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Colossus and the Crab Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1980

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reissue edition (Jun. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425043274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425043271
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,849,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fantastic ending to a great trilogy.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9787a864) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
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HASH(0x978a5fe4) out of 5 stars A satisfying conclusion to the Colossus trilogy 11 May 2008
By MarkK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The final novel in D. F. Jones's "Colossus Trilogy" picks up where the last one left off, with Charles Forbin - the creator of Colossus, the supercomputer that took over the world five years before - and his assistant Edward Blake awaiting the arrival of the Martians who provided them with the means of shutting down the computer. When they appear, they soon reveal that the aid they supplied was to remove the one obstacle to their plan, which is to re-oxygenate Mars by taking half of the Earth's atmosphere. Facing the devastation of the planet and the deaths of millions, Forbin and Blake are forced to undertake a plan that is Earth's only hope of defeating the Martians - the reactivation of Colossus.

Having described the computer-run future he created in his last novel, The Fall of Colossus, in this one Jones concentrates on the plot and his antagonists. The Martians he describes are well imagined by the author, and many of the best parts of the novel center around their interaction with Forbin and his efforts to comprehend them. In many ways they are better realized than most of the humans, as some of the secondary characters are little better than ethnic stereotypes. The challenge the aliens pose is also well developed, providing an impending threat that Jones conveys well with effective visualization and pacing. In all it provides for a satisfying end for an occasionally overshadowed, yet enjoyably entertaining series.
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HASH(0x978b1054) out of 5 stars Alittle silly-but gives closure to the colossus trilogy 23 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book begins slowly, goes through a silly stage but the last eighty pages pull off a fitting end to the Forbin project. Leaves no questions unanswered and speaks highly of the human spirit and will to prevail. Asolid read.
HASH(0x978b1228) out of 5 stars The Conclusion to the Colossus Trilogy 17 Dec. 2014
By Antinomian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are going to probably be spoilers for the first two novels of the Colossus series here. I'll try to mute them for this novel's review.

Colossus and The Crab, published in 1977, is book 3 of the Colossus series and is a nice end to the Colossus trilogy. Many many authors take on hefty subjects in their novels and are just not able to follow through with a satisfying ending. That is not the case with this series.

So the Super Computer Overlord entity, Colossus, is brought to um compliance using information from a source/entity that Colossus was not aware of. However there was an ulterior motive to bring about action from this information so Mankind finds itself jumping from the frying pan of Colossus's regime to an even worse fire of another regime that will lead to Mankind's collapse.

So now Colossus can become Mankind's savior in combating this new worse threat. Wow! Jones style may not be liked by many, but his concepts are worthy. None of the parties involved are innately awful or cruel for cruelties sake, but have their own needs and vision on how to achieve this. Thus comes the possibility of negotiation if all parties can achieve what they want to achieve. For Mankind it's the avoidance of extinction, for the third entity it's the avoidance of *it's* extinction, and for Colossus it's it's continuing sentience. DF Jones really comes up with an elegant conclusion, and for the dystopian outlook of the previous two novels, one that is surprisingly upbeat.

Thus concludes the Colossus trilogy satisfyingly. Some reviewers didn't like the last two books of the series, and that's fine for their opinion. I for one thought they were worthwhile and it was much better for them to have been written than not.
HASH(0x978b1858) out of 5 stars Ended too quickly 17 Jan. 2016
By GRK_Astronomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The third book in the trilogy was fairly predictable although it see ed to end abruptly. You are not made aware of the results between the Martians and Colossus only that the negotiations started. How Joan survives and Forbin does not is a mystery. You never know if Cleo appreciated Forbin's actions or not.

Like most trilogies, the second and third books should probably have been never written since they overshadow the initial book so much. They declined in interest very quickly. Given these were written in the 1970s, very little forethought went into the books and research was at a minimum. There were just too many things in the 22nd century that just did not fit ... Teletypes, radios, these things lacked imagination.

All in all, it was strange reading these books having seen the movie which stands on its own as the first book should have.
HASH(0x978b1804) out of 5 stars Love this series. 24 Jan. 2016
By Nitesatin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Colossus is a super computer that decides man can't govern himself. He takes over control from mankind. Of course, humans can't take not being in control and when an unknown ally says they can shut down Colossus they jump at the chance only to land from the frying pan into the fire. Too late, they realize you don't know what you've lost until it is gone. I loved this series and D. F. Jones has a great story line that keeps the reader turning pages. I recommend this series to anyone that loves scifi and considers what it would be like to be under the rule of a super computer/AI.
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