I'm with the many others who have noted the downward spiral of this series.
This wasn't a terrible book, it's just that the trilogy never lived up to the promise of the first installment. The narration of this book was quite good, but the writing and plot were a letdown.
I was initially intrigued by idea that the Master had replaced Ephraim Goodweather as father to Zachary, and that along with the vampiric Kelly, they made a twisted little family unit. But the religious aspects made me cringe. We started with science, and then suddenly there were archangels, revelatory dreams, sacred texts and...a nuke?? It made little sense.
I agree with Gus, who wisely stated that if there really WAS a God, what was he waiting for?
OK...I made that up, but the three novels, culminating in this third, were great and cinematic, which is not a shock knowing that Guillermo Del Toro has been behind these, with Chuck Hogan. I really enjoyed these, and hope that soon, very soon, I could seen an approach to this series similar to what is happening for "Game of Thrones." Anyone out there in HBO-Land listening???
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The Strain, part 3.........not great, not even very good....skip it, you will be happier not finding out.
Fun story with nice readers. I keep saying to myself that I am sick and tired of vampire stories then I get stuck on another. This one is better than most "end of days because of vampire" stories but still a bit predictable. However the reader is good, the writing has good pacing, and it's nice if you want something light.
The trilogy was an outstanding story and a great ending. It is without a doubt the best vampire story I have ever read or heard. Great job.
I don't usually read vampire books. But for some reason these books were so unique, and well written I kept coming back for more.
I have really enjoyed the series, and this last one, was well done.
There is horror, and then there is horror. Some authors write in the genera, and the reader is motivated to “turn the page” like a hunger. In the end, good story, gore and ghouls…basic suspense…everybody is happy…no one gets hurt. Meaning, the reader wades through miles of character development, detailed gore etc…but the “scare” is equivalent to cutting the grass in the dark. Then there are authors who have what I call “The Stephen King Factor”. A gift for making a story real “horror”. I have always considered King’s “Night Flyer” the standard by which Vamp stories are judged…even though King”s story was a novella, it delivered the “scare” in words that “Aliens” delivered on screen. Del Toro and Hogan have this gift. Del Toro and Hogan give you the scare, reasonably spare the reader the piles of “chick flick” drama, and take you into a story that is original and broad in scope. And, Oreskes narration...perfect. The Strain Trilogy simply gets a resounding…Boo-Yah!
The last quarter of this book should be removed and have an entirely new ending put in its place. When I finished listening to this book, I actually said outloud. That ending was f*%ing stupid.
Unfortunately, if you have worked your way through books one and two in this series, book three is required if you want to put and end to the story ... but it was really not at par with the first novel.
Absolutely! I plan on a marathon starting from book 1 The Strain
I love the twist on the whole Vampire theme.
Daniel Oreskes was perfect, I can't single out 1 character I liked best.
If only I could! I did try though. After book 2 I waited what seemed like forever to get my hands on Book 3
I guess by now you can tell how I feel about this series, I don't write a lot of reviews, but I felt as the end grew closer that I HAD to for this. If you like vampire stories, this is a really good fresh idea.
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Other reviewers have pretty much already said it all. This is a terrible closure to a story which started out great. A huge, huge, HUGE disappointment.