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From the authors of the New York Times bestsellers The Strain and The Fall comes the final volume in one of the most electrifying thriller series in years.

It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation.

Humankind’s only hope for salvation is Dr. Ephraim Goodweather—head of the Centers for Disease Control’s team—and his ragtag...

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Overview

From the authors of the New York Times bestsellers The Strain and The Fall comes the final volume in one of the most electrifying thriller series in years.

It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation.

Humankind’s only hope for salvation is Dr. Ephraim Goodweather—head of the Centers for Disease Control’s team—and his ragtag band of freedom fighters. But who will pay the ultimate sacrifice—so that others may be saved?

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For vampires, Nuclear Winter is the ideal environment. With only one hour of daylight each day, they run rampant over the earth, capturing or devouring the few humans still remaining free. Millions of men, women, and slaved are enslaved in vast death camps across the globe, farmed for energy and labor, and eventually harvested for their blood. Eph, Zack, Vassily and other survivors struggle to neutralize this, but their meager resources require help and it comes unexpectedly in the form of a new race. The momentous conclusion to one of the most acclaimed genre trilogies of recent times.

Publishers Weekly
Del Toro and Hogan’s horror thriller trilogy got off to a rousing start with 2009’s The Strain, but this final volume continues the decline already evident in 2010’s The Fall. Instead of building on the coauthors’ clever modern variations on the classic Dracula motif (e.g., the use of nuclear winter to make life easier for the sun-shunning undead), the conclusion is strictly by the numbers as the various New York City–based protagonists, saddled with personal issues on top of an almost hopeless struggle to survive, try to find a way to rid Earth of the vampiric plague that has overwhelmed it in just a few short years. Readers will miss the series’ Van Helsing, Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian, killed off in the second installment, since the surviving vampire hunters aren’t nearly as interesting. Still, the power and innovations of the kickoff book should lead del Toro fans to hope he’ll take another crack at a scary novel. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
The final book in director del Toro and thriller writer Hogan's (The Killing Moon, 2007, etc.) epic vampire trilogy. Since the end of the previous book, the Master, an ancient being and source of a blood-borne parasitic infestation with vampire-like symptoms, has exerted near total control over the world. His vampire minions and a few human collaborators have set up concentration camps dedicated solely to harvesting blood for vampire consumption, while the rest of humanity scratches out a meager existence, watching re-runs on television and waiting in terror for their turn to be hauled to the camps. Hope for humanity is at a low ebb. Nuclear explosions have left the planet in a state of near-perpetual night. Abraham Setrakian, the old-world vampire hunter who has been trailing the Master for decades, is dead, and Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the epidemiologist who first understood the nature of the new threat, now spends most of his time in a pill-induced haze, pining for his lost son, who, though still human, is under the Master's thrall. There are still pockets of resistance, though. Gangbanger turned fearless vampire hunter Augustin "Gus" Elizade has set up base in the now-unused Columbia University campus, and exterminator Vasiliy Fet is working to translate an ancient, silver-bound book that Setrakian seemed to think contained the knowledge necessary to destroy the Master for good. When Dr. Nora Martinez, Goodweather's former colleague and lover who is now attached to Fet, is taken to a blood camp, Goodweather, Fet and Elizalde, along with the mysterious half-vampire Mr. Quinlan, must come together to free her, and then to find a way to end the Master's reign once and for all. While one of the principal charms of the series so far has been its unique, near-plausible scientific treatment of vampirism, the third book introduces elements of the supernatural, which is somewhat disappointing. Still, the prose crackles, the plot barrels forward with increasing momentum and the authors' knack for thoughtful horror and striking imagery remains intact. A satisfying conclusion to an intelligent, utterly chilling horror trilogy.
Library Journal
In this final installment in Del Toro and Hogan's trilogy (The Strain; The Fall), the motley crew of resistors (including hard-boiled gang members, a CDC physician, a pest control expert, and the mysterious Mr. Quinlan) unite to kill The Master and wipe the vampire presence from the earth. Not an easy task—there are few ways to kill a vampire. The method selected provides the main suspense, but the authors are skilled in character development and even manage to make New York City a major story element. Daniel Oreskes, the reader of all three books, keeps the tension flowing and brings the series to a thrilling conclusion. VERDICT The authors have produced perhaps the best vampire fiction in recent years. The Night Eternal can be enjoyed on its own, but libraries also should have the previous titles. Twilight fans, beware: these are not your cutesy, sparkling vampires! [The Morrow hc, published in October, was a New York Times best seller; the HarperCollins mass market pb will publish in June 2012.—Ed.]—Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061558269
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Strain Trilogy , #3
  • Pages: 371
  • Sales rank: 63,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the film Cronos, and has since gone on to direct 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. He is currently working on his next film, and writing the third volume in the Strain Trilogy with Chuck Hogan.

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.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Buckle Your Seat Belts... Your in for a thrillTastic Ride!

    I have tears in my eyes as I type this review. I can hardly believe I've been involved in this world, in this Strain, for 3 years. I bought the first book on a whim because I like Guillermo Del Toro's storytelling and 3 years later I'm finishing The Night Eternal with tears in my eyes and a heavy yet satisfied heart. This book is the conclusion of a 2 1/2 year battle for humanity's freedom set against the back drop of present day New York City. The story is centered on a biological strain of a parasitic vampiric virus that feeds on blood, all blood, with its preference being that of human blood. Because it is a biological strain all the fantastical concepts of vampires are eliminated. These are nasty, evil, animalistic creatures that hunger only for blood while telepathically obeying the one and only Master. Nora, Fet, Eph,Gus, Mr.Quinlan and Zack are all thrust into a New World, a new reality that forces them to deal with their worst nightmares and yet, though the enemies are the vampires and ultimately The Master, it is Human Nature that attacks their senses and lurks within the shadows. The degradation of humanity is what poses the greatest threat. When people are forced to survive without the protection of "Civilization", when money currency no longer dictates the worthy from the worthless, and when individual survival is determined by the devil himself, does the true nature of the human being emerge. This story is a perfect conclusion to a 3 year old adventure that I waited so patiently to conclude. The story is well written and will certainly immerse you into the apocalyptic tale. But it is the character's individual stories that will enthrall you and challenge you to ask yourself, "What would I do?" I have never dealt with vampires but I have felt every emotion these characters dealt with when faced with detrimental situations. I yelled, I screamed, I cried, I put the book down, I came back to it, I felt most every feeling possible and ultimately that is what I look for. I want art to elicit emotions from me thus allowing me to become an active contributor. I was not disappointed. I encourage you to read this Trilogy, it is well worth it, and just maybe you will learn something about your nature and how you would deal with. the end of the world.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Incredibly disappointing

    The first two books in the trilogy were engaging and extremely entertaining.
    I don't know what happened in the two years between The Fall and The Night Eternal to turn the characters (especially Nora, Zach and V) into cardboard, self-absorbed idiots, but it was as if someone else had written this waste of money and time.
    The characters became uninteresting. The situations, unbelievable. The origins of the vampires, a lame joke.
    if you've read and enjoyed the first two books, do yourself a favor and make up your own ending. It's sure to be more satisfying!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

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    Inconsistent Finale

    The finale to del Toro and Hogan's "Strain" trilogy was simply inconsistent. I enjoyed the conclusion to the mythology of where and how the strain began, but I was disappointed in the conclusions to the various plot threads.

    The dark and serious mythology really drove the first two books, followed closely by development of the characters. While the myth drove my excitement to finish the trilogy, the flat characterizations made it more of a chore. Something was lost at the conclusion of "The Fall" following the death of Vampire-hunter Abraham Setrakian and the vampire-napping of Eph's son Zacharcy Goodweather.

    There were hints of strength throughout the book - the writing is good, the violence is heavy and believable. The apocalyptic world built in the first two books continues to build and remain authentic, but the plot threads became disjointed, and conclusions reached too conveniently.

    I heartily recommend this read for anyone who's read the first two books. The big 'reveal' behind The Master's creation, as well as the newly developed backstory of Mr. Quinlan make it a wholly worthwhile investment. Just keep your expectations measured.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    I can't believe this is it.

    I waited anxiously for 2 years for this! What a let down, pieces of this felt like they were lifted from movies or other old books. The G Fellow Journal just took up space. The charecters of Gus and Fet who were the absolute strongest were left to the sidelines. And just what exactly happened to the professor.

    I would have been much happier if the snow leopard had eated zack, but i am certain his toxic personality would have killed him.

    Third time was not the charm, in the words of the immortal Meatloaf this book " was a lemon and I want my money back."

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Can't wait!!

    The first two books are awesome. I love the original features of the vampires these guys created and there's plenty of frightening violence to keep you on edge. It's so nice to read a vampire series in which they don't 'sparkle' and their storyline doesn't include a high school dance. I'd like to see movies made out of these books!! (I'd also like to see another Blade movie...come on Guillermo!)

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Intense!! I loved it!

    Intense, writing is genius! This was a great ending to an amazing trilogy. Every page was so intense. Kept me guessing and i didnt want to stop reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    When does the movie come out?!

