Author Myke Cole’s debut novel grabs a hold of you on page one and never lets go. Oscar Britton, an army officer trained to hunt down Selfers (those who wield magic without authorization) suddenly finds himself one of the hunted.
The author’s military experience is evident in the easy use of acronyms as well as detailed descriptions of military life and missions. This insider knowledge made the story feel very real, and completely plausible.
There is enough action ins Shadow Ops: Control Point to keep any military sci-fi/fantasy reader satisfied, but I was pleased to find a deeper level of empathy and moral conflict within the main character and the story as a whole. Oscar Britton is well developed. He is a character you want to see win. The forms of magic wielded in the novel are creative and beautifully described. Myke Cole’s writing is engaging, flows easily through transitions, and gives just the right amount of detail to keep the reader going to the bitter-sweet end (where you’ll also find some great surprises).
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to the next installment in the series.