The second one was disappointing, but this one brought the series back to the level of the first book. Gory, yes. Unbelievable, yes -- but, come on, we're talking vampires and vampire hunters. What did you expect? I hope the authors collaborate on another series.
If you have been following the series from the beginning then you should know what to expect here. If you haven't read the other two books in the series start there.
In regards to the story here, I would say it ends the way it needed to and the way you would have expected. If you have enjoyed the other two books you will like this one.
The performance is like the story as strong as it has been all along.
Overall very enjoyable vampire story done with the speed and flow of a movie.
The story line pretty much falls flat on its face in this one. Lots of self pity and analysis, very little substance. I don't recommend this one.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
Yes and I have! The whole series (3) is amazing, unique and totally consuming.
There are so many twists and turns and unexpected surprises. I was hooked from the beginning.
Only the other two books in the series compare!
The narrator brings in the emotion and helps you connect more fully with the characters.
I highly recommend this series, it is one of my favorites!
The third book was a significant disappoint. The Strain began with a premise of a scientific explanation for vampires that was only enhanced by two of the heroes being scientists. The third book, however, departs from this and almost seems to be a separate story given the disparate explanation for the vampire's origins in this book. Quite frankly, the third book ruined the trilogy for me.
There were hints of some spiritual aspects in the second book, but they could be shrugged off as medieval people attempting to explain the unexplained. In the third book, the authors completely abandon the scientific explanation and go for some biblical nonsense about archangels.
Quite frankly, it seemed as if the authors didn't really know how to finish the story. They wanted to be different and attempted to write a Crichton-esque vampire story, but when it came to the ending, they weren't able to do so. Instead, they concoct a nonsensical origin story that then allows them to basically find a "Hand of God" ending.
yes and no. Its nice to have it read.
The orgin of the vampires.
The orgin of the vampires.
Brian is an avid reader. He is interested in great stories and human behavior. His job is as a behavioral specialist in public schools.
If the tv show follows the books even just a little closely, it will be great. I watched the first season of The Strain before picking up the books. I was not disappointed. Now to watch season 2 and hope that it and the upcoming season 3 are just as good!
Yes. The blending of traditional folklore and modern sensibility creates an atmospheric story that keeps the reader hooked.
The ending. I will not explain because it gives to much away. Keep looking up.
It was a satisfying end.
I would like to know more about the the ancients and other supernatural forces at work. Perhaps other books will come, perhaps not. Only time will tell.
I really like the first novel, the second failing to meet its predecessor's greatness but still very good, then the third one was bought. It became silly and lost the magic of the previous two. I wish they would have gone in a different direction.
This is a good book obviously the last of the 3 part installment, you should read book 1-2 before this one. The book has a strong foundation as a story and the character development carries through the story until the end. The books message is honorable, honest, and touching. A lot of authors are good at making the story good by appealing to people's emotions and in doing so discredit the authenticity of the characters, message, and story. I find this very annoying and as I soon as I catch this I loose interest. Del toro is able to avoid this by developing the characters in a very real (human) way, not by trying to appeal to the readers emotions. In doing so the story becomes very engaging and satisfying.