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
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.
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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.
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
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