Hellstrom's Hive Author:Frank Herbert In the summer of 1971, Doctor Nils Hellstrom appeared in his own film production, "The Hellstrom Chronicle". The motion picture was a frightening documentary detailing how insects could someday rule the world. It depicted how even a tiny ant or housefly, undaunted by drought, pollution or radiation, could survive through th... more »e most deadly holocaust - when higher forms of life, like man, would wither and perish.
The film was an astounding financial success, earning the Doctor quite a large sum of money - money with which to seclude himself on his small stretch of Oregon farm land ... money to finance his ultimate project.
That's when the government began to investigate. Sending special agent Carlos Depeaux to the scene, authorities discovered that Hellstrom was running a beehive-like commune - populating the well-guarded compound with human insects. Not bug-like in appearance, of course, they still possessed insect powers far outstripping those of mortal men. Able to carry ten times their normal weight like worker ants, cut through darkness with the infra-red eyes of a dragonfly, reproduce whole appendages like the praying mantis - Hellstrom's society was super-human in every sense of the word.
These unbelievable discoveries led agent Depeaux to scour the wooded hills overlooking Hellstrom's complex. It was there that he unwittingly stumbled upon "Project Forty" - an unconquerable super-weapon that could vaporize whole cities in seconds ... a hellish device that could condemn Earth's helpless masses to Hellstrom's twisted beehive existence forever.
Depeaux knew he had to get these new facts back to the Pentagon before it was too late, but out of the darkened woods came another nightmare aimed straight at the agent. Depeaux tried to outrun the impending horror, but the seething, droning mass of black shadow quickly overtook him and silenced his screams permanently. For Depeaux it was the end ... for the world it was just the beginning of the end.
Hellstrom's Hive by Hugo Award-winning author Frank Herbert, is a hair-raising follow-up to one of the most spectacular movies of the decade.« less