Book Review: The Strain by: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan



Publish Date:
June 29, 2010


Mass Market Paperback

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

At New York’s JFK Airport an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane…and what he finds makes his blood run cold.

A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like an all-consuming wildfire – lethal, merciless, hungry…vampiric.

And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here…

Review: One word - creepy!!!! In this brilliant addition to the vampire genre (definitely no sparkles here), vampirism is spread through a virus - a parasitic virus which turns a human being into a blood-sucking machine. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather is the head of a CDC team who is called out to deal with the strangely quiet 777 airplane that landed at JFK with everyone dead...or are they? This is definitely a book to read with all the lights on and is definitely not for kids! I don't want to say too much - just make sure your loved ones are really who they are - this is one you'll just have to read for yourself!

The Strain Trilogy: The Strain (1), The Fall (2), Eternal Night (3)


  1. This one just sounds too "horror" for me. I'm ashamed to admit that I prefer my vampires sexy.

  2. Great review! Sounds like a awesome book....the sad part about this, I've had this book for a while in my TBR but just haven't had a chance for it to surface. Does remind me of an episode of FRINGE though, the whole plane sequence.... *ponders*
    Thanks for sharing...and happy reading!

  3. I am listening to this one at work and loving it. It's narrated by Ron Perlman and his voice is wonderful. Thanks for the great review and creepy is right!


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