(Note: UPS delivered it the day before drop-date.)
LT Oscar Britton flies Army helicopters for special operations missions, including domestic terrorism ones. And lately, those missions have been targeting rogue magic users who use proscribed magic or use magic without direction of the US Government. Britton is having a crisis of conscience about his missions, and then he flat-out has a crisis when he manifests proscribed magic right inside the base. He panics, runs, and discovers there is a covert ops side to everything, even the Army magic corps.
I think that this is the first time I've read a hard-core, modern-military fantasy book. And Cole did a credible job (to a non-military reader) of building his people up in a believable way. I don't know that I'll keep the book to re-read it, but I was certainly satisfied with the story.
I would recommend it to people who are interested in seeing a guy work his way all the way through a problem, mistakes and all. But those people had best not mind some blood, guts, and gore along the way.
I picked it up because of a review by the author Jim Hines. It sounded interesting and different from the usual. This is an ambitious, thoughtful, and at times brutal book. It’s got a different feel than most of the fantasy I’ve read lately.
New-to-me Books for 2012
House of the Star by Caitlin Brennan, YA fantasy. 282 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); straight into the giveawaybox
Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey, Fantasy. 404 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 2/5 stars on Goodreads (2 = "it was OK"), 3/5 stars on Amazon (3 = "it was OK"); straight into the giveawaybox
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt, Urban fantasy. 336 pages; paperback; first in the series. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); going to keep it around and loan it to friends
Hexed edited by uncredited, listed under the first author, Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, 326 pages. Paperback; anthology of four novellas. 3/5 stars on Goodreads, 4/5 stars on Amazon; going to loan it to friends who like Kate Daniels, then likely give it away.
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White. YA Fantasy, 335 pages. Hardback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.
Stormwalker, by Allyson James. Urban Fantasy, 330 pages. Paperback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson. YA Fantasy, 423 pages. Hardback, stand-alone. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.
Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole. Urban Fantasy... sort of... 382 pages. Paperback, first in the series. [4/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.