I liked this one, no pretty vampires suffering from existential crisis, just disgusting evil things. It has a lot of atmosphere and I will get the se..Show More »quel when it comes. It owes a lot to Dracula of course but so do most stories in that genre. Ron Pearlman does a good job. Feels like watching a scary vampire movie.
Most of the reviews I've read have been fair--there are some elements of this story which some people may find hard to swallow; the creatures aren't p..Show More »roperly zombies and they aren't properly vampires; the authorities take too long to wake up; Ron Pearlman isn't the most exciting narrator.
Still, this story is good fun. It dragged in a couple parts, but largely kept me interested and eager for more. I'll check out the sequels.
The last two hours save this book. The last two hours are intellectually stimulating. Toro and Hogan bring vampires into the 21st century with moder..Show More »n 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?
Fellow Strain Trilogy Readers: (*this is not a stand alone read! so get The Strain, The Fall, and join us!) How we loved the delicious goosebumps we..Show More » got each time we heard the strigoi Sardou's "pick....pick...pick"! How terrifyingly fun it was to run up the stairs in the dark and hope the "turned" weren't crawling up the sides of our house to our bedroom windows! How devotedly we counted down the days (that left our eclectic pack of heroes suspended in the dark vampire-haven of nuclear winter) and waited--as hungry for the story's conclusion as the creepy crawly Master was for world domination. How merely satisfying to cross the finish line, hmmm. This final installment is definitely action-packed, top-notch horror, with all the loose ends wrapped up tighter than a mummy, but, I miss the del Toro/Hogan attention and creativity that set their previous work just a little ahead of the pack of scary reads: the wonderful atmospheric back-stories that enveloped you, the characters' quirks and chinks that made us care (even occassionally provided a chuckle amidst the terror), I miss the magic and fun that allowed The Strain to dwell in the realm of horror with one clawed foot crossing that genre line. The talented team of writers turned out an intelligent and worthy conclusion, but when old Abraham Setrakian died, a little heart and soul died with him. Hopefully, this great and inventive pairing will write again. Oreskes gets an A for reading...but Ron Perlman, Hogan, del Toro...that was a trilogy I missed.