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The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy [Hardcover]

Guillermo Del Toro
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Sept. 16 2010 Strain Trilogy (Book 2)

“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.”

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Praise for THE FALL: 'The climax, all fire and brimstone, nicely sets up the third and final volume' Financial Times 'Enough blood-curdling action to set up a gory finale' News of the World 'Fast-paced, action-packed, and even better than the first volume. Highly recommended for thriller and horror fans' Library Journal Praise for THE STRAIN: 'The first in a trilogy that soars with spellbinding intrigue. Truly, an unforgettable tale you can't put down once you read the first page. I can't wait until the next one.' Clive Cussler 'Blood and apocalypse mix in a terrifying story that feels like it was ripped from today's headlines. Vividly wrought and relentlessly paced, THE STRAIN haunts as much as it terrifies. I cannot wait to see where Del Toro and Hogan take us next.' James Rollins 'Diverting and never less than expertly crafted' Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From the authors of the instant New York Times bestseller The Strain comes the next volume in one of the most imaginative and frightening thriller series in many, many years Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world.

The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It 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 out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master's horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for control. At the center of the conflict lies a book, an ancient text that contains the vampires' entire history . . . and their darkest secrets. Whoever finds the book can control the outcome of the war and, ultimately, the fate of us all. And it is between these warring forces that humans—powerless and vulnerable—find themselves no longer the consumers but the consumed. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been transformed into a bloodcrazed creature of the night, and now she stalks the city looking for her chance to reclaim her Dear One: Zack, Eph's young son.

With the future of humankind in the balance, Eph and his team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet and joined by a crew of ragtag gangsters, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone has imagined—a fate worse than annihilation.

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4.0 out of 5 stars We were here before you were born May 1 2011
Nobody else today does vampires like Guillermo del Toro -- gross, nasty, parasitic monsters with stinger tongues and bloody eyes.

So unsurprisingly, you won't find any sparkling hotties in the second book of the Strain Trilogy, "The Fall," in which Del Toro's talents mesh seamlessly with those of thriller/mystery author Chuck Hogan. It's deliciously, horrendously dark and gruesome, although it takes some chapters to really launch itself off the ground.

A week has passed. New York is crumbling as vampires overrun it every night, and the human population is STILL semi-unaware of what's going on. Abraham Setrakian's little group is in hiding, especially since the newly vampirized Kelly is determined to grab her son Zach. And to make matters worse, a rich, dying man is willing to buy his own immortality via the Master.... an immortality filled with mindless animalistic horror, but whatever.

But as Eph, Fet and Nora battle the vampires in their own small way, another force is rising: the Ancient vampires who want to stop "the unclean strain spreading so promiscuously through your people." And the only way to stop all vampires worldwide may lie in an ancient book that details the way to destroy the Master... and without it, humanity is doomed.

"The Fall" is a nightmare -- crumbling civilization, an intelligent and monstrous villain, and humanity slowly being devoured by sucker-tongued monstrosities. I can't think of any other series that I would like to be in any less, because the entire world is about to become a giant vampiric petri dish. And it. Is. Awesome.

The one downside: it takes some chapters for Hogan and Del Toro to build up all that tension; it was actually kinda boring and confusing near the beginning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Caul May 31 2014
By Chris
Format:Kindle Edition
Most of what I could write for this review would be what I've written for the predecessor, "The Strain." I thought the scene with the blind children was the most tasteless and disturbing and effective I've read in a while. The end of the book was probably the textbook way to finish the second of a trilogy - it, too, was effective, as I will be reading "The Night Eternal" soon.

P.S. Thalia's dilemma was the first time I've seen this scenario in an end of the world book. Kudos to Del Toro and Hogan for coming up with what should have been thought of before!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Dec 31 2013
By Tracy
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Enjoyed this 2nd installment in the Strain series. Starting Book 3 asap . I am in reader heaven right now even though the series is rather frightening and quite disturbing! Loving it :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too scary for me ! May 3 2013
By Fran
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
J'ai eu beaucoup de difficulté à terminer le premier tome et je n'ai même pas ouvert le second...C'est tout dire!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as book one !! Dec 28 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this trilogy to all my friends. Its a fantastic story !! I can't read it fast enough and the best part is there's 2 more books just like it. The story flows nicely. There's nothing bad to say about this book or the trilogy. Its well worth the read !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stocking up on Silver April 27 2012
By K & K
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hogan introduces exciting twists on a subject that has been explored many times, can't wait to start the 3rd novel!
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