From the authors of the instant New York Times best seller The Strain comes the next volume in one of the most imaginative and frightening thriller series in many, many years.
Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.
Ignited by the Master's horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for control. At the center of the conflict lies a book, an ancient text that contains the vampires' entire history... and their darkest secrets. Whoever finds the book can control the outcome of the war and, ultimately, the fate of us all. And it is between these warring forces that humans - powerless and vulnerable - find themselves no longer the consumers but the consumed.
Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been transformed into a bloodcrazed creature of the night, and now she stalks the city looking for her chance to reclaim her Dear One: Zack, Eph's young son.
With the future of humankind in the balance, Eph and his team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, and joined by a crew of ragtag gangsters, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone has imagined - a fate worse than annihilation.
Listen to the first book, The Strain.
©2010 Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
The Strain put new fuel into the vampire genera. No more the teen, heavy petting, high school romance. Del Toro and Hogan bring horror and thrill back...old school. Worthy of sharing shelf space alongside King's "The Night Flyer"...but greater in scope and depth! I would venture to guess the bad reviews for this book and other epic vampire tales (i.e I'am Legend), come from a "softer" now generation, those who like the teen romance vampires...or the simple minded, who find longer stories hard to follow...you know, the guys who find a video game back story hard to grasp...these folks need their "soft" rock, "soft" horror...and wait for the movie. For the rest of us, this is a good ride!
So many books, so little time...
When I first got the Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, I knew that I would be purchasing all the books in the series. I love this new book The Fall. I love the story, the character development, and the new world that is being built by the writers. I love the fact that here is a well written and interesting vampire story line with out being a romance with fangs book.
Knowing of Del Toro's love for HP Lovecraft, the whole premise of the book is even more interesting as he and Hogan as they build a new work in fear, and the fear of the unknown and there extermination of man kind by an ancient race.
It is interesting that one of the main characters is an epidemiologist, and how his scientific mind has to learn to accept the fantastic world of vampires which is like a virus.
As much as it is about vampires it is about the story line of the main characters reacting to a new world of vampires in New York. Having been on the subways and train systems in New York, it is amazing that they have included the dark elements of this work into the work.
As for the Narrator, Daniel Oreskes does a fantastic job narrating the book. Yes, it would have been great to have Ron Perlman for this book, but Daniel Oreskes has the voice to do this job. He developed his own depth to the reading of the book and makes it very accessible.
I loved the book and the narration.
Just as good as the first in the tilogy, which I thought was excellent. I can't wait for the third. It's a great take on the an old myth, vampires. Not for Twilight fans, in these stories the vampires are pure evil, just like they should be.
Definitely pleasantly surprised because I wasn't sure where they would take this after the climax of the first book. But it's excellent (Chuck Hogan's writing is worth the price of admission alone).
Careful what you read about narrators... this guy is perfect. I forgot about the original narrator very quickly, even though his different pronunciation of the main character's name is a little disorienting at first.
I very much enjoyed the first book in this series. I didn't even mind Ron Perlman's narration, which so many other reviewers disliked.
Those readers will be happy to know that Perelman has been replaced by Daniel Oreskes. Oreskes is a better choice as a reader, but having started with Perlman, it feels strange without him.
The story is entertaining, but lacks the sense of frightening urgency from the initial installment.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
Whenever I eat at buffets, I never go for the fillers. I always fill up my colon with the good stuff. I'm really digging the Strain Trilogy and the second book is better than the first. "The Fall" is a different story from the first book. Instead of being action pack, this book tell us more of the story, which I really like. It almost feels like a diversion from the main plot and getting you ready for the end.
It gave me a break from the vampires, sucking up bloods and made my mind defer to somewhere else in their layers. Very complex beings and I cannot wait how it ends. I already bought the last book and debating if I should read something else to give myself a break, or just charge it. I think the reason why I like the second book better than the first because there is a slight side story of science fiction with the space station.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
The last two hours save this book. The last two hours are intellectually stimulating. Toro and Hogan bring vampires into the 21st century with modern day technology and modern day theories. They also set up what may be a very exciting conclusion to the trilogy. The last two hours make the book worth buying.
The first hour has some good old fashioned vampire scariness and throughout the book are scattered some gory action scenes. What keeps the book from going five stars is that a lot of the book is filler. Boring scenes that only serve to set up the third book and to make this book novel length. The first book was about a half a star better. This book has conspiracies, Nazi, The Book and a really scary addition, The Feelers. I found the Feelers to be especially creepy.
I did have some questions about the silver. First I know this is not the same as all vampire stories, even though they stayed true to mirrors, masters, daylight, etc, but isn't silver suppose to kill werewolves? Then after you have accepted silver has a weapon, they sure came up with a lot of it in the forms they needed pretty quick. They shot a lot of silver nails and I don't think that is a top seller in most hardware stores. I also felt it unrealistic that masses of people could be killed in New York City and the rest of the world totally ignorant of it. What happened to journalism?
The narrator had a way of going from a quiet scene to a action scene with no variation in his voice. Your mind may be wondering due to the filler nature of the story and then you hear an attack is going on, but your wondering when did the attack start and did I miss something of interest?
Remember the last two hours are really good.
Loved the 1st audiobook. I could not wait to listen to the second installment in the trilogy. WOW, what a disappointment. The production of "The Strain" was riveting - from the reader to the storyline to the musical accompaniment\sound effects... In fact, I listened to it more than once. Sadly, "The Fall" was a far cry from the 1st installment's quality. I cannot believe that there was such a disparity in value. I actually found myself tuning most of it out. What a terrible reader. Skip it.
This narrator seemed to be bored reading this book. Okay story, bad reader. The story doesn't progress much from the first book, but it does set up some interesting turns that should be resolved in the next one. Look forward to the next book...I just hope it's read by Pearlman.
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This could truly be an excellent part 2 to a great adventure. But the narrator is the worst I have ever encountered in my 8 years with Audible. In part 2 (of part 2) he just stops trying to define characters with any definition so that's impossible to tell who's talking, and when he changes chapters there is not even a small break to tell let you know he has and then transitions using the same voice. Impossible to follow without spending half you time backing up and saying... did I miss something?
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