Shadow Ops

Shadow Ops

Control Point

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Tasked to bring order to a chaotic world, Army officer Oscar Britton, a lieutenant attached to the military's Supernatural Operations Corps, becomes public enemy number one when he manifests a rare and prohibited magical power.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781464009792
1464009791
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO SCIFI Cole Myke 04/2012
Characteristics: 12 audio discs (15 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Jackson, Corey
Recorded Books, LLC.
Alternative Title: Control point

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alburke47 Jan 10, 2018

I had heard a lot of good things about Myke Cole, but never actually got around to checking out any of this stuff until I got my hands on this audiobook for Control Point. I liked it.

What we have is a Military/Sci-fi/Fantasy genre mash which worked really well. In a plot that has echoes of the X-Men, random humans around the world suddenly develop magical powers, making them a threat to the status quo (not the band - in a sequel maybe?). Cue the shady government department that swoops in to control said "probes" and save the law-abiding citizens of the world. Until all goes pear-shaped.

The plot revolves around Oscar Britton, a career soldier who works for said department, but develops his own abilities and immediately becomes a "threat". Whisked away to another dimension/realm, Britton struggles with his loyalty to his country and the callous way in which the government deals with both probes and the denizens of the other dimension, while dealing with his own burgeoning powers.

The plot rattles along at a fast pace, with likeable characters spotted throughput, particularly Oscar and his nemesis Fitzy. The narrator did a good job, juggling a bunch of voices so you never wondered who was speaking at any given time. Unlike some other military fiction, the author kept the military jargon and the gun porn to a minimum (actually no gun porn), making the story very accessible to anyone who likes good sci-fi and fantasy, military or otherwise.

PS Myke Cole is also a fun follow on Twitter...

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