Myke Cole

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.

"I guess if I had to stick a label on myself, it’d be “warrior-nerd.” I’m a military officer and I’ve done three tours in Iraq and have also worked as a responder on domestic disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Irene. I’m also a geek in the classic mode. I grew up on Dungeons & Dragons, comic books and mass market fantasy novels. I never grew out of that love and dreamed of pursuing it professionally all my life. It’s kind of ironic that it was the blending of the two (military life and fantasy dorkdom) that lead to me being able to land the book deal and go pro in the field. Last thing I would ever have expected coming out of my years working in/around the military."
Myke Cole, when we asked him in an interview about what led him to become a writer (link to full interview above right)

Myke Cole books reviewed


Shadow Ops series

  • Control Point (2012)
    Army Officer. Fugitive. Sorcerer. Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze. Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of it. A lieutenant attached to the military’s Supernatural Operations Corps, his mission is to bring order to a world gone mad. Then he abruptly manifests a rare and prohibited magical power, transforming him overnight from government agent to public enemy number one. The SOC knows how to handle this kind of situation: hunt him down–and take him out. Driven into an underground shadow world, Britton 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.
  • Fortress Frontier (2013)
    The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers - summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed… but not for everyone. Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines. Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier - cut off, surrounded by monsters, and on the brink of being overrun. Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place - Oscar Britton, public enemy number one...
  • Breach Zone (2014)
    The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers - summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it… In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin”, becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known. In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind. When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…

Critical acclaim

"A mile-a-minute story of someone trying to find purpose in a war he never asked for" Jack Campbell

"Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men... military fantasy like you've never seen it before" Peter V. Brett