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Hybrids [Mass Market Paperback]

Whitley Strieber
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (28 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076536350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765363503
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but rushed 31 Oct 2012
By KrVa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In all it is a good book, but there are some major downsides to it, in my opinion.
The book starts very good. You are immediately taken into the situation without a very long introduction. Also the rest of the action story around Mark Bryan is very good. It's not just the "bad guys" that get killed.

Downside however is that the ending is VERY rushed! It feels to me like important parts of the story are just missing. I would have prefered the book to be 50 pages longer and to have some better plot twists than the way it is now. Also, Dr. Turner and the Walkers (the sarge and his wife Emma) are very 2-dimentional. You don't get any insight in their caracters or why they are doing what they are doing.

So for me, it brings the book down from a certain 5 stars to just 3 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hybrids 14 Jun 2013
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Of course this might be true but could also be demonic but again we have nothing to fear God for us Christians is on our side so who can be against us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hybrids 10 Jun 2011
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Man this book really scared me, it was GREAT!!!!!! Am sending to my little brother in the states. Fantastic read, especially if you are a Strieber fan.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!!! 15 April 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping read 1 May 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pulp fiction at best 17 Sep 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on my interest in Whitley Streiber's work on unknowncountry.com web site and previous books on the visitors and abduction, I was expecting a very different book that would explain the cross-breeding of humans and the alien gray visitors that abuductees have described from their abductions. Instead, this is a pulp fiction story about a military experiment gone bad. Whitley is a very good writer for technical and nonfiction subjects, but his fiction just doesn't have enough character or story development to hold the reader. I couldn't get into this one at all. I kept feeling like I was reading a really bad pulp fiction paperback from an unknown author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Whitley Strieber's Horrifying "Hybrids," A Scientist's Quest To Create The Ultimate Soldier Becomes An Apocalyptic Nightmare! 8 July 2011
By J. B. Hoyos - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Intelligence - A Threat to Free Will? 10 May 2011
By Raymond K. Casteel - Published on Amazon.com
"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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