Myke Cole’s CONTROL POINT is a February 2014 Kindle Deal!

Cole-SO1-ControlPointUK-BlogThere’s no better time to check out Myke Cole‘s Shadow Ops – his critically-acclaimed, fan-favourite guns-n-sorcery series! Not only was the final volume in the trilogy, BREACH ZONE, published in January, but Amazon UK have included the first novel, CONTROL POINT, in their February Kindle Deals!

Here is the synopsis…

All over the world people are ‘coming up latent’ – developing new and terrifying abilities. Untrained and panicked, they are summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting every?thing they touch ablaze.

US Army Lieutenant Oscar Britton has always done his duty, even when it means working alongside the feared Supernatural Operations Corps, hunting down and taking out those with newfound magical talents. But when he manifests a rare, startling power of his own and finds himself a marked man, all bets are off.

On the run from his former colleagues, Britton is driven into an underground shadow world, where he is about to learn that magic has changed all the rules he’s ever known… and that his life isn’t the only thing he’s fighting for.

Cole’s Shadow OpsCONTROL POINT, FORTRESS FRONTIER, and BREACH ZONE – are published in the UK by Headline. Here’s just a sample of the praise that has been heaped onto the series…

‘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.’ — on CONTROL POINT

‘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 on CONTROL POINT

‘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 on CONTROL POINT

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

‘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 on BREACH ZONE

‘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 [Lord of the Rings’] 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

Zeno represents Myke Cole in the UK and Commonwealth on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.


Myke Cole wins the Compton Crook Award!


Joshua Bilmes, Myke Cole & Peter V. Brett at Balticon for Myke’s award

We are delighted to announce that Myke Cole‘s SHADOW OPS: CONTROL POINT has won the Compton Crook award! The award honours the best first SF/fantasy/horror novel of the year, and was presented at Balticon 47, this past weekend. The award was presented by 2012 Compton Crook winner, T.C. McCarthy, who is also represented by the JABberwocky Literary Agency.

Congratulations to Myke – a very well-deserved win!


SHADOW OPS: CONTROL POINT is published by Headline in the UK and Ace Books in the US. The sequel, FORTRESS FRONTIER is also available, through the same publishers. The third book in the series, BREACH ZONE, is due to be published in early 2014.

Zeno Agency represents Myke Cole in the UK and Commonwealth on behalf of JABberwocky Literary Agency.

Reviews Round-Up #2… Myke Cole

Continuing our series of Review Round-Ups, fan-favourite Myke Cole’s second novel, FORTRESS FRONTIER, has been receiving a huge amount of positive attention. We’re delighted to represent Myke in the UK and British Commonwealth on behalf of our collegues at the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

coleFFFORTRESS FRONTIER is out now in the UK, published by Headline, and in support of publication, Myke has been a most visible presence online – read, for example, this excellent interview on Mad Hatter’s Book Review. The word on the street is that while the first novel in this exciting action series, CONTROL POINT, was viewed as a very solid debut, FORTRESS FRONTIER further impresses in almost every way (see this review at Civilian Reader, for example), with particular attention paid to the greater world-building (see Bookworm Blues), which reviewers say promises to ‘remain fresh for a long time… and keep readers entertained for a long time to come‘ (via Fantasy Book Critic). Here are some of the other highlights.

New review site, 52 Reviews, praised Cole’s ability to avoid the ‘sophomore slump‘, and suggested that he has, instead, written a sequel that ‘not only builds on the momentum and success of its predecessor but surpasses it in almost every way.’

SF Signal, in a recent review, announced that ‘this series isn’t one to be missed.’ And referring to the recent news of a new US deal for Cole, the reviewer continued ‘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.

Fantasy Faction clearly hated FORTRESS FRONTIER – their reviewer only gave the book a measley ten out of ten! The reviewer said of the author, ‘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… I can’t wait to find out what happens next.’

BookThing, in another maximum score review, described the novel as ‘interesting and surprising‘, and that while CONTROL POINT was “great”, FORTRESS FRONTIERis just superb. The third book can’t come along soon enough… Highly, highly recommended.’coleCP

Bookworm Blues was impressed Cole’s prose, writing ‘One of the most impressive features of Fortress Frontier is how obviously Cole has grown as an author. This is only his second book, but already he has advanced with his writing as much as many very seasoned SF authors out there. Cole shows an incredible ability to time his plot perfectly. He reveals things slowly, and does a wonderful job at keeping readers hanging on until the very end. Furthermore, his prose are beautifully polished, and his characters have a more realistic, three dimensional feel.’

Genre community blog Ranting Dragon, which also hostied a giveaway to win a pair of the SHADOW OPS novels, said that ‘FORTRESS FRONTIER does everything right that geek culture ever did wrong.’ They sum up the novel  by saying ‘Fortress Frontier is a force of nature. It is a breath-taking rollercoaster ride. It is an artistic tour de force. Cole’s no-nonsense prose pulls you in and takes you for a ride through high-paced action and astonishing conflicts both military and political.’

Staffer’s Book Review shares the popular opinion that ‘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.’

Myke was also hosted by A Dribble of Ink for whom he wrote a fascinating article entitled ‘The Peril of the Contemporary’, in which the he offered up his thoughts on Urban Fantasy, and what the genre is really about.

And, finally, in a Zeno Client two-for-one, both Myke Cole and Peter V. Brett were interviewed in a two part podcast on SpeculateSF. Do not miss it!

Myke Cole’s SHADOW OPs to Headline…

It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of US author Myke Cole, who  joins the Zeno client roster with the sale of his fabulous, high energy military fantasy series, SHADOW OPS, described by Peter V Brett as ‘Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men’ and ‘military fantasy like you’ve never seen it before’.

UK and Commonwealth rights have been acquired by Headline, with recently appointed commissioning editor John Wordsworth concluding a five figure, three book deal negotiated by John Berlyne of the Zeno Agency on behalf of Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Agency, Inc. in the US.

Headline will publish the first book in the series, CONTROL POINT in late 2012 with sequels FORTRESS FRONTIER and BREACH ZONE following in February 2013 and February 2014.

CONTROL POINT is an absolutely thrilling, fresh take on the military fantasy novel,’  says Wordsworth. ‘Myke has drawn from his own considerable experience, which includes three tours in Iraq, to create a world with breathtaking scope. I’m just itching to see where he takes it in the next two books. I am over the moon that the Shadow Ops series will be published by Headline.