Lilith's Dream: A Tale of the Vampire Life

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 15, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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An ancient vampire, beautiful beyond words, a vulnerable young man drawn to her by a power beyond his understanding, two desperate parents searching across the world for the son they love -- these are the riveting, unexpected elements of Whitley Strieber's extraordinary new novel.
Lilith, the ages-old mother of the dying race of vampires, has been forced to come out of her cave deep in the Egyptian desert in search of food -- human blood. But she knows nothing about the modern world. She can't drive a car, rent a room, turn on a TV. She struggles to New York, penniless, vulnerable, and starving, protected only by her beauty and her power to capture men with desire...especially certain very special men.
The instant she sees young Ian Ward, she knows that he is part vampire himself. She knows that Ian, if he ever tastes human blood, will belong to her forever. And she needs him desperately, to help her survive and live in this harsh new world of jets and credit cards and guns. She sets out on a campaign of seduction -- as sensuous as it is terrifying -- to touch human blood to Ian's lips, which will then become for him a drug a thousand times more addictive than heroin.
Ian's father, Paul Ward, part vampire turned expert and obsessive hunter of vampires, knows that if the blood transforms Ian, Paul will have to kill his own son. The titanic conflict between father and son and seductress, hunter and hunted and huntress, comes to its surprise conclusion in the secret chambers beneath the great pyramids, where the hidden truths of all human history are stored.
From its beginning in the dark back alleys of Cairo to its totally unexpected ending, Lilith's Dream draws the reader down seductive new paths of discovery, into places where no novel has ever before. With Lilith's Dream Whitley Strieber has created a vampire so original and a story so new that he has virtually invented a new genre.

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User Review  - jhnhoc - LibraryThing

I haven't read anything by Whitley Strieber for a long time, not since he was abducted by aliens. I was looking forward to an interesting adult contemporary vampire novel. but unfortunately the book ... Read full review

LILITH'S DREAM: A Tale of the Vampire Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Strieber's vampire series, begun with 1981's The Hunger, meets a serious obstacle: tiredness.One hears the treadmill turning as Strieber pounds through his paces, rarely raising our heartbeat. Even ... Read full review

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Chapter One A Different Dust
Chapter Two Tears before Sunrise
Chapter Three The Endless Soldier
Chapter Four The Blood Eagle
Chapter Five The Monster of Cairo
Chapter Six The Voyage of the Seven Stars
Chapter Seven Dark Journeys
Chapter Eight A Ruined World
Chapter Eleven The Music Room
Chapter Twelve Stripped
Chapter Thirteen Night Journeys
Chapter Fourteen The Underworld
Chapter Fifteen Innocence Lost
Chapter Sixteen The Poisoned Boy
Chapter Seventeen The Veils of Night
Epilogue The Kiss

Chapter Nine Eaters of the Dead
Chapter Ten Fast Walker

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Whitley Strieber is widely known for his bestselling account of his own close encounter, Communion: A True Story, and has produced a television special based on Confirmation for NBC. He is also the author of the vampire novels The Hunger, The Last Vampire, and Lilith's Dream, and is the new host of his own radio program, Dreamland, founded by Art and Ramona Bell. His website -- the world's most popular site featuring topics at the edge of science and culture -- is

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