The Expendable Few - A Spinward Fringe Novel

Rated 4.26/5 based on 43 reviews
Clark Patterson and other officers in the Freeground Military are ejected from regular service when their actions and lifestyles are met by disapproval by a new oppressive government. They find themselves reassigned to a unit sent on some of the most dangerous missions ever undertaken by Freeground Nation soldiers. Completing these missions is their only way to win their freedom. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780986594267
About Randolph Lalonde

Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields.

He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since.

He self published his first novel;
Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the Spinward Fringe series.

Randolph Lalonde's Ebooks have been legally downloaded over 750,000 times to date including free downloads. He has made just enough to keep writing full time from sales. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering.

He currently resides in Sudbury Ontario where he's working on a new trilogy of Spinward Fringe novels as well as a Fantasy trilogy. The first offering in the trilogy, Brightwill, is available for free along with the first Spinward Fringe novel, Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins.

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Review by: Marc Therrien on Aug. 24, 2017 :
Great twists as always. They catch us completely unaware.

The story looked quite rushed, however. Sometimes, we barely have time to understand what's going on.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: K L on July 29, 2013 :
This series is excellent and this book did not let me down. Wonderful read, I highly recommend it! Keep up the fantastic work Sir, I can't get enough!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: David McMillin on Sep. 19, 2012 :
Probably the last book I buy in this series since pdf format is not available. I don't want to read online and don't have a kindle, etc. The rest I had downloaded in pdf and this worked great. And no I don't want to use that Adobe Digital Editions crap. Can't really rate it since I probably will never be able to read it
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Harvey Allard III on Aug. 01, 2012 : (no rating)
Randy Lalonde created a very imaginative and compelling universe when he started the Spinward fringe series. This is another great example of that universe. I can't wait to read his next novel.
Good work Randy!
Readers...I highly recommend that you give this book a read, not just this book, but the entire series!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Richard Vendelbo Nielsen on July 10, 2012 :
A very good read. A good immersive story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Ian Trowbridge on May 18, 2012 :
In all his works Randy Lalonde creates rich believable characters you adopt and care for. This offering is no exception and offers a background and alternate view to the universe he created for the Spinward series. It's good stuff and well written. BUT; he does dwell on the "renegades given a second chance" angle and while it's a good plot device, having read the series from the start it becomes very familiar. Fortunately this minor (personal view) point does not detract from what is a very good read and will make his writing peers ever-so-slightly jealous and so it should; I didn't notice the pace slowdown other reviewers mention and I for one am impressed with Mr. Lalonde's scene and action descriptions and I particularly like where he takes the reader; you want the hero to get the girl and the baddy to get his come-uppence, and Randloph delivers big time with no apologies. I would never have discovered his work had it not been for Smashwords, as good as we find Randy's work, I doubt he would ever have seen success with a hardcopy publisher or even been represented. I'm thankful that he perservered and used this medium to such good effect. This is splendid space opera and Randolph Lalonde is Wagner.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeff Hatch on May 13, 2012 :
Nice background to the Spinward fringe Broadcast series. It is not quite as smooth, and the pace is not as fast as the main books in the series. Having said that, it is well worth taking the time to read.

Highly recomended!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Aaron Majewski on May 12, 2012 :
This is a very good work, suggesting that the entire series is also spectacular. It does lag a bit in places, and a few things might be easier to follow if you read the rest of the series first, but all in all it was very impressive.
The beginning starts out with a nice fast pace and a human tragedy which draws the reader in and makes them want to see what happens next. Unfortunately the last third of the book lags slightly, and really I think you must have read the previous works in the series to easily following those last few chapters, but that is understandable as this isn't exactly a prequel.
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)

Review by: Brant Fessett on May 10, 2012 :
I love all of Randolph's books, this one being no different.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Lee Miller on May 06, 2012 :
Had a real hard time putting it down. Throughly enjoyed the stories and characters. Can't wait for more.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)

