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
Just get it.
New take on old material, well worth it.
Great job, Del Toro.
I recommend this audio. It was more zombie than vampire and for me more suspenseful because of this. I really enjoyed it.
Great writing, a thrilling story, solid characters, and a perfect narrator. Highly recommended. Also has me scrambling for other Chuck Hogan books... what a writer.
wanted a really good listen along comes this book! Great story, and superb narration by R.Perlman. I'm looking forward to the next titles!
Worth the Credit or you cash.
A well drawn comic book. Depth of character and story are replaced with an array of quick character snapshots spread across a LOT of people. Easy to see hooks and dialogue driven action move the story along (albeit very slowly). It should make for an excellent movie as it was quite visual. It's a BIG shame, because the true novelty was the fact that here was a VAMPIRE book ...that wasn't just a soft porn novel disguised as liberated romance.
This focus on individual stories supports the author's statement to the effect that there is no god and good and evil are in the hands of man. BUT.... that's a big statement for so little depth. The author's explanation of vampirism as a disease WAS quite interesting and definitely added to the overall (growing) vampire mythology. Anyway.
In listening to this (excellent narration by Ron Perlman - that was half the fun) I couldn't help but picture this more as a script than a book. I found the twists on vampire lore refreshing and unique compared to the few I've read - Ann Rice, Twilight books, first of the Sookie Stackhouse books (I won't read anymore at the risk of spoiling True Blood) and maybe a couple others over the years.
Very visual writing, goes for the gore and chill factors and I thought it delivered well. Interesting and diverse characters (reminded me a bit of Stephen King there) pulled together into what promises to be a great trilogy.
I won't be surprised to see this go to film and with Guillermo at the helm smells like a blockbuster.
Don't waste your credit on this one. It's not worth it. Poor characters, over detailed in an uninteresting way, and to be honest not that well read. In some parts it is like listening to a screenplay for a film. Avoid and use your credit on something else-I wish I had.
Please can I have a refund?
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First, I got the free first chapter download which really hooked me! Excellent build up of suspense. However, the actual book gets a little boring because of the narration and the Horrible music that is blasted in between every chapter. This is "part one" of a triology and definitely has a different take on vampires from the other stories that are out right now. Even so, I probably won't buy the next two parts unless they change the narration and music.
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