Monday, January 5, 2015

Gemini Cell by Myke Cole (Shadow Ops #4 & .05)

Gemini Cell

Written by: Myke Cole
Series: Shadow Ops
Sequence in Series: Book 4/.05
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 0425269647
ISBN-13: 978-0425269640
Genre: Horror | Science Fiction
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Gemini Cell takes place in the SHADOW OPS universe, but is a prequel, taking place many years before the events in CONTROL POINT.

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.

It 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…

Gemini CellMy Review:
Gemini Cell by Myke Cole

I know this is a prequel but I haven’t read the other books in this series so for me it’s a start fresh and new out of the gate storyline.

Myke Cole creates a dark and gritty magically enhanced world. It has the feeling of a military suspense thriller but we are introduced to the Jinn, which enable the power that be to reanimate corpses and share their souls/beings with the deceased giving both re-life.

In this story Jim Schweitzer is taken from his family, wife and son and created into the Gemini Cell, a relationship with the jinn. He is told his family is gone and given special missions of execution. You get the feeling this is a test to see how these special operatives will react to becoming something new.

Like I said, the scenes are raw, dark and gritty. Graphically descriptive, it’s not for the light hearted reader…but serious conveys the emotions of the scenes through it’s in your face writing style. Even Schweitzer feels himself an artist of death. He seems to thrive on being the best killer but never committing be being a killer but merely doing his a tribute to his "dead" wife.

In the end, I’d have to say this book was more on a science fiction horror story for me. I didn’t need to read the early works to understand this story. The characters where complex, extremely deep and even though their thoughts and beliefs don’t echo my own, I found it riveting and very unsettling.

I'm going to sum it up with the train wreck scenario. I just couldn't look away but really wanted to. Although the story was very unsettling, Cole makes it to real not to want to see it come to a conclusion.

I received this ARC copy of Gemini Cell from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication Jan. 27, 2015.

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