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  • Control Point

  • Shadow Ops
  • By: Myke Cole
  • Narrated by: Corey Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 319

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • get on with it

  • By Eugene on 05-15-12

Special Forces Wizards with Depth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Don't judge this book by the cover...it is not your standard sci-fi military romp. If you like that sort of thing, you likely won't regret the purchase but there's a lot more going on here than that. Well-paced action at every turn that makes it hard to stop. There's an extra layer of depth you don't always get though. It ends up feeling like a very thoughtful allegory about modern U.S military interventions in the world from the point of view of one of its own through a lens of magic. Myke's modern military experience and thoughtful consideration of his role in it definitely shines through. It examines American ideals and its interaction in our military culture on levels I did not expect but was fascinated by.

  • Legion versus Phalanx

  • The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World
  • By: Myke Cole
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder, and with overlapping shields, they presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. It was the phalanx that allowed Greece to become the dominant power in the Western world. That is, until the Romans developed the legion and cracked the phalanx. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I might be a niche market for this but I loved it

  • By Jonathan on 12-17-18

I might be a niche market for this but I loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I love fantasy novels, I like history but sometimes its not fun to read. Myke Cole crushes it on readability and fun...with a couple disclaimers. I am a U.S. military veteran of the modern era and Myke translates a lot of historic units and strategy into modern termanology. This made it all infinitely more understandable to *me* but might not help someone who is not familiar with it. I especially enjoyed some of the author's commentary on first hand visits to the battlegrounds on terrain features and their impact. He makes some great fantasy pop culture/table top gaming analagies that are also helpful to *me* but not necessarily everyone. However, for a military veteran and fantasy gaming nerd...it was damn near perfection. Audio performance is solid too, albiet starts slow due to historical date reading as chronological background which was clearly meant as a reference point for the reader to refer back to rather than narrative. Once you are beyond that it is a wonderfully flowing narrative that flew by for me. It left me hoping Myke Cole revisits non-fiction like this in the future.

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Warbreaker
    
    
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        Brandon Sanderson
    
    


    
    
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        James Yaegashi
    
    


    
    Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
    6,168 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,121

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's Your god like?

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

If you like Mistborn or Wheel of Time, go for it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-13

What did you love best about Warbreaker?

Another well thought out magic system and universe created by Sanderson.

What did you like best about this story?

It was written as a stand alone story (although I think there's other works in this universe now) so you get some solid build up and closure you don't often get in the realm of great fantasy novels. Characters are developed while keeping a good pace of events which will keep you listening

Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?

Lightsong

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Breathe life into another world

Any additional comments?

...you can download the text for free from the author directly, but it's worth paying for