Myke Cole


United Kingdom and British Commonwealth only: Represented in these territories on behalf of Jabberwocky Literary Agency.

Myke Cole is the author of the Shadow Ops military fantasy series. The first book, CONTROL POINT was published in the United States by Ace (Penguin) in February 2012, and by Headline (Hachette) in the UK in August 2012. The second in the series, FORTRESS FRONTIER, was published in both the UK and US in January 2013. BREACH POINT, the next Shadow Ops novel, is due for publication in 2014. As a secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforcement…

He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deep­water Horizon oil spill. All that con­flict can wear a guy out. Thank good­ness for fan­tasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dun­geons and Dragons and lots of angst fuelled writing.

Myke says, ‘I’m delighted to be represented by Zeno in the United Kingdom (and throughout the Commonwealth, as apparently that’s how these deals go). I’ve had a long love affair with Britain from my youngest days. I helped move the royal armouries to their new home in Leeds, and have served alongside several UK units both in the US and Iraq. When CONTROL POINT first sold in the US, it was my fervent (and not so secret) hope that it would find a British audience as well. Rule, Britanntia. Nice to soldier along with you again.’

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  • Shadow Ops Operator Series: GEMINI CELL and JAVELIN RAIN (Headline, 2015-16)
  • Shadow Ops Series: CONTROL POINT, FORTRESS FRONTIER and BREACH ZONE (Headline, 2012-14)

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    • BREACH ZONE
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      BREACH ZONE is the work of an author confidently knocking it out of the park, juggling the fate of the world with real characters with personal agendas that you actually care about. This isn’t just some superhero slugfest with all-American heroes trading blows with evil forces – at its heart it’s a love story of two people pulled apart by forces beyond their control, both trying to do the right thing no matter what the personal cost to themselves in the most horrible of circumstances. And again it’s a testament to Cole’s ability that the intimate moments are just as compelling as the man against monster encounters, if not more so… Exciting and emotional, a page-turner in every sense of the world.’  —  Fantasy Faction

      ‘It’s military fantasy imagined with all the intricacies that come with magic reappearing in a modern world filled with tanks, drones, and soldiers. He’s pushing the boundaries of fantasy both in his writing structure and the level of depth and emotional connection to his characters. This is a series filled with trials and personal journeys. It’s a series that must be read. Myke Cole knows how to tell a complex story in a richly imagined world and for that I thank him and politely shout for more.’  —  Roaming Bard

      ‘Cole wraps up the Shadow Ops trilogy with a magical battle royale… This action-filled, adrenalin-powered adventure, which enthusiastically embraces the tropes of tales about meta-powered minorities and the distrusting majorities who oppress them, provides a fitting end for the trilogy.’  —  Publishers Weekly

      ‘The way Myke Cole brings together the separate character arcs and story lines in Breach Zone is impressive. The series initially felt somewhat episodic, especially after the introduction of Bookbinder in the second book, but in hindsight it’s clear that Cole was building up all these stories from the beginning. BREACH ZONE is the culmination of all that set-up, and the payoff is more than worth it. This is the best book in what turned out to be an excellent, unique trilogy. I can’t wait to see what Myke Cole comes up with in the future.’  —  Tor.com

      ‘Myke Cole reunites the characters of the previous novels for a heart-stopping showdown in New York City… Overall, BREACH ZONE combined all of my favourite elements from the previous books, despite wanting to see more of certain characters (such as Britton and Bookbinder). I think Cole has grown over the course of the series, as his action scenes flow with more grace and subtlety than before, forming a perfectly rounded whole. There was just the right balance of action versus discussion, as no element of warfare is overlooked, right down to the last snippet of red tape. I think these books have resonance in real current affairs, despite the magic, making them that much more gripping.’  —  Book Chick City

