Hybrids Mass Market Paperback – Feb 28 2012
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“Whitley Strieber's fantastical Hybrids is a nightmare culmination of many science fiction and horror films, both classic and modern… I actually lost sleep; I couldn't put it down.” ―SF Revu
“Is this the stuff of nightmares or established fact? This is the question posed by author and authority on all things otherworldly, Whitley Strieber.” ―Book Reporter
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Top Customer Reviews
Besides the action, well, writing wise it doesn’t do much, and sometimes when you think you’re on a roll to something in the plot, it stops abruptly and the rhythm of the book is all gone. It may not make a difference to some, but it makes the reading haphazard and uneven.
Characters in the story aren’t that much to be fully attached to, and really they’re just there for the plot. The little romance going on between the two main characters was a bit leaning towards the cheesy side, the book could have done without that.
Don’t expect too much from this book. To me, it was just a decent quick read (sort of like the Hollywood movies you watch just for the special effects, not for the storyline) the creepy factor makes it a good read otherwise, you could give it a pass if it’s not your thing.
If you like sci-fi novel. It is a must read
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Living in the San Francisco Bay Are brought it even closer to home. I highly recommend it but not for the faint of heart.
Whitley Strieber's fantastical "Hybrids" is a nightmare culmination of many science fiction and horror films, both classic and modern. Though not entirely original, it is a hellish rollercoaster ride that I didn't want to end. On the surface, it is a gory, terrifying science fiction novel about aliens who will literally slice the skin off a human's body in order to use it for concealment. "Hybrids" rivals everything from the classic Roman Polanski horror film "Rosemary's Baby" to the cult science fiction television series "War of the Worlds" to the modern box office hits "Bladerunner," "Screamers," "Virus" and "Independence Day." Probe deeper into the novel and one will see that "Hybrids" is more than an alien/monster novel but a social commentary in the vein of Mary Shelley`s "Frankenstein": man rejects his own creation, just as God rejected his creation in Genesis. Once again, the age-old question arises concerning what makes us human: Our physical bodies? Our memories? Our souls? Is there truly a sovereign God or does He exist only in the science lab?
I don't believe that we are alone in the universe; neither does Whitley Strieber. Before becoming a critically acclaimed, controversial writer, he penned "The Wolfen," "The Hunger" and other novels about creatures living secretly among humans, endeavoring to assimilate. These novels were the fruit of his subconscious dealing with an alien abduction which he actually experienced. He documents it in his best-selling, non-fiction "Communion." Since then, he has written many best-sellers, fiction and non-fiction, on the subject of alien abduction. In "Hybrids," Generations One and Two, whose true identities are not immediately revealed to the reader, desperately struggle to be like normal humans. They greatly love each other. Unfortunately, neither one knows the other's true feelings. The love between these two biomachines is the source for much of the complex novel's angst. Generation Three, which is practically devoid of human DNA, is cruel and vicious. These hybrids don't wish to assimilate; they wish to deceive, conquer and destroy. They think as one, having a type of hive mentality. The sadistic attacks on the citizens of San Francisco; the alien technology, especially in the field of genetics; and the brave fighting of the Delta Force operators ensure that "Hybrids" will remain superglued to the reader's hands.
When will men stop trying to event new ways to murder each other? If men spent that precious time and research money on innovative means of making peace in lieu of killing, Earth would be a much happier planet. Human bodies are perfect just the way they are; our DNA doesn't need to be spliced with that of aliens or insects or reptiles. After all, when we play God, something inevitably goes wrong. In the case of "Hybrids," all hell breaks lose. The suspense mounts as the hybrids multiply and spread from Small Town America to the big city. The gross factor increases as the aliens create their own biorobots in the bizarre forms of scurrying spiders and flying condors that rip off your flesh and giant beetles that suck out your innards with long proboscises. Therefore, "Hybrids" is very highly recommended for fans of science fiction horror. The strong horror element is the reason I chose to read "Hybrids." After all, a novel written by Whitley Strieber is guaranteed to terrify the reader. In my case, I actually lost sleep; I couldn't put it down. Generations One and Two were such likeable characters that I was worried about their safety. Most of all, I worried about the safety and future of mankind.
Joseph B. Hoyos
However, Turner and the researchers make a major error as this new species as a machine has no human rights. However, their human side demands these inalienable rights, which are denied them. Thus the new species plans to sit atop the food chain. The scientists fail to prevent the takeover of the lab and soon Homo sapiens are in peril. When the. President learns what has happens, he fumes at his helplessness. Only Mark and Gina, who were the Adam and Eve of the lab, but unaware of their origins, can prevent a pandemic disaster, but those who must reveal the truth to the pair wonder whose side they will be on.
Hybrids is a cautionary tale that feels somewhat flat because the key players including the title characters never come across as more than caricatures from a B movie. The story line is exciting from start to finish with the loyalty of Adam and Eve uncertain for much of the plot. However, the cast, especially the lab rats, Turner and the government officials never seem fully developed.