    It's over? :( I was so impatient for this last and final part of The Strain trilogy, but the closer I got to the end, the slower I read. lol..I didn't want it to be over! In del Toro's final piece, we learn where the "Master" truely came from and what the character's destinies truely are. Some are backstabbers, some are destined to fall in love and others simply "go out with a bang". It's a great read and I can honestly say that I was satisfied with the ending. Now...go read this book!! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Enjoyed this book greatly, can't wait to read the next

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    A deadly virus is claiming world domination and humans are now the hunted!

    When the unthinkable happens to the entire world, chaos will soon reign and humans will be farmed and hunted. So is the premise behind the latest novel from Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan in The Night Eternal.

    For just two hours a day, a faint muted light falls upon the earth as sunlight, leaving the rest of the day in darkness. This is the result of nuclear fallout that now blankets the earth and creates prime living conditions for a new race called strigoi, a type of vampire that is infected with a worm like virus. The Master, as he is called, has formed a new race on earth, the strigoi, that live only to feed and with the only way to kill them being the use of silver weapons and nuclear devices, the strigoi have been collecting them as a way to ensure their own survival from the remaining humans who would like to see them destroyed.

    The humans that remain that are unwilling or unable to fight back are kept in collective farms, herded like livestock, throughout the world in various cities, as a way to ensure that the strigoi will always have enough food. B+ blood being the most sought after are treated far better than the rest of the human race and the elderly are dispatched quickly. Only a handful of humans seek to uncover the secret that lies within a silver bound book called the Occido Lumen entrusted to them by a man called Setrakian. In it contains the way to destroy the Master and the muted race of strigoi and hopefully restore the world before all hope is lost. Will they be able to decipher the book before they are all hunted down and eliminated?

    I received this book compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I saw this book comparable to the movie I Am Legend but with more in depth story content. A warning to some of my readers that this book does contain a fair amount of profanity but overall the story is well written and thought out. I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars and for those the like a story that pits good against evil, then this is definitely a book for you. This is book 3 in The Strain Trilogy.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    The final Strain post-apocalyptic urban fantasy is an exciting ending to an entertaining fresh modern spin to the mythos

    Two years ago the pandemic vampiric virus was deployed on an unsuspecting New York City (see The Strain). The toll turned devastatingly global as humanity fell from the top of the food chain with the vampires hunting mortals. Releasing a nuclear winter that turned the earth into almost total Night Eternal, the Master ancient vampire has his followers establish death camp ranches where his followers can breed humans in order to snack on the mortals.

    There are few free humans who remain outside the cattle captivity; most of those hide in remote holes. A small defiant cell continues to rebel against the Master and his bloody horde. Doctors Eph Goodweather and Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and the Master's hybrid offspring Mr. Quinlan have different motivations accentuated by the death of their spiritual leader Abraham Setrakian (see The Fall) in spite of the same goal to rid the planet of the bloodsuckers. One of the rebels has the answer to end the genocide killing of the Master and his species in what would be a suicide mission, but whose side is this individual on as the ancient vampire masterly manipulates his enemies into betraying their kind.

    The final Strain post-apocalyptic urban fantasy is an exciting ending to an entertaining fresh modern spin to the mythos. Action-packed throughout the trilogy, readers will enjoy what looks like the final extermination of humanity except for those in the camps. Although the climax will not shock the audience and too much personal demons defang the human resistance (and slows the plot), fans will appreciate getting there; as before they become bloodless fodder Nora and others must discover man's most beloved weapon against an amoral more powerful predator.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Let down

    The first two books were great. This third is a waste. You are better to make up you own ending than to have to endure the tiresome eph, zach, and nora.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Wow

    Wow, enjoyed the last installment. Did not end as expected. Still confused about the space satalite and how it fits with the story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    fantastic read!!

    This was a great ending to a very fast paced, engrossing series! I hope there are more books from these two in the future!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Fun fun fun

    I had a wonderful month reading all three books iam going to tell all my colllege friends to get this book for their winter vacation it was a total distraction loved it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    I love this trilogy!!!!

    I cant wait till this book comes out! I couldnt put the other two down!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    April R

    As in all books, wish the ending would have been a bit different or maybe just better*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Addictive

    Just sorry this was the last book !!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Excellent ending if a little jumbled at times

    This was an excellent ending to the Strain trilogy. Some parts were a little erratic and overly dramaticbut overall a great end to an engrossing trilogy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    As good as the first 2 books

    I wonder if there could be a better end to it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    READ!!!

    i really liked this trilogy...read each book aloud from my nook...to my husband...so we could both read at the same time!! he really liked the books also.
    these are not your usual...romantic...or even sexy-ish...vampires.
    i was even disappointed when the 3rd book was finished...i wanted the story to continue...maybe a few more years down the road...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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