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The Strain: Book One of the Strain Trilogy | [Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan]

The Strain: Book One of the Strain Trilogy

A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it quickly becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads.
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A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised.

When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it quickly becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads.

The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that's the only good news. And when all 200 corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Fjolnir Isafjardarbaer, Iceland 10-29-09
    Fjolnir Isafjardarbaer, Iceland 10-29-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Great vampire story"

    I liked this one, no pretty vampires suffering from existential crisis, just disgusting evil things. It has a lot of atmosphere and I will get the sequel when it comes. It owes a lot to Dracula of course but so do most stories in that genre. Ron Pearlman does a good job. Feels like watching a scary vampire movie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dohagirl Qatar 06-13-09
    Dohagirl Qatar 06-13-09 Member Since 2014

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    "excellent, scary and enjoyable"

    i really enjoyed this. the story was novel and gripping. the narrator was excellent, conveyed the different voices very well. i look forward to the rest of the series. one of my best downloads ever!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Blackheath, Australia 02-11-10
    Chris Blackheath, Australia 02-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Adventure Story"

    Very enjoyable and well narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 07-22-09
    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 07-22-09 Member Since 2013

    Old timer IT guy, researcher.

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    "Good, but stretched"

    Interesting characters and plot, however the story became quite repetitive in parts and plodded along a little too slowly for my liking. There is definite potential.

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  • Matt
    Lancashire
    7/17/09
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    "Great Read"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to in a long time, kept me hooked from start to finish, can't wait to get next installment

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    8/4/10
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    "A cracking thriller"

    The authors will not win any prizes for their prose style, originality or depth of characterisation - and at places this reads more like a movie screenplay than a book. But they certainly know how to tell a story. A multi-threaded plot is drawn together very cleverly and there is plenty of genuinely creepy horror and some terrific action - the narrative just hurtles along. Clearly part of a longer work as lots of threads are left dangling; I shall certainly get future instalments.

    Like other reviewers, I didn't give the narrator top marks. Very monotone with little variation in pace. But persevere as it gets better as it goes along.

    Recommended to all who like a good post-apocalypse horror story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • AJ
    London
    10/26/12
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    "Really wanted to like it..."

    The premise is good, the characters are good, the problem is it’s driven by what is called “The Idiot Plot”.



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    “The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot.”



    So much of the story only moves forward because the characters do the book equivalent of the ole “teen walking backwards through a darkened house” thing seen in bad slasher films.



    The quality of the writers & the over-whelming wish that this would turn out to be great kept he reading, but in the end I’ll skip the next 2. I just can’t take a book seriously is it only actually works if everyone (and I mean everyone) in the book does the exact opposite of what any average person would do.



    Narration is OK, but good narrators add character to the various voices, Ron is just Ron.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    8/23/09
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    "Grippingly preposterous!"

    I think that Hammer Horror films, with their hammy treatment of vampires, have made it well-nigh impossible for an novelist to create a serious story about an incursion by vampires into the world of the living. I enjoyed this book, but couldn't take it seriously. It should have been frightening, but I found it almost funny it seemed so preposterous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    11/4/10
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    "The Strain"

    I loved this book, had I known what the story was actually about, I would probably not have read it. So glad that I did, pacy, exciting and left me wanting more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Southwick, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    1/7/10
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    "Loved it"

    Wasn't sure at first but then it suckers you in and now I love it and cant wait for the next installment. You will be hooked :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    hambledon, surrey, United Kingdom
    7/19/10
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    "The Strain"

    just brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    Brunswick West, Australia
    12/17/09
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    "better narration would get it 5 stars"

    This is a great horror story, truly creepy, with a different twist on the usual vampire story. I am 3 hours from the end, and find myself wishing the next book was available, but I hope it will be read by someone else. Maybe Sean barret, or Jeff Harding. Sorry Ron Perlman, but with hardly any inflection, characterisation or connection to the story you are actually telling, you sound bored and uninterested. I find myself having to rewind as I have missed an exciting piece of action, because its being read as if its the football scores.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elle
    3/27/15
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    "Gets better with patience...."
    Would you listen to The Strain again? Why?

    Definitely..I found this to be a very relaxing read that kept me wanting to know what happens next-even though it was a bit predictable.A typical vampire apocalypse story in the same style as The Passage...(I should probably say The Passage is in the same style as this,as I think this came first)


    What other book might you compare The Strain to, and why?

    As mentioned above -similar to the passage with the world turning into vampires very quickly.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not really-although unlike other reviewers I did not have a problem with Ron Perlman's voice.I downloaded this because I find his voice easy on the ear and relaxing...which as I listen late at night in bed is an advantage.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Are you afraid of the dark?....you soon will be..


    Any additional comments?

    I took some time to decide whether to buy this or not as there were so many bad reviews about the narrator-I have to admit,even as a Ron Perlman fan,I did start to agree in the first couple of hundred pages.BUT the story itself was a bit slow and vague to start.Just as I was considering giving up.the story picked up and grabbed me-to the point of not wanting to turn off and go to sleep and so did Ron Perlmans narration-I came to the conclusion,maybe he was bored with the book,that is why he was reading a bit flat.
    As for the story,as I said before,a typical vampire/apocalypse story.Predictable,but listen and enjoyable.As long as you do not want to listen to literary genius.It could have been written by a high school kid writing for an english paper.Lots of Eph said,Nora said etc...
    Would recommend ,but listen to it for what it is,A fun,scary end of the world thriller,be patient for the narrator to pick up and get into the story too and you will be fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • muffin
    1/12/15
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    "I liked it but I can understand if you don't."

    For me this book is great I loved it from the first paragraph to the final full stop. The build up to the realisation ( of the characters) that this is a vampire story is great. Ron pearlman is great as a narrator if you are a pearlman fan, the only downside is his performance for the female roles is very masculine which is I feel acceptable for someone with a voice like pearlmans. A major downside is that the other two books are not voiced by pearlman which means that the series as a whole suffers, the musical interludes are annoying but I tend to dislike them in any audiobook. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the bellboy movies or someone who enjoys the type of work by del toro. Fans of the tv series are in for a treat as the books far eclipse the series. Comic fans however could be potentially disappointed if you are mainly a comic reader and not a fan of audiobooks it's not worth the investment but if you enjoy a book as well I would highly recommend.
    The other two books are essential as each book ends on a cliffhanger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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