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18th Aug '17 7:10:11 PM Kalaong
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* ''Siege Line'' (2017)

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* ''Siege Line'' (2017)
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18th Aug '17 7:09:14 PM Kalaong
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* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: The Awakening brought chaos to the world, and many governments in the world has increased their authority to PoliceState levels to "protect" the {{Muggles}}.

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* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: The Awakening brought chaos to the world, and many governments in the world every nation has increased expanded their authority to PoliceState levels to "protect" the {{Muggles}}.


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* LibertyOverProsperity: The central theme of the series; [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste in times of crisis]], the majority of people ''will'' surrender freedom for security... and discover all too late that they've made themselves defenseless before a government that now has absolute power.
-->Forcing children into military service has been the hallmark of failed states around the world, and a tragedy that the UN and a slew of [=NGOs=] has worked tirelessly to combat. In the Ivory Coast, Uganda, Rwanda, Kurdistan, the cry of outrage is heard at each new report of children forced to go to war. Except in the United States. Here, Latent children are routinely indoctrinated into the SOC in the name of national security, and the voices of outrage are suddenly silent, quietly grateful that someone is dealing with the problem.
18th Aug '17 4:16:33 PM Zaptech
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The series currently consists of two trilogies, the first one focusing on Oscar Britton, an Army Reserve pilot who manifests prohibited powers and his escape from the corrupt military Supernatural Operations Corps well into the events of the Great Awakening, and the second, the ''Gemeni Cell'' trilogy, is a prequel series dealing with Jim Schwietzer, a US Navy SEAL who is killed in battle and then reanimated by the government early into the events of the Great Awakening. In order of publication, the books are:
* ''Control Point'' (2012)
* ''Fortress Frontier'' (2013)
* ''Breach Point'' (2014)
* ''Gemini Cell'' (2015)
* ''Javelin Rain'' (2016)
* ''Siege Line'' (2017)
18th Aug '17 4:08:14 PM Zaptech
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The first novel in the series, ''Control Point'' (released January 31, 2012), centers on Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the United States Army. Britton finds himself supporting the Supernatural Operations Corps (SOC), a branch of the United States military tasked with responding to and policing supernatural threats, including people manifesting magical powers. After responding to an incident involving two teenage "Latents" who go on a rampage in a high school, Britton suddenly begins manifesting the ability to create magical gates. Unfortunately, this power is one of several "prohibited" abilities, and Britton finds himself a sudden fugitive, sent on the run for abilities he has no control over. Captured by the SOC, he is given a simple choice: be "hired" as a "private contractor" for the SOC, or be killed because of his excessively dangerous powers. Taking the choice that will keep him alive, Britton is put to work using his gate-creating powers to support military operations as part of a unit known as "Shadow Coven" - a small squad of magic-using contractors with skills in using the dangerous prohibited schools of magic. As the book progresses, Britton is forced to grapple with issues of personal and national loyalty, freedom versus security, and his own status as a superhuman who is effectively enslaved by his own government and military.

The second book, ''Fortress Frontier'', was released on January 29, 2013. In addition to continuing Britton's story, it introduces a new character, Colonel Alan Bookbinder, who is drafted into the SOC after turning up Latent, with an as-yet-unknown school. In the aftermath of a violent disaster at the climax of the previous book, he has to take command of the remaining forces at FOB Frontier, deep within the Source, and lead them to safety.

The third book, ''Breach Zone'', was released on January 28, 2014. Scylla, the secondary villain from the first two books, returns to attack [[BigApplesauce New York City]] with an army of monsters gathered from the Source, and it is up to a badly outnumbered military force under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Jan "Harlequin" Thorssen to save the city.

The first in a prequel trilogy, ''Gemini Cell'', was released on January 27, 2015. It takes place during [[TheMagicComesBack the Great Awakening]], after high-level government agencies discover that many individuals have gained supernatural abilities but before it becomes public knowledge. Starring Jim Schweitzer, a commando brought BackFromTheDead by {{Necromancy}}, it focuses less on the "individual versus society" drama of the first trilogy and more on a soldier's internal conflict between his duty and his conscience - with the ever-present threat of death for disobedience.

