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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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** ''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 this is said in a FlashBack to a conversation Schweitzer indeed has to go rogue because Gemini Cell is corrupt to had with his wife [[spoiler:just before the core. (If mission where he was ''[[TheUriahGambit purposefully sent to die]]'' so he could be resurrected as a zombie supersoldier; refusing responsibility for one's life means others will do as they please with it sounds like there isn't a clear {{Aesop}} in this, that's intentional.)-- including [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness throwing it away if they see no more use for it]]..]].
-->...he couldn’t be the scalpel anymore. That shining instrument had been sucked from his side, spinning away into the maelstrom of the screaming lost, the price of his return. Now he had to know, now he had to think.


* InhumanableAlienRights: Latents in general. The best a Latent can expect from SOC is to be treated as a useful tool. Stop being useful and they'll just lobotomize you and use you like a piece of machinery.

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* InhumanableAlienRights: The [=McGrauer-Linden=] Act effectively makes Latents in general. The best a Latent can expect from SOC into legal slaves beholden to work for the US government, and choosing to not serve the government is considered a crime akin to be treated as a useful tool. Stop reckless endangerment, leading to these Latents being useful labeled "Selfers" because they choose themselves over the greater good of the country. The real legality of this is discussed in the books, and they'll just lobotomize you Supreme Court cases are ongoing regarding it (brought up by families of Latents because the Latents themselves are in no position to sue) but it is generally accepted by the government in spite of the fact that it blatantly violates the Constitution, because Entertech and use you like the military greatly benefit from a piece ready supply of machinery.superpowered slaves and indoctrinated superpowered soldiers.


* DidNotDoTheResearch: On several points, most glaringly anything to do with Apache and Indian religion or culture.


* DidNotDoTheResearch: On several points, most glaringly anything to do with Apache and Indian religion or culture.



* MugglePower: Half the terrible things in the series are the result of a mix of fear and greed convincing the US Government and corporate interests that magic must be strictly controlled, no matter the cost.



* MutantDraftBoard: All Latents who manifest are required to report in and given the choice of imprisonment or military service. Latents who run, or Probes (anyone who manifests in a Prohibited School or uses a legal school in a prohibited way) are killed. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Okay, that's not right.]] Probes are recruited, end of story. They aren't allowed to accept imprisonment ''or'' to be killed; those who are too recalcitrant are lobotomized and forced into service anyway. Latents who run get the same treatment if capturing them is possible; SOC doesn't kill Latents unless they have no other choice.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Britton's reaction when he [[spoiler:thinks he's killed his father]] and later when [[spoiler: he lets Scylla loose]]. Harlequin goes through this over the course of ''Breach Zone''.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Harlequin's opinion on the SOC. But when President Walsh essentially [[spoiler: orders that there be no rescue attempt for FOB Frontier until after the next election (''in eight months!'') to avoid the horrible press that would result]], Harlequin decides that he's had enough.


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* MutantDraftBoard: All Latents who manifest are required to report in and given the choice of imprisonment or military service. Latents who run, or Probes (anyone who manifests in a Prohibited School or uses a legal school in a prohibited way) are killed. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Okay, that's not right.]] Probes are recruited, end of story. They aren't allowed to accept imprisonment ''or'' to be killed; those who are too recalcitrant are lobotomized and forced into service anyway. Latents who run get the same treatment if capturing them is possible; SOC doesn't kill Latents unless they have no other choice.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Britton's reaction when he [[spoiler:thinks he's killed his father]] and later when [[spoiler: he lets Scylla loose]]. Harlequin goes through this over the course of ''Breach Zone''.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Harlequin's opinion on the SOC. But when President Walsh essentially [[spoiler: orders that there be no rescue attempt for FOB Frontier until after the next election (''in eight months!'') to avoid the horrible press that would result]], Harlequin decides that he's had enough.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The series takes... ''liberties'' regarding depicting Apache religions, depicting them as worshipping the ''gahe'' shadowy demon-like creatures. Hinduism is also treated inaccurately with Hindus worshipping nagas, and apparently having Sikhs worshipping the same beings (which would be akin to having a Christian or Muslim worshipping Odin).

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* NobleBigot: Jawid isn't a bad guy, but he has a very skewed view of relationships between men and women. Having had sex with Dadou, he thinks that she's his wife, and thus his property to have sex with as he pleases. [[spoiler: This mistake gets him killed.]]


* 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.
** In addition, the mere existence of FOB Frontier is a violation of the War Powers Resolution, which says that the President must inform Congress within 48 hours of a foreign military deployment and must withdraw them within ninety days without a Congressional authorization of military support. [[spoiler:It's no surprise that the President is really, ''really'' unhappy with the idea of FOB Frontier becoming public and is willing to let everyone there die to keep it a secret.]]
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The series takes... ''liberties'' regarding depicting Apache religions, depicting them as worshipping the ''gahe'' shadowy demon-like creatures. Hinduism is also treated inaccurately with Hindus worshipping nagas, and apparently having Sikhs worshipping the same beings (which would be akin to having a Christian or Muslim worshipping Odin).


* ConflictKiller: [[spoiler:Scylla]] to the Selfer/SOC conflict. [[spoiler:Her invasion of New York proves to the powers-that-be that the Awakening has brought with it threats that ''only'' Latents can solve, so they have to provide them with freedom and equal rights or fall to those threats]].



* VillainHasAPoint: Scylla was completely correct that the government wouldn't voluntarily allow Latents their freedom. She was equally correct that they would never change the laws as Britton demanded, as the government was firmly in Entertech's pocket. Attempting to take over America with an army of genocidal goblins, ''Gahe'' and Selfers isn't really much better, but [[spoiler:the threat she poses forces Entertech to surrender its Limbic Dampener stockpiles and eventually permit the government to play ball with Britton and his rebels. [[DoWeHaveThisOne Without the threat of Scylla to bring them to the table, the military-industrial complex would have never let Latents be free]].]]

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* VillainHasAPoint: Scylla was completely correct that the government wouldn't voluntarily allow Latents their freedom. She was equally correct that they would never change the laws as Britton demanded, as the government was firmly in Entertech's pocket. Attempting to take over America with an army of genocidal goblins, ''Gahe'' and Selfers isn't really much better, but [[spoiler:the threat she poses forces Entertech to surrender its Limbic Dampener stockpiles and eventually permit the government to play ball with Britton and his rebels. [[DoWeHaveThisOne [[ConflictKiller Without the threat of Scylla to bring them to the table, the military-industrial complex would have never let Latents be free]].]]


* ''Siege Line'' (2017/10/31)

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* ''Siege Line'' (2017/10/31)
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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The series takes... ''liberties'' regarding depicting Apache religions, depicting them as worshipping the ''gahe'' shadowy demon-like creatures. Hinduism is also treated inaccurately with Hindus worshipping nagas, and apparently having Sikhs worshipping the same beings (which would be akin to having a Christian or Muslim worshipping Odin).


* ''Siege Line'' (2017)

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* ''Siege Line'' (2017)
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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.

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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)


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.


* 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.

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