It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order. But good and evil are malleable terms now, and the Master is most skilled at preying on the weaknesses of humans.Now, at this critical hour, there is evidence of a traitor in their midst... And only one man holds the answer to the Master’s demise, but is he one who can be trusted with the fate of the world? And who among them will pay the ultimate sacrifice - so that others may be saved?
©2011 Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
The second one was disappointing, but this one brought the series back to the level of the first book. Gory, yes. Unbelievable, yes -- but, come on, we're talking vampires and vampire hunters. What did you expect? I hope the authors collaborate on another series.
If you have been following the series from the beginning then you should know what to expect here. If you haven't read the other two books in the series start there.
In regards to the story here, I would say it ends the way it needed to and the way you would have expected. If you have enjoyed the other two books you will like this one.
The performance is like the story as strong as it has been all along.
Overall very enjoyable vampire story done with the speed and flow of a movie.
The story line pretty much falls flat on its face in this one. Lots of self pity and analysis, very little substance. I don't recommend this one.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
Yes and I have! The whole series (3) is amazing, unique and totally consuming.
There are so many twists and turns and unexpected surprises. I was hooked from the beginning.
Only the other two books in the series compare!
The narrator brings in the emotion and helps you connect more fully with the characters.
I highly recommend this series, it is one of my favorites!
The third book was a significant disappoint. The Strain began with a premise of a scientific explanation for vampires that was only enhanced by two of the heroes being scientists. The third book, however, departs from this and almost seems to be a separate story given the disparate explanation for the vampire's origins in this book. Quite frankly, the third book ruined the trilogy for me.
There were hints of some spiritual aspects in the second book, but they could be shrugged off as medieval people attempting to explain the unexplained. In the third book, the authors completely abandon the scientific explanation and go for some biblical nonsense about archangels.
Quite frankly, it seemed as if the authors didn't really know how to finish the story. They wanted to be different and attempted to write a Crichton-esque vampire story, but when it came to the ending, they weren't able to do so. Instead, they concoct a nonsensical origin story that then allows them to basically find a "Hand of God" ending.
yes and no. Its nice to have it read.
The orgin of the vampires.
The orgin of the vampires.
I started with The Strain because I dug the TV series (which I still like despite unpopular reviews). I ran through that in a day and a half I immediately had to get the rest. I devoured all three books in 5 days. Just as Stephen King knows how to develop characters to the point that you feel that you know them, Del Toro and Hogan write action so well it's as if you're watching a movie in your head. I can't recommend this series enough.
Brian is an avid reader. He is interested in great stories and human behavior. His job is as a behavioral specialist in public schools.
If the tv show follows the books even just a little closely, it will be great. I watched the first season of The Strain before picking up the books. I was not disappointed. Now to watch season 2 and hope that it and the upcoming season 3 are just as good!
Yes. The blending of traditional folklore and modern sensibility creates an atmospheric story that keeps the reader hooked.
The ending. I will not explain because it gives to much away. Keep looking up.
It was a satisfying end.
I would like to know more about the the ancients and other supernatural forces at work. Perhaps other books will come, perhaps not. Only time will tell.
I really like the first novel, the second failing to meet its predecessor's greatness but still very good, then the third one was bought. It became silly and lost the magic of the previous two. I wish they would have gone in a different direction.
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