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Title: Iron Wolves
Series: Galaxy’s Edge: Order of the Centurion #2
Author: Jonathan Yanez
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
From Galaxysedge.fandom.com/Publisher’s Summary
The Iron Wolves are a company of legionnaires whose legendary exploits date back to the Savage Wars. When they are invited to be guests of honor at a ceremony on a small, backwater planet, they look forward to some precious time away from the constant conflicts of galaxy’s edge.
But when a neighboring country invades, disrupting the ceremony and killing innocents, the Wolves are forced to make an impossible decision. Aid a people pleading for their protection… or obey the cynical orders of their Senate to stand down and see how the dust settles.
Taking their careers and lives into their hands, the Iron Wolves and local militia form a brotherhood determined to fight for what they believe in. War is on the wind, the battle is at hand, and the Legion is on the move once more.
This is the first GE book truly written by another author. While Anspach and Cole’s names are on the cover, this is all Yanez. As such, it is a very different book from what I’ve read before. In many ways, it was almost straight up Mil-SF, just like the first book that kicked this whole series off, Legionnaire (by the by, can you believe it has been over 2 years since I started in on the Galaxy’s Edge series? And man, it is still going wicked strong!). There was no space opera about this novel, only the grim side of a war for a Republic that was downright dirty.
The main character, Sam, is a real basketcase. He suffers from flashbacks & nightmares and has bad enough anger issues that he’s constantly being busted back in rank. His life is the Legion though and there is nothing he won’t do for his brothers, including disobey direct orders from their Point Major, who is safely ensconced in a spaceship high above the world.
I understood what Yanez was writing here and why he wrote Sam as he did but I did not enjoy it nearly as much as some of the other GE books. Without that space opera element, that “fantastical other”, Mil-SF has to be really interesting to keep me engaged.
I’ll definitely be adjusting my expectations for the rest of this sub-series. Hopefully that will be enough to keep me motivated.