Gemini Cell – Myke Cole

Synopsis: 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…

“When you cannot have a thing, sometimes you hunger for it anyway. The closeness of it, the taste of it, the feel of its heat. It is a pale reflection of the truth, but a reflection is better than darkness.”

First of all.. THANK YOU, MYKE COLE. THANK YOU FOR INDICATING THAT THERE IS A GLOSSARY OF SLANG & ACRONYMS THAT CAN BE FOUND AT THE BACK OF THE BOOK!! That is seriously such a nice touch & one many authors seem to neglect.

Gemini Cell is a prequel that takes place within the Shadow Ops universe. The original Shadow Ops books are Control Point, Fortress Frontier and Breach Zone. I haven’t read that series yet, but I will. Oh yes.. I WILL! I decided to begin chronologically, rather than publication date. Because that’s what I chose to do, okay? I DO WHAT I WANT!

Much like Myke Cole does with Gemini Cell. Is it science fiction? Is it fantasy? Military? Maybe a bit of horror? The answer is all of the above. Cole is like this mad scientist dumping beakers of sorcerers, reanimated zombies, bloody shootouts & even a healthy serving of romance into this huge pot that come together to form a story. It sounds bonkers, but it worked!

As a longtime reader of SFF, who happens to be female, women aren’t always represented the greatest in these genres. At least they hadn’t been. We are finally seeing a resurgence of strong female characters who aren’t just used as props or, in some cases, completely erased from these stories. I will always appreciate when someone values women’s voices. Because representation matters. So goddamn much. Myke Cole handles this with such care & attention. Jim’s wife Sarah was written with such depth. She could have easily become a stereotype, but Myke didn’t allow that to happen & I am incredibly grateful for that! Mostly, Sarah is believable. I dug the hell out of her character!

There are some really heavy topics dealt with in this book. PTSD & the effects of warfare, for example. This may feature magic & zombie soldiers, but the anguish these characters go through feels deeply real. The emotions are sincere. Myke Cole truly excels at combining the two.

This felt quite nostalgic for me. I was reminded of discovering the Doom novels as a teenager. I love those fucking books & have poured over them too many times to count! There’s a similar quality to this.

Gemini Cell is gritty, dark as fuck, intensely emotional & just a shit ton of fun!

-Holly

 

 

 

 

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