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
Better dialogue and better writing.
I like the fact that there are no teenage girls mooning over the vampires.
If you are considering this book because you love Del Toro's movies I would advice against buying it.I love Del Toro's movies. They are never shallow and they always have something beautiful about them even if the story is grim. Although a lot of the dialogue is written as if this book was a screenplay, the story lacks in finesse and it has none of the beauty the movies have I had a feeling of not caring about the outcome so I skipped (about 1/3 of the book) to the ending. I didn't seem to have missed much.
The story was alright, could definitely tell it was originally intended for the screen, but I had a problem with some of the voices the narrator used, they were a little hard to hear.
I enjoyed Perlman's narration much more than I initially thought I would. A good first book for a trilogy.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequels. Perlman was a great choice for narration.
This was recommended to me by a friend and I'm really glad I took his advice and gave it a try. I loved the story, love the graphic imagery set in it. While I really like Ron Pearlman's voice (deep, rich and smooth) there's very little differentiating between character's voices which makes it a little hard to follow along. Still it was an enjoyable listen and, in my opinion at least, worth the credit. I do plan on picking up the next in the series.
I enjoyed the performance. I'm looking forward to the next book and am pleased that there are a couple more in the series. actually a little scary.
Writer, actor, improviser, and family man working as a content writer/editor in a SaaS Marketing Department.
The incessant, repetitive interlude music has got to go.
Otherwise it's gripping and intense. Check it out especially if you like vampires who are actually terrifying.
It seemed perfect - a book written by one of my favorite directors and performed by an actor I very much respect. My hopes were high and at first is seemed great - but alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Bloated writing, heave-handed narratives and long-winded dissertations on every little thing kicked me out of the story before any real action developed.
At first I laughed, then I groaned, then I gave up and pushed the off button. Might be a good story, I just couldn't make my way through it.
Ron Perlman's show and steady performance somehow heightens the creepy factor of this disturbing spin on the vampire trope.
I will definitely be listening to the sequels.
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