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The War Games of Zelos (The Expendables #3)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The probe reported no evidence of human life on Zelos. It should have been an easy mission. The planet was supposed to be remarkably like Earth.

The Expendables were trained to expect the unexpected, but even they were surprised to discover homo sapiens 24 light-years away from Terra. These people were Viking-like. Tall. Strong. Armed. And ready to fight with their uninvite
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1980 by Coronet (first published 1975)
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the only reason i read this book was because i bought books 1,2 and 3 at a used book store for $1 each. I definitely got a bucks worth of entertainment out of these trashy pulp titles. I can't wait to return them to the book store and unleash the pulp on some other unsuspecting reader.

i guess there is a 4th in this series. It probably follows the exact same formula as the first 3. I hope I never find a copy of it at the used book store because I would probably have to buy and read that one too.
Science fiction for people who like fun, but don't like science that much.
Michael Memoli
Jun 29, 2014 Michael Memoli rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scifi exploration fans
Shelves: yhe-expendables
Read this years ago. So glad to find it in digital format. This book continues the crew of the Santa Maria's mission to explore prove a planet for colonization. Survival of the human race hangs in the balance. Commander James Conrad has a crew of highly talented humans designated expendables and 4 self programming robots. They not only look for traps, they jump up and down on the springs. If enough expendables survive a local year the planet may be considered for colonists.

Each Expendable is a v
This is the third of the expendable series - and as you can well imagine the characters and plot are pretty much set - what makes it different each time is the planet the come across and the perils and challenges they are presented from it. This is where the story really takes on its pulp origins and excels. Again i will not give anything away but I will say that one of my favourite scenes is the "games" and how the crew take on the challenges and use their special skills to make their own speci ...more
1977 grade B-
1995 grade B-
This is the first book in the series that I have read, and I don't see myself reading the other books. I am a fan of sci-fi and action. Reading the description, I expected a sort-of Hunger Games-for lack of better comparison-going on between the humans and the Zelosians to fight for Zelos. Unfortunately, I only got little action and a slow plot from this book.
I read this in the Fawcett edition, and as by Richard Avery. In fact, I didn't realize until today that Avery was actualy Edmund Cooper. I thought it was pretty good, perhaps a bit better than 3 stars.
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Pseudonym of Edmund Cooper.

Librarians Note: This author should not be merged with the profile for Edmund Cooper. Books are listed in the Goodreads database by the name under which they were published, even if later reprinted under the author's real name.
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