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The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy

9 Ratings: 2.2
A book by Book One of The Strain Trilogy (9780061558238)

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Book One of The Strain Trilogy (9780061558238)
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
7 reviews about The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy
review by . August 24, 2010
I pretty much had my fill of vampire fiction by the time I got through Anne Rice's "The Queen of the Damned." By that point she'd milked her series dry. Prior to that I was happy with a boyhood reading, and an adult re-reading of Bram Stoker's "Dracula"- the progenitor and gold standard. I picked up "The Strain" because I loved co-author Guillermo Del Toro's spooky movie."Pan's Labrinth."       "The Strain," …
review by . June 01, 2010
I found The Strain to be a decent vampire story. The authors present the story in a CSI style of detective work that teams up with a Van Helsing type of hunter. The Strain was a decent read, nothing earth shattering. You can tell it is destined for the screen though, big or small only time will tell. My only complaint is near the end, and although I won't spoil it for everyone reading this, a character has a chance to do something important and yet gets distracted? Not very likely. The book is enjoyable, …
review by . March 12, 2010
The Strain was not really what I expected. I don't mean that in a bad way, it was just unexpected to find more of a thriller than a horror story. It's difficult to explain, since some reviewers are saying horror while others are saying thriller. It was a little bit of both I would say. There was a time or two where I actually had to stop reading because I was terrified, but that wasn't the feeling I had the whole story. Instead, it was more of an edge of your seat thriller.. where you read and read …
review by . June 21, 2009
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan have created an exciting and scary and fast-paced thriller that re-invents the vampire mythology at the same time as it strips it of any romanticism the genre may have possessed. There is a semi-plausible bit of pseudoscience combined with folklore to explain the monsters, but more importantly they are set into a believable post-911 world with compelling and intriguing characters. This novel sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting apocalyptic saga.    &nb …
review by . July 24, 2009
After thoroughly enjoying Guillermo Del Toro's film Pan's Labyrinth--a miracle concatenation of whimsy amidst horror not unlike Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful"--Del Toro's collaboration with Chuck Hogan promised to be filled with imaginative creatures with some masterfully concocted psychological needs and personal histories that would hopefully exceed those of the typically depicted vampire civilizations in role playing games like `Vampire: The Masquerade 2nd Ed (Vampire)' and books from …
review by . June 07, 2009
Del Toro and Hogan have written a taunt, well-crafted beginning for a horror trilogy, and breathed new life into a genre (vampires) that's been over-written and under-thought. The pace of the novel is frenetic, with the action taking place in less than a week.    The story begins with the landing of a Boeing 777 in New York and all of the crew and passengers are apparently dead. The protagonist is Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, who's the leader of a special team of the Center for the …
review by . May 29, 2009
This is a tightly-plotted, fast-paced supernatural thriller. But to my mind, that's not enough to make for a satisfying book, one that can justify its full 350-page bulk.    This modern tale of vampiric apocalypse might make for a great film, or graphic novel, or even a TV series. But when I sit down with a piece of textual fiction, I expect more than a decent story. I expect wit, wisdom, contemplation; in short, I demand that my literature be literary. That spark is missing …
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