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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 8 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 8 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 9 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 12 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 21 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 23 months ago 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 23 months ago 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