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
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Narration for this book was absolutely perfect, but the potential that the book had did not carry through. This would not put me off reading a sequel.
To be honest I listened to The Strain after the TV show aired for the first episode. I love the theme and premise, but was disappointed with the execution so I wondered if the book would do any better. In short, it did! The start of the book is very strong. A gripping setup full of mystery and suspense. But once things move away from the airport, the middle part of the book gets pretty repetitive, and lacks a bit of character development. It's entertaining for sure, and I listened to the entire novel in about a day and a half, and will probably listen to book 2 and 3 to follow the story to the end.
Finally, the narrator is obviously a great actor. The listen feels more like a performance than a reading. However... It's awfully monotone, even when it really shouldn't be.
So, final conclusion, a good listen, but not memorable.
This really was a pretty decent book. Ron Perlman rocks on the narration. There were some small frustrating story points that kind of bugged you from time to time, but overall a really neat slant on an established monster story
Recommend it? No. There are better books worth the time and money. Ron Perlman is what tips the scale for me in book 1 (he does NOT read 2 and 3, and had I realized that I wouldn't have gotten the series, Daniel Oreskas is an average narrator and unable to correctly pronounce some fairly common words) and I say this as someone that has seen nearly all of Del Toro's movies, so I know his storytelling style. The concept of this type of vampire was unique, but the characters are largely uninteresting, not engaging and I ended up (at the end of the 3 part series) not caring what happens to anyone, not being moved by anything, finding the story so tedious because of that that I just wanted it over and wishing it could've been done in one book. Sadly, it could have, and should have, been a story told in one book. It might have been slightly more gripping that way.
Not a multi-parter or not without figuring out which of them is responsible for the lack of interesting or empathetic or complex characters. That one (if it was one of them primarily) I would shy away from in the future.
Investigating the plane at the airport. At this point everything (but the plane) was still up in the air and I hadn't gotten a chance to become bored with the pace or annoyed with the characters.
Only the first time and the first book of the three, and only because of Perlman.
It is technically an average read/listen. I've heard/read books that I would actively denounce and wish to disappear from shelves for all time. This isn't that bad. But it doesn't deserve another listen or a recommendation for others to hear/read it. I can't remember the last time I was *bored* with a book, audio or otherwise. I read and listen to about 4 books or more at any given time, I finish about 3 books a week, minimum, no matter how busy I am. I am hard to impress but very easy to entertain. This failed to entertain me and I was surprised a known entity (Del Toro) and a subject (horror/sci fi/vampirism) I enjoyed left me wishing for it to just end.
I love ya Ron, but that was about as monotone as you can be. It wasn't horrendous, but it took away from the story.
Fav authors: D. Preston & L. Child, Edgar R Buroughs, J. McDevitt, James Rollins, Jack Campbell, BV Larson, JR Tolkoin, George McDonald.
In answer to my title, not much. At first I thought the book was written from the series, but learned later that he book come first. The authors wrote the story to be a TV series and when there was no interest, published it as a story. The book contains about 5% additional material or a different tact than the TV Series.
However, if you liked the TV Series, you will like the book and want to listen to book 2 & 3, possibly ruining the next season of the TV show. For me, I can't wait to see the next season as I expect it to be as good as the book.
The interactions between the characters were boring and cliche. You constantly knew what would be said before it happened.
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