Myke Cole is an expert at ratcheting up suspense and delivering pulse-pounding adventure that leaves audiences breathless. In Shadow Ops: Control Point, the world has seemingly gone mad. People are waking up with magical powers, such as the ability to raise the dead or call forth storms. The only thing staving off a plunge into chaos is the Supernatural Operations Corps, headed by Oscar Britton. But when Oscar exhibits a power of his own, the hunter becomes the hunted.
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"Cross The Forever War with Witchworld, add in the real world modern military of Black Hawk Down, and you get Control Point, the mile-a-minute story of someone trying to find purpose in a war he never asked for." (Jack Campbell, New York Times Bestselling author of "The Lost Fleet" series)
This book is intense and has so much awesome, that it is hard to stop listening.
The concept of a government-regulated magical department showed such great promise, but sadly fizzled. The main character is an officer that is at once perceptive and idiotic, making the worst possible decisions throughout the story. The story never explains the reasoning of the government enough to justify the main character's or other side character's actions. The most infuriating part is, unfortunately, the main character's insistance on making such bad decisions that you'd think he was a teenager instead of an educated individual with a bachelor's degree and classes on decesion-making and leadership.
Protagonist and narration. There was so much potential with this story, but I simply did not like the main character. Not only did he seem selfish and ignorant, some of his actions did not make sense.
The narrator, especially compared to other Fantasy narrators (James Marsters on the Dresden Files, Roy Dotrice on Song of Ice and Fire) was not good. He could emote, but there was very little distinction between most characters.
No. I give better performances to my kids reading them bedtime stories.
I really wanted to like this story and stuck it out to the end, hoping the resolution would redeem it in some way. But even the conclusion left me wanting.
What a letdown, too contrived, too much detail when not needed, and a sloppy storyline. Myke, you can do better. In fact, I'm hoping you do. See, this has potential. A LOT of potential. But somehow, this didn't hit the mark. I expected a different take on this genre', and somehow, you moved smoothly into the typical, mundane, and the predictable.
Myke, do us all a favor and do a rewrite. Do YOURSELF a favor, and write something else, ANYTHING else, as this should NOT be what you're known for in the audiobook industry. That would be a tragic shame.
I don't think I would. I don't like main characters that are incapable acting on their own, and when he finally does act, after tons of provocation, he acts like a moron.And the way the author tries to create moral dilemmas, when there isn't any, by mixing unrelated subjects, left me feeling irritated.
Cilla, she is the only character in the book with a clear idea of how wrong the hole setup is.She might be portrayed as over the top, but it's hard to say since we don't know more of her background story, but in the end, I would have preferred her as the main character.
Most of Britton's whining in the last half of the book.
I liked the story setup and and background, but the story it self was annoying.
I've listened to all the
Marty is the best character simply due to the fact that he's the comical relief in this relatively dark story.
I would since he has a good voice but I wish I didn't hear him eating (sounded like a chewing gum). Also his range of voices (a part from Marty which he does a good job of) is limited. I have probably been spoiled by other narrators though so my opinion is skewed.
I never listen to a book in one sitting even short ones so I wouldn't be the right person to ask but I had found myself not wanting to stop due to engaging scenes.
Overall a good book. I had been waiting for this book to come out ever since I had attended a panel at NYC comicon. I wasn't disappointed and I will be waiting for the rest of the series.
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