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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067100378X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671003784
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

In this new horror/techno/medical thriller by the author of several Christian fiction best sellers (e.g., Leviathan, LJ 9/1/95), readers are treated to the distinct possibility of evil incarnate taking over the world. The plot is murky at best: a hideous being is running amok, drinking blood and kidnapping an innocent child who holds the key to its survival. The good guys are a tormented priest, a disillusioned soldier, and a beautiful doctor (mother of said innocent child). The baddies are double-dealing government agents who are working for "The Dark Side." The main quibble with Huggins's story is a common one, particularly in Christian fiction. Stephen King can mix and match his monsters, blending characteristics, but most authors simply lack the talent. What is Huggins's evil being? Is it a golem? A vampire? A saber-toothed terminator? Lucifer? Cain, son of Adam and Eve? Or just a big, mean, genetically engineered predator who wasn't too nice in the first place? Whatever he is, the novel is a poor blend of Satanic philosophy, Christian platitudes, and garbled Hebraic mythology. Not recommended.
-?Lesley C. Keogh, Bethel P.L., Ct.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Bruce Willis has acquired the rights to Cain, a supernatural thriller from Christian crossover writer Huggins, author of the rather turgid Leviathan (1995) and the chilling Wolf Story (1993). Why would Willis be interested? Well, Cain is the first and the eternal killer, and here he is awakened from the chamber in which the Nazarene sealed him away 2,000 years ago. His spirit links with an almost indestructible body, built as part of a hush-hush military project headed by Maggie Milton, who is young, brilliant, and beautiful. Her monster escapes and goes about fulfilling prophecy, killing soldiers right and left, devastating cities. Enter Colonel James Solomon, a retired commando who nearly died killing the terrorists who slaughtered his family. With incredible rigor, he has slowly brought himself back into good enough shape for a Bruce Willis part. Solomon, Maggie, and an old priest battle the bloodthirsty, blood-drinking Cain, and Huggins turns in a suspenseful performance, no question. He also has a freer hand in the mainstream market: his soldiers talk a lot tougher, and the bloody scenes are bloody, indeed. Somewhat reminiscent of Barry Sadler's eternal soldier, Casca, protagonist of a pulp series with huge sales in the early 1980s. John Mort --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

After reading this book, I thought it would be a definite movie.
Charles Aulbach
I recommend this book if you like suspense and action because this is a griping page turner.
L.M. David
I felt the book had an interesting plot, but never amounted to much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Hedrick on January 2, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cain, one of several creature-feature-action-adventure novels by Huggins (also Leviathan, Hunter), is great if you love action films. I certainly enjoyed it. Plenty of action, nasty monster, superhuman good guy, all the standard clichés.
The problem, however, is the abundance of said clichés. With the exception of an interesting Jesuit priest, the story and characters are all run-of-the-mill stereotypes. All the action scenes are standard set pieces. The Biblical allusions are heavy-handed (the demonic Cain's previous incarnation was defeated by King David, Cain fights a character named Solomon, i.e. David's son). Character resolution is tied too neatly (Solomon loses his wife and daughter, then rescues a single mom and her daughter). Huggins overuses the same adjectives over and over again, like "volcanic" and "titanic." And apparently there are some inaccuracies in his use of biology and military facts, but see other reviews for more details. Still, entertaining, but check out "Leviathan" for a better monster and "Hunter" for a better book overall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on February 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fast read and would be a great script for B Sci Fi movie. I picked up this book because of the alluded religious/Sci Fi thriller. This is an action book, and not a mystery thriller. Basically you have evil being that possesses the scientifically enhanced body of a dead former CIA operative who was at his peak form at death, set free upon the world. And the hero, who is set upon stopping him with the help of the Catholic Church.
Some of the book is written well. The action is non-stop. And the storyline is very easy to follow. The book has a good basis. The bad thing is that the author has not seemed to do his research. Not on the medical advancements he tries to use for the enhancement of the body. Nor in the geographic locations he inaccurately describes. But it is a fun read non-the less. Pick it up if you have a 2-hour flight. It will pass the time quickly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is about Cain a super soldier possesed by Satan. If that wasn't bad enough he has been built to be impervious to all modern weapons and must drink human blood to stay alive. Soloman is an ex-soldier who is persuaded to come back to kill Cain. Marcelle, an Exorcist, helps Sol in his battle against Cain. It reads like an action film, right down to bonding between Sol and the scientist who created Cain's daughter. But don't let this put you off, it is an extremly good book which also contains some very interesting detail about exorcisim. READ THIS BOOK!! (I would have given it 10 stars but they would'nt let me.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2001
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Satan inhabits the body of a rejuvenated super-soldier experiment gone awry. Sound familiar? Sure it does...but darn...it was pretty fun to read. Huggins can sure create a great unkillable monster. (Read Hunter as well) These books should be made into movies for "guys who like movies." This one has it all: blood, gore, love, hate, guns, and a cute little girl. What more could you ask for?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2000
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Here comes the formula...the old warrior punishing himself because he lost his wife and little daughter, the self-questioning Jesuit priest, the good looking scientist babe and her little daughter. See where this is going yet? Cain, supercharged and dyno-tuned, is the six million dollar man with a silly religious twist. Cain can rip through steel, run like a cheetah and throw dice with the best of them. Of course the protagonist (name of Solomon no less) is much tougher. He fights with Cain with regularity and never really gets hurt. The Jesuit priest must have seen "The Exorcist" one time too many as he wields his silver crucifix and slips into the thees and thous of King James English. I won't even go into the Mother Superior nervously fingering her rosary beads. If you wasted time with this tripe; perhaps you wondered (as I did),why the government just didn't call in a sniper with a tranquilizer gun..... I know this book put me to sleep!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl Simon Scriba on January 2, 2003
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Huggins hits the target dead center with Cain. For all the fans of The Terminator, Aliens, Predator, this book will get your blood flowing! The story starts out with a top secret bio weapons project gone out of control, as in a lot of other stories. In this experiement, top-notch scientists use the CIA's number 1 secret agent assassin, Roth Tiberius Cain, to create an unstoppable soldier. Cain is dead, but using reanimation, he is brought back to life. Then they make him anything but ordianry fitting him with technological implants and genetic alterations, including internal titanium armor and artificial titanium-cobalt alloy bones, muscle-enhancing steroids, nerual pathway amplifiers, and nervous system stimulants, to make him stronger, faster, more viscious, and more lethal than any ordinary man could be. And along side, Cain's merciless heart and ruthless nature are made even more evil. When Cain escapes from the facility that created him, we learn that a mutated strain of the Marburg virus that has been used to make Cain's ability to regenerate lost and damaged tissue unlimited has caused his DNA to be so heavily damaged that he needs to drink fresh human blood to keep his metabolism balanced. And to make matters even worse, with the mutant strain of the virus, Cain is the carrier of a viral plauge that will wipe out the entire world's population within a year. Only ten days remain until Cain's body mutates the virus beyond control and the outbreak will occur. The only thing that can kill Cain is the original Marburg virus strain.Read more ›
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