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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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. 1, 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)
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