Never before in history had anything quite so horrible as the Mad Horde been loosed upon a terrified humanity! In rural towns and through the thronging streets of great cities the death-bringers stalked, spreading the slow madness of which they themselves must soon die! The Spider, dismayed and horrified as never before in his long career, is forced at last into risking the life of the girl he loves—so that a million others may live!
“The Mad Horde” is the eighth Spider novel. It was originally published in May 1934. The story starts with the Spider investigating a report of humans infected with rabies. Then he discovered a criminal who has bought 5000 dogs in the last month, followed by a “mad horde” of rabid dogs, cats, vampire bats, lab rats and mice, and other critters assault humanity. Thousands are affected, and only the Spider can stop the rampaging death. The Spider must shoot fast time after time as he seems to be surrounded often by dozens of these small rabid creatures! Fortunately, he never seems to run out of ammunition even after shooting his weight in bullets.
The head enemy is appropriated called the Horde Master. He uses rabies as a weapon of mass destruction threatening large areas with death such that entire cities are evacuated, or a large percentage of people within the city are kill. Once evacuated or heavily depopulated, then he robs banks, jewelry stores and anything else that has value.
A wild ride for the Spider. The best overall story since the third novel for those who love Page’s frantic pace, "Wings of the Black Death."