Lupe and the mercenary crew of the spaceship Puerco track a shapeshifting killing machine on a planet of pure Hell. Their only food in the barren frontier wasteland: Manny the Ration, a walking human foodstuff who makes Lupe sick to the stomach. As Lupe and her men close in on their target, the fugitive killer strikes back brutally, devouring her crew one by one. With no one else to turn to, Lupe must team with Manny the Ration for a death-defying chase through an ever-changing wilderness. In the heat of a race for their lives, Lupe finds herself doing the unthinkable: falling in love with Manny. But what will she do when her only chance for survival lies in eating the edible man she loves?
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"It’s a really fascinating mind game he’s playing here – but anyone can play mind games; playing them within the context of a well-wrought story is something only the Laffertys and DiCharios and Jeschoneks of the world can do." – Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Starship series
"Jeschonek´s stories are delightfully insane, a pleasure to read…" – Fábio Fernandes, Fantasy Book Critic
Robert T. Jeschonek "...makes a favorable—and sympathetic—case for cannibalism."—Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author
About the Author
Robert T. Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, and DAW Books have published his work. Robert was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for his story, "Fear of Rain." His young adult urban fantasy novel, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth.