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The Strain | Hardback

Released on 02 June 2009

Author: Guillermo Del Toro | Format: Hardback

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High-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from world-famous director, whose films include Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, soon to be working on The Hobbit. A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead -- although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that's the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.

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 Awesome Book, Can't Wait For The Next Part...

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I picked this book up not exactly sure where it was going, medical thriller or what? Started reading it in bed that very night. I am not usually spooked by things I read but this book grabbed me by the shoulders and forced me to keep reading! Each page turned was like turning a corner in a dark place, not knowing what is there or if it is safe to venture forward. I won't go into detail but this book was a very gripping read. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have. This is the first part of a trilogy so I hope the authors are finishing up part two so I don't have to agonise too long.

 Highly recommended to Del Toro fans!

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the first page to the last. It screams Del Toro and is a must for his fans. When I opened this book I was on the streets of New York, in the dark and quiet, terrified of my own shadow. Can't wait for the next book!

 Great twist on vampire lore.

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I was excited when i heard that Guillermo Del Toro was collaborating with another writer to create a new vampire trilogy. Having seen the majority of Del Toro's movies its clear he has a unique imagination when it comes to monsters and creatures. The book itself is brilliant, original but also giving reference to classic vampire and zombie movies. I found the first half of the book sluggish, but that just might have been me and not the way the book was written. The vampires themselves have obviously been based on the reapers from blade 2 (which Del Toro created himself) but with slight differences. To sum up great first novel and cant wait for the second or third now. Del Toro and Chuck Hogan have created a great new vampire legend full with terrifying villains and unlikely heroes.

 A Solid Beginning.

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The Strain is the debut novel by cult filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy). Its the first part in a planned trilogy and revolves around a vampire plague in New York city.

There is plenty of horror and gore to be had in this novel and Guillermo and co-writer Chuck Hogan do a great job at describing every grusome detail.

Unfortunately there are problems with this novel. The supporting characters are pretty much reduced to just names who stand in the background occaisionally speaking the odd sentence or holding a torch. There's also too much time spent explaining how the vampire virus works and things can get a little dull at times.

That said this is a solid start to the trilogy and hopefully the next couple of installments will benefit from the in-depth origins explained in this book. Del Toro is a talented director and this book suggests he could prove to be a very good novelist in the years to come.

 poor effort

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A lacklustre attempt at horror fiction - reminiscent of Hammer Horror at its worst complete with cliched and two dimensional characters.
If you like new takes of Horror Classics try Dean Koontz's Frankenstein instead.

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AuthorGuillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
PublisherHarpercollins Publishers (United Kingdom)
Year2009
ISBN9780007310258
FormatHARDBACK - 416 Pages