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Spoilers below if you haven't read book one and two:
This book begins with Aeson Keel (aka Wraith from book 2) flying his ship, when he gets a message, the scene shifts to a flashback of Wraith, Chhun, etc. as they escaped the planet in the first book, and follows their exploits as they volunteer to be a Dark Ops, the Legion's version of Delta, the SEALS, SAS, etc. The book also explains that there is a layer darker than that, Nether Ops, which does very horrible things in order to hopefully stop the unthinkable.
Very good, it's clear the authors are on a roll, and hopefully they don't stop anytime soon. The evolution of Chhun, Wraith, Kags, Masters, Exo, and Twenties into an elite Kill Team for Dark Ops is a good read, and finding out how, and why, the Chiasm was destroyed in book 1 is a revelation.
But it turns out that act of sabotage has deeper, political connections than they could guess, as evidenced by the second POV thread, as told by a deep-cover operative assigned to get close to an arms dealer supplying weapons to the rebels and terrorists, and to do anything necessary to fulfill the mission.
What particularly impresses me with the unfolding series is the layering. Each new installment casts new light on what came before, showing earlier events from different perspectives and conveying a greater understanding of what's going on and why. On completing the book, the first thing I wanted to do is go back and re-read the prior two to see what I missed.
New books are coming, and I'm eager to see how this epic unfolds.
I originally got these because I was waiting for another series to publish, but yeah I am all in now. I should have been asleep hours ago. Just wait til the end of this one. Holy bomb shells of non linear story telling. So insane. So awesome
Galactic Outlaws had a pretty different feel than Legionnaire. In part, that was due to the alternation of viewpoints between Aeson Keel and Tyrus Rechs. This made the book a little bit hard to follow, but I am willing to endure such things, because some of my favorite books have been hard to follow the first [few] times I've read them. There were a lot of questions left hanging at the end of Galactic Outlaws, and at least a few of them get wrapped up by Kill Team. My patience was rewarded.
We also get a good hard look at the dark underbelly of counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism work. False flag operations and double agents are an expected part of the wilderness of mirrors that characterizes the human side of intelligence gathering, but simply acknowledging that doesn't really count the human cost on the agents who infiltrate terrorist organizations to expose and subvert them.
The moral tradition of which I am a part insists that it is never permissible to do evil in order to achieve good. "Tom," ex-navy undercover operative, has an uneasy conscience about the horrible things he does in order to prevent yet more horrible things. His moral intuition matches up with the moral maxim, but he does those things because they are his mission. In the end, "Tom" receives a kind of rough justice. I'm not sure that what happened to him is just. I'm also not sure is exactly unjust.
As I mentioned in my review of Galactic Outlaws, I appreciate the moral realism of the Galaxy's Edge series. There are very real dangers lurking for the rough men who guard us in our sleep, the temptation to become the monsters they fight, spurred by their often justified contempt for the polished and comfortable who blithely send them to die. "Tom" is a man of integrity, as are most of the Legionnaires we meet. Unfortunately for them, the harshness you need to survive can slowly sap away your humanity. Which is why the real heroes are very often dead.
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