In Releasing Rage, the cyborgs are ordered to fight the Mantidae, huge insect-like creatures that are in the midst of migrating to their breeding planets. Unfortunately, their migration leads them through Humanoid Alliance-controlled space. Some of the planets they normally swarm and feed from are now inhabited by humans. The Mantidae view humans as simply another food source.
Mantidae resemble human-sized praying mantis (mantidae is the family name for the species). They have razor-sharp raptorial forelegs. Mantidae prefer to eat their prey alive but if the prey struggles (as humans tend to do when faced with a giant insect intent on devouring them), they use these forelegs like scissors to cut their prey into two. Yes. (grimaces) It is a gruesome death.
Earth mantises also prefer to eat their prey alive and the larger a mantis grows, the larger the prey it hunts. Small mantises devour other insects. Large mantises can eat scorpions, birds, snakes, and rodents. They aren’t predators to be messed with!
Could creatures like the Mantidae exist?
Of course. On Earth, there are 200 million insects for every human. If there are humanoids spread throughout the universe, these humanoids being different sizes, colors, having different features, it is logical that there are insects spread throughout the universe and that some of these insects could be as large or larger than humans with corresponding appetites.
Are the Mantidae the ‘bad guys’?
Calling the Mantidae the enemy would be like calling a shark the enemy. They’re not deliberately trying to harm humans. Their goal is to reach their breeding planets. They need food to fuel their trip. Humans are living on the planets they use as ‘rest stops.’ So the Mantidae eat them.
I’m not pro-Mantidae (they’re giant scary bugs) but I understand why they’re killing humans.
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?