The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers - summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed...but not for everyone.
Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines. Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier - cut off, surrounded by monsters, and on the brink of being overrun.
Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place - Oscar Britton, public enemy number one....
©2013 Myke Cole (P)2013 Recorded Books
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I'll admit, the idea of special forces being integrated with magic users is intriguing but this book fell completely short of that promise. It was, instead, very boring. I made it through the first half where we meet our main protagonist Col. Bookbinder who is infuriatingly passive for all of the story I could take. It takes about half the book for him to take any action that even relatively effects the outcome of events.
I know, its supposed to be a story about him learning how to stand on his own, and that's fine. I just found the character too annoying, too whiny to connect with. Unfortunately, when he FINALLY stands up for himself, finally starts acting the story breaks off to follow a character who's only been mentioned a couple of other times, leaving the events surrounding Bookbinder completely!
Aside from that I just couldn't believe the world Cole was setting up. By half way through I still didn't know what was up with his magic. The odd insistence of some kind of code names made me think he was trying to get an X-Men vibe into an already confusing story. The setting and story has some promise, but it just couldn't hold me at all.
It really feels like two different people wrote the story... That is, if you didn't notice the transition. While Myke Cole drastically improved the story telling in the story, you can still tell the transition. I just wish Myke Cole had the time for the first half to be re-done in the same style as the ending to this story!
Yes, it's X-men meets Dresden Files.
Old Mans War, both books take military fantasy or scifi and spin an amazing story.
The climactic final battle and Bookbinder truly stepping into his leadership role.
Can't wait for the next books in this series.
Well...Honestly can't say, it's not bad by any means but I just don't really know!
As always Mr Cole do the action segments really well, so any one of those.
The siege scenes!
IMHO, this installment never reached the suspence levell of the first. If that depends on that I read the first and listened to the second I can't say for sure! The narrator was so-so i.e No William Dufris!
Also I had a tough time getting engrossed in the book, not as much action and suspence.
I will state that in the second half it picks up and I got the "groove" going again!
I will still get the third book cause even though I was a bit disapointed, it's still much better than most of the other Mil Sci-Fi stuff out there.
It follows up from the first book with plenty of conflict and social reference to discrimination and persecution. Any fan of the X men comics will be able to relate to the characters and the action is fast and furious leading up to a “fellowship” on a journey on “another earth”.
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