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Publisher's Summary

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months - the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing....

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city - a city that includes his wife and son - before it is too late.

©2009 Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Holy amazeballs

I was hesitant to start this because I am current with the show and didn't want to sit through a bunch or repeat bologna. To my surprise the book almost felt like an entirely different chapter in the same story. Obviously there was a lot of overlap but due to the difference in delivery it was not nearly as bad as I thought. Highly likely recommended even if you're current with the show

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Soo captivating!!!!

I did not want to stop listening could not stop! Was biting my nails in anticipation of what would happened next!! Now about to start on The Fall!!!

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  • donald
  • MIRA LOMA, CA, United States
  • 09-25-15

dirty, stinky, vampires !!

fast paced, journeyman vampire novel. I rated it high because it was a time burner.

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  • Lesli
  • Virginia
  • 09-24-15

I could not listen to that voice

A good story, but the narrator's voice was flat and grating. I couldn't get past it.

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Not my kind of vampire.

It's just not my kind of vampire. I think I'm into the more traditional ones. If that had been the case I think I might have liked it a bit. The story may have gotten 3 stars from me because it was still just not that good. This is just my humble opinion.

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Ron Perlman is awesome

If you could sum up The Strain in three words, what would they be?

Vampires are viruses

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strain?

The entire thing as read by Perlman

Which scene was your favorite?

Anything with Gus

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was blown away with how well Ron Perlman read the story. He made it come alive. I am reading the second book (physical copy) and hearing his voice in my head as I read.

Any additional comments?

The book is slower and yet faster paced (in certain aspects) than the TV show. The book is worth the read (or listen).

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bok better

better than the series! defiantly an edge of your seat read from start to finish.

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Wow!

This reading of THE STRAIN is wonderful. I cannot wait to hear the 2nd book!

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Exciting story!

love Guillermo del Toro stories! and Ron Perlman voice its awesome!!!,( Hell Boy its one of my favorite movies! )

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nice

This book was fantastic can't wait to buy the next one. Ron perlman killed the narration.