Some people believe that, for years, the United States government has collaborated with extraterrestrial scientists to generate a new race of alien/human hybrids that would one day take over the planet. Is this the stuff of nightmares or established fact? This is the question posed by author and authority on all things otherworldly, Whitley Strieber. With his latest effort, HYBRIDS, Strieber suggests that a group of aliens met with President Eisenhower in 1953 --- and an unholy alliance was formed.
What happened next changed human events possibly forever. A rogue scientist, Dr. Thomas Turner, used the alien technology to develop an extraordinary means of genetic manipulation and created an entirely new type of intelligent creature. Smarter, faster and more powerful than humans, they were called hybrids and were intended to replace human soldiers on the battlefield.
Among these super-soldier/hybrids is Mark Bryan, one of Dr. Turner's first and proudest creations. Far more human than alien, he has all but forgotten his natural alien instincts and feelings. Mark is a war hero and respected by all he comes in contact with. As a Colonel in the U.S. military, he is the perfect soldier who questions nothing --- up to a point.
To complicate matters, Mark is falling for a human female named Gina. Gina is part of a team that is tracking a band of rebel hybrids who appear intent on causing destruction. Worse than this, these new hybrids may be part of a huge plot that is years in the making --- a plot that threatens the existence of every human on earth.
These hybrids, reptilian in appearance and fierce killing machines, have dug underground hideaways on Earth. They stay down there, awaiting a visit from the skies. When a huge UFO appears over San Francisco, the President and his Cabinet must prepare a defense against this unknown enemy. Unfortunately, the only being capable of defeating them is Mark Bryan. But where does his allegiance really lie?
Ever since his classic alien abduction novel, COMMUNION, Whitley Strieber has been obsessed with alien/human contact. His website, unknowncountry.com, explores the edge of science and reality. Much of the fear and paranoia he created on this site is crammed into the unsettling pages of HYBRIDS.
Reviewed by Ray Palen on April 18, 2011