Army officer Oscar Britton is a loyal serviceman, doing his job well, and taking pride in his work. Part of the Supernatural Operations Corps, his mission is to bring order to a world gone mad, by tracking down people who abruptly manifest strange magical powers.
Then he abruptly develops a rare and prohibited magical power, and he knows what is coming next -- his former colleagues in the SOC will hunt him down, and take him out. Like many, Britton flees. His actions change him from loyal government agent to public enemy number one.
I am not overly familiar with military fiction. I have not read a lot of it, but this genre-mashing "military fantasy" novel was a premise that I could not resist. And Cole clearly knows his stuff, and his background as a military man and government contractor are obvious. The military action, and there is plenty of it, is detailed and has the ring of truth to it.
The plot itself did not grab me, as I did not see that there was an "end game" to it. It just seemed more like a series of set pieces than a story that was going to a particular place. But although the story itself did not grab me as much as the world-building did, the world-building was strong enough for me to make we want to track down the second book in the series.
Source: Public library. I discovered this novel by listening to Mur Lafferty interview the author on her excellent podcast, I Should Be Writing.