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The Fall (The Strain #2) by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan

“A cross between The Hot Zone and ’Salem’s Lot.”

—Entertainment Weekly

“I cannot wait to see where Del Toro and Hogan take us next.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Doomsday Key

The wait is over! Guillermo del Toro, one of Hollywood’s most popular and imaginative storytellers (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Hammett Award-winning thriller writer Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves) return with The Fall—the second blood-chilling volume in their critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Strain Trilogy. The Fall picks up where The Strain left off—with a vampiric infection spreading like wildfire across America as a small band of heroes struggles to save the dwindling human race from the vampire plague. Horror fiction and dark fantasy fans will be swept up in this epic story that bestselling author Nelson DeMille describes as “Bram Stoker meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton.”

Book Description

From the authors of the instant New York Times bestseller The Strain comes the next volume in one of the most imaginative and frightening thriller series in many, many years Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world.

The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Centers for Disease Control’s team—leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for control. At the center of the conflict lies a book, an ancient text that contains the vampires’ entire history . . . and their darkest secrets. Whoever finds the book can control the outcome of the war and, ultimately, the fate of us all. And it is between these warring forces that humans—powerless and vulnerable—find themselves no longer the consumers but the consumed. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been transformed into a bloodcrazed creature of the night, and now she stalks the city looking for her chance to reclaim her Dear One: Zack, Eph’s young son.

With the future of humankind in the balance, Eph and his team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet and joined by a crew of ragtag gangsters, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone has imagined—a fate worse than annihilation.

My Review

This second book is chilling, the virus is here now and the threat looms. The fate of mankind lies in hand of those who have a certain book and the Hunters, you have mortals, hunters and ancients in the fierce battle against the Masters own plan set out. The story is action packed and really this book leaves you with loads to look forward to the third installment of The Strain trilogy. I have a feeling the third book has been set up to have all the ingredients of a humdinger of battle for mankind.
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Critical Praise for The Fall