Review by: Rusty Nejdl on April 17, 2012 :
As usual for this series, a fun and enjoyable book that I had problems putting it down. For some reason, the stories and characters stick with you even though the writing and content isn't the most profound.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Bednaz on April 11, 2012 :
Good story, and characters that you can believe, that make you feel for them. I enjoyed this book and I am eagerly awaiting more!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Mike Briggs on April 07, 2012 :
A nice enough side track from the main line to fill in the wait for #7.
I enjoyed it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: David Coddington on April 07, 2012 :
I very much enjoyed this latest from Mr. Lalonde. His characters are believable and I always find myself totally absorbed by the plot and the action. I highly recommend this to any interested readers and am anxiously waiting for his next novel to be released.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: Sara Robinson on April 02, 2012 :
I love this series! I found it a couple of years ago so was over the moon when I found out more had come out. The development of the characters and the loyalty are whet keeps me coming back for more.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Tom Broden on April 02, 2012 :
It is a good story that kept me immersed in the futuristic setting. I knocked a star off because I didn't like the narrative catch-up at the end. Some people like the story that makes you say "oh that's what was going on", not me. I like the story telling that is written as if someone were telling it aloud; which is what all the Freeground books have been so far.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Graham M. Phillips on March 28, 2012 :
Like many others, I wanted to see what was happening away from the main story.
Whilst I'm glad that I did, I didn't find the story as satisfying as the main series. There were one or two places where I had to re-read it, as I was slightly confused by what was going on (I could say but that might be a spoiler to someone who hasn't read it yet!).
Will be re-reading it and look forward to Number 7. Interested to see how the story links in with 7.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: sheila hall on March 28, 2012 : (no rating)
Excellent addition to the series. Hope characters continue in Broadcast 7.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: flsurfer17 on March 28, 2012 :
Very good addition to the series. Cannot wait for $#7 to come out
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: silbaugh on March 27, 2012 :
Excellent book. I am looking forward to reading the next - Broadcast 7. Fast read...didn't want to set it down and go to bed!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Adam Spicar on March 25, 2012 :
This is a great book to read! I have been a fan of Lalonde's books for some time now, bought all his Spinward Fringe books. Expandable Few has an interesting story that expands the Spinward Fringe universe and you should do yourself a favor and get this little gem! You will not regrett. This is a fast story, reads well and the suspense and action is thrilling! Go get it now!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: apteryxowenii on March 24, 2012 :
Really great read, a nice change from the Spinward fringe series (its connected, but features a different, though related set of events). For a short book the characters are very developed, and the story easily engages the reader.
The story has many references to the Spinward Fringe series, and any reader should at least be familiar with the series in order to get the most from The Expendable Few.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Bill McKenzie on March 24, 2012 :
A very good read. Set in the Spinward Fringe timeline, but with some new characters, the story has a kind of 'Dirty Dozen' special operations team sent on various highly dangerous missions involving the planned abduction of the inventor of the 'Frame' technology featured in the mainstream saga.

There are some interesting plot twists and a sting in the tail of the story.

Great story, but I still miss Ayan and Jake. Looking forward to Broadcast 7.

Thanks Randy
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: cdouglas3227 on March 23, 2012 :
This adds some nice depth and connects well to the existing story. Overall an enjoyable read. I did find it a little less enjoyable that the previous work, but likely because over time one gets to know and becomes invested in the existing characters in the series. It helped some that they were tied into the story. This addition seems to tackle some bigger real world issues more directly than the past books have which I do find interesting. It will be fun to see if this carries over into broadcast 7.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Mark Christiansen on March 23, 2012 :
I have read the book and I have read the reviews posted on this site. As for the book, there are new characters and a continuing story line that can lead the story for Spinward Fringe into a whole new direction. Is it "gritty"? Yes! Does it have some editing problems? Yes! Does it mean that the story isn't good? NO! Will it refined? Well, duh...of course it will. Very good R.L.! Kudos to you on a great story! Patiently waiting for Broadcast 7. Thank you R.L.!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Ammon Turner on March 23, 2012 :
While patiently awaiting the next installment, I was pleased to read a "meanwhile this is happening over here" story. It lets me know that the writer's world is still expanding and I look forward to the interconnectedness of Broadcast 7. I'm in for the long haul. My only disappointment was that I wanted more. I read it the day after I got it and it completely ruined all plans for the day as I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Edward Hermansen on March 23, 2012 :
not up to the author's usual standards, but I liked it. Editing was sloppy. I am looking forward to Broadcast 7.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Brad Stradley II on March 22, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book, but I don't think that up to the author's normal standard. The twist at the end was a very nice touch. The dialogue drifted imto vulgarity which had been wonderfully absent from his other works. Most of the others in this series read by most any age. This one was not so.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: meccabob on March 21, 2012 :
Interesting,but underwelming
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Christopher Tait on March 21, 2012 :
I love the Spinward Fringe series! Aside from needing another edit, this is a great addition to the plot of the series. I will be impatiently awaiting the arrival of Broadcast 7.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Tom Bauer on March 21, 2012 :
I have read every Lalonde book and I loved them all. Lalonde is the best science fiction writer of our time, IMHO. But I must have been off my feed the day I read Expendable Few. I just couldn't get into it. I know from following the blogs that Lalonde worked really hard on this book, maybe too hard. He mentioned once that he pounded out other books in much less time than he took to write this one. Maybe that's the better formula for him. I will reread this book again later this year because I feel I owe it to Lalonde, an author I truly admire.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Scott Ambrunn on March 21, 2012 : (no rating)
I dont usually read space fiction but once I started the Spinward series I ate them up. there was maybe 5 or 6 sections/pages that i squimed over and thats from the entire series-I hate over descriptive passages. The store and charactors sweep u up and carry u along and befor you know it you have finished another book. Often times offshoot story lines don't live up to the originall series but not this time. The Expendable few is a great story in its self with new full body charactors, I cant wait to see how it ties in with brodcast 7. Really folks Im picky about what I read, it has got to keep my attention and If a book thats 500, 600 or more pages can do that then you gotta figure its worth a try-you wont be sorry
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: jim baker on March 21, 2012 : (no rating)
I am still hungry for more about this universe! But this text could stand another pass by an editor. I noticed misspellings, repeated sentences, and one spot where the wrong pronoun was used. Jarring! I still enjoyed it and don't regret what I paid. My money is burning a hole in my pocket - ready for the next book!!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Steven Carty on March 21, 2012 :
Enjoyed this book. Patiently waiting for broadcast 7. Randolph needs a better proof reader, found many, many mistakes but no big deal.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Jack Rischel on March 21, 2012 :
As with all of the other books in the set by Randolph Lalonde, this was an exceptional addition, with just the right amount of teasers to want the 7th book in the series to come out, and yet able to stand alone with the wide range of characters to flesh out. Couldn't put the book down until I was totally done.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Mike VALICH on March 21, 2012 :
Another great book! Waiting, Waiting, Waiting for next broadcast! Thanks for the great ride!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Herbert Fields on March 21, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved it! This series is an all time great! I can't wait for the next broadcast!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Keith Hoak on March 20, 2012 : (no rating)
Great read! Good addition to the SF story, can't wait for more from RL.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: ebhdoc on March 20, 2012 :

