The Fall (Strain Trilogy #2)

The Fall (Strain Trilogy #2)

by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan

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ISBN-13: 9780062011596
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Series: Strain Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 108,783
File size: 825 KB

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 0 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 423 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.
Ronrose1 on LibraryThing 8 months 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.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Strain was an outstanding book and when I found out about this one I just had to snag it up and read it! This series definately puts a little twist on the vampire genre and I greatly enjoyed reading it! Now the Strain is spreading like wildfire throughout the world and the survivors have learned what they need to do to survive. Yet, we follow a group and one man who has faced the Master once before. Now finding themselves in the middle of a war between new and old vamps. The Master wants all vamps to rise up and take over the world but there is one thing that will stop him and it's a book that once it's found it needs to be used for that purpose. Money, power, supernatural forces take you on the ride of your life in this book. Not only will it chill your blood but it's better than any roller coaster ride I've been on! These two authors take the vampire world from sexy to dark and scary which is what it really would be if they rised up against the human world. Nasty creatures they are, not sparkling and beautiful, But dirty and creepy! Just the way I like 'em!
mtrumbo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was really hoping this one would be better than the first - I was wrong. The plot just doesn't seem to flow smoothly and the writing is a bit choppy. I am unsure if I will attempt the third and final book.
blockbuster1994 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I am really liking this series. Can't wait to see what happens next
JGolomb on LibraryThing 8 months ago
"The sunset of humankind is the dawn of the blood harvest."Authors Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan take the world and their apocalyptic vampire saga to a darker place in the second of their "Strain" trilogy, "The Fall". This second volume is short at less than 300 pages and makes for a satisfying companion when read back-to-back with their first in the series, "The Strain". At the end of "The Strain", our primary players, pawnbroker/professor/vampire-hunter Abraham Setrakian and CDC disease specialist Ephraim Goodweather were left having just injured, but not killed, the Dark Master. Eph's ex-wife had just been turned, and made it clear that she was taking the custody battle over their son Zack to a whole new level."The Fall" propels the trilogy's story at a break neck pace. I couldn't help but feel that this middle frame in the series was carved out as a bridge from the creation of the characters, plot and modern vampire myths of the first book, to the world-shaking catalytic conclusion that I assume (and have read) will take place in the final book. Like the first book, "The Fall" is very dark and weighty. All plot elements and characters are taken with a heavy seriousness ¿ sometimes melodramatic, but contextually appropriate to the story and its themes. The authors write very descriptively, and one can sense the imagery brought to the novel through del Toro's filmmaker's eye.del Toro and Hogan bring a mix of fictional elements to their story. "The Fall" delves deeper into the historic world-wide power struggle and existence of The Ancients - the world's original Vampires. Not all vampires are alike, and while they don't actually appear in many scenes themselves, one feels the pall of their shadow throughout Setrakian's search for a solution to save humanity. Some scenes play out like the slickest wire-fighting battles from The Matrix. Other scenes play out like the bloodiest of zombie-killing video games.As 'literature', this book really rates 3-stars, but I love how Hogan and del Toro build their fictional world, and develop their vampire history and myth. As a story this rates 4-stars, and the myth-building of the first two novels, promises a dramatic finish. I can¿t wait to dig into the recently released conclusion.
es135 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Once again, Guillermo Del Toro delivers an exciting read in the second novel in his Strain Trilogy. As in the first novel, the vampires are an evil, frightening force that threatens to take over mankind. While this novel is a fast and engaging read, I felt that there were times when it went a bit flat. Some of the build up, in anticipation of the final novel in the series, didn't really pay off. Despite this, the entertainment value of this story is undeniable. I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this exciting trilogy.
motortmech on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The second book in the amazing Strain Trilogy, this segement was about how after the strigoi virus became introduced into the population and what mankind did, in the early stages, to combat it. We are also introduced to the Ancients and the Occido Lumen, which turns out to be the official 'Vampire's Hunting Guide' detailing the rise of the Ancients and where their sites of origin are located. I was enthralled in the entire series and this one stayed true to form. I felt many times like crying as Ephraim Goodweather did everything in his power to protect his son. I laughed along with Vasiliy Fet the exterminator and was enraptured by the level of knowledge and drive by Setrakian. He is the kind of character that makes me want to go out and learn about the real history behind Eastern European folklore and myth. The series as a whole is a must read for anyone who loves a great apocalypitc story with a twist thrown in there.
