Review: Lilith by Toby Tate

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.

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.  
Available from Dark Fuse as of 29 Jan 2013 

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