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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (Sept. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061558222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061558221
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 1 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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The Strain trilogy, up to this point has been competent. I've never found the series to retain it's initial intensity, but it does generally hit all the notes you'd expect, and enjoy.

Problem however, is this type of story is told often, and unfortunately or fortunately I suppose, it's been done better. The point? You've read this novel before, the old man with the answers, the protege's, the unsuspecting public, and for me the most uninteresting is the very typical human response. Which bothered me more here because of the way it's described. This nation fell, this country reacted this way, it all reads in an amazingly understated manner. Instead of involving us in the particulars, it just occurs, and you accept it because your glass is half empty.

Near the end of this novel it feels as if they simply got tired and phoned a few final details in. Simply expecting you to buy it all, but they didn't earn it, in my opinion, so it felt forced and lacking.

The characters, don't arrest you in a detailed way. In that sense you only really find them interesting when they die. They exist more as topical characters, detailed physically, their emotional pulse weak and predictable. You're also saddled with a character who I find immensely aggravating, AKA - Goodweather. Note to writers, if your character is supposedly intelligent, have them not be so stupid. Just a thought, but I've rarely met anyone this dissatisfied. Someone who consistently never realizes they have a lot, until they've lost something. Maybe once that's fine, but how many somethings need you lose before it hits you that you can always lose more? Things can always get worse. But Eph just keeps getting the ladder shortened without ever realizing there's still some ladder left.
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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 26 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.
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