||Jan. 1, 2013
Military technology meets mythological horror in LILITH!
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“A really excellent tale with mythic creatures, mayhem, blood and plenty of action and frights.”—Peter Schwotzer, Literary Mayhem
Before evil had a name, there was LILITH.
Something has come aboard the U.S. Navy’s newest state-of-the-art super carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, something supernatural and as ancient as time itself. And it’s taking over the crew one by one.
Reporter Hunter Singleton and his wife Lisa, guests invited aboard to witness a routine training mission off the coast of North Carolina, soon learn that the CIA is onboard as well, and that some of the ship’s crew are acting irrationally, even violently. When an unexpected monster hurricane slams New York, the ship rushes to assist in the aftermath, and Hunter, Lisa and the crew are faced with the terrifying realization that whatever has come aboard the Ford must be stopped before it is set free on the streets of Manhattan.
But how do they fight something beyond human comprehension? How do they kill something that may not even be alive?
The clock is ticking…and Time itself is running out.
Mallory Heart Reviews
An exceptionally imaginative horror/thriller, this novel postulates a race of beings millennia older than mankind but still existing, a species that humans would consider genetic mutants, beings who appear (mostly) as human but who have super-powers and shapeshifting capability. No known human can withstand the effects of radiation, yet these Lilitu can, and indeed, radioactive mutation of their chromosomes seems to both release their immense powers, and to create the shapeshifting capability.
An affable journalist from North Carolina is part of a media tour on the USS Gerald Ford, to report on the carrier’s capabilities. Hunter Singleton and his wife Lisa, acting as his photographer, expect no more than a bland visit of a few days. They haven’t planned on freak hurricanes, an environmental journalist who can put her hand into a nuclear reactor, nor on full-on sabotage and the attempted destruction of Manhattan. But that’s what they find; and other than Hunter and Lisa, only a few are willing to stand up to the “monster” mutations known as the Lilitu.
“Lilith” was a non-stop read, a thriller/horror/speculative science/paranormal all rolled into one, with great characterizations and an unbelievably fascinating plot.
Once in a while you come across a book that is simply a sheer delight and a hell of a lot of fun to read. In most cases when this happens, the book needn’t lift any heavy weight, be profound, or make the reader decipher deep allegorical plot lines. Books like these are simply pure brain candy, transporting readers away from all of their troubles or the drudgery of their mundane lives, and then planting minds firmly into a world of wonder and imagination. These books are damn fun reads that you can’t put down, and you don’t want them to end. Lilith is one of these books.
Tate’s story is about a women named Lilith (and yes, for those who do like allegorical or metaphorical plot lines, there is something in the book for you too), who has had unique powers since she was a young girl. As she grows older, she develops distaste for people, and she wishes there were more like her. Eventually, she discovers there are others like her, and she hatches a plan to become the queen of them all. And her plan involves a nuclear powered battleship.
On the chosen battleship are reporter Hunter Singleton, and his wife Lisa. They have been invited to participate in a promotional event, along with other media people, to profile the crew’s life on the job. One of these people includes Lilith, who arrives as a reporter for an environmental magazine. One of Lilith’s many abilities is to make men and women sexually attracted and loyal to her, and after meeting Hunter, she not only tries to seduce him, but she wants him to be the father of her babies which she will use to populate a new world. While she sets her sight on Hunter, she begins infecting the crewmen with a parasite that makes them all horny as hell, and ready to do her bidding. What follows is a hurricane that appears out of nowhere (another one of her abilities), the threat of New York City’s nuclear destruction, and Lilith’s transformation into the queen she dreamed she would be.
Like a blockbuster sci-fi movie in 3D, the action in Lilith is in your face. From the moment the tale starts until its end, there is enough sex and violence in the story to keep readers enthralled. Tate is a master at sustaining suspense by keeping chapter lengths short, having several plot lines progressing at once, and ending all of the chapters with cliff hangers. And Tate knows his stuff. Readers will be amazed at the level of detail presented on weapons and the battleship itself.
I did have some minor issues with the story, but none of them coming close to diminishing my enjoyment of the novel. First, I would have liked a bit more back-story on the relationship between Hunter and Lisa. For a married couple, these two are so in love it feels unrealistic at times. In real life, usually something horrible has happened in a couple’s past to make them so devoted to each other in the present. While there is an episode alluded to in the novel explaining that they were separated for a short while, it does not go into detail. I would have enjoyed knowing what the heck happened to the two. Secondly, Tate goes just a tad overboard with his descriptions of weaponry; I found my eyes crossing a few times after reading some of these paragraphs.
If you are looking for a break from tropes, heavy handed or depressing horror novels and are ready to read something which only requires you to sit back and have some fun, then I can’t recommend Lilith enough. Lilith is an excellent, action oriented creature feature that fans of horror are going to love. Lilith gets my highest recommendation.
Ginger Nuts of Horror
Some books are just meant to be read for pure enjoyment factor alone, like the best of the Summer Blockbuster movies, these books take a hold of your brain and bombard with thrilling images until a big grin forms across your face. Lilith is a very good example of such a book. It can be best described as a techno-thriller, with a heavy dosage of sex and violence. Sounds good doesn't folks. Well in truth it is. The narrative helped by the authors use of short chapters rushes along, barely stopping for breath. It doesn't take long for the action to take off, after brief introduction to personae dramatis, the plot slams its foot down on the accelerator, and doesn't let off.
If I have one complaint about the book, and it is one that I have for the majority of these sort of books, is please stop giving the heroes silly names. Yes I know Hunter is of Native American descent, but it would be nice to read a book of this sort where the heroes name isn't an job title. Despite this Hunter is actually a rather good main character, and at least Tate makes an effort to flesh out the character in between the explosive set pieces of the book.
This is the perfect example of the type of book I turn to when I am need of pick me up, it's a hell of of a lot of fun, peppered with some nice touches.
If you are a fan of James Rollins, but are looking for a more horror themed version of these sort of books then Lilith is the perfect book for you.
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