They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months - the world.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing....
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city - a city that includes his wife and son - before it is too late.
©2009 Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
The story wasn't terrible. I hate saying Ron Perlman is the reason I wouldn't recommend it, but it's the truth. Between his monotone reading, whispering the parts that the characters are speaking, and the quickly annoying music between chapters, I just wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Yes. Never a dull moment!
When the Master 1st evades destruction by the sunlight. SHOCKER!
This was my 1st, but he was great!
When the son Zach sees his changed mother. That was rough.
It's great how firmly rooted in science and medicine this tale is while still maintaining the ethos of the vampire!
Although the TV series is excellent, the book brings a new dimension of detail and back story. Plot lines are slightly different, making this a fresh read for those who have seen the series.
Just finished my second time through while getting ready for the next book. I listened years ago, and had forgotten how scary un it was.
Fearing I may go mad at the sheer monotony of my desk job, I quickly developed a love for audio books. I've been hooked ever since.
This book has been on my short list for quite some time. It kept getting moved back for no reason in particular. Other things I was more excited about took precedence. Beyond the fact there are vampires and it is now a TV series, I didn't know much about this book. I enjoy a well imagined vampire, so I jumped in with hopes high.
An international flight landed at JFK and, before pulling up to the gate, goes completely dark and stops moving. After repeated attempts the contact the pilot, they finally manage to make their way onto the dark, ominous plane. Upon entering, they discover it to be full of bodies. There was no sign of a struggle and all the victims seemed completely drained of blood. Officials quickly contact the Center for Disease Control in hopes to discover and, if need be, contain whatever caused the deaths. Dr. Eph Goodweather of the CDC Canary Team, soon discovers the terrifying truth of what they face. Vampires are real, and they are ruthless.
This story is a slow burn. It starts off with some excitement then quickly slows to a snail's pace. I understand that there is almost always a lull at the beginning of a story, events and characters needs explained and introduced. However, this was hard to stick with in the beginning and it's not until a little over halfway through that it really started to get exciting. Once events really start to unravel, it more than makes up for the slow start. The liberties the authors take on their view of vampires is pretty cool and a little different. I will say, these are vampires I wouldn't want to meet.
I really like Ron Perlman, he is Hellboy after all. That being said, I did not care for his narration as a whole. He has a great voice that fits the narrative perfectly, and he reads smoothly and is easy to understand. His dialogue however is a different story entirely. While he did a great job with the Romanian vampire hunter and Eph, most of the characters sounded the same. I often found it hard to distinguish between his readings of male and female characters. There were numerous occasions I found myself thinking one character was talking, when in reality it was a completely different character.
All said, I enjoyed this book and plan to read the next one. If you like vampires, read this story. There is plenty of blood-draining deliciousness to sate your appetite.
After listening to The book I couldn't put it down made me want to watch the show so bad it's freaking awesome Ron Perlman does a bang up job even tho it sounds like he was getting tired of reading
Story makes me want to go back and read the books! The story telling however was a big disappointment. Ron pearl man voice was very drone like and it was easy to get lost on which character he was going on about. It was like he was a zombie vampire at times !
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