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Publisher's Summary

The nail-biting vampire thriller from the world-famous director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.

The night belongs to them, and it will be a night eternal… After the blasts, it was all over. Nuclear Winter has settled upon the earth. Except for one hour of sunlight a day, the whole world is plunged into darkness. It is a near-perfect environment for vampires. They have won. It is their time. Almost every single man, woman and child has been enslaved in vast camps across the globe. Like animals, they are farmed, harvested for the sick pleasure of the Master Race.

Almost, but not all. Somewhere out there, hiding for their lives, is a desperate network of free humans, continue the seemingly hopeless resistance. Everyday people, with no other options – among them Dr Ephraim Goodweather, his son Zack, the veteran exterminator Vassily, and former gangbanger Gus.

To be free, they need a miracle, they need divine intervention. But Salvation can be a twisted game – one in which they may be played like pawns in a battle of Good and Evil. And at what cost?

©2011 Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro; 2011 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The climax, all fire and brimstone, nicely sets up the third and final volume." (Financial Times)
"Enough blood-curdling action to set up a gory finale." (News of the World)

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anticlimax<br />

loved it. too predictable beyond a point. hope the fx series fixes that. otherwise great.

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  • Todd
  • Orange, Australia
  • 07-23-14

A solid conclusion to a fun trilogy

The Night Eternal rounds out a great trilogy. Set two years after the previous book, the world is now in the iron grip of the Master. The nuclear blasts that destroyed the other Ancients have cast darkness over the earth. It's a new world order where humans are harvested for blood in concentration camps and only a few still fight for a seemingly hopeless cause.

The most interesting parts of the book are the revelation of the Masters' true origin and the story of Mr Quinlan. Be warned that the story does take a bit of a religious turn, breaking away from the hard reality-ground logic of the first two books. But this adds strength and mystique to the story.

The narrator does a good job of bringing the characters to some sense of life. His range isn't always the best, but it's a better effort than Ron Perlman. I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion to the series and am sorry to see it end, but it ends very neatly and every story thread is tied up.

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  • Cat
  • 07-22-15

Highly enjoyable

Great end to the trilogy.
Complex characters. Believable scenarios in an unbelievable plot.
An almost happy ending to the apocalypse.

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  • jonathan bryant
  • 04-30-15

Outstanding trilogy

Here's hoping they write more of this calibre.
In the end I didn't mind Ron only did the first one.

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  • Sam Owen
  • 02-24-15

excellent trilogy

Well worth the time and credit, the strain trilogy is a must for vampire lore and modern day thinking, it brings religion science and myth together perfectly.

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  • Lucy
  • 12-24-11

Very enjoyable, but....

Maybe it's becasue it's been a while since I listened to the first two, but this final chapter in the trilogy seemed to lack the pace and depth of the earlier installements. However, it is still a cracking tale and the end has to be heard to be believed!

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  • Roman fiction fan
  • 12-14-11

Sad to see the Trilogy concluded

For the first time, since starting my audible account this year, I found myself impatiently waiting for a title to be released. I discovered Guillermo del Toro's "Strain" trilogy by accident on here, but became hooked straight away. Yes, I have seen critisism of the post Ron Pearlman narration, but to be honest, I think Daniel Oreskes handles the story just as well. The first two installments were very much a story of the Vampire's mysterious plan, falling into place, piece by piece, culminating in a bleak Evil utopia. But, the night eternal depicts the fight back. Action packed, and superbly written, this final part of the trilogy, unites the protaganists once again in a monumental, ever more determined, "kick ass" struggle with the "Master". Loved every minute of it, despite being sad that it had to end. A brilliant Novel / Audiobook.

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  • sparks
  • 10-04-17

awesome

final part of the strain trilogy. for fans of the tv series and who liked it you'll be disappointed. the book goes in an entirely different direction. personally i thought the book was much more accomplished, and far more enjoyable.

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  • Mr Peter Dunbar
  • 01-28-17

Superb ending to the trilogy. Recommended.

As above, fantastic trilogy. Now I have the delight of a tv series. Two words.

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  • Ms S Boothe
  • 02-22-16

Disappointing End

This is still a great story but I wasn't happy with the end. Will be interesting to see what the TV show does.

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  • wellbeingosteo
  • 05-30-15

Enjoyable journey with an odd destination

The Strain has a very interesting premise but the move away from a biological cause left me a little cold

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  • toveyc1
  • 01-23-15

Three books is a bit much for the subject

I think that 3 books it's probably too much for this story. It could have been two quite easily. What I listened to I enjoyed but it was a little long and meandering. The book was well read and a nice pace. The ending to the trilogy is more of a fizzle than a bang. It is worth listening to for some interesting characters.

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  • Isabelle
  • 04-17-16

A PROPER vampire series!! Could not put down!!

A fantastic ending to a truely brilliant series! With nods to character's origins such as the Master as Dracula and Setrakian as Van Helsing, this trilogy still manages to create it's own original mark in the world of Horror stories. It felt so good to read (and listen to!) a PROPER vampire story, filled with horror and terror! With absolutely no sparkles anywhere! From that first chapter of book one I was on the edge of my seat. The dead plane transfixed me and I was captivated till the gripping, breathless end of book three. The lore and history the authors give to the vampire strain is so rich and intriguing. A definite must read!!

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  • James Mulray
  • 02-25-15

Great finish to a bleak trilogy

Wonderful trilogy, warmed to oreskes after pining for perlman, the vampire series for the horrorist at heart, twilight it ain't