      ‘This final novel in the Shadow OPS trilogy is a perfect balance between amazing magical/supernatural action featuring sorcery and monstrous creatures and reflective character development, revealing more about characters we thought we knew through two books… Each book is excellent in its own right, and as a whole, the trilogy is a superb story in three parts. The milieu here is so rife for many different stories to be told which makes me very pleased that Myke has three more books publishing within it, but it will be about a year before the next one, Gemini Cell publishes… Myke Cole is a powerful, smart voice in the genre and these books are just a blast. Highly Recommended’  —  SFF World

      ‘While I was expecting improvement over his last effort, Cole delivers a novel so much better than his last that there is no doubt that he’s earned his place as one of the most watched authors in the genre. With pulse hammering action around every corner this novel could have become just a sequence of strung together set pieces with magic and missiles flying, but Cole layers the narrative with hard truths about duty and service, community and redemption. BREACH ZONE has a giant heart inside its bruised and battered chest and that’s the real key to its success.’  —  52 Book Reviews

      ‘Both CONTROL POINT and FORTRESS FRONTIER were fun, intelligent, action-packed, and entertaining reads with a generous dose of ass-kicking! So with two quality yarns under his belt, the only question remaining was whether or not the author could close the show with style. Once again, the answer is a resounding yes! In BREACH ZONE, Cole seems more mature as a writer and in better control of his craft. Building upon storylines from the first two volumes, Cole brings everything together in one exciting finale which caps off this series in a very satisfying fashion.’  —  Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

      ‘Oh. My. Freaking. God. This book… Let me tell you, the action movie playing in my head the whole time I read this made me want to weep for the lack of it in real life. If someone capable was to take what’s on these pages and put it on screen, it could spank most of the action movies I’ve watched recently until they run home crying to their mothers. Not only because the spectacle is astounding – but because the characters are worth reading about. This is a thinking person’s military fantasy series, and I could not love it more if I tried.’  —  Over The Effing Rainbow

      ‘…  the portrayal of combat in this novel (in all of Cole’s novels) remains breathtaking and horrifying in equal measure. Both previous books had action in spades and, once again, Cole doesn’t disappoint. We get combat at sea, in the air, on land, all described with just enough attention to detail that allows the pace to stay absolutely breakneck. Add to that the seamless integration of magic and, well, it’s really quite good… The trilogy is done and I’m more than satisfied with where we’ve ended up. I can’t wait to see what Myke Cole publishes next.’  —  The Eloquent Page

      ‘… this is the best thing Cole has published to date… This is a novel with romance, regret, failure, and betrayal. And it’s executed brilliantly… To me, BREACH ZONE is Myke Cole’s coming out party. He’s not a one note writer with linear plots and wiz bang action sequences. He’s someone who dares to be better every time he puts pen to page and it’s showing in his work.’  —  Staffer’s Book Review

      ‘The author has really pulled out all the stops for this one, and written a really fantastic novel… BREACH ZONE is like a perfect blend of Marvel’s Avengers and the Battle for Helms Deep. Only, better… Myke Cole is a fantastic new talent, and if each of his novels improves on the last, it won’t be long before we see him climbing ever-higher on the bestseller list. Highly recommended.’  —  Civilian Reader

      An excellent third act in the series, Myke Cole has really impressed with a stunning all-out war novel that never disappoints. This series is arguably one of the definitive military fantasy novels, and delivers an excellent payoff that’s well worth your time. Highly recommended.’  —  Founding Fields

    • FORTRESS FRONTIER
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      ‘A solid improvement from CONTROL POINT, with a fantastic set of new characters… [FORTRESS FRONTIER is] a superb sequel.’  —  SF Signal

      ‘As a whole, I found FORTRESS FRONTIER to be far more complex and expansive than CONTROL POINT… a fast-paced adventure that doesn’t lack for substance. Cole draws readers deeper into his imaginative and complex world with each book in the series. While telling compelling stories, he also sets the table for bigger and better things to come. I’d be amazed to hear Hollywood hasn’t come knocking.’  —  Fantasy Faction

