The Avengers: Too Many Targets

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Cover image: The Avengers, Too Many Targets, St Martin's Press, 1990Author John Peel & Dave Rogers

Country United States
Format Paperback
Publisher St Martin's Press
Publication Date 1990
Original Price $8.95
ISBN 0312050038

Too Many Targets is an original novel featuring John Steed, Dr David Keel, Cathy Gale, Emma Peel, Tara King, Mother, Rhonda and the Cybernauts.

Back Cover Blurb


There's a double agent afoot in England, and John Steed thinks it's Mother. At least, somebody wants him to think so. Mother thinks it's Steed. Dr. Keel thinks it's an ape. Emma Peel and Cathy Gale think something very strange is going on, and Tara King no longer knows what to think.

If you think the Avengers are back in action, you're right on target.

In this the first original Avengers novel in more than a decade, all of the original crime-stoppers are back in action: Cathy Gale's skills at judo are as sharp as always, as is Mrs. Peel's wit, and Steed remains ever the dapper gentleman, from bowler to brolly.

But this is no Sunday outing. There are already two dead agents, and nobody knows who can be trusted. It is going to require the combined expertise of all the Avengers to repay the debts incurred by these murders. Anything less than justice simply wouldn't be sporting.

Other Editions

Cover Image: The Avengers, Too Many Targets, Tor Books, 1998 The Avengers: Too Many Targets
United States | Paperback | Tor Books | 1998 | 0812589092
This edition was released to tie in with the release of the Avengers movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.

"Mrs. Peel, We're Needed."

The Avengers are back! British super-spies John Steed and Emma Peel return in a brand-new adventure that pits them against the bizarre and sinister machinations of a criminal genius.

A murderous double agent is afoot in London, and the evidence points to John Steed. To clear his name and catch the killer, the dapper Steed must reunite with his former partner, the brilliant and formidable Emma Peel.

The twisting trail leads them to old allies and adversaries, a beserk gorilla, and a graveyard full of homicidal agents. In short, the Avengers are on the case again — and anything less than justice simply wouldn't be sporting.

(The Avengers: Too Many Targets)
Japan | Paperback | Hayakawa Bunko | September 1998 | 4150408882
Translated by Tateishi Teruko.

In the Press

  • DWB #88
    Review: pp17-18, Richard Molesworth
  • TV Zone #14
    Review: pp7-8, Gary Russell


Cover image: The New Avengers, The Cybernauts, Futura Publications Ltd, 1977Cover image: The Avengers, Consul Books, 1963

  • Too Many Targets is the only novel to feature original Avenger Dr David Keel, who appeared in Season 1 of the television series. Cathy Gale's only other appearance in an Avengers novel was in Douglas Enefer's The Avengers in 1963.
  • The Cybernauts originally appeared in two episodes of the television series: The Cybernauts was a black and white episode from Season 4, while Return of the Cybernauts was a colour episode from Season 5. Both episodes featured the pairing of Steed and Emma Peel. The robots would re-appear on-screen in 1976 in Last of the Cybernauts...??, a Season 1 episode of The New Avengers. The latter episode was novelised by Peter Cave in 1977 as The Cybernauts, the fifth in the series of six novelisations based on The New Avengers.
  • John Peel has written novels based on numerous telefantasy series including Doctor Who, Eerie Indiana, Quantum Leap, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Dave Rogers' non-fiction works include The Avengers, The Avengers Anew, The Complete Avengers, The Ultimate Avengers, The Avengers: The Making of the Movie and The Prisoner and Danger Man.

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