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The Strain | [Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan]

The Strain

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.
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Publisher's Summary

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

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

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    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 07-15-09
    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 07-15-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping Story, intense narration."

    Really enjoyed this book. I was surprised by how quickly I went through this, given its length. I've seen other criticisms of Ron Perlman's narration, but I thought his reading and cadence were dead-on for the subject matter. The story's very cinematic, but what would you expect when of the authors is del Toro. Can't wait for Part 2.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Piccolo 07-09-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Painful to get through"

    I'll start off by saying Ron Perlman is an enjoyable and greatly versatile actor who can bring about wit like none can. As a narrator however, it took sheer willpower to get through the book. The monotone, lack of audible inflections, and annoying music snippets did not create an enjoyable listen.
    The story itself had potential but, as fellow listeners noted, it quickly lost any depth and intrigue; becoming a run of the mill story with predictable directions.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 07-07-14
    Tim United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Hope FX doesn't Screws Up"

    I decided to start on "The Strain Trilogy" because of much fan fair from my friends. I'm not into vampires because most of the books that I heard of are gear to teens and I'm not into blood sucking heartthrobs or underage girls with short skirts. No time to ruin my brain and I'm way past my puberty.

    Unlike other vampires that I heard of, the vamps in "The Strain" seems to be more real. Instead of teen vamps, these vampires are more like the terror in "Blade."

    Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan attempted a horror series that has yet to scare me, but I'm only through the first book. It didn't scare me per say, but I wanted know more about the vampires who drank the rats and how the CDC is getting involve.

    I don't see the vampires cohabiting with the humans, but in the first book so far, it hasn't been a blood bath either. The first scene of the book is pretty creepy and rad regarding the plane. That scene really caught my attention to read more.

    I just hope that FX doesn't screws up the show when it debut this summer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-15-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-15-12
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    "Thrilling!!!!"

    For those who are interested in vampire stories and the end of the world will really enjoy this. A little spooky. First time listening to a book that had people coming out of the dark and it was very thrilling. Even those who do not like sci-fi will like this book 1 of a 3 part series because there is a scientific way in which they try to explain the characteristics of people bitten and turned. Very interesting point of view. Recommend a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Reynella, Australia 05-07-12
    Karen Reynella, Australia 05-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Scary!"

    This is not for bed-time. Genuinely creepy and suspenseful vampire story that reminded me of a modern version of "I Am Legend". Some interesting mythology that I hope continues to be developed, and very suspenseful at times. Ron Perlman gives a suitably scary performance. I feel a film version in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Parts Unknown 03-05-12
    Trevor Parts Unknown 03-05-12 Member Since 2010

    I know way to much about nothing.......

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    "Finally a Vampire book thats not a goth love story"

    I really liked how this book chose to take a more scientific approach to the vampire mythology. I'm not a huge vampire fan, I prefer the zombie/post apocalypse type stories, however I would highly recommend this book to anyone with even the slightest bit of interest in the vampire mythos. The only down side to this book is the sometimes ridiculous actions of some of the characters. As in many zombie books which I'm more familiar with, there always seems to be characters that inexplicable do the most inane and self defeating things. Overall a decent story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Canoga Park, CA, United States 01-19-11
    Brandon Canoga Park, CA, United States 01-19-11
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    "Fantastic"

    It seems a lot of people don't like Ron Pearlman's narration, but I completely disagree. His narration is superb, and each character is separate and unique - exactly what I would expect from a veteran actor. It's a great story and I can't wait for the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Burbank, CA, United States 11-30-10
    Brooke Burbank, CA, United States 11-30-10
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    "SOLID LISTEN"

    The reader made a LOT of difference. Smoothly transitioned between characters. The material is not especially original but the beginning is uniquely creepy and all the characters are well thought out. Kept me coming back for more. Ending was a bit anti-climactic but will say that I was HOOKED throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yurgel queen creek, AZ, United States 10-21-10
    Yurgel queen creek, AZ, United States 10-21-10
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    "ron perlman is awesome"

    And del toro is even better. Chuck hogan rocks! this entire book is awesome!

    And BTW I thought the corny music fit the book really well . got me into the mood of this book really well

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marlina 09-17-10
    Marlina 09-17-10 Member Since 2014

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    "A good read, scary and thrilling"

    I thought that I was going to strongly dislike this book, but I remember that I listened to it around Halloween of last year, and it seriously gave me chills. You think that you have heard all the vampire stories but there is nothing out there like this. Del Toro is the king of horror movies, in my humble opinion and in all honesty this book is so visual that when I was listening to parts of it at night, I would actually pull off my sleep mask and look around.

    I am going to try not to be too long winded but Ron Perlman has the perfect voice for this kind of book and I hope that he will be back to read the rest of the trilogy. Another thing that I loved about this book is it had a mid-sentence ending, which is my way of describing when an author writes a book but there is no clear conclusion, something else is about to happen but not yet.

    It left me wanting more, and on a cold snowy Wisconsin night, it gave me a good scare, reminding me of my mom when she talked about listening to Alfred Hitchcock on the radio. Good listen, totally worth the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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