“A new crew of vampires is stalking the best-seller list this week. . . . My bets are on The Strain.”
— New York Times
“A high-tec vampire epic. . . . Terrifying. . . . With echoes of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot, The Strain is a solid opener for a 21st century vampire saga.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“The big lure. . . . Plenty of arresting, vividly imagined moments in this page turner.”
— Newsweek
“A deliciously creepy story that will literally make the hairs on your neck stand up. The Strain is Bram Stoker meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton. It just doesn’t get much better than this.”
— Nelson DeMille
“Del Toro and thriller writer Hogan treat a vampire outbreak as a massive public-health crisis, with chilling results. The book boasts a plethora of arresting images and many terrific macabre touches. Del Toro and Hogan also succeed in constructing a driving plot and delivering a gripping conclusion. Great characters . . . and a flair for striking scenes get this trilogy off to a first-rate start.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Eerie…. Truly terrifying…. It will have the hairs on your neck standing for quite a while.”
— Louisville Courier Journal
“Director Del Toro makes a dramatic splash in his fiction debut, the first volume in a vampires vs. humanity trilogy. . . . The authors maintain the suspense and tension throughout in a tour de force.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan are not interested in chaste adolescent vampires or sexy rock-star vampires or vampires who drink artificial blood. The vampires in The Strain are just plain evil.”
— Amy Virshup, New York Times
“Del Toro and Hogan create vivid scenes of a New York where something has gone terribly wrong…. Horror fans in search of a beach read will find the action moves swiftly and the violence is satisfyingly gruesome.”
— Baltimore Sun
“A fast-paced mix of gruesome horror and straightforward investigative crime fiction.”
— Philadelphia Inquirer
“Creepy fun.”
— Detroit Free Press
“A man vs. vampire page-turner…. A fast-paced mix of gruesome horror and straightforward investigative crime fiction.”
— Chicago Tribune
“Chuck Hogan is known for his taut thrillers, Guillermo del Toro for his surreal horror films (including Pan’s Labyrinth), and their new book, The Strain, brings out the best of each…. Riveting from the start…. Scenes are so vividly drawn that you can almost smell the moldering soil that clings to the undead, feel their unnatural heat…. Page-turning suspense.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Just in time for summer…. A visceral page-turner that reimagines vampirism as a virus…. [An] epic battle between good and evil…. Vivid scenes of a New York where something has gone terribly wrong.”
— Associated Press
“An easy and enjoyable beach read…. A worthy…first effort.”
— Columbus Dispatch
“These undead creatures are slick, dark, and frigtening…. The story builds up steam quickly, and fans of horror, vampire fiction, and Del Toro’s Hellboy films will line up for this one. Buy multiple copies. Highly recommended.”
— Library Journal
“The Strain is a tremendous, thrilling read. I had to keep putting the book down after every few pages because I was so creeped out by the amazingly descriptive passages. If you can work up the courage to finish the book, you’ll be clamoring for the second and third installment of this trilogy in no time. This story will redefine how you look at vampires…. [A] phenomenal read…. The Strain is a must read.”
— Ray Carsillo, ESPN.com
“An imaginative and genuinely frightening mashup of Dracula and Outbreak…. Takes the vampire genre into bold new territory while still staying grounded in the classical motifs…. Intriguing…. Frightening…. An engrossing war between humanity and an enveloping darkness…. A gripping page-turner that’s bound to be one of the hottest novels of the year. The scenes are outlined in vivid detail…. A captivating thrill ride that injects new life into the vampire genre. More importantly, it’s a horror novel that’s actually frightening. Its monsters are so fully rendered, its scenes so well-crafted, that the story takes over your imagination. It will give you nightmares and make you think you see something moving out of the corner of your eye when you’re walking to your car at night…. An incredible fiction debut for Del Toro, who shows that his eye for detail and dark imagination are not limited to film. In terms of sheer horror and atmosphere, “The Strain” can stand beside the best of Stephen King or Peter Straub. It combines the elemental fears of antiquity with the unique fear and anxiety of an age of terrorist threats and biological weapons. It’s the quintessential horror story of this decade.”
— Buffalo News
“Starts with a bang…. The creepiness ratchets up significantly.”
— St. Petersburg Times
“The opening…is about as great as you could ask for: an airliner lands at an airport, taxis to a stop, and then…it goes dark…. I like The Strain a lot.”
— Time.com
“This one’s sure to get a lot of interest…. The story offers a solid mix of horror and thriller elements…. The first installment of a projected trilogy…. You should expect to wait in breathless anticipation of volume 2. With a movie likely in the offing, this could become the next big horror franchise.”
— Booklist
“A cross between The Hot Zone and ’Salem’s Lot.”
— Entertainment Weekly
“Apocalyptic action. . . . Part The Andromeda Strain, part Night of the Living Dead.”
— Salon.com
“If you prefer to be shaken, not stirred, The Strain might be the perfect thing….Horror novel fans are sure to suck down this first installment of a planned trilogy.”
— Santa Fe New Mexican
“Doesn’t necessarily reinvent the vampire script but it certainly reinvigorates…. A truly creepy, intense thriller whose characters…will consume readers from the first page to the last…. What makes it special is plain old-fashioned storytelling. For those jaded by a genre that’s become a tad anemic and oversaturated, The Strain will inspire as it terrifies.”
— Anniston Star
“A fresh approach to vampires…. Both gritty and real…. Engaging…. Compelling…. A great start to a trilogy.”
— Deseret News
