Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Fall, by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro (book two in the Strain trilogy)

Following directly after the first book in the trilogy, The Fall starts in the middle of where events left off in the Strain.  The reader is once again thrown into vampire infested Manhattan, only to find the Strain is now quickly spreading throughout the world as Abraham predicted. 
Just as chilling and full of heart-racing action, The Fall did not disappoint me, the hubby or my good friend in reading Jenna. 
More than anything else I enjoyed the back story in this book, the origins of the Vampiric heart that Abraham has kept all these years, the back story of Abrahams search and discovery over the years, bits and pieces of who the Ancients are and their relationship with the Master, and why Abraham was disgraced as a Professor.  Instead of just revealing these tidbits, Chuck an Guillermo did back flash sections for portions of the reveals, much like in the Strain, and they were some of my favorite parts.
And the creepy factor has defiantly not abated!  I almost jumped out of my skin last night when I got up for some water at about 3am in the pitch dark and one of my cats went flying past suddenly.
My first thought? Gack!! stinger!!
Not to mention I'm never going to feel comfortable in a subway tunnel again.  NEVER.
To be honest, horror has never been my favorite genre, it creeps me out wayyyy too much.  But so far the Strain trilogy is not only creepy but filled with interesting back story relating to the Holocaust that I find really involving.  Couple that with the CDC aspect in the first one and The Strain is a fresh spin on the very prolific vampire genre.  I can't wait to see how Chuck and Guillermo finish it off!

The Strain, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Published by William Morrow, September 2011


  1. Wow, that is one serious book cover. It sounds like a epic read indeed. I think I shall look into this series.

    Thanks for stopping by and providing a bit more information for me. Finding this on the other blog had me intrigued but she did not site who she was getting it from. However, I could not resist. Now I know a bit more to dig even farther into this matter at hand.

    Mad Scientist

  2. I agree - I've never been a horror reader, but I LOVE this series. It is so well written, well thought out, and completely different from the many vampire stories out there now. Can't wait for the final book now.