The second book in the prequel trilogy, ''Javelin Rain'', was released on March 29, 2016. Schweitzer has fled his handlers, and is now on the run with his wife and son. However, the government [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman no longer considers him human]]; instead they see him as a [[EmptyQuiver missing]] WeaponOfMassDestruction - one to be reclaimed or destroyed at any cost.

The third book in the prequel trilogy, ''Siege Line'', will be released on on October 31, 2017. Though having successfully captured a key political backer of the shadowy organization that murdered and reanimated him, Schweitzer and his son are still on the run. However, his actions have turned the Gemini Cell into a rogue agency - and the government is offering him amnesty in exchange for his help in taking them down. All he needs to do is prevent a powerful group of magical adepts from controlling a dangerous source of magical power in MysteriousAntarctica. Well, as the [=SEALs=] always say, "The only easy day was yesterday." And he ''died'' yesterday.
18th Aug '17 4:06:53 PM Zaptech
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The [=McGauer-Linden=] Act, which allows the government to imprison or conscript Latents into military service - especially as a huge number of Latents are ''[[ChildSoldier teenagers]]'' - is ''extremely'' unconstitutional. In US law, no Congressional act or executive order can violate the Constitution, and the [=McGrauer-Linden=] Act is among the most extreme imaginable violations of due process, which is protected by the Fifth Amendment. Of course, the central theme of the series is how [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste in times of crisis]], the majority of people ''will'' surrender [[LibertyOverProsperity freedom for security]] and discover all too late that they've made themselves defenseless before a government that now has absolute power.
-->Forcing children into military service has been the hallmark of failed states around the world, and a tragedy that the UN and a slew of [=NGOs=] has worked tirelessly to combat. In the Ivory Coast, Uganda, Rwanda, Kurdistan, the cry of outrage is heard at each new report of children forced to go to war. Except in the United States. Here, Latent children are routinely indoctrinated into the SOC in the name of national security, and the voices of outrage are suddenly silent, quietly grateful that someone is dealing with the problem.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The [=McGauer-Linden=] Act, which allows the government to imprison or conscript Latents into military service - especially as a huge number of Latents are ''[[ChildSoldier teenagers]]'' - is ''extremely'' unconstitutional. In US law, no Congressional act or executive order can violate the Constitution, and the [=McGrauer-Linden=] Act is among the most extreme imaginable violations of due process, which is protected by the Fifth Amendment. Of course, the central theme of the series is how [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste in times of crisis]], the majority of people ''will'' surrender [[LibertyOverProsperity freedom for security]] and discover all too late that they've made themselves defenseless before a government that now has absolute power.
-->Forcing children into military service has been the hallmark of failed states around the world, and a tragedy that the UN and a slew of [=NGOs=] has worked tirelessly to combat. In the Ivory Coast, Uganda, Rwanda, Kurdistan, the cry of outrage is heard at each new report of children forced to go to war. Except in the United States. Here, Latent children are routinely indoctrinated into the SOC in the name of national security, and the voices of outrage are suddenly silent, quietly grateful that someone is dealing with the problem.
15th Aug '17 5:15:32 PM nombretomado
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[[caption-width-right:278:"''Franchise/XMen'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/BlackHawkDown''"]]

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[[caption-width-right:278:"''Franchise/XMen'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/BlackHawkDown''"]]



The series provides a uniquely realistic and military spin on the traditional UrbanFantasy setting with abundant GrayAndGreyMorality. While there are political undercurrents, they are largely background elements. It has been described as "''Franchise/XMen'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/BlackHawkDown''" due to its combination of themes of metahuman superpowers and military fiction.

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The series provides a uniquely realistic and military spin on the traditional UrbanFantasy setting with abundant GrayAndGreyMorality. While there are political undercurrents, they are largely background elements. It has been described as "''Franchise/XMen'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/BlackHawkDown''" due to its combination of themes of metahuman superpowers and military fiction.
18th Jul '17 7:35:15 PM Kalaong
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The third book in the prequel trilogy, ''Siege Line'', will be released on on October 31, 2017. Though having successfully captured a key political backer of the shadowy organization that murdered and reanimated him, Schweitzer and his son are still on the run. However, his actions have turned the Gemini Cell into a rogue agency - and the government is offering him amnesty in exchange for his help in taking them down. All he needs to do is prevent a powerful group of magical adepts from controlling a dangerous source of magical power in MysteriousAntarctica. Well, as the SEALs always say, "The only easy day was yesterday." And he ''died'' yesterday.

