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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole | Book Review

This was a cool book, I just had a hard time getting through the middle. I'm giving this book three stars for how awesome the ideas, story world, magic system and action scenes were, but only three stars because the middle was a bit of a slog for me. It could just be me, maybe you'll love it.

The world of this book is really cool. The powers of the magic wielding military soldiers are awesome. The action scenes are very well done and like nothing I've read before. The thing is, it feels like most of this book was the protagonist debating to either accept the government controlling him and using him as a weapon, or if he should rebel and escape the government so he can be free. It gets old quick, but just keeps on being repeated again and again. In monologue, and in dialog.

Another thing, I didn't really like the protagonist, which made it hard to like this book. He was really ambivalent. I didn't care much for the other characters either. I read about this in the amazon reviews, but still gave it a try because it seemed like such a cool concept for a book and I've heard it being recommended by so many people who's opinion I trust.

Some other nit picky things follow. The narrator always calls the protagonist Britton, but most of the characters call him by his first name Oscar. It gets confusing and annoying, and I'm not sure why the author didn't choose to just stick with one. Another thing, maybe I'm just not used to reading military fiction, but the amount of acronyms in this book drove me insane. I felt like I never quite knew what the narrator was referring to.

Like I said, when there were action scenes, they were awesome. I love the power the main character has to open portals to wherever he wants to go, and even cooler, to use the portals like a huge blade slicing through anything it hits. That said I was expecting way more action in this book, and the phrase "remember you're being paid to be a weapon not a hero," is repeated way too many times. It felt like most of the book was just talking. Talking about stuff I didn't really care about because it was the same subject over and over again.

I've heard the second book has a new main character that people like way more, and it does more of what this first book did right with expanding the cool story world. If the second book has characters I like I will read it for sure. If it seems like a book that would interest you, I'd say give it a shot. Really cool world building, great magic system that works really well and is believable in the story world. It was a cool book, it just never grabbed me and I didn't really care about the characters. Maybe it will grab you. 

Have you read this one? How about the second book in the series? What did you think? Thanks for stopping by.

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