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The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, Book 1)

Written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Average Score: 76(5)

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

Book Details

Hardcover, 416 Pages
Published by William Morrow on June 02, 2009
First Published by HarperCollins in 2009
ISBN-10 0061558230
ISBN-13 978-0061558238


SF Site | Gil T. Wilson
Review Rating: 100
This has got to be one of the best vampire books I've heard in a long time.
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SF Signal | John DeNardo
Review Rating: 80
The Strain makes a great summer read -- which is to say that it may not be an Earth-shattering literary experience, but it is good fun and keeps you interested the whole way through.
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SFRevu | Joseph B. Hoyos
Review Rating: 80
The Strain is extremely eerie and one of the few novels I've read that actually frightened me.
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sffworld.com | Mark Yon
Review Rating: 80
Not particularly original but a damn good read.
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The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation | Jonathan Cowie
Review Rating: 40
...the novel is the first of a trilogy that starts very well but fails to live up to this early promise. A little disappointing, but others may be more forgiving.
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