Waiting on Br.7 though.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Mark Adkins on March 20, 2012 :
Randy is a fantastic author and has a spinward fringe page on facebook where he regularly posts. Oh yeah this book was awesome!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Leonard Wickens on March 15, 2012 : (no rating)
Great book, adds new depth to the Spinward Universe. I read in one sitting. Keep them coming, Randolph. Now just need a movie LOL
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Brenton Edwards on March 11, 2012 :
Well worth the wait
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: buscht on March 08, 2012 :
Fun book, well worth the time and money to obtain, especially if you have read the others in the series. I enjoyed the new characters, but not so much the Puritan party side plot. Seemed a little hokey. Overall, good effort.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Mark Nielsen on March 05, 2012 :
I was so thrilled to see that this "novella" was expended, er, expanded to novel length! The action was so fast and relentless. I never felt like I had a chance to catch my breath, and that's not a bad thing at all. I think the only drawback to that is I was left wanting so much more. This could easily have been twice the length and still not feel like any part moved anywhere near slow. It also speaks volumes to the .. well, volumes of the Spinward Fringe universe. It's so expansive, and really has endless possibilities. Thanks to the author for bringing us such a wonderful universe, and branching out to include some stories of other people in the SpinFrin world.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Allan Berkovitz on March 03, 2012 :
Another terrific addition to the series. Lots of questions get answered in this one, of course a lot more questions come up, but in the end I'm left wanting more.
Episodes like this are like an additional dose of enjoyment Randolph Lalonde has me hooked on with this series. Can't wait to discuss with fellow fans without worrying about ruining spoilers either.
Randolph Lalonde is a wizard.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Tracy Holmes on March 02, 2012 :
An author who always leaves you wanting more. Yet again R. L. dosen't disappoint. I loved meeting up with existing characters in this book and the introduction of new ones. Looking forward to seeing how they all come together in future works.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Keith Kunz on March 02, 2012 :
Many have said (on various forums) that they wished they could pay for the Origins book because it was so good. Now is their chance to show the author how much they love the series by purchasing this book at a price that reflects their strong feelings about this series!! I for one chose to let my affection for this series dictate the price I paid!!! Unread at this point... but not for long!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Steve Coutee on March 01, 2012 : (no rating)
you are giving it away!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sam Huffer on Feb. 29, 2012 :
Excellent addition to the spinward fringe series!

I loved this book. It fleshes out what is going on back at freeground, and gives possible hints to spinward fringe: framework plots. I know you just published this book Mr.Lalonde, but I can't wait for it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tony on Feb. 29, 2012 :
I think the best way I can sum this book up is: underwhelming.

This was my least favorite of any of the Spinward Fringe novels.Taken as a whole the story was OK, but there didn't seem to be nearly enough emotion attached. I felt like I had to make myself keep reading at times.

Also, the tense that the book was written was annoying.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sylvie Lafontaine on Feb. 29, 2012 :
This is a grittier, more grown up version of the Spinward Fringe universe. Some familiar faces show up, which is always fun!

There are some unexpected twists and turns, which keep you on your toes and turning pages. I can't wait to see how this is going to tie in to the Spinward Fringe series!

I definitely hope some of these characters make a reappearance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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