Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Gemini Cell by Myke Cole

Gemini Cell
Author:  Myke Cole
Publisher:  Ace, January 27, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425269640 (print)
Review Copy: Provided by the Publisher

Myke Cole continues to blow the military fantasy genre wide open with an all-new epic adventure in his highly acclaimed Shadow Ops universe—set in the early days of the Great Reawakening, when magic first returns to the world and order begins to unravel…

US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.

That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son…

Qwill's Thoughts

Gemini Cell is the fourth published novel written by Myke Cole. It is set at the very beginning of what becomes the world of the Shadow Ops Trilogy - Control Point, Fortress Frontier and Breach Zone. Note that this is not the 4th book in that series but is a standalone and an excellent gateway to the Shadow Ops world. Start with Gemini Cell or go back and read Gemini Cell after you read the Trilogy. You will not be disappointed.

The novel is filled with action and surprises but also tells the story of the very start of what is called the Supernatural Operations Corps. Gemini Cell gives us hints at what's to come in the Great Reawakening (when magic comes back to the world). The government is playing with magic forces it does not understand. What could possibly go wrong? Conspiracies abound and things are not often quite what they seem. Cole makes this story come alive with his wonderful attention to detail when it comes to military operations and procedures. He puts you in the action and it is at times a rush.

At its heart Gemini Cell is about Sarah and Jim Schweitzer and their enduring connection and love. Jim is a Navy Seal and an artist (as he says) at what he does. Sarah is actually an artist and her own person. These two characters are written beautifully. I found it easy to connect with both of them and to understand what they were going through. I felt Sarah's emotions as she dealt with the death of her husband. I was rooting for Jim as he comes to grips with what had happened and what happens to him.

Gemini Cell moves along at a heady clip and the pacing is excellent throughout. With Gemini Cell, Myke Cole takes his writing to a new level with a thrilling and deeply engaging story featuring emotionally deep characters who are incredibly appealing. This is a fabulous story.

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  1. I can't wait to read it either way! :)

  2. Awesome cover and I really wanna read this!

  3. Loved Myke Cole's first Shadow Ops book Control Point! Can't wait to check this one out.

  4. Just started Control Point, and I'm loving it so far!

  5. I'm still on Control Point but it's so great and I'm really looking forward to Gemini Cell!