The Deus Ex Machina in this story is blatant and jarring, especially considering how smoothly the other two books flowed.
Yes, but only for a completionist. It has some fun ideas about a vampire apocalypse and does some great character development with Effram's kid, but the plot suffers. There's also a fair amount of
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.
Guillermo Del Toro can do no wrong in my opinion. That being said I hoped for more with this story from the very promising and scary start. There were not many moments where I really found myself on edge or rooting for the characters in this third book where it should all be culminating in a terrifying showdown. There was a solid showdown at the end but no real twists and turns. Also the performance was very mediocre and monotone, often forgetting to pause between scenes and for emphasis. It was a lackluster performance but still enjoyable.
This is the best horror I have read in years. I have read all volumes.