Lilith by Toby Tate; DarkFuse; 2012; 674KB pgs; $4.99 US

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.


Jan 11, 2013

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