No. 3
Written by John W. Jennison
Calling Thunderbirds
Lost World
Operation Asteroids is the third Thunderbirds novel released, and first by World Distributors. Published in 1966, the hardcover novel was written by John W. Jennison and features a brand new adventure starring International Rescue's family of heroes.


A freighter carrying Virgil, Brains and Lady Penelope is hijacked by the Hood whilst en route to rendezvous with Thunderbird 3, her crew on a mission to save mineworkers for the Lunar Mining Corporation who were reported trapped beneath the Moon's surface by Mare Imbrium moonbase. The resulting plots and counterplots unveil the scheming mastermind's plot to launch an orbital satellite with a nuclear arsenal capable of annihilating every major city on the globe. 

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Lunar S.O.S.
  2. Destination Moon
  3. The Power of The Hood
  4. Hijacked
  5. Beyond Mars
  6. Marooned in Space
  7. Return to Earth
  8. Tibetan Hideout
  9. Roof of the World
  10. The Pit of Suspense
  11. Ambush
  12. Monastery Showdown


  • Contrary to the cover's illustration, Thunderbirds 1 and 2 do not accompany 3 to Scott, Alan and Tin-Tin's rescue mission at Archimedes crater on the Moon.
  • Interestingly, the Hood's self-assured decrees of victory are backed up by a mention of his triumph as "written in the ancient books" and indications that his hypnotic abilities are a product of supernatural influences he has mastered.
  • The basic premise of the Hood's scheme bears an uncanny resemblance to Ernst Stavro Blofeld's plot to ransom the major world powers in the 1971 spy film, Diamonds are Forever.
  • This operation is considered enough of a major blow to the Hood's continuing efforts to gain power and prestige that he continues to blame Scott for its failure in both Lost World and Ring of Fire.

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