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, i..Show More »nstead, 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.