The Strain

The Strain

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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"A high-tech vampire epic....Terrifying."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Part The Andromeda Strain, part Night of the Living Dead."

"Chuck Hogan is known for his taut thrillers, Guillermo del Toro for his surreal horror films...The Strain brings out the best of each."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strain--the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood's most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2009]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061558238
Branch Call Number: FIC Toro
Characteristics: 401 pages.
Additional Contributors: Hogan, Chuck - Author
Alternative Title: Strain


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Dec 12, 2014

Just watched the first season of the series, which was great. Del Toro has long been one of my favorite directors and given his deep knowledge of the horror genre, it's not surprising that he turned to fiction. This plays like a combination of apocalyptic plague story, survivor adventure tale, and vampire horror. Co-writer Chuck Hogan is best known for "The Town." The first in a trilogy.

Aug 04, 2014

Pretty good, but I like del Toro's work. Now it's on tv! LOL. I get to explain everything to my husband!

Jilliemae May 19, 2014

This is anything BUT a standard vampire story! It's extremely scary, well-written, and descriptive. The characters are well fleshed-out and because it's a trilogy, you really feel like you are going through this long ordeal with the characters. I actually cried at the end of the third book because it felt like such a long journey!

Mar 31, 2014

love the entire series!

Sep 11, 2012

I definitely liked the first book the most out of the trilogy. But the series is a good read all around. I highly recommend.

sexyscrapper Apr 28, 2012

I loved this book! I couldn't but it down. It had a very creepy vibe to it, which I loved.

The rest of the series is well done too, although the first book is the best of the three in my opinion.

hagar1643 Mar 20, 2012

Standard vampire tale of an outbreak of vampirism in New York. Includes the usual characters; Master Vampire; Old Romanian Professor, avaritious rich old man, CDC scientists. Not reccommended.

MATTHEW HYE Feb 15, 2012

I thought the book was well writen particulary the early part in the airport thr coffin with dirt in it vanishing in thin air really scary stuff. after that the book dialog and plot was a bit lacking and unbelieveable.

Robert9410 Dec 17, 2011

This was a well written fictional book. It draws you in and is not the conventional vampire story. There is a good balance of conversation between characters, graphic description of scenes, and intense action. The book is somewhat of a dense read however. It progresses slowly, but overall is well worth the effort. I was somewhat disappointed with the end - which almost mandates a sequel by the reader.

wilstyles Oct 05, 2011

I was so excited to read this and was just disappointed. The story starts off eerie and suspenseful and then just plateaus. At around page 200 I thought we were finally being told the back story that would take the story in a different direction, but all it did was tell us the same story over and over of how the strain spread from one person to another. It told us how it happened to every character. Completely overkill and to me assumes that del Toro didn't think his readers could figure out the grand scale of it spreading for themselves. I really wanted to like this book and gave it so many chances, but I just didn't like it. As an aside, I loved Pan Labyrinth which was a large factor in reading this.

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hagar1643 Aug 01, 2011

Standard vampire tale of an outbreak of vampirism in New York. Includes the usual characters; Master Vampire; Old Romanian Professor, avaritious rich old man, CDC scientists. Not reccommended.


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Eph knew that he would always be a little insane from now on.

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