Cyborgs were designed as weapons. Their number one reason for being is to kill the enemy (as decided by the Humanoid Alliance). The cyborgs’ machine side is programmed for dealing out death, their mechanics honed for battle. Their human side is bred to be hyper aggressive and not-at-all sensitive.
As Rage mentions in Releasing Rage, when cyborgs are fighting and breeding as they’re designed to do, they’re happy. It gives them satisfaction. (Rage is also good at fighting and that is a source of pride for him.)
Cyborgs have honor. They don’t kill simply to kill. They prefer to battle a being who is, in their eyes, ‘bad.’, either dishonorable or a threat to beings they care for. If the enemy is honorable, cyborgs try to limit their pain, ending their lifespans quickly. Rage’s view of the Homeland is a place where he decides whom he will battle.
Would A Cyborg Kill A Female?
One of the most common questions I’m asked is ‘Would Rage have killed Joan?’
Rage is many things but he’s not a sexist (unlike the Humanoid Alliance council members and the beings on his battle station). He has fought species that send their females into battle. He had to kill these females or he would have died. He saw how females could be as or even more competent and skilled in warfare as males. Rage respects their power and their strength.
If Joan had been a dishonorable human, mistreating Rage and his brethren, he would have ended her lifespan.
Cyborgs are half human and, as we all know, genetics isn’t perfect. There are cyborgs, like Crash, who don’t like to fight. They’re good at it. They’ve been manufactured that way. And while they are under Humanoid Alliance control, they have no choice. They have to kill the enemy or be decommissioned. But they don’t enjoy it.
This is challenging for them. Crash knows he’s different, not like the other cyborgs. He doesn’t quite fit in.
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?