      ‘… a better book than its predecessor, it is a book that will have something for fantasy readers of every kind… Give it a read to know why Myke Cole is an absolute gift to urban fantasy and military fantasy sub-genres… FORTRESS FRONTIER is a fantastic book and IMHO is simply a must buy for all fantasy lovers…’  —  Fantasy Book Critic

      ‘… a polished novel that doesn’t try nearly as hard to be twice as successful. Myke Cole has begun a career that I strongly believe has legs for the long term. For fans of military fiction and fantasy, the Shadow Ops series is the best thing going. Not reading it would be a crime against good fiction.’  —  Staffer’s Book Review

      FORTRESS FRONTIER ends on a high, but also on a drawn breath. For while the plot for this book is quite resolved, there are several loose ends that tease an explosive final in the last book in this trilogy. Cole’s respect for the military and the values it upholds bleed through, without glorifying war or violence. With his second book Cole has proven once again that he can combine amazing action scenes with great characterisation and genuine emotion. FORTRESS FRONTIER is stronger than its predecessor and raises expectations for the next book, BREACH ZONE. The Shadow Ops series is proving to be one of my favourite series at the moment and one I highly recommend.’  —  Fantastical Librarian

      ‘… this new installment is just as good as the first one, so if you were waiting to see if Cole manages to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump, rest assured and jump right in… it’s clear to see that Myke Cole has improved considerably as a writer. He’s carried over the strengths from his debut: smooth, fast-paced plotting, spectacular action scenes, and characters who experience internal struggles and personal growth under the most strenuous circumstances. He takes the series to the next level by introducing a brand new and very different protagonist while continuing to unpeel the layers of his setting and advance the story. FORTRESS FRONTIER is a better book than CONTROL POINT in almost every way. If you enjoyed Myke Cole’s debut, you should love this sequel.’  —  Tor.com

      ‘A solid improvement from CONTROL POINT, with a fantastic set of new characters…. It’s clear that from these first two books that Cole has some major stakes planned.  A couple of major conflicts are foreshadowed here, and ultimately, this series isn’t one to be missed. With four additional books on the way, there’s quite a bit set up for future stories, both on Earth and on The Source. Personally, if they’re all going to be the quality of FORTRESS FRONTIER, I’m already impatient for the next one.’  —  SF Signal

      ‘… part The Fugitive with Harrison Ford, part Dresden Files magic-slinging action.’  —  Best Fantasy Books

      ‘It’s tricky to pull off a good blend of military sf and fantasy elements. The Shadow Ops series balances carefully on that edge, and Cole delivers a thoroughly satisfying product as a result. It’s grounded in a world we recognize, but the extended journey through the Source, and the development of Bookbinder’s abilities, proves that we have lots of room to grow and learn more. It’s fast-paced, intense, and a lot of fun.’  —  SF Site

      ‘Unlike some series that see a marked downturn in pacing and plot substance in the sequels, this military fantasy has gone up several notches with FORTRESS FRONTIER – a highly encouraging trend.’  —  Examiner

      ‘Highly entertaining, unending action, and great characters that make you think. What more can you ask for?’  —  Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy

      ‘Overall, a fantastic second addition to the series, and I can’t wait to find out where book three will take us, as the US political world is left severely shaken as this book draws to a close. An excellent addition to the series, FORTRESS FRONTIER really builds upon the world created in the first book. We get more of an insight into the Source World, as well as an indication of the political conflicts back home, resonating with the current military warzones…’  —  Book Chick City

      FORTRESS FRONTIER is even better than CONTROL POINT… If you like superheroes, ancient mythology, military fantasy, comics, epic fantasy, TV shows like Stargate, Heroes, and The 4400, or really if you are geeky in any possible way at all, I cannot recommend Cole’s Shadow Ops series to you highly enough. If you haven’t picked it up yet, go get a copy of CONTROL POINT right now. You’ll love it—I daresay that’s a promise.’  —  Ranting Dragon

    • Shadow Ops: CONTROL POINT
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      ‘A debut by a former military officer that will attract readers who like their urban fantasies with more of a military edge.’  —  Library Journal

