The Fall (Strain Trilogy #2)

The Fall (Strain Trilogy #2)

by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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The Fall (Strain Trilogy #2) by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan

“A cross between The Hot Zone and ’Salem’s Lot.”
Entertainment Weekly

“I cannot wait to see where Del Toro and Hogan take us next.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Bloodline

The wait is over! Guillermo del Toro, one of Hollywood’s most popular and imaginative storytellers (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Hammett Award-winning thriller writer Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves) return with The Fall—the second blood-chilling volume in their critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Strain Trilogy. The Fall picks up where The Strain left off—with a vampiric infection spreading like wildfire across America as a small band of heroes struggles to save the dwindling human race from the vampire plague. Horror fiction and dark fantasy fans will be swept up in this epic story that bestselling author Nelson DeMille describes as “Bram Stoker meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061558252
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Strain Trilogy , #2
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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The Fall: The Strain Trilogy, Book 2 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
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.
Irishlad70 More than 1 year ago
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'.
Country_Boy9 More than 1 year ago
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.
Stasiamb More than 1 year ago
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.
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
Since I've been a fan from the first book, and now, the television show, I have had a blast with both versions of this story. For fans of the show, the books have many differences that make them worth reading as well, and they are major differences. This was so good I am going to go ahead and read book three also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Setrakian dies
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
Among the many artistic and practical challenges that novelists face, one of the more frustrating must be this: writing the second novel of a trilogy that can stand on its own rather than as a bridge from the first novel to the concluding novel. Del Toro and Hogan confront that challenge with “The Fall,” the second novel in their trilogy, and they succeed better than most. The story picks up immediately after the conclusion of “The Strain,” the first book in the trilogy, and the remaining band of vampire hunters fight the good fight against the Master and his vampire and human minions. The action is fast-paced, the plotting is quick, and the death and destruction are relentless. In the course of the story, we learn more about Setrakian’s past, and a new plot element is introduced—an ancient book that contains the secrets of the strigoi’s origins. The novel concludes with the death of a major character, another character in dire jeopardy, and the world on the brink of nuclear winter—all of which points clearly to a thrilling conclusion in “The Night Eternal,” the final book in the trilogy. I suspect that the concluding volume (which I’ve not yet read) will be just as enjoyable as the first and somewhat better than this one—a serviceable and better-than-average “bridge” between the first and the last.
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Great 2nd book!
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Read The Strain first oo you won't get the story
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
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.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
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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LJRogers More than 1 year ago
Love this entire trilogy!
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