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 Deus Ex Machina in this story is blatant and jarring, especially considering how smoothly the other two books flowed.
Yes, but only for a completionist. It has some fun ideas about a vampire apocalypse and does some great character development with Effram's kid, but the plot suffers. There's also a fair amount of
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.
The trilogy as a whole makes for a pretty good story, although something extrordinary keeps on missing at the end. After the first two books I didn't expect The Night Eternal to surprise me, and unfortunately it didn't. Now, the story is good enough to listen through the entire trilogy and entertaining enough to keep the listener's attention. I guess the biggest issue for me personally is del Toro's envolvement. I expected something special. And it is not. Good, entertaining and a nice listen, but not special.
I listened to this to finish out the series since I had it all. Why not. You never know, it might finish strong. It didn't. Tedious, boring, monotonous, predictable, stereotypical, uninspired. The only way to be better is to not be. Combine book 2 and 3 and you slightly improve each. Ideally, combined the trilogy into one book and you would have a passable story.
Weak characters. I did not care about anyone by the end of it. So many stereotypes, so shallow, so much wasted potential. You have a new world order to explore and none of it felt fresh or interesting (or scary). I also got annoyed that the series started with vampirism-as-a-virus as an angle, which could be interesting (vampirism-virus and modern epidemiology, the CDC, etc) and resorts to not-even-Biblically accurate lore. There is also a random feel to the lore/rules of these vampires. Ultimately, the vampires strengths and weaknesses (strong, telepathic; can't cross water on their own, burned by sunlight...sometimes...hurt by silver) are of the "Because God made it so" variety. Literally, in the last book we are told in short order, finally, that the rules for how to be a vampire and how they were made and what makes them tick are just because God made them that way and they are cursed. We start with a virus affecting people and turning them and end up with quasi-religious tripe. Silver, just the touch of it, can burn and disable and ward off, but being shot, repeatedly, with other metals, even in the head, is no problem. They needed a much tighter package for their vampire lore and to pick science or religion as the creation/destruction, not the illogical mix they went with.
Not if I can get a story I want to read without him as the narrator.
It ended. If they tried to spin this out to another sequel/installment, I would've been actively annoyed that they were clearly making a money grab by padding the hell out of this.
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