      ‘Cole’s definitely got a hit on his hands.  He’s found that perfect recipe, incorporating magic, military, and mayhem without sacrificing either realism or the sense of wonder.  I can’t wait to see what comes next.’  —  Tor.com

      ‘A furious ride on the front line … a non-stop thrill ride that’s almost impossible to put down … one of 2012’s most exciting debuts.’  —  Fantasy Faction

      ‘A compelling story connected to well-conceived world building … an absolute blast to read … I predict Myke Cole’s debut is going to be a monster success.’  —  Staffer’s Book Review

      ‘Cross The For­ever War with Witch­world, add in the real world mod­ern mil­i­tary of Black Hawk Down, and you get Control Point, the mile-a-minute story of some­one try­ing to find pur­pose in a war he never asked for.’  —  Jack Campbell (New York Times bestselling author of the Lost Fleet series)

      CONTROL POINT is Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men. Fast-paced and thrilling from start to fin­ish, CONTROL POINT is mil­i­tary fan­tasy like you’ve never seen it before. Cole’s wartime expe­ri­ence really shows in the gritty real­ity of army life, and in the explo­ration of patri­o­tism as the pro­tag­o­nist wrestles with the line between the law and what he sees as right.’  —  Peter V. Brett (Bestselling author of THE WARDED MAN)

      ‘Fast-paced, well-written and well-thought out, CONTROL POINT is a fantastic debut for Myke Cole. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to those who love urban fantasy, military fantasy or just ripping-good, action-filled fantasy.’  —  Fantastical Librarian

      CONTROL POINT is an intense masterwork of military fantasy that grips you from start to finish until your eyes practically devour the words as you approach the thrilling ending. With the spectacular world Cole created and the significant amount of foreshadowed questions yet unanswered, the potential for the rest of the Shadow Ops series is substantial. Whether you’re a fan of superhero fiction or military thrillers—heck, even if you like your epic fantasy with elves and goblins—we absolutely recommend you give CONTROL POINT a read…’  —  Ranting Dragon

    • Operator: JAVELIN RAIN
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      ‘Myke Cole continues to explore the double-edged nature of magic… easily the darkest novel in the series so far. However, it’s also one of Myke Cole’s best novels so far… captivating… great, vital speculative fiction.’  —  Tor.com

      ‘The action is pretty much non-stop from the first page to the last… His unique blend of might and magic is unlike anything else currently being written. I’m eager to see what else he has in store for us.’  —  SF Crowsnest

      JAVELIN RAIN is another novel that grabs you and won’t let go… Myke Cole is not only one of the best military fantasy novelists around. He’s fast becoming one of the best fantasy authors out there, period!’  —  Fantasy Hotlist

      ‘Between his deep, thoughtful portrayal of the military as it is and perhaps as it ought to be, and his strong writing chops, I feel that Cole is fast becoming one of the more important names in Sci-Fi.’  —  Strange Currencies

      ‘As always Cole’s writing is taut and the pacing intense. This is Cole’s most deeply emotional work. Having a window seat on Schweitzer’s emotions and thoughts is devastating. Cole has deepened the history of the Gemini Cell program and there is still more to be revealed and more uncovered.’  —  Qwillery

    • Operator: GEMINI CELL
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      ‘There’s two bits of good news here. First of all, if you’ve always been curious about the action-packed military fantasy Myke Cole excels at, this book is an excellent entry point to the series, as it basically requires zero knowledge of the other books. The second bit of good news: it’s also the best novel he’s written so far… an intensely emotional story, focused on two people who have lost their loved ones… a military fantasy that combines intense personal anguish with elements of actual horror. It’s also easily his best work to date. If you haven’t read this author yet, GEMINI CELL makes for an excellent place to start.’  —  Tor.com

