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Amazon Best of the Month, June 2009: Who better to reinvent the vampire genre than Guillermo Del Toro, the genius behind Pan's Labyrinth, and Chuck Hogan, master of character-driven thrillers like Prince of Thieves? The first of a trilogy, The Strain is everything you want from a horror novel--dark, bloody, and packed full of mayhem and mythology. But, be forewarned, these are not like any vampires you've met before--they're not sexy or star-crossed or "vegetarians"--they are hungry, they are connected, and they are multiplying. The vampire virus marches its way across New York, and all that stands between us and a grotesque end are a couple of scientists, an old man with a decades-old vendetta, and a young boy. This first installment moves fast and sets up the major players, counting down to the beginning of the end. Great summer reading. --Daphne Durham
A decent read. Read it because of the FX series on television.Published 9 months ago by NorthernPrime
I’m currently reading the book and to tell you the truth, I can’t put it down! It is so addictive. It’s even better than I thought it would be. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maria
No sparkly, sympathic creatures here! del Toro always has a fresh perspective on horror and the appcalyptic world he has fashioned here is no exception. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donna Roode
It took a bit for the story to get off the tarmac (and there were a lot of investigative agencies to keep track of), but it did find flight about half way through. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chris
The book was OK. I had high hopes for it, but I just didn't love anything about it. I will not be reading the other two, but if you like apocalypse-type books it is worth a look,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joe
I read aloud to my husband and him and I were so tranced by this trilogy... We never read anything so "life like" in our lives!!! Thee best series I've ever read. Read morePublished on June 30 2013 by Jennifer Ormston
I tried to read it the first time on an airplane; bad idea. This novel is so fast paced and doesn't give any concessions. Read morePublished on June 30 2013 by Guillermo F.
Book arrived a little bit later then expected, but I would blame Canadian Customs for that.
The condition of the book was about 3.5/5