The 13th Floor series has an amazing variety of villains. From the diabolical mastermind to the unrepentant thug to the evil within. The final book of the series pits the heroes against an unseen fiend that sets its sights on the 13th floor itself. This monster isn't as mighty as Vetis or a genius like the Governor, but what makes it the most frightening is that it's driven blindly by the primal need to feed.
The fiend is never named nor does anyone ever hear it. It can't be reasoned with and nothing will deter it from its target. All the monster knows is unrelenting hunger. It feeds off the energy or life force of whatever tickles its appetite. Usually that's the most powerful being or thing within reach.
Chiharo Black is a ghost, and she shines with a brilliant essence. Nothing has ever terrified her, not even dying. Yet when this creature of unappeasable hunger grabs hold of her, she faces a waking nightmare. Chiharo is a sweet and smart phantom. The fact she can't use logic to help her get rid of this monster challenges her as nothing has before. It doesn't help that she's shiny and delicious in the fiend's eyes.
Villains that are intelligent give heroes the chance to reason with them, talk their way out of a bad situation, or, at least, distract them with words. There's always that small ray of hope because both sides can talk to one another. Yet when they're faced with a destructive primal desire, nothing is more frightening than a hungry monster.
Have you read any other books or watched movies where the villain was an unstoppable primal need?
Title: The Ghost (The 13th Floor series, #6)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: July 13th, 2013
Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a
haunted building's mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she's
there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely, but
it isn't as bad as her mother made it out to be.
Until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson wants revenge on
the vampire that killed him and won't stop until he has it. To top it off, a
nightmarish shade sneaks in and leeches the energy from the building's
residents before setting its sights on Chiharo and the thirteenth floor. She
can't decide which one is more frightening: the one wanting to eat her soul or
the one who might win her heart.
Chiharo must convince Jeremy to stand with her against the hellish parasite. If
they cannot work together, the greedy fiend will not only drain their energy
but everything that supports the thirteenth floor's existence.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.