US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself--and his family--in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down. That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top-secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell.
With powers he doesn't understand, Jim is called back to duty--as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark--especially about the fates of his wife and son....
©2015 Myke Cole (P)2015 Recorded Books
I loved Cole's newest story in his magical universe. The characters were compelling and the love story was honest and heartbreaking. In a world where magic meets military, the horrors of war are even more terrible and the costs are much higher. The story has a complete arc while leaving us knowing that there is more to tell. Korey Jackson's performance is amazing - giving us an "everyman" voice that evokes all of the fear, frustration and love that Cole has written in this novel.
This was a fast listen because the story was so compelling. Highly recommended!
It definitely captures the excitement and drama of the special forces type fiction. As a acid-fi fan, the supernatural pet was appealing. By the end, it got a bit silly.
I am a fan of the series from which this spun off. The book as a whole ends well, but the journey to get there was rough. Most of the book is angsty and depressing, and while that makes sense for the characters, there could have been more comic relief to make it more bearable. Also, some of the more shocking scenes felt cheap and unnecessary. Without ****SPOILING**** too much, let's just say the violent deaths of children should be given more gravity than simple shock value in illustrating how depraved a monstrous killing machine is. That really ruined the book for me. Without that, my rating would probably be much higher. The narrator was excellent, though. And I really enjoyed the shadow ops series. So I know the author is capable of much better.
Gemini Cell was a real disappointment. This was my least favorite book of the series and if this is the direction Myke Cole's books are going to take then I won't be reading them anymore. Maybe as a writer his previous storylines were starting to bore him but I hope he gets back to them because if not then the Shadow Ops series had jumped the shark. On a positive note Korey Jackson's performance was as solid as ever, bravo to him.
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