Takeover is listed as the first book of “Galaxy’s Edge Season Two.” This signifies the end of the first story arc that pitted the corrupt House of Reason against the imperial designs of Goth Sullus with the Legion trapped in the middle. With the end of that chapter we begin this season in the aftermath of that struggle with the Legion reorganizing the Galactic Republic after the defeat of the Goth Sullus and the dissolution of the House of Reason.
All of this change has left almost everything and everyone throughout the galaxy in flux. This is the story of one of those places, Kublar, a world with its own indigenous race now heavily controlled by a government installed from outside by the now defunct House of Reason and also heavily colonized by an aggressive and hostile outside race called the zhee.
An outside force arrives in the form of a private army of mercenaries hired by a man called Arkaddy Nilo. Nilo has a plan to alter the imperial methods of the Galactic Republic and restore freedom to the many worlds that chafe under the rule of the Republic. Takeover is the story of how that plan is implemented by Nilo and of the two primary weapons that Nilo uses. One is a former legionnaire named Carter who leads a platoon of combat soldiers that provide the skills needed to aid the koobs (nickname given to the natives of Kublar) in their fight to take back their planet. The second is a former Republic Navy spy named Bowie who performs clandestine operations for Nilo meant to destabilize the coalition of the House of Reason government, the zhee and a local group of koobs who benefit from selling out the interests of the rest of their people in return for special treatment.
Anyone who has read any of my earlier reviews of the Galaxy’s Edge books knows I’m an enthusiastic fan of the series. The authors Jason Anspach and Nick Cole have created an exciting and inventive universe full of military science fiction fun. Takeover continues this legacy with a new cast and fresh storylines that provide a different direction from last season. The opportunities for expanding the scope of the story are very apparent in Takeover and back story about the nature of the invaders from the “Savage Wars” era is sprinkled in the story line that Bowie inhabits.
The battle scenes are exciting and well-drawn. The characters are interesting and include good guys to cheer and plenty of bad guys to snuff out. And as opposed to season one there are plenty of opportunities for the good guys to actually win the day without sacrificing the whole cast.
Okay, so this is a no-brainer. I highly recommend Anspach and Cole’s Galaxy’s Edge series and I am happy to announce that the first book of Season Two, Takeover, continues the proud tradition of Season One in providing quality military science fiction that you can enjoy. And you can even applaud as the social justice losers in the government imposed by the House of Reason are thwarted and routed by the good guys. What could be better than that?