Science Fiction/Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note, January 2012

Cole, Myke. Shadow Ops: Control Point. Ace: Berkley. Feb. 2012. c.400p. ISBN 9781937007249. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

In reponse to a worldwide outbreak of magical powers that appear suddenly and randomly and that cause havoc among a panicked population, Oscar Britton’s job as a member of the military’s Supernatural Operation Corps is to hunt down those who manifest magical talent. His life is turned upside down, however, when Britton himself develops a forbidden power and becomes the hunted instead of the hunter. A debut by a former military officer that will attract readers who like their urban fantasies with more of a military edge.

Del Franco, Mark. Undone Deeds: A Connor Grey Novel. Ace: Berkley. Jan. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9781937007256. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

As a consulting druid for the Boston Police Department, Connor Grey investigates supernatural events until he becomes a suspect in a terrorist attack and must go into hiding. This sixth series installment (after Uncertain Allies) should appeal to fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.

Mead, Richelle. Shadow Heir: A Dark Swan Novel. Zebra: Kensington. Jan. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9781420111804. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Eugenie Markham, a shaman-for-hire with a prophetic gift, battles a blight that is devastating the Otherworld in the conclusion to this urban fantasy (Storm Born; Thorn Queen; Iron Crowned) set in Middle America and the world of the fae.

Rowland, Diana. Sins of the Demon: A Kara Gillian Novel. DAW, dist. by Penguin. Jan. 2012. c.320p.ISBN 9780756407056. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Detective Kara Gillian (Secrets of the Demon) of the New Orleans supernatural task force races against time to clear her name as someone is killing the people who have caused her harm in the past.

Wells, Jaye. Silver-Tongued Devil. Orbit: Hachette. Jan. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780316178433. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Paranormal investigator Sabina Kane tracks the perpetrator of a string of sadistic murders affecting New York’s supernatural community in the fourth title (after Green-Eyed Demon ) in this humor-laced series.