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{January 21, 2013}   {Review} Lilith by Toby Tate

16122402From Goodreads: 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.

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I’m sorry to say that this novel didn’t pull me in as I had hoped it would.  The premise is good, the writing is superb, but I personally didn’t connect with the characters.  This happens to me every once in a while, and I’ve pretty much chalked it up to personality differences.  Just like we don’t always care for our friends’ friends, I didn’t really care for the characters within this novel.  I think part of it has to do with the sheer amount of characters—there were a lot for me to keep track of, and so I didn’t feel that I really got to know any of them on a deeper level.  And, there is much going on within this novel, so I was jumping back and forth between scenes and characters a lot, which can also make connecting with characters difficult for me, as it proved here.

One aspect of the story I did enjoy, though, was the similarity between the forming hurricane coming towards NYC within the novel, and the actual hurricane that recently passed through the area, Hurricane Sandy.  I have to say that I was intrigued by the resemblance, especially as I believe Tate wrote this novel prior to Hurricane Sandy’s landfall.  Well, at least I assume so, since most publishing houses tend to hold on to novels for months prior to their release, checking and rechecking them to make sure they’re ready for publication, and that’s only after the story has been written in its entirety, so I assume Tate wrote this novel prior to the events of Hurricane Sandy.  I could be wrong, but I like the idea that Tate “foretold” the storm, as it were, so I’m sticking with my ideal here.

But, storm aside, I didn’t really make any other connections.  The idea behind Lilith is very interesting, but it’s just not my style.  Two and a half stars.

2.5 stars

DarkFuse has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgally.

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