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The Strain

by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan (Author)

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Series: The Strain (book 1)

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Abraham Setrakian, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust, joins forces with CDC specialist Eph Goodweather to battle a vampiric virus that has infected NewYork in this first installment in a thrilling trilogy about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity.
  1. 180
    I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (Joles)
    Joles: The authors treat vampires in a similar light. The Strain could very well be what leads up to Matheson's I Am Legend.
  2. 82
    The Passage by Justin Cronin (smiteme, questionablepotato)
  3. 40
    Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (Joles)
    Joles: Undead creatures that reanimate with a nice bit of real-world science thrown in.
  4. 30
    Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon (Phantasma)
    Phantasma: you could say They Thirst would be a more likely reccomendation for this vampire novel. But I think the post-apocalyptic Swan Song is much more closesly related.
  5. 20
    Draculas by Jack Kilborn (Scottneumann)
  6. 10
    They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon (Scottneumann)
  7. 21
    Children of the Night by Dan Simmons (Scottneumann)
  8. 10
    Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson (Scottneumann)
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    Live Girls by Ray Garton (dante414)
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    Uprising by Scott Mariani (mamaove)
    mamaove: Good versues evil theme with vampires
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    The Missing by Sarah Langan (ahstrick)
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    Necroscope by Brian Lumley (leahsimone)
  13. 11
    Feed by Mira Grant (trav)
  14. 12
    Wizard and Glass by Stephen King (kraaivrouw)
  15. 13
    The Mouse on the Mile by Stephen King (ShelfMonkey)
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I can certainly see why this will (hopefully) work very well as a TV show. Compelling plot, episodically written, dramatic, bantery dialogue, and archetypal characterizations. It's got all the hallmarks of a suspense novel with the added bonus of horror. But, as a book, it didn't work so well for me. Or, well, the first part worked really well, the middle act less well, and, like so many of the other reviews I've read, by the third part, I was over it.

My major complaint is with the "main" character (I'm calling him the main character; I'm 99% sure he would be the main character). He's a brilliant epidemiologist with the CDC whose set up this amazing unit that's going to save (American) humanity from pandemic infections. And, as soon as he comes across a "virus" that, truly, can wipe out humanity, he, apparently, completely forgets that he's a brilliant doctor. I mean, he goes astonishingly fast from "we have to save these people" to "nope, just gonna kill 'em." I would have liked to see more science. Maybe that comes in the next books? This was, clearly, my sticking point.

If you can get past that (and a few other plot holes I can only assume will be mended in the other books) it is a speedy, creepy, suspenseful read. The first part with the whole plane thing is really great. Really. ( )
  JessicaReadsThings | Dec 2, 2021 |
An interesting take on the vampire mythos and one I look forward to reading more about, if not eagerly. The male characters are varied and interesting but it really underdevelops the femal characters. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Interesting idea but ultimately unsatisfying for me. ( )
  Septima | Aug 21, 2021 |
I think that I am reading a screenplay...or at least a book that was written with the only intention of being a movie.

update - It got better near the end but after the predictable story and the product placements I doubt that I will read the next in the series. ( )
  Drunken-Otter | Aug 20, 2021 |
I really enjoyed the beginning. It was a different take on an old story. But about the middle of the book, I completely knew what was going to happen. Not necessarily a bad thing, but there was a lot of foreshadowing. And I liked the main character at the beginning of the book, but the end, not so much. I was more interested in the other characters by then, so I'm going to continue the series. ( )
  nmorandi | Jul 16, 2021 |
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I am torn about The Strain. I like it for all of its blood-sucking charms, but in order to do so, I’ve got to overlook some fairly major shortcomings in its mechanics. And I’ve got to do it all while somehow managing to avoid blaming Guillermo for anything.
 
It's so creepy that when I told my wife and daughter about it *they* got creeped out just from my description.
 
The Strain is a breakneck thrill ride chronicling only the first four days of the vampire plague that may destroy civilization. The cinematic quality really comes though, making the book feel more like a action blockbuster than a thought-provoking horror novel. The publisher is hyping the heck out of this book, and it will sell like a Dan Brown of the Undead. It has some dopey parts, but is also pretty entertaining and scary. This would be an excellent vacation read, although I would not recommend reading the first fifty pages on an airplane if you are a nervous flier. Save it for the beach soaking up the UV rays.
added by PhoenixTerran | editio9, Chris Hsiang (Jun 2, 2009)
 
Un Boeing 777 aterriza en el aeropuerto John F. Kennedy de Nueva York proveniente de Berlín, y cuando se dirige a la puerta para que los pasajeros empiecen a desembarcar, de repente se oscurece. La torre de control pierde contacto con el piloto y toda la actividad eléctrica del aparato se corta. No se escuchan móviles, ni BlackBerries, ni la radio, nada. Las cortinas de las ventanillas están bajadas y no se ve a nadie dentro. Se reúne un equipo de emergencias y todos observan al avión silencioso ahora bañado por las luces del aeropuerto, en completo silencio. Parece una gigantesca lápida blanca que brilla contra el oscuro cielo de la noche.
Entonces una brecha negra aparece en el fuselaje: es una puerta que se abre desde dentro con una lentitud glacial…
Siempre han estado aquí. Vampiros. Anidando y alimentándose. En secreto y oscuridad. A la espera. Ahora ha llegado su momento. En una semana, Manhattan habrá desaparecido. En tres meses, todo el país. En seis meses, el mundo entero.
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del Toro, GuillermoAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogan, ChuckAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Pearlman, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated to all nightmares, past and present, and to all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone. -GDT
To Lorenza, Mariana, and Marisa...
and to all the monsters in my nursery:
May you never leave me alone
- GDT

For Lila
- CH
For my Lila -CH
To Lorenza, Mariana, and Marisa ...
and to all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone. -GDT
For Lila -CH
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The Legend of Jusef Sardu
"Once upon a time," said Abraham Setrakian's grandmother, "there was a giant."
"Once upon a time," said Abraham Setrakian's grandmother, "there was a giant."
Der var engang en kæmpe
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Nothing can unman you like an un-man.
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Abraham Setrakian, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust, joins forces with CDC specialist Eph Goodweather to battle a vampiric virus that has infected NewYork in this first installment in a thrilling trilogy about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity.

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They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months—the world.

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.

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