      ‘With GEMINI CELL, Cole has nailed the characters better than ever before, weaving together a heartbreaking story of a Navy SEAL and his wife as they’re separated by death… an excellent story that looks deep into something the military community faces each day: the prospect of losing a loved one to combat operations far from home, and coping with that loss in the days, weeks and months after the fact… a unique story from the experiences of the War on Terror… Cole seems to delight in busting genre conventions… It’s an epic story: pulled apart by war, a couple overcomes an impossible gap in their relationship to once again reunite. Cole pulls it together wonderfully, and he illustrates both Jim and Sarah with a wonderful amount of complexity and depth to each. As the latest book in what’s sure to be a longer-running series, Cole has resisted the temptation to spin out sequel after sequel featuring the same characters fighting many of the same battles. GEMINI CELL, like its siblings, demonstrates the complexity of the world in which Cole can tell numerous stories, each unique, thought-provoking and entertaining all at once.’  —  io9.com

      ‘With each book, Myke Cole levels up, and GEMINI CELL is no exception. This is Cole’s best work to date—a blending of magic, action, and romance that fans of Cole and first-timers alike will love… Fans of Cole know he can plot a fast-moving, page-turning story that you’ll read late into the night. Cole has a knack for writing action sequences that are crisp, clear, and exciting. Even more important, those sequences have consequences, and they change the characters involved… Whether this is your fourth Myke Cole book or your first, go pick up GEMINI CELL right away. It’s the best yet, but like the rest of Cole’s books, it makes me eager for the next one.’  —  Fantasy Faction

      ‘Rewarding for both new readers interested in sampling Myke’s novels and readers who have followed the exploits of the Supernatural Operations Corps through the first three Shadow OPS novels… With Gemini Cell Myke has given readers perhaps the most brutally honest and naked look in (fantasy) fiction at the effect of a life of war on an individual and those he loves. GEMINI CELL is a fantasy novel of imagined truths and is all the more potent and honest because of it; a powerful and engaging novel that will very easily rank as one of the best books I read this year. Highly, highly recommended.’  —  SFF World

      ‘Myke Cole seems more mature as a writer and in better control of his craft… Cole keeps the pace nice and crisp, and GEMINI CELL is a another page-turner… With GEMINI CELL, Myke Cole proves that the Shadow Ops trilogy was no fluke. It’s everything the first series was and then some! … military fantasy at its best!’  —  Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

      ‘Outstanding… It’s obvious Myke Cole hasn’t finished exploring his world and there really is room for a lot of new angles. The story might begin with GEMINI CELL, but I hope it doesn’t end there.’  —  SF Crowsnest

      ‘At its heart, it’s a love story. Not a romance, but a true love story. The love of country from one who has chosen to give their lives for its welfare. The love of a band of brothers, thrown together and reforged as a fighting unit, committed to the operation and to each other. The love of a father for his young son. But especially, the love between two people that transcends separation, even death. But the things-getting-blowed-up parts are pretty good, too… It’s not often that you get a hard core military thriller (and there’s plenty of hard core blood and guts in this novel) with fantasy overtones that ingratiates seamlessly with the story, as well as an emotional core that gives all of us a touchstone to anchor ourselves to. But all of these come with this novel.’  —  LitStack

      ‘A terrific read. Myke Cole has definitely outdone himself. GEMINI CELL had everything from his earlier series in terms of action but he ups the ante with writing a very personal story with Jim in the lead.’  —  The Book Plank

      ‘A beautiful story about honor, loyalty, humanity and love… Cole’s extensive experience in the military informs his text, giving an authenticity to his jargon and protocol descriptions. And he kept the fight sequences taut and, surprisingly, infrequent. Rather, most of the book deals with Schweitzer’s struggles to retain his humanity and control the awesome power at his disposal… I’m already looking forward to the next installment…’  —  Relentless Reading

      ‘The story is a powerful one, and to my eye it takes some oft-maligned tropes of military adventure fiction and shows us how those things are supposed to be done, especially the “prequel” trope. That might technically be what GEMINI CELL is, but it stands quite well on its own, inviting an immediate sequel or two while leaving plenty of room for the extant Shadow Ops series.’  —  Schlock Mercenary