SciFi book, late 70s to early 90s. Team is assembled. They go to a planet. There is a large person/giant in the group. Nobody survives except the big guy. The cover, I seem to remember, had a large person pushing a boulder à la Sisyphus.

  • Please add some more details, such as plot points, character features, etc. Also, check out How to ask a good story-ID question? to see if it helps jog your memory. Good luck.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 2:28
  • Why did they go to said planet? For exploration? Or to fix some sort of catastrophe?
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 2:30
  • Was it a government or an individual who assembled the team? How many were there? How far away was the planet? If it was a hard-sci-fi book, how did they get there?
    – Jeff
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 2:56
  • I think one of the short stories in 'Anthonology' by Piers Anthony has something like this as its storyline - big guy who is generally treated by his colleagues as being a bit dumb purely because of his size, but he is the sole survivor of the survey team which is wiped out by local fauna Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 21:23

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There's not much to go on but my first thought was Under a Calculating Star (1975) by John Morressy.

As I recall, the book starts with a team trying to find some legendary treasure and being killed off one by one by a series of elaborate booby traps. I think there were two survivors, the giant and the main protagonist.

The 1975 doubleday edition (see link) shows a figure supporting a large boulder (or small planetoid perhaps):

brown, minimalist illustration of a man shouldering a boulder

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