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The Fall: Book Two of The Strain Trilogy

Guillermo del Toro's Strain Trilogy continues today.

By Tim Janson     September 21, 2010

The second part of Guilermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s “The Strain Trilogy” is out today from William Morrow. When I reviewed he first book in 2009 I called it the best vampire novel since Dan Simmons’ “Children of the Night”.

The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small 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 total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son. With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation.

I’m already halfway through “The Fall” and I can tell you that you will NOT be disappointed by part two. I will have a full review right here at Mania very soon!

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fatpantz 9/21/2010 6:37:45 AM

It is unfortunate that book news gets pushed so far to the side on Mania, but thanks for the early preview Tim....I have been anticipating this book's release since the date was set.

For anyone that is a horror fan, or just generally wants an amazing read, pick up Book One of The Strain and get into this trilogy.  Chuck Hogan has a way with writing that will simply draw you right into the book.

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Walker 9/25/2010 2:25:15 PM

Is the writing any better in this book?  Because it was absolutely awful in the first.  It was as if Del Toro had made a great outline and passed it on to junior high school student to write it for him.

Don't believe me?  Just count the number of similes (like a, as a, etc...) that appear on a page.  The paragraph describing the eclipse had over 8 similes in it!  I suspect it is because there is not enough material here for a trilogy, and so the author had to pad with description the best that he could given his limited abilities.  But in the end, the results are unintentionally hilarious.

The other problem is that Setrakian is a buffoon.  He is an over-the-top Hammer-style character.  By itself, that is perfectly fine.  However, this completely undercuts the emotional weight of his Holocaust survivor past. The juxtaposition is jarring. 

If you want to read a good novel about a Holocaust-survivor vampire hunter, read Carrion Comfort.

redvector 10/3/2010 5:31:15 PM

I disagree about the first book's writing I thought it was fantastic. And the second book is even better. I'm begining to suspect that the ancient vampires may in fact be alien in origin.

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