Ron Perlman... Vampires.. Great Story... Amazing just Amazing... well that was Book 1 ... one of my favorite Audio Book experiences... This book and this read is how I have turned so many people onto audio books
Book 2... no Ron Perlman..... at least we still have some Nazi Vampires.. So thats a plus...
Book 3... wow.. Instead of saving the series they just totally seemed to rush it and throw it all out the window.. Angels... Wango Tango Foxtrot? It seems they really just mashed a bunch of crap together to get this done and over with. Like a movie that hits production hell and has reshoots.. Its like half way through book 2 they had no idea where they where going and bit off more than they could chew. This book had aspects I did like.. wait .. no .. it didnt. . I was so sadly sadly let down. Its like they took book one and just tossed it in a toilet.
and whats with the long middle fingers and how they function with these? this was incredible frustrating to picture.. as they hold shot guns and swords.
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 was wrong. It happens to the best of us. I gave a pretty poor review of Book 2. Mostly because, as with other series, I was jolted by the change in narrator. I let that steer how I felt about the book. But I realize now after hearing Mr. Oreskes again and the conclusion of this series that I was wrong. Book 2 was a good book and Mr. Oreskes did a good job.
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This was a great end to The Strain Trilogy. I really enjoyed all three of these books and look forward to listening to them again back to back.
One of the few comments I have though is that throughout the 3 books I kept saying to myself, "this would make a great movie." And after this book I really feel that it would and almost feel like Mr. Del Toro's life in movies came through pretty strongly in these books. I'm not saying it was a bad or good thing, it just was very palatable to me. So I hope that these are made into a movie series.
I've read a lot of horror, end of the world, zombie, vampire, etc.. and I can say that this trilogy was my favorite. Most of the time the books are great, but the endings are lackluster. This ended perfectly. It's not a fairy book ending, it's a fitting ending. And it does end. There are no hanging threads. We find out everything.
This is not a stand alone read. You have to read all three books to get the full appreciation. I can't wait to see what this author does next.
Having been disappointed by the second installment in this series, I was very pleased to find that 'The Eternal Night' came much closer to the excitement of the first book (which remains my favorite). This is a painful book, with a deeper range of human emotions than the previous two installments.
Another thing I appreciate about this book is how it completes the trilogy. I'm not giving anything away when I say there won't be a fourth book. I've been involved with this story for over two years now, from its thrilling beginning, through its rather soft middle and this taut, satisfactory ending. I will miss these characters.
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.