The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

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Last week they invaded Manhattan. . . . This week they will destroy the world.

The vampiric virus 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 of survivors determined to put an end to these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may already be too late. Powerless and vulnerable, caught in the middle of a war between Old and New World vampires, humans find themselves no longer the consumers but ...

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Overview

Last week they invaded Manhattan. . . . This week they will destroy the world.

The vampiric virus 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 of survivors determined to put an end to these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may already be too late. Powerless and vulnerable, caught in the middle of a war between Old and New World vampires, humans find themselves no longer the consumers but the consumed. And an ancient text containing the vampires' darkest secrets will control the fate of us all.

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Set over the course of three intense weeks, Del Toro and Hogan's gripping second volume in their near-future vampire trilogy picks up where The Strain, the first volume, left off, as the undead, aided by elderly Eldritch Palmer, one of the world's three richest men, tighten their hold on the planet. Epidemiologists Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez, Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian, and Vasiliy Fet, "New York City Bureau of Pest Control Services worker and independent exterminator," oppose the vampires (or strigoi), as they did in the first book. Setrakian pins his hopes for stopping the vampires on tracking down a 17th-century grimoire that describes the origins of their leaders, the Seven Original Ancients. Despite the story's essential grimness, the authors manage to inject some sardonic humor, even as the plot developments will leave readers wondering how the concluding book can possibly end well. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062195548
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Strain Trilogy , #2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 502
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro is the director of the films Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I, Hellboy II, and Pan's Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards.

Nacido y criado en Guadalajara, México, Guillermo del Toro ha dirigido muchas películas exitosas, incluso El laberinto del Fauno. Va a dirigir dos películas basadas en El Hobbit, que serán producidas por Peter Jackson.

Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Devils in Exile and Prince of Thieves, which won the 2005 Hammett Award , was called one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King, and was the basis of the motion picture The Town.

Chuck Hogan es autor de varias aclamadas novelas, entre las cuales se encuentra Prince of Thieves que ganó el Hammett Award 2005 y que fue considerada una de las diez mejores novelas del año por Stephen King.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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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 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.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

    If 'The Fall' is anything at all like 'The Strain'....

    Leave your lights on, better yet, read these books in full, bright sunlight. Not at all someone that suspects the dead walk among the living in the real world, this book left me shuddering shortly after the lights were turned out.

    Stunning visual world exsists within the writing of Del Toro and Hogan. Living , breathing characters. Tension. Fear. Try reading about the investigative exterminator searching the WTC site to find out where the rats are really going without a knot in your stomach.....

    Imagine being trapped in a cab outside your own house , under attack of former neighbors who are now vampires.....

    Dead bodies escaping morgues.... running the streets of New York City.

    A new twist to the horror of a charcter trying to survive the Holocaust.....

    The Strain delivered on so many levels. I can only imagine i won't be able to 'fall' asleep when this story returns in the pages of 'The Fall'.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 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 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    Disappointing - but read it anyway

    If you read The Strain, the first book in the series, you probably enjoyed it as much as I did and look forward to reading The Fall. Go ahead and get The Fall - you will anyways just to see how the story plays out - but don't expect the book to be of the same quality as The Strain. Much of the suspense found in The Strain is lacking in The Fall. The reader already knows about the vampire virus, how it is spread, what The Master looks like, that a lot of people will die, etc. The Fall doesn't really build up any new suspense... it's pretty much filled with action scenes and waiting scenes. Hopefully the third, and final, installment in the series will pick up the pace again.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    Slightly Disappointed

    As much as I loved The Strain, I found the second book, The Fall, lacking. For me, there was none of the edge of your seat suspense so prevalent in the first book. That "Oh my gosh, what's going to happen next?" feeling. Some of that may have to do with knowing now exactly what these things are and how they came about. The mystery of the first book was a lot of what I enjoyed about it. For me, the problem with The Fall was that this book was mainly a lot of battles and killing of the vamps -- which were great in that respect, after all, I love some gruesome violence and gore -- it's just there wasn't a lot of furthering to the storyline itself. This book seemed more like a means to put everything and everyone in place where they need to be for the final book. Having said that, I still feel connected to these characters. I still had some of those "what's going to happen to them?" moments. Just not so much as the first book. I'm really looking forward to the conclusion of this story and hope the authors don't make us wait too long to find out what happens to our world and these characters in the end!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Why isn't available as a e-book ...all that money for a nook

    I hope this will be available as a e- book,I am dying to try out my nook and the Strain was a good read for a Vampire book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Del Toro and Hogan continue to impress. An excellent book in what is shaping up to be an excellent trilogy.

    I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of "The Fall". I was completely engrossed in it from the first page. I finished it in two nights. I don't want to give anything important away so I'll be as general as possible. "The Fall" picks up shortly after the end of "The Strain". The pace of the book is quick. It's extremely dark, but in a good way. It's, what feels like, an appropriate second book in a trilogy. Think "The Empire Strikes Back" as a comparison. It left a lot of questions and a lot of different possible answers. I will eagerly wait for the final book. I can't wait to see how this all turns out. One thing - I initially had some difficulty figuring out if it was daylight or nighttime during the first bit of the book. It was slightly confusing at first, however, it didn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the book. I especially enjoyed the transcripts from Ephs diary and Fets blog and how they were incorporated into the story. An excellent way of foreshadowing and insight into the characters mindsets. I liked "The Passage", but this was even better, for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Amazing

    I just finished reading the ARE for this book. It's amazing. I'm not usually one who enjoys vampire books, but this one was vicious and written with a very sexy, engaging style. I recommend this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Loved it

    Just as addictive as the first book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Great trilogy...book 2

    Read The Strain first oo you won't get the story

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    This book, number 2 of 3, like the first, picks up where the fir

    This book, number 2 of 3, like the first, picks up where the fir


    This book, number 2 of 3, like the first, picks up where the first left off......two years later and goes directly for your psyche! Again! No 2-3 chapters before you get GRABBED.......AGAIN! I read this book in two sittings, just like the first. I have already finishe...Read More

    This book, number 2 of 3, like the first, picks up where the first left off......two years later and goes directly for your psyche! Again! No 2-3 chapters before you get GRABBED.......AGAIN! I read this book in two sittings, just like the first. I have already finished the third and now can't wait for the TV series in July 2014. An explosive ending that will stun you. This is by far the best new take on Vampire Mania. It makes Twilight look like a Mary Poppins rerun. If you live alone, spend the night with somebody. If you live with somebody, make sure you see their reflection before you close your eyes and absolutely, positively, buy all the silver you can afford.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Great read

    This is a horrifying story. Could not stop reading. Now on to the third in the series.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

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    Why aren¿t these bodies decomposing as they should?  I waited fo

    Why aren’t these bodies decomposing as they should? 
    I waited for all these books to be out before I read them so I could plow through all three in one go. Good move on my part. These novels are great and really move, I wouldn’t want to take a six month break in between. 
    What I like best about this story is the fresh take on vampires. Nothing about these things is what we have seen before, it makes this subject exciting again. This would make a fantastic mini-series on TV if it could be pulled off. Memorable characters, exciting action, surprises, a great mystery, and most importantly, the scares! For my money, they could have left out the religious connections, but I admit that does fit in pretty good as far as vampires are concerned.
    I’m not sure how two people write a book together, it must be tricky. This reminds me a bit of when George Lucas and Chris Claremont collaborated on the sequels to Willow (Shadow Moon, Shadow Dawn, Shadow Star) to equally great effect. Maybe more directors should do this? Well whatever magic sauce is going on here, I hope it keeps going. Great books, they deserve more attention, like yours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Good Series

    This book along with the other two in the trilogy was a different spin on vampires. I enjoyed all three books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Nice.....

    Haven't finished it yet....But, so far so good...yeah.

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    Loved it!

    Wonderful reading!

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Love this entire trilogy!

    Love this entire trilogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Not as good as the Strain

    Hard to understand jumps all over. The Strain was a better read. Not even going to buy #3.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    This book opens almost immediately after the first one ended, wh

    This book opens almost immediately after the first one ended, which will be refreshing for the readers. Almost no time has passed, and the time that has is explained. Today’s vampires are sexy, brooding and seductive, which is fine, but del Toro and Hogan take this desire for immortality and they remind people that vampires were originally evil, blood-sucking creatures who did not sparkle, did not cry blood, but simply fed to satisfy the most basic instinct. This dark duo takes the story to a whole new level, not pulling any punches and not showing any mercy. You will be begging for, and dreading, the final chapter to this twisted tale.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    A gripping, stunning, and terrifying trilogy about the extermina

    A gripping, stunning, and terrifying trilogy about the extermination of the human race by a vampiric plague. The suspense of the first book continues as the parasitic virus spread by the "Master's" ominous plan leaves the human race decimated within days. The detail, accuracy, thought and character development put into this novel makes the reader feel like the events are actually happening in real time. Once you delve into the first chapter of the Strain, the mounting tension will keep you completely engrossed in the whole Trilogy. Sleep while you can, because "The Night Eternal" looms on the horizon with mankind at the brink of extinction!

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