It seems that you need to have read at least one of the Queen and Country prose novels before tackling this particular collection. The second storyline comes directly after one of the novels, and refers to its events heavily. And maybe most people who like Queen and Country will do so, and have no problem. I did not. And although there's enough backstory included here to figure out basically what's going on, there isn't enough to get the emotional depth of the story. That said, it's still decent enough writing, even if I was missing something. Anyone who'd gotten this far into the series and was still liking it should be pleased enough.