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...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Cole wraps up the Shadow Ops trilogy with a magical battle royale. America's reaction to the rebirth of magic was not precisely nuanced or considered: overnight, thousands of Americans who had involuntarily developed magical talents became second-class citizens called Latents, and some were labeled public enemies, subject to summary execution. The legacy of that ham-fisted policy is an invading army of goblins and demons sweeping through New York City. Its leader, Scylla, who was stripped of her wealth and social status after her talents manifested, is determined to crush the unpowered as they tried to crush her and other magic users. As conventional weapons prove ineffectual against the supernatural horde, America's antimagic government is forced to turn to rebel Oscar Britton and his fellow Latents for salvation. 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. (Feb.)