Fortress Frontier: A chilling military fantasy of high-stakes suspense Paperback – 29 January 2013
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- Publisher : Headline; 1st edition (29 January 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0755393996
- ISBN-13 : 978-0755393992
- Dimensions : 13.2 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
- Customer Reviews:
'A 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)
'Black Hawk Down meets the X-Men ... military fantasy like you've never seen it before'(Peter V. Brett)
'I suspect this is the best ride that military fantasy has to offer - you definitely want to get on board'(Mark Lawrence, author of King of Thorns)
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The fantasy element goes up a notch in the second novel, and this isn't a bad thing as the author handles it well (think snakes. Big snakes). But the key strength that both novels share is the clash and fusion of magic and technology - where else can you read about rocs sparring with helicopters?! It makes for endlessly fun reading and put a smile on my face at the epic-ness of it all more than once.
It's a testament to the novel that I was really disappointed to have come to the end of it, but I liked how one of the main arcs from Control Point had its resolution, with a few hanging threads left to whet the appetite for the next instalment.
As a stand-alone novel, I'm not quite sure it works. Although those who read the previous book will be as unfamiliar with Bookbinder as new readers, once the POV switches back to Oscar Britton there isn't much of a fill-in. So I recommend reading Control Point before this one.
Myke Cole introduces a new character - Bookbinder - who is so well constructed that you can easily inhabit his world, and his view. The action comes thick and fast but there is a human heart at the centre of it all. When the world collapses on Bookbinder, as he faces crisis, as he grows, changed and realises who he really is - we are right there with him.
It overlaps with Control Point and, yes, Oscar is in this one too - he just isn't the focal point. It is a clever way to construct a sequel and it works so well.
I bought this book straight after writing the review of book 1 (7th Jan) and finished it a day later (and I worked a 12 hour day inbetween! - colleagues / work mates - this book is why I looked so tired today!).
I have just pre-ordered the 3rd book... 20 days of waiting.
Do yourself a favour, buy the first one, read it, buy the second one, read it. You won't be disappointed.
It almost feels like Myke was forced to publish his first book before he was ready. So they chopped it in half and made it two.
Its not BAD. The premise is still good and he is a good writer. However, I just dont think it deserved to be a second book.
Having said all that. If you read the first one and enjoyed it. Buy this one, read it. It gives you a decent amount of closure if nothing else :P
In the first book I often found Oscar Britton frustrating in his indecision, constantly flip flopping.
The introduction of Alan Bookbinder and his unique magic was a fantastic addition, I found myself invested in the character from the beginning.
I look forward to the future sequels