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
I have to say that I loved the pace of the last book of the trilogy! Although we look back to find the story of Mr. Quinlan, the majority of the book is fast paced action leading to a great conclusion.
I wasn't sure I liked where they went with the creation of the Master and the ancients, but as the book moved on, it grew on me, adding to the supernatural lore of the whole subject.
Now I just have to sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the movies to be made!
There is horror, and then there is horror. Some authors write in the genera, and the reader is motivated to “turn the page” like a hunger. In the end, good story, gore and ghouls…basic suspense…everybody is happy…no one gets hurt. Meaning, the reader wades through miles of character development, detailed gore etc…but the “scare” is equivalent to cutting the grass in the dark. Then there are authors who have what I call “The Stephen King Factor”. A gift for making a story real “horror”. I have always considered King’s “Night Flyer” the standard by which Vamp stories are judged…even though King”s story was a novella, it delivered the “scare” in words that “Aliens” delivered on screen. Del Toro and Hogan have this gift. Del Toro and Hogan give you the scare, reasonably spare the reader the piles of “chick flick” drama, and take you into a story that is original and broad in scope. And, Oreskes narration...perfect. The Strain Trilogy simply gets a resounding…Boo-Yah!
The last quarter of this book should be removed and have an entirely new ending put in its place. When I finished listening to this book, I actually said outloud. That ending was f*%ing stupid.
Unfortunately, if you have worked your way through books one and two in this series, book three is required if you want to put and end to the story ... but it was really not at par with the first novel.
Absolutely! I plan on a marathon starting from book 1 The Strain
I love the twist on the whole Vampire theme.
Daniel Oreskes was perfect, I can't single out 1 character I liked best.
If only I could! I did try though. After book 2 I waited what seemed like forever to get my hands on Book 3
I guess by now you can tell how I feel about this series, I don't write a lot of reviews, but I felt as the end grew closer that I HAD to for this. If you like vampire stories, this is a really good fresh idea.
Why read if you have ears!
Other reviewers have pretty much already said it all. This is a terrible closure to a story which started out great. A huge, huge, HUGE disappointment.
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
Its definitely my least favorite, but I'm glad I read it.
It was pretty good.
It could've been better.
So I listened to the entire trilogy. Actually I read the first book and listened to the next two, and it was probably a better read than a listen. They probably thought Daniel Oreskes had a good, deep voice for the material, but I mostly just found it boring and too easy to tune out. That's my two biggest complaints with the audiobooks: 1) for whatever reason I frequently found myself completely tuning out and 2) it didn't really make much difference if I was paying attention or not. I listened to the entire Game of Thrones series and didn't have that problem at all!
#2 just makes my point that the story is not especially groundbreaking or novel. We've heard most of this before more or less. Just a few new twists involved. Del Toro is obviously very creative and Chuck Hogan is a really talented writer. So I think my expectations were high.
These criticisms aside, I would say that the books aren't bad and are probably still worth your credits and time to listen. Its a vampire story without the romance-sookiestackhouse-twilight goop. Along the lines of Justin Cronin's recent (and much better) novel. It also has an unusual sci-fi, post-apocalypse element to it. So if you've already read The Passage and Carrion Comfort and Swan Song, etc; and you're looking for something familiar, entertaining and not especially taxing, the Strain Trilogy is ok.
The story, character development and narration are flawless. An excellent ending to one of my favorite trilogies of all time. Thank you Mr. Del Toro and Mr. Hogan for this fantastic book. And thank you Mr. Oreskes for a hopefully award winning narration performance!!!
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