Michael Cole is a former career intelligence officer. He left government service to write full time after landing a book deal with Penguin-Random-House. He still serves in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He heads up the reserve contingent at US Coast Guard Station New York, where his primary missions are Search-and-Rescue (SAR) and Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE). His military fantasy Shadow Ops series launched last year with Control Point, followed by Fortress Frontier in February of 2013. Four more books are expected, each a year apart. Mr. Cole has done three tours in Iraq and has responded to domestic disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.