The Fall

The Fall

Book - 2010
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The vampiric virus unleashed has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweatherhead of the Center for Disease Controls team leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late. Ignited by the Masters horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans powerless and vulnerable are no longer the consumers, but the consumed. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Ephs young son. With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined, a fate worse than annihilation.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061558221
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hogan, Chuck


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Nov 01, 2015

Second volume in "The Strain" trilogy, a collaboration between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") and novelist Chuck Hogan (one of his books was made into "The Town"). It combines an extinction level plague/disease plot with vampires and an ancient evil. While it has a lot of familiar elements, they manage to do something fresh and frightening. The series "The Strain" is currently in its second season. Followed by "The Night Eternal."

Dec 11, 2014

It's a fast read and very entertaining. Not overly scary, but more akin to "disaster porn." This book makes a vampire apocalypse seem plausible. Reminds me of "World War Z" in this respect. I knocked it out in two days, and started immediately on the final book in the trilogy.

Oct 29, 2011

I loved both books! Easy reading and entertaining. Can't wait to see how it comes together in the final book!!

PrimaGigi Oct 09, 2011

Excellent! I loved this book, I loved that Hogan and Del Toro work in the world's issues into their books tying it into people's greatest fear, the destuction of structure and humanity; our morals and our set system as we know it. Both writiers open up to us the reality;of how we most control all around us and we deny that anything is wrong when we spiral out of control. Yet, it also shows through all the decay and loss of our former strictures human perverance, the will to survive and to keep going even when everything and everyone you know is gone. Love is our downfall, but it might be what saves us from the things we can't control... the love of our kin, the love of mankind and the humane love we show to each other in times of desperate biology need to connect with people and to save each other...

I also find it interesting how they mixed in the Holocaust (also how the Nazi's (I.E. Vampires) extreminated so many people) with vampirism.

Sep 08, 2011

This book was not as good as The Strain. Had a hard time completing the story.

Mar 25, 2011

This is the 2nd book in "The Strain" trilogy about a vampire virus wiping out humanity. These are very fun and easy to read books for those that like horror fiction in the vein of classic Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I don't think the Fall does as good of a job at establishing as much forboding, suspense and terror as the Strain did, as at the start of the book you already know the vampire's main plan (just not the extent or full evil nature of it). But the action pieces and plot move briskly and all the main characters are interesting (except for maybe the kid). Certainly I can't wait until the 3rd book comes out late in 2011. If you like these books you really should also read The Passage, by Justin Cronin.

Jan 21, 2011

I didn't like The Fall as much as the first book. The mystery component that made The Strain worthwhile is lacking here. The beginning feels like more of the same, although it does pick up about halfway through. Not the most memorable read.


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