Analogwhale on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Totally delightful rubbish.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In this second installement of the strain trilogy, the world is really coming to an end. Where in the first book a small group of people tried, with all their might, to prevent the spreading of a vampiric infection, the second book, show the rise of the vampire and the destruction of the world as we know it. Can't wait to see how this will conclude, because at the end, something good must come out of all this destruction.
ali_marea on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Let me be up front here. This book would never have caught my eye if it weren't for other book bloggers and book lovers on Twitter. While I enjoy sci-fi and horror, I tend to be very picky and this book would have come across to me, if I had seen it on my own, as a fangirl type thing. Just not for me. So it would have been a great tragedy, as I have now become a huge fan of not only the book, but this amazing trilogy!Let's start with the fact that you have two amazing authors coming together on this trilogy. You have Guillermo Del Toro (also known for his award-winning filme Pan's Labyrinth) bringing his ability to weave reality into mythology into a stunning piece of art. And you have Chuck Hogan adding the mystique and suspense seen in his crime novels. The pair work flawlessly together, and I was immediately drawn in to the novel, even though I'd never even read the first book in the trilogy.Without the background of what had happened, I discovered a world thrown into chaos. Scary, nasty, primal vampires flood the country, changing the landscape of a once-beloved homeland into a nightmare. I was drawn into the depth of the characters in this novel, from the motherless child, to the ex-gang-banging leader of the anti-vampire crew, to the ever-vigilant vampire hunter Abraham Setrakian. They were all believable as people and drew me further into the story.So I must thank those book lovers I follow on Twitter, for if not for them I would never have heard of this fabulous book.I must also thank the publisher for sending me an advance copy of the book so I was able to read it before it hit the shelves.I urge any sci-fi or horror fan to give this book a try. Even if it doesn't seem like 'your thing'. I know I was stunned to find I loved it, and I'm sure you will love it too.Check out the page for the The Strain Trilogy too!5 out of 5 stars
dduning on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A quick read - not as captivating as the first, but then again, it is the middle book.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Fall is the second installment in Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain trilogy. In The Strain an airplane full of dead passengers is found on the tarmac of JFK and shortly thereafter chaos ensues. Vampires... and not of the teen heartthrob nor sparkly variety. These are more animalistic in nature and have one goal in particular... total world domination.This book reads almost like a movie... it's actually detailed and vivid enough that you have a clear picture of exactly what is going on. Told in the same style as The Strain, you have various viewpoints and resulting vignettes. Sometimes these different points-of-view can be a little disorienting, but once you get the gist of the storytelling, you see how clever it all is as it comes together.Although I found The Strain to be more of a scientific thriller than a horror story... The Fall was definitely more horror. Very dark, action-packed and with the perfect mix of sci-fi and fantasy you'll find it to be quite the page-turner. While I personally enjoyed The Strain better than I did this second installment, I still would not pass up on the chance of reading this series in its entirety. Eternal Night the third in the trilogy is scheduled to release in late 2011 - I cannot wait!
AramisSciant on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Second book of the vampire trilogy and it's, again, really really good. I cannot wait for thelast book. I'm also happy to see Del Toro is having more of an input and not just in the vampiric expertise -- there are some awesome Mexican characters in this one.
titania86 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A horrific virus has been unleashed in New York, creating savage vampires that hunt indiscriminately. Civilization has pretty much crumbled, leaving anarchy in the vampires' wake. There is only a small group of people that oppose these powerful creatures, including former CDC employee Ephraim Goodweather and his son, elderly Abraham Setrakian, Nora Martinez, and exterminator Vasiliy Fet. They are the only thing in between the strigoi and total human annihilation. The story continues just after the group failed to destroy the Master, the powerful vampire behind the epidemic. Setrakian hopes to obtain a book from the 17th century that could give him the key to destroying all the vampires, but every time this book has surfaced, disaster has followed, and it costs millions of dollars. To make things worse, Eldritch Palmer, a very rich and sickly man, is giving the Master his full support and Ephraim's ex-wife turned vampire is stalking the small group of heroes to turn her loved ones. Through all these obstacles, can Ephraim and his hodgepodge group save the human race?Usually, the second book of a trilogy drags and falls flat, simply succeeding in setting up the characters for the grand finale. The Fall is not the typical second book. It is just as compelling as the first book, but very bleak. The vampires Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan created aren't your standard tall, dark, handsome, or sparkling types that have become popular in recent years. They are disgusting and their only interest in humans is for food and transmitting the virus so it will spread as far as possible. This view of vampires is refreshing since there are so few truly dangerous vampire stories out there. I like that the physiological changes from human to vampire are described in detail. It lends a sense of realism to a usually fantastical creature.There are a few new things in this novel that I found particularly interesting and made the novel compelling. The first is the concept that human love is corrupted and changed in the conversion from human to vampire, leading the new vampire to infect their loved ones with the virus. It makes the epidemic all that more devastating that even love isn't safe from these brutal vampires. This theme recurs throughout the novel and proves to be toxic to the protagonists. Vampire children are introduced when children blinded by the eclipse are kidnapped and turned to be troops that don't rely on eyesight to fight the enemy. These creatures are incredibly disturbing and difficult for the humans to deal with since they still appear to be children. Another new addition is the small group of original ancient vampires that oppose the Master because they view vampirism as a great gift to be given with discretion to only the most deserving. They gather and fund a small army of gang members and other random people to join the fight against the Master. It makes sense that vampires wouldn't want to overtake humans because their food source would be extremely depleted and a situation like in the film Daybreakers may ensue. In that group of fighters is an interesting character named Angel, who is a retired wrestler. He goes from an old, washed up has-been to a fierce fighter again. He experiences a kind of rebirth. His interesting past and drive to fight despite his age made him my favorite new character.The Strain Trilogy brings vampires from the romance genre they've settled in back to their true horror roots. The Fall is a worthy follow-up to The Strain. This series is addictive and I seriously can't wait for the final installment, Eternal Night, to come out.
