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Slick Vampire Tale

Switch on the UV light, slip on your silver bling, because this book is going to suck you in. This is book II of the Strain Trilogy. I missed book I, The Strain, but had no problem catching up within a few pages. The book is very fast paced, with just enough characters ...
Switch on the UV light, slip on your silver bling, because this book is going to suck you in. This is book II of the Strain Trilogy. I missed book I, The Strain, but had no problem catching up within a few pages. The book is very fast paced, with just enough characters to carry the tale easily without overly complicating the plot. The world is being taken over by the minions of the Master. He is the youngest of the seven Ancients, a group of vampires who were slowly dominating the world. The Master has decided to eliminate the other Ancients, and take control of world, with humans as the food crop to nourish his army of vampires. A handful of humans attempt to stand in his way. Chief among them is Setrakian, an aging professor and experienced vampire hunter. Many years ago he was forced to kill his own wife who had been turned by the vampires. Fet, a former pest exterminator in New York, who finds his true calling is eradicating vampires. Eph , former head of the Center for Disease Control team assigned to fight this seeming epidemic, learns the truth from Setrakian and joins him to stop the Master. Zack, Eph's young son, is forced to grow up fast in a world where his mother, now a vampire, is seeking him to bring him into the fold. Throw in some corporate egomaniacs, Nazi war criminals, vampire hunting gang bangers, and a slew of red eyed, voracious vampires and you get a story packed with action from end to end. Del Toro and Hogan add some nuances to the standard vampire tale and throw in an ending that grabs you unexpectedly to make this a great summer read.

posted by Ronrose on July 6, 2010

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The End of Humanity Comes Closer in The Fall

The Fall is the second book in The Strain Trilogy by Chuck Hogan and famed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Continuing from the exact point where the first novel, The Strain, left off, The Fall is another action-packed installment of the human race's pending extermination ...
The Fall is the second book in The Strain Trilogy by Chuck Hogan and famed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Continuing from the exact point where the first novel, The Strain, left off, The Fall is another action-packed installment of the human race's pending extermination at the hands of vicious, blood-thirsty vampires. Del Toro's and Hogan's vampires are reminiscent of those first seen in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, or, more recently, The Passage by Justin Cronin. These are not the drawing room vampires of Anne Rice or the teeny-bopper heartthrobs of The Twilight Saga. The vampires in The Fall are barely reminiscent of their human selves, having been transformed by a viral worm into vampires whose primary hunting tool is a massive stinger that retracts up to six feet from their mouths, striking at their victims and injecting them with venom. The Fall links Holocaust events to an underground plot by ancient vampires to infiltrate and ultimately destroy the human race. A dwindling cast of characters includes Abraham Setrakian, an old vampire hunter who has survived the concentration camps himself and spent the rest of his life researching and destroying vampires; Ephraim Goodweather, a discredited physician with the CDC, and his son, Zach; Ephraim's partner Nora and her elderly Alzheimer's-inflicted mother; Vasiliy Fet, a New York City exterminator; and a handful of NYC gang members-turned-vampire hunters. This second novel, although equally as action-intensive as the first, falls short of the originality, character development, and overall excitement of the first novel. As the vampires continue their domination over the human race, thousands upon thousands of the vicious creatures attack the small band of humans. Yes, this is a fantasy novel, and readers should not look for much character development or realism. However, it becomes increasingly less believable throughout the novel that these highly powerful, supernatural creatures are so easily destroyed by a small ground of inexperienced hunters. At one point in the novel, even the child Zach kills two vampires without even trying. Overall, The Fall is a lot of fun, especially the scenes in which Goodweather's ex-wife, Kelly, now a full-fledged vampire, stalks the small group in search of her son, hoping to turn him into a vampire himself. The scenes surrounding an ancient text, the Occido Lumen, a book that explains the origins of the vampires as well as the methods by which to destroy them, add an element of The Da Vinci Code to this story as the coded and cryptic language must be decoded in hope of perhaps saving the human race from ultimate destruction. Following the release of Justin Cronin's popular novel, The Passage, is was perhaps too soon to release The Fall, yet another novel about a vampiric virus destroying the human race and its few remaining survivors struggling to save humanity. I look forward the 2011 release of the third and final installment in The Strain Triology.

posted by Richard_Szponder on October 19, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Letdown

    Not nearly as good as the first book. The father-son storyline is so annoying that i won't even read the third book.

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