The tension-filled sequel to The Strain, from the world-famous director whose films include Pan's Labyrinthe and Hellboy.
Humans have been displaced at the top of the food chain, and now understand - to their outright horror - what it is to be not the consumer, but the consumed.
Ephraim Goodweather, director of the New York office of the Centers for Disease control, is one of the few humans who understands what is really happening. Vampires have arrived in New York City, and their condition is contagious. If they cannot be contained, the entire world is at risk of infection.
As Eph becomes consumed with the battle against the total corruption of humanity, his ex-wife, Kelly, now a vampire herself, is ever-more determined to claim their son, Zack.
As the Biblical origins of the Ancient ones are gradually revealed, Eph learns that there is a greater, more terrible plan in store for the human race - worse even than annihilation....
©2010 Guillermo del Toro (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"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)
"Relentlessly paves the way for what promises to be an epic third book." (Kirkus)
"Fast-paced, action-packed, and even better than the first volume. Highly recommended for thriller and horror fans." (Library Journal)
"The authors ratchet up the tension as events alter and the stakes become higher." (SFF World)
Something About Myself
Picks up where the last book left off with New York in chaos, Vampires crawling all over the place sucking blood like there is no tomorrow (possibly this will be the case.
It's now set up nicley for part three. The only down side was that Ron Perlman (who's narration gave The Strain the edge over most audio books) was not reading it. In fairness Daniel Oreskes has a a good go at it but he's no Pearlman.
Watched the TV show and thought about buying the book but having concentration levels due to illness at the moment so got this instead, very high quality reproduction and far better than the TV series, Just have to stop falling asleep otherwise you loose your place, its the morphine that does that not the quality of the story!
Loved it good story. Better than book one. Good narration. Better than Ron pearlman performance on book one. Look forward to book 3
Sounds like it was recorded in a tin shack during a hail storm with a home made microphone. If Alexander Graham Bell heard this he'd think we hadn't taken a single step forward in sound quality since his first phone call. Such a shame after the first one
The Fall picks up exactly where 'The Strain' finishes so you really do need to read the books in order.
Although 'The Fall' lacks the high octane tension of 'The Strain', the difference being magnified perhaps by a rather subdued narration, it is nonetheless a very enjoyable listen and never less than absorbing - well written and well plotted. Several loose ends are left dangling no doubt to be picked up in part 3.
If you enjoyed part 1 then I am sure you will like part 2 as well.
Say something about yourself!
My favourite part of the trilogy. Lots of interesting back story for the old hunter. And the introduction of the kickass hoods.
Fav authors Patrick Rothfuss, David Gemmell, Simon Kernick and Joe Abercrombie. Fav readers Paul Thornley, Steven Pacey and Sean Barrett.
If you liked the first book 'The Strain', then you'll love this one. It's an excellent follow up to the original. I'd recommend listening to the first one before listening to this one. It give the characters extra dept in this book.
The first novel in this series was a good start but after the novelty has worn off this became a bit of a confusing bore.
Middle books in trilogies are always problematic- the story is no longer just beginning but at the same time, it can't end- there's a whole other volume to go yet. This book makes for a tense and at times horrifying journey between stops. It maps society unravelling with the vampire plague taking hold as our heroes struggle against overwhelming odds.
I've no clue how Guillermo del Toro's fabulist nature and Chuck Hogan's gritty street prose ever managed to come together so well as they do in this story. It's a fantastic blend of the mystic and the mundane. The revelations about the vampire Ancients are smartly developed, with a logical conclusion.
On the narration- it's no longer Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) but Daniel Oreskes, the new narrator makes a fine substitute, with a voice that echoes if not imitates his characteristic growl.
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