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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076536350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765363503
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.7 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 6 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the book for the action. The utter chaos and graphic depictions in the book are rather hard to swallow at times so it might not be for the feint of heart. It’s a typical story plot where you have elements of aliens and the government going hand in hand. So, don’t expect anything new or different. I’d have to say there’s two memorable moments that got to me in this book: San Francisco gone absolute amok, and the part with the hybrids and that village. The latter creeped me out. I’d have to give the author major props for writing descriptive settings that make the hair on the back of your neck rise.

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.
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I'm anot a novel reader and when I ordered this book I didn't take time to read the synopsis. I was pleasantly impressed by Hybrids. I know Whitley Strieber by the movie comunion and I also red the key and resolving the comunion enigma. It is sci-fi at is best.

If you like sci-fi novel. It is a must read
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Format: Hardcover
From the minute you open the book to the very last page it is non-stop suspense all the way. Whitley is an absolutely incredible writer. Hybrids
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By C. Boisvert on Jan. 23 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The book did not "blow-my-socks-off" but I am still pleased to have it in my collection of books to read.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
gripping read May 1 2011
By Nancy Lyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
At the risk of being vilified by those who think an honest review by a non-professionl is somehow unworthy... I found Streiber's Hybrids to be an excellent and gripping read and,on occasion,pretty overwhelming in it's intensity.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Are brought it even closer to home. I highly recommend it but not for the faint of heart.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Must Read!!! April 15 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Strieber's best fiction work to date, IMO. Once you start, get ready to hang on for a ride. I had a hard time putting it down. As an avid reader, on most books, I can see where the writer is going before he/she gets there. This one to my surprise, I did not and was delighted to see how he wrapped up the ending.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In Whitley Strieber's Horrifying "Hybrids," A Scientist's Quest To Create The Ultimate Soldier Becomes An Apocalyptic Nightmare! July 7 2011
By J. B. Hoyos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Dulce, New Mexico, 1952, alien and human scientists labored together to create flesh-and-blood bodies for the biomechanical aliens to inhabit while living on Earth. The experiment failed and the aliens departed. In the 1980s, under the guidance of genetics engineer Dr. Thomas Ford Turner, Project Hybrid combined human DNA with alien DNA to create a boy (Generation One) and a girl (Generation Two) who were super strong, super intelligent biomechanical creatures who appeared perfectly human. In order to perfect the ultimate warrior, Project Hybrid combined mostly animal DNA with alien DNA. The result was Generation Three, which was similar to the previous generations but reptilian in appearance and extremely vicious and deceptive. A Senate Select Committee ordered all hybrids destroyed, but they survived. In the present, Generation Three is determined to conquer the world and only Generations One and Two can prevent them.

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
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
fine cautionary tale April 16 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In an underground top secret laboratory in New Mexico, years of research by Dr. Thomas Turner and aliens from space proved futile; the visitors finally left. Turner with other human scientists continued the effort until a breakthrough occurred. The team using alien developed gene-splicing technology and theory has created biomechanical hybrids.

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.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Dangerous Intelligence - A Threat to Free Will? May 9 2011
By Raymond K. Casteel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Hybrids" is a daring novel in that it challenges the idea that all programmed persona will be just that - programmed with no "heart", nor an ability to love or act compassionately. Whitley Strieber proves otherwise; in Hybrids we are drawn to programmed protagonists, male and female,able to share human feelings though dedicated to a violent mission.

The novel's Hybrids were developed in stages, resulting in conflicting feelings and missions. Early in the novel we are made aware of the several skills available to the hybrids and of the hybrid's problems in sometimes not knowing if the approaching hybrid is friend or foe. This difficulty is strengthened by the hybrid's ability to slip into the skin of a victim and "pass" as the victim.

Eventually the hybrids draw national attention and Mr. Strieber provides us with some dynamic scenes in the Oval Office as a strong President makes demands of an unprepared defense hierarchy. The Oval Office scenes seem so on the mark as to make one believe the author was there. In the event, orders are given to terminate the hybrids immediately, with prejudice.

What follows is Whitley Strieber at his best; cunning ruses, creative weapons, and prescient thoughts of future gains in human development, the latter most evident in a very human conclusion.


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