love what Myke has created with this series, and after 2 books I am eager to see where he goes with it in the next installment. Seriously, get busy Myke, we're waiting!

    And the other thing - I think this series would make a fantastic movie or TV miniseries - given a decent budget. Some of the scenes from the books are incredibly vivid and are indelibly etched in my imagination.

    Overall I find it an excellent balance of drama, action, fantasy, and human strengths and fails on both an individual, and societal basis. Other than that, it's got nothing. ;-)

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    Excellent story

    This was a very interesting book! It is the 2nd of a series and while it is not necessary to read the original book first, do yourself a favor and do so!

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    This is an excellent book, neatly combining contemporary fantasy

    This is an excellent book, neatly combining contemporary fantasy and military action-- from someone who understand the modern military.

    I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Awsome thrill ride of book

    I really enjoyed this book. Great blend action and fantasy which is also mature.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    B & N MUST get the next book in the series if there is one!!!

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