Ronald Held wrote:
The use of away team in a TOS novel implies a problem with the writing or editing. I did not notice that term used in TOS or its movie spinoffs. It should be a matter of keeping straight which era book you are writing.
That term may not have been used in TOS or its movie spin-offs, but that doesn't meant it couldn't have been used in that era by someone at some time. Had to have started somewhere, right?
In the meantime, it just seems to be a very minior nitpick, if a problem at all.