“Have your heart medicine close: The Strain may sneak up on you—and it’s scary enough to kill. I loved it.”
— Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of A Lion Among Men and Wicked
“The first in a trilogy that soars with spellbinding intrigue. Truly, an unforgettable tale you can’t put down once you read the first page. I can’t wait until the next one.”
— Clive Cussler
“Blood and apocalypse mix in a terrifying story that feels like it was ripped from today’s headlines. Vividly wrought and relentlessly paced, The Strain haunts as much as it terrifies. I cannot wait to see where Del Toro and Hogan take us next.”
— James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Doomsday Key
“Every few decades the vampire genre grows a tad anemic, as it were, and the lore of the Undead threatens to die on us. But then along comes a Richard Matheson or Stephen King and…license renewed. This time around the reanimators are Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan with their terrifying new novel, The Strain, an unholy spawn of I Am Legend out of Salem’s Lot.”
— Dan Simmons, author of Drood and The Terror
“This new spin on vampires comes with a noticeable creep factor…. A breakneck thrill ride…. The cinematic quality really comes through…. Entertaining and scary…. Excellent.”
— Gawker Media
“What makes The Strain special, what in fact makes the trilogy it begins to seem a likely candidate to join the gallery of classic vampire portrayals, is its absolute technical conviction…. [This] is what Dracula would have been like if written today by a writer of heavily researched nuts-and-bolts techno-thrillers. Combined with strong characterization, it’s a mix that winds up being commendably scary, the most viscerally exciting vampire novel since ’Salem’s Lot.”
— SCI FI Wire
“A smart, fast-paced, and creepy book which…really resonates…. Think of The Strain as Bram Stoker by way of Stephen King’s The Stand.”
— dreadcentral.com
“The Strain is not just another vampire book. It’s one of those books that re-invents the genre so cleverly you wonder why no one has done it before…. A fantastic book…. Best of all, del Toro writes in pictures. Few authors share that talent…. The book delivers such powerful imagery that it seems inevitable it wind up on the big screen…. Guillermo del Toro is the best thing that has happened to vampires since Vlad Drakhoul and Bram Stoker.”
— john-howe.com
“Fans of the director will not want to miss this fresh take on the undead that will demand a little elbow room at local bookstores…. Fans of horror will lap this up and be watching their calendar for the next release…. The Strain demands attention and it demands that, yet again, we put away our old ideas and make room for a fresh take on the primordial monster.”
— theonering.net
“Maybe you’re tired of all the good-looking vampires wooing pretty girls….Maybe you just like the kind of horror that makes you feel cold while you’re sitting in the sunshine….[The Strain] brings old-time folklore together with high-tech New York, whose citizens are in denial over creeping, ugly death….One of those just-one-more-chapter books for readers.”
— Toronto Star
“An arresting start for a topical new take on one of the oldest themes in Hollywood movie-making, and that is surely where The Strain is headed . . . the old magic works . . . the cross fertilization between myth, science and fantasy makes The Strain a rattling piece of escapism.”
— The Times (London)
“[A] fast-paced, high-concept outing…. A tale that blends genre thrills with eccentric detours into folklore and mordant comedy…. The epitomoe of established, mass-culture storytelling…. Diverting and never less than expertly crafted.”
— The Guardian
“Entertaining mix of action blockbuster and vampire myth…. An exciting page-turner.”
— Metro London
“Reads like a fleshed out movie script, and has clearly been written with as much thought given to the look and feel of the story as the motivation and development of the characters…. The story is genuinely chilling…. It strikes enough of a balance between creating clever psychological tension and breaking out the chainsaws to make it both readable and interesting…. A well written and absorbing read…. An enjoyable romp with plenty to recommend it.”
— Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
“Del Toro’s cinematic background is evident…. The action thunders along at a cracking pace…. Slick, assured thriller with a genuinely creepy supernatural edge, think early Robin Cook.”
— Bookseller
“Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro seems to have the Midas touch, and looks to repeat his film successes in the publishing world with The Strain…. Fans of his flicks will love this—it’s as filmic and gothic as you’d expect from del Toro—and the opening scenes are worthy of any good monster movie. A good commercial horror novel which reinvigorates the traditional vampire story.”
— Bookseller (Booksellers’ Choice)

“The combination of del Toro’s fervid imagination and Hogan’s gritty realism produced the holy grail of horror—a book as scary as it is believable.”
— Melbourne Herald Sun
“Magnificently creepy…. Genuinely scary.”
— Sunday Age (Melbourne, Australia)

“Give the whole [vampire] concept more teeth…. Dracula for the CSI brigade…. I was hooked.”
— The Sunday Star-Times (Auckland, New Zealand)
“A visceral page-turner that reimagines vampirism as a virus. . . . [An] epic battle between good and evil. . . . Vivid scenes of a New York where something has gone terribly wrong.”
— Associated Press

“Potent cinematic imagery welded onto crime fiction pacing. . . . Reads like an extra grisly screenplay for a prime-time police procedural; a horror-infused CSI. . . . Del Toro offers his unique vision within the pages of this new book. . . . This is a monstrous vision, one where all the romantic ideas of Bela Lugosi and George Hamilton are stripped bare and what is revealed is a new vampire biology—but with links to the past. . . . [The authors] create a vivid scene of a New York where something has gone terribly wrong. . . . Finely written.”
— Chicago Sun Times

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 31 July 2011

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