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An action-packed adventure based on the award-winning videogame from id Software, the creators of DOOM® and QUAKE®, Rage follows one man’s fight to save the future of humanity in a ravaged, post-apocalyptic world.
The asteroid Apophis has annihilated Earth, and only a small percentage of humanity’s best and brightest have been saved. Buried deep below the ground in life-sustaining Arks, these chosen few are tasked with one vital mission—to restore civilization to a devastated planet hundreds of years after the impact.
When Lieutenant Nick Raine emerges from his Ark, he finds a future indistinguishable from nightmare. Humankind has not been entirely destroyed on the surface world, and a primitive new society has emerged in which life is nasty, brutish, and short. Mutants and bandits prey upon the weak, and a mysterious military group known as the Authority preys upon everyone. Worst of all, a would-be tyrant seeks to impose his will upon the shattered planet. Armed with nothing more than his combat training and survival instincts, Raine must rise to meet the challenges of the wasteland.
watching him. His easy manner—the smiles, the “welcome to the future” stuff—gone. Is this why he rescued me? “We’ll set you up with a buggy. Won’t be much.” “It’ll run. That’ll be enough,” Halek said. “Right. It will run,” Dan said. “We have a radio. Not too reliable. But you can communicate. When the wind’s right, at least. Keep your eyes peeled for deep ruts, stray boulders … you don’t want to blow a tire out there or crack an axle. You go out there, and if you see signs of bandits, you
took on as their natural expression? It certainly didn’t look as though she trusted him. Suddenly, letting her out of the cage didn’t seem like the best of ideas. But Raine checked the rusted lock. One of the bodies around him must have a key. On the other hand— He fired at the lock and it shattered into three pieces. The girl pushed open the wooden poles that had kept her trapped and then stood there, as if expecting Raine to do something to her. “You okay?” She nodded. “Good. Now, what
back. Nothing fancy. But also, you’ll see by the driver’s seat, Mick put in a lever. Lowers a side panel on both sides of your vehicle … about forty-five degrees. Got a nasty edge to it. Good for taking a slice out of another buggy.” “Can I bring my guns?” “You do like to make with the jokes, eh? So that’s about it. I got to get to the booth. Showtime, you know. You can go find Mick if you got any more questions.” Then a smile that Raine took to be not a good thing. “Oh—and you can meet … the
“New to Wellspring, I hear?” “Yeah.” “Quite the show last night. Some race. Lot of unhappy people with that outcome, I can tell you.” Stiles began laughing, a deep, phlegmy sound that looked to end with the blubbery bear of a man rolling onto the floor, dead. “Want to explain your show to me? This Mutant Bash …” Stiles became suddenly intense, his eyes gleaming. “Oh, eager, are we? Well, this, right here, is where … the magic happens.” Christ. “Not just the cameras, but all the surprises
Authority buddies. They recognized that something was wrong, and a few began targeting him. Amazingly—the bullets did nothing. Or, rather, they didn’t stop him. The guy walked on, and then—in an increased state of agitation—both his hands went to his neck, then to his head, like a human marionette. He would keep moving on his own; Raine didn’t have to do anything more with him, so he dropped the control device. He took time to aim his rifle at the lone Enforcer still running madly toward him.