Kill Team is the third installment of the Galaxy’s Edge science fiction series. But chronologically it occurs immediately after the end of Legionnaire, the first volume in the series. Kill Team is a two track story. One track tells the story of the surviving members of Legion Company Victory after the Battle of Kublar and how they become re-integrated into the task force attempting to prevent a decapitation attack meant to topple the Republic. The other track is a spy story following an undercover agent working to prevent the same attack.
The story is well told. But for my tastes the adventures of the Legionnaires is more engaging. The morally ambiguous role of the spy and the way that the writer portrays his internal conflict isn’t as much fun as the mil-sf adventures of Victory Company.
The story line serves to provide back story to some characters that first appeared in Galactic Outlaws, volume two of the series. And this was, in my opinion necessary. Quite a big gap existed between the story lines in Legionnaire and Galactic Outlaws. Kill Team makes sense of some of the dramatic changes in the intervening period.
My verdict for Kill Team is positive. Although, as I said I enjoyed the Victory Company track more than the spy track the story holds up well and builds on the strong characters that made Legionnaire so enjoyable. Kudos to Anspach and Cole. They’ve extended their winning streak and I’ll go for the fourth volume. I want to see just how bleak their empire crashing vision will be.