I really like books with a story that just takes you away from your day-to-day stress and lets you slide into the life and world of someone else for awhile. And that’s what happened when I read LILITH by Toby Tate.
After reading Tate’s first novel, Diablero, I followed his updates regarding the writing process of Lilith. His excerpts left me wanting more and I was excited when I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. I believe the author called this novel a “supernatural action-thriller” and I couldn’t agree more.
Here’s the blurb:
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.
Lilith is filled with action and suspense. Majority of the story took place aboard the USS Ford. Tate gave just enough detail to allow me to feel like I was running through the passageways with the characters as they scrambled to catch up to Lilith, who was always one step ahead.
And he had no mercy for his main characters, Hunter and Lisa, a husband and wife duo from his first novel. He dumped them right in the path of a psychopathic, supernatural creature and had them fighting for their lives in no time. I enjoyed learning more about these characters and felt he did a good job developing them.
I would have liked a little more background concerning the creature and maybe a deeper POV with the main characters as I think it would have engaged me even more into the story. But he made up for those areas by creating a read full of twists, turns and lots of action.
Even though his books aren’t in my normal reading genre, I enjoy Tate’s story-telling and will continue to read his future work.