by Whitley Strieber
Category: Fiction / Horror
324 pages; ISBN: 0743451524X
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Lilith wakes up from a millennium long sleep in a cave in Egypt to find that the world has changed since the vampire created the human race. She finds that the rest of her kind is dead, slain by vampire hunter Paul Ward who has vampire blood flowing through his arteries. His son Ian is the product of a mating with a full blood vampire Miriam Blaylock. Paul watches him closely for he knows that if he turns, he will have to kill his son.
In New York, at a rock concert, Lilith connects with the last vampire Leo Patterson and Ian. The two women immediately know each other for what they are and they kidnap Ian in the hopes of turning him so that their race will promulgate and once again roam the earth. Paul and his wife follow them, determined to save their son or die trying.
This is last book in the vampire series that began with THE HUNGER and it is a haunting work that will thrill fans of horror by allowing readers to empathize with beings wanting to turn us into fodder as they react to their own biological imperatives. Whitley Strieber has written a fast-paced supernatural thriller that deserves at least a Bram Stoker nomination if not the award.
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