Posted by Peat
So it’s pretty well known in the SF community that Author Myke Cole and I have been friends for a long time. We met in high school back in 1990, which is… shit. 25 years ago now.
Wow. I feel old.
Myke and I have a long and sordid history including Dungeons & Dragons, head-shaving and podcasts. Here’s a 1993 picture of us swordfighting on the terrace of the Ellicott residence hall at SUNY Buffalo. Check out the awesome 90’s heavy metal hair:
We also have a long history of creative support. I say with all honesty that I would likely not be a professional author without the countless hours of soundboarding, encouragement and advice he has given me. Even Skull Throne, my upcoming Demon Cycle novel, has a few distinct Cole fingerprints on it.
I say this for full disclosure of bias, but this does not change the fact I speak honest word when I tell you that Myke’s new book GEMINI CELL IS ON SALE TODAY AND YOU SHOULD TOTALLY BUY IT BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME.
While technically set in Cole’s Shadow Ops universe, Gemini Cell tales place many years before the other books, when the return of magic to our world is in its infancy and the rules are different. It’s a great place for readers who have never tried Cole before to jump on without any need for knowledge of the other books.
For those who have read Myke’s books before, don’t think for a moment you’ve seen all his tricks. Myke is one of the rare authors out there who gets better with each successive novel, even while maintaining the book-a-year schedule I have always felt was out of my reach. There is no harder working author out there, and Myke deserves every success.
Like his other books, Gemini Cell has muscle-clenching action scenes influenced in no small part by Cole’s real-life military combat experience, but also a deep exploration of character, giving us a warrior whose love for his family and country transcend even death.
Urban fantasy. Military SF. Zombie Romance. Black Hawk Down Meets the X-Men. Call it what you will, Gemini Cell is a waterslide of awesome that pulls you down fast and ends with a splash.
Here’s the blurb:
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.
That 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…
For audio fans, Myke’s first novel, Shadow Ops: Control Point was just released by Graphic Audio. I am a big fan of the work that Graphic Audio does, and I am excited to hear what they’ve done with Control Point.
Want a shot at getting your own copy of The Skull Throne? Enter the Skull Throne ARC contest by February 8th!
The Skull Throne will be released on March 31st in the U.S. with translations to follow. Pre-order the U.S. edition from Random House today.