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Friday, November 19, 2010
Book Review: The Fall By Guillermo & Hogan, Chuck Del Toro
On Sale: 1/10/2010;
Format: Trade paperback;
Trimsize: 152 x 234 x 23 mm;
Ephraim Goodweather, director of the New York office of the Centers for Disease control, is one of the few humans who understand 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...
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Chuck Hogan (The Town: A Novel) are back with their sequel to their popular vampire apocalyptic saga.
Worthy successor to the first book the Strain. This book also was hard to put down and followed the action and suspense that we became accustomed to in the first book, The Strain. Great blend of horror and techno thriller. Only negative I can mention is now I have to wait a year for the conclusion.
The first novel in the series, The Strain, spent a fair amount of pages detailing the vampire biology and the spread of the virus. With the scene set, The Fall gets right to the struggle against the scourge. With the city falling all around them, vampire hunter and Holocaust survivor Abraham Sectarian and his allies; gang leaders, CDC researchers, an exterminator and an aging Mexican wrestler, mount a fierce resistance to the vampire strain. Their struggle against the vampire overlord known as the Master brings them in contact with the very first vampires, who want the Master stopped for other reasons.
The books have definitely been written by del Toro with the goal of making movies out of them at a later date. That being said, they are well written and worth reading if you like this genre.