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The third book in the prequel trilogy, ''Siege Line'', will be released on on October 31, 2017. Though having successfully captured a key political backer of the shadowy organization that murdered and reanimated him, Schweitzer and his son are still on the run. However, his actions have turned the Gemini Cell into a rogue agency - and the government is offering him amnesty in exchange for his help in taking them down. All he needs to do is prevent a powerful group of magical adepts from controlling a dangerous source of magical power in MysteriousAntarctica. Well, as the SEALs [=SEALs=] always say, "The only easy day was yesterday." And he ''died'' yesterday.
18th Jul '17 7:34:55 PM Kalaong
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The third book in the prequel trilogy, ''Siege Line'', will be released on on October 31, 2017. Though having successfully captured a key political backer of the shadowy organization that murdered and reanimated him, Schweitzer and his son are still on the run. However, his actions have turned the Gemini Cell into a rogue agency - and the government is offering him amnesty in exchange for his help in taking them down. All he needs to do is prevent a powerful group of magical adepts from controlling a dangerous source of magical power in MysteriousAntarctica. Well, as the SEALs always say, "The only easy day was yesterday." And he ''died'' yesterday.
14th May '17 6:18:51 AM Ramidel
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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: When [[spoiler: Downer returns to the SOC voluntarily, the SOC respond by treating her brutally, like a dog where they don't know whether it's rabid or not. This rather neatly breaks her StockholmSyndrome and her crush on Harlequin, causing her to turn Selfer first chance she gets.]]



* MugglesDoItBetter: The Goblins have numbers, large amounts of Sorcerers, dragons, massive rocs, giants, and the backing of the ''Gahe''. Humans have machineguns, tanks, Strykers, Apache helicopters, and A-10 Warthogs. The only reason that [[spoiler: FOB Frontier is overrun]] is because [[spoiler: half the base was leveled by Scylla and they were cut off from resupply when the SOC's only Portamancer was killed.]]
** It turns out that there's one thing muggles ''can't'' do better at: fighting ''gahe'', which are ImmuneToBullets. Only magic can contain them, and getting magical support is one of the biggest problems Harlequin faces while fighting Scylla's army in ''Breach Zone''.

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* MugglesDoItBetter: The Goblins have numbers, large amounts of Sorcerers, dragons, massive rocs, giants, and the backing of the ''Gahe''. Humans have machineguns, tanks, Strykers, Apache helicopters, and A-10 Warthogs. The only reason that [[spoiler: FOB Frontier is overrun]] is because [[spoiler: half the base was leveled by Scylla and they were cut off from resupply when the SOC's only Portamancer was killed.]]
** It turns out that there's one thing muggles ''can't'' do better at: fighting ''gahe'', which
]] Also, mundane bullets are ImmuneToBullets. Only magic can contain them, useless against ''Gahe''. So it's kind of a ZigZaggingTrope: Muggle weapons are more powerful in a straight war, but there are situations where you really need magic, and getting there are magical support is one of beings that have the biggest problems Harlequin faces while fighting Scylla's army in ''Breach Zone''.power of a nuke and the operational flexibility of a SEAL.
14th May '17 6:02:43 AM Ramidel
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* JustFollowingOrders: A particularly interesting examination of it, as it is pointed out that following orders is ''[[IFightForTheStrongestSide easier]]'' than defiance - an attempt to [[NeverMyFault refuse responsibility]] for actions one takes on behalf of authority.

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* JustFollowingOrders: JustFollowingOrders:
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A particularly interesting examination of it, as it is pointed out that following orders is ''[[IFightForTheStrongestSide easier]]'' than defiance - an attempt to [[NeverMyFault refuse responsibility]] for actions one takes on behalf of authority.


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** ''Gemini Cell'' defends the idea at one point, when Schweitzer says that the same person can't be both the blade and the hand that wields it, because that's how you get juntas and military coups. Of course, later Schweitzer indeed has to go rogue because Gemini Cell is corrupt to the core. (If it sounds like there isn't a clear {{Aesop}} in this, that's intentional.)
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