- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot; New edition edition (March 10, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857668056
- ISBN-13: 978-0857668059
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
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Sixteenth Watch Paperback – 10 March 2020
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"It's incredibly refreshing to find a sci-fl novel with a female protagonist who's a confident woman in her fifties... The author's experience in the Coast Guard lends a strong sense of verisimilitude to his portrayal of military operations, and his action scenes sizzle with the rush of adrenaline... Briskly paced, the book strikes a fine balance between military minutiae and imagination."
- SFX Magazine
- Kirkus "Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you'd never expect."
- Peter V. Brett, author of The Demon Cycle series "Myke Cole's novels are like crack: they're highly addictive."
- Buzzfeed "Myke Cole has raised the bar on military sci-fi. Sixteenth Watch pushes the envelope into new and exciting territory."
- Wesley Chu, New York Times Bestselling Author "Sixteenth Watch has heart and action in equal measure; Cole's novel blends hi-speed, low-g military science fiction with engaging characters and page-turning pace."
- James Swallow, BAFTA-nominated scriptwriter "Hard sci-fi fans will appreciate this norm-bucking near-future military tale."
- Publishers Weekly "I loved Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole. Besides being a ripping good read, Cole writes from a place of authority and experience about military, politics, and service."
- Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse "Sixteenth Watch is one of those novels that you really want to see turned into a Netflix series so you can binge it and pour the whole thing into your brain."
- Starburst Magazine "Sixteenth Watch follows Jane from her lowest, most heartbreaking moment, and readers will be drawn to her as she proves herself to be a smart, feisty, loyal, loving, complex, tough, and flawed heroine. "
- Booklist, starred review
About the Author
MYKE COLE is a devoted comic fan and voracious fantasy reader. After a career hunting people in the military, police, and intelligence services, Cole put these skills to good use on CBS's hit show Hunted, and on Discovery Channel's Contact. Myke is the author of The Sacred Throne Trilogy, the Shadow Ops series, and the Reawakening trilogy. His first work of nonfiction, Legion Versus Phalanx will be followed by The Bronze Lie in 2021. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Myke Cole is a veteran of the modern-day US Coast Guard, and his novel Sixteenth Watch literally puts the US Coast Guard into space, in the person of Captain Jane Oliver. The book is set in a relatively near future, one in which China and the US are competing for Lunar resources. There's also an unhealthy amount of inter-service rivalry and political intrigue going on.
Here's where the similarity between this book and A Pale Light in the Black, the other Coast Guard book, come into play. Both books have a reality-TV sport called "Boarding Games" in which military units compete in simulated boardings. Getting the USCG team ready is what sends Oliver to the Moon.
But the similarities end there. Myke's book, unusual for MilSF, is about trying to prevent a war. There's action aplenty, but it's in a different goal - keeping the peace. Myke's characters are also different - engaging and a lot of them have PTSD which they are dealing with as best as they can. Since several things in the book are not as they seem, it's hard for me to go into more detail, but I highly encourage you to check this book out as well.
Oh, one other thing. The term "Sixteenth Watch" which feels very realistic is something that Myke invented out of whole cloth. It was a nice touch.
I am sorry to report Myke Cole says the Coast Guard is still underfunded and part of DHS later this century... but still scrappy and resourceful.
No spoilers, but there are some heart-breaking moments, as well as valor.
Science fiction sans aliens, so this may appeal to folks who aren't into fantasy.