Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole. Urban Fantasy... sort of... 382 pages. Paperback. First in the series.
(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
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