I am trying to find a book I've read a while ago, 80s to be more exact hence my assumption that it was published somewhere between 70s and 80s.

I remember that there were some strange deadly creatures that once caught were sent to a different planet. The name of that planet eludes me but I do remember that it had number 3 in it.

I also remember that the book cover had a picture which included flying manta rays and behind them there was some sort of a space ship or space colony.

EDIT: The book was not part of a trilogy.

I just remembered that there was a search for some chemical. Antitoxin maybe?

Thanks for the help.

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Well, it doesn't match much of the description.... but if it's been almost 30 years, you may have merged a few stories mentally.. I do it all the time..

The description of Flying Manta Rays immediately made me think of the 'Of Man and Manta' series by Piers Anthony, the three volumes of which were originally published in 1968, 1970 and 1975, receptively.

Do any of these look familiar?

Of Man and Manta (Omnibus)Omnivore v3Omnivore v2Omnivore v1

  • The manta ray from the cover of "Omnivore" looks familiar but I do remember the space craft of some sort behind the manta ray. I do also think that you got miss-guided by manta rays since I don't remember them in the story just on the cover of the book. And I am pretty sure it was a stand alone novel rather than part of a trilogy.
    – Darius
    Jun 11, 2012 at 2:21
  • :) K; it was too obvious not to give it a shot :)
    – K-H-W
    Jun 11, 2012 at 4:16

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