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The Insect Warriors

by Rex Dean Levie

Cover artist unknown

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1965

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

Had nature run amuck?

Back cover text

Tall was a hunter-explorer, venturing off the tiny island fortress of his tribe and making his way through wilderness inhabited only by giant insects ten times the size of man. Loosely protected by chitin-armor, and striking with a spear doubly-barbed with spider venom, Tall fought to find a new home for his people.

But as he roamed he became more and more aware that mankind was a stranger in this insect world, that there were no other creatures remotely like men. Then where had his people come from?

As he followed the trail of the almost-mythical Ten who had founded his tribe, Tall found more and more mysteries — and death in more forms than he had ever imagined.

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Interior text

Who were the masters of this reversed world?

The insects continued to pour out of the darkness. The two men were trapped — for the cave didn't offer much opportunity of escape.

As the battle raged, Tall could hear his friend struggling behind him, and his heart sank — he knew they could not hold out much longer before sheer weight of numbers carried them under. Individually, the strange, white insects were small, only the size of a man, but their actions marked them as being similar to ants in their behavior; if they were social insects, the men had started a full-scale war that could only end in one way if the insects were victors — horrible death for the two men and their kind.

This is only one of the many, exciting adventures of Tall, the mighty explorer among men, in a world in which man was in constant battle for survival with hordes of enemy giant insects.