My review of: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan


The Strain by  Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

***Book description***

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. Ephraim “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.


My review

I gave it 4 stars.

Fun read. I was excited to come across a book that reached back into the past of the vampire. Where vampires are still evil foul creatures who are surrounded by death and corruption. The story behind how vampirism is spread gets a little funky. The cause behind this disease kept flipping between a virus and a parasite. So, if you stopped and thought about it too much you’d find the explanation got somewhat wishy-washy. Enjoyed the pure evilness that was “The Master” who was hellbent on destroying anyone in his path. And can’t forget about the stupid human who decides to make a deal with the source of all evil. There’s no way this deal could ever work out for the human. I can’t wait to read the next installment to find out if that guy gets his wake up call or not. It was a little strange that none of the people the master changed could think for themselves. The vampires suffered from a hive mind mentality and were more zombie like, which left me wondering if any would ever be able to function outside the master’s control.
With the introduction of a group of vampires who appear humanoid and fully functional on their own it’ll be fun to see where that leads to in the rest of this book series. Were there any new groundbreaking ideas in this novel? I’d have to say no not really other than instead of the disease being just a virus it’s a parasite. Could this lead to a way to cure/stop the spread of vampires? Who’s to say seeing as those who know about them are fighting for their lives while others are covering up the existence of vampires. All around fun read for me. There wasn’t any super crazy things going on like there usually is in Del Toro’s movies but that might come in book 2 or 3. Can’t wait to read the next one.


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