chenninger on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Compared to the first book in the series i was slightly disappointed. Maybe the books title should have been The Chase rather then the fall. The ending sets up for a great third book with more action I hope. Still hooked and eagerly anticipating the third and final installment.
allisonmacias on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Fall is just as complex as The Strain was. If you enjoyed it, then by all means, devour this one. Be warned, a little review of The Strain will come in handy. Also, its a slow start, but quickly picks up and leaves you turning pages. All in all, The Fall is a strong follow up and a great read
Joles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A stunning continuation of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain. If you read The Strain right when it came out everything will come rushing back at you...no re-read required. We've come so far and still have so far to go!Will the Master win out? What will become of Earth and mankind? How will Eph keep Zach safe from his vampire mother?
erikschreppel on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Love this series. I thought The Strain was fantastic, and The Fall has followed up beautifully. Love that in this age of weepy, sparkley, teen heartthrob vampires we have Del Toro and Hogan's vamps. No romance, no angst, no freaking sparkles. Just parasitic feeding, death, destruction and pure evil. Thank you! Can't wait for the final book next year.
bragan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Book Two of the Strain trilogy, in which a particularly vile, decidedly non-sparkly variety of vampire is threatening to overrun humanity. I thought book one was pretty much the written equivalent of a popcorn movie: long on cliches and short on anything remotely resembling literary merit, but highly entertaining, anyway. This installment isn't really any different at all in terms of writing quality or storytelling sensibility, and yet somehow I never managed to get my brain to click into the right mode for it, never quite achieved that necessary state of turning my critical facilities off and just enjoying the ride. And, boy did that make a difference.I think I know why the first book worked for me but this one didn't, too. The Strain started out with a terrific, genuinely creepy and suspenseful sequence involving a dead airplane, which hooked me in so quickly and so thoroughly that I never looked back. Whereas this one starts out with a slow, uninteresting recap of the previous book, thus missing its window of opportunity for really drawing me in.So, now I have to deal with the question of whether I should bother with part three when it comes out. Having come this far, I'm vaguely inclined to see the story through to the end, and to give the series a chance to regain my interest. But I'm not entirely sure how much enthusiasm I can work up for it.
juli1357 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Strain was one of the best vampire books I'd read in a long time, but I found The Fall to be a big disappointment. There was way too much vampire chasing/action and not enough of a story line. And I hated the whole green/environmental aspect of The Master's plan to take over the human race. I plan on reading part three of the trilogy only if the reviews far surpass those of The Fall.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I am wowed again by another fantastic book by these two authors. The action picks up where it left off and the story does take a turn for becoming more bleak. Yet the action sequences are very well written and it¿s like as if you¿re watching a horror movie instead of reading a horror book. There are plenty of moments that bring a chill to your spine, and moments where you¿re wondering if a certain character has survived or not. There¿s quite a number of cliffhanger moments making you want to read the book further. The descriptions are well done and leaves the reader to their imagination which makes the scenes more creepy and scary. I really enjoyed the chapters in between the storyline where they focus more on Setrakian¿s past. You do get a lot of questions answered and there¿s more to his story than just a simple monster slayer. These parts I did like reading the most, and I wish there really was a small book just dedicated to Setrakian¿s story and his life (those little chapter bits just weren¿t enough for me). Zack annoyed me. Sure, he¿s not over what happened with Kelly but he just ends up being stupid in the end. Yet in the climax of the book I expected something like that would happen, predictable but still fun to read. The characters stay the same, and there are a few new additions but nothing major to change the impact of the story, despite this, be prepared for some drastic changes to the cast. I¿m not sure if I¿m happy with the way it ended but it does leave room for a lot more to happen. There is more blood and gore than the first book, so those who are squeamish are warned to either skip those parts or just skip the book all together as it¿s more graphic and more detailed.I¿m anticipating the final book of this trilogy and I¿m hoping it is every bit as good as this one and the previous one. It¿s definitely a series to get into for those into horror and vampires but also for someone wanting something that¿s a bit different from your typical vampiric horror. Give this trilogy a try, it¿s definitely worth it.