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The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy | [Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan]

The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

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.
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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

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    MrBoobo Bethpage, NY, United States 11-06-11
    MrBoobo Bethpage, NY, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice end to the story"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laljit United States 11-29-11
    Laljit United States 11-29-11
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    "Disappointing ending. Only buy if you must."

    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.

    *SPOILER ALERT*
    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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Romeoville, illinois, United States 02-24-12
    Robert Romeoville, illinois, United States 02-24-12
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    "Epic vampire story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Eternal to be better than the print version?

    yes and no. Its nice to have it read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eff


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The orgin of the vampires.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The orgin of the vampires.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nils heber, UT, United States 01-25-12
    Nils heber, UT, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst of the three"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 10-10-14
    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "World creation at its finest"
    Would you listen to The Night Eternal again? Why?

    Yes, as well as the first two books. I bought the books because of the TV series and even though the TV series made numerous changes they kept true to the characters and the world of the books so that I could enjoy both. All of the characters remained true to their character and the book world remained true to itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would say Fet the rat catcher was my favorite character. In a sense, he is like Roddy Piper's character in They Live in that once he knows what his mission in life is, he throws himself fully into it.


    What does Daniel Oreskes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Daniel was a good reader I think much better than Ron Perlman did for the first book. At the same time, the characterization the authors did helped both the readers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Face the world with open eyes."


    Any additional comments?

    Finally a good scary nonredeemable vampire story. I'm so sick of romantic vampires.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monks North Highlands, CA United States 07-22-14
    Monks North Highlands, CA United States 07-22-14

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    "Overfluffed Ending for a Tense"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Pages and pages of descriptions that evolve into babble, that often repeat, and interrupt the story rather than adding to it. The final book has the rhythm of college paper struggling to fill out the thousand word requirement, making the final volume more tedious than tense.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Heart of Darkness


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It ended the trilogy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • "A spectacular Conclusion!!"
    If you could sum up The Night Eternal in three words, what would they be?

    Un-Be-lievable!!


    What other book might you compare The Night Eternal to and why?

    Nothing that I've read really compares to this book as it is unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book as a whole was great, but if I had to choose I would have to say the epilogue.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, as I don't have the time. But if I did, yes, I would have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 07-12-14
    Tim United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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    "CW Episode of Vamps"

    The last book in The Strain Trilogy is like watching an vampire episode on CW. I'm surprised that FX bought the rights to the show and not the frog network. Neediness to say, I was very disappointed in "The Night Eternal." It seems like that the series lost steam and just became another vampire story with a treasure hunt for the lost book. The dialogue didn't fit the action and I was hoping for a lot more.

    I really liked the first two installments from Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, but the last passage was a complete let down with a bad ending. This could had been my summer read to break up the same books that I've been reading all year long, but I was disappointed in "The Night Eternal."

    It became somewhere in the middle of Anne Rice and Ayn Rand. Somewhat too Gothic and too much ideological nonsense.

    I couldn't handle neither of it. It's too bad because I really liked the beginning and the middle of The Strain Trilogy a lot, but the end did not hold up on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Fan Virginia 07-09-14
    Book Fan Virginia 07-09-14 Member Since 2008

    Ima

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    "Not as good as the first two"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if you read the other two books. I lost interest after the 100th vampire battle in this book. Was good up until about half way...then drags on. So tired of hearing about the kids vamp mom, his issues with dad, and so on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was dull and slow compared to the first two books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I honestly can't remember.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If part of the trilogy, then yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Books 1 and 2 much more engaging than this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-12-14
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "Great ending"

    I really enjoyed the entire series. This novel was no exception it was a great ending to a wild, dark, and enjoyable ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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