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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007319495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007319497
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE STRAIN:

‘The first in a trilogy that soars with spellbinding intrigue. Truly, an unforgettable tale you can’t put down once you read the first page. I can’t wait until the next one.’ Clive Cussler

‘Blood and apocalypse mix in a terrifying story that feels like it was ripped from today's headlines. Vividly wrought and relentlessly paced, THE STRAIN haunts as much as it terrifies. I cannot wait to see where Del Toro and Hogan take us next.’ James Rollins

‘A rattling piece of escapism’ The Times

‘A great read’ Sun

‘An entertaining mix of action blockbuster and vampire myth … with Del Toro’s talent for creating fantastical, macabre characters shining through … an exciting page-turner’ Metro

‘Diverting and never less than expertly crafted’ Guardian

‘A pacy thriller with a great eye for detail and plenty of gloriously icky moments’ SFX

‘The action and excitement never let up’ SciFi Now

‘Del Toro and Hogan succeed in constructing a driving plot and delivering a gripping conclusion. Great characters … and a flair for striking scenes get this trilogy off to a first-rate start’. Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Guillermo Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the film Cronos, and has since gone on to direct Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I, Hellboy II, and Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards. He is currently working on his next film and with Chuck Hogan writing the third volume in the Strain trilogy.

Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Devils in Exile and Prince of Thieves, which won the 2005 Hammett Award, was called one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King, and is a major motion picture from Warner Bros. titled The Town. Hogan lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 24 Sept. 2010
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Following on from the grungy horror of `The Strain' was never going to be an easy task, but Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan had always planned for their vampire series to be a trilogy. `The Strain' covered the initial outbreak of vampires that started to take over New York, `The Fall' looks at how they go about taking over the entire world. Most the same cast from the first book are back, but the emphasis on the lead has shifted from the medical team to the slayers. Now it is the ex-rat catcher and the old vampire hunter who take centre stage. The book also shifts slightly in style to be a more straightforward narrative; the side stories are far fewer now, which is a shame as they were a highlight of the first book.

There is a reason why the side plots have been left out this time as `The Fall' is a lot more in-depth a book. There is a real exploration into the reasons why `The Master' has decided to step out of the shadows and try to enslave the human race. This part of the story works really well and the book still feels like one of the most `realistic' vampire books I have read. However, there is a problem with some of the character development as a lot of what makes the humans tick is ignored in favour of painting a world wide picture. This sometimes means that you feel a little distant from the action.

Overall, `The Fall' is a good evolution of the first book, adapting what was almost a set of short stories into a more cohesive whole. The action is once again excellent and I really like the world that del Toro and Hogan paint. However, with some of the cast being less influential, and not all of them surviving, there is a real danger that the emotional element of the books will be lost, but for now `The Fall' remains an excellent continuation of the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Milton on 7 Jun. 2012
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This is the second novel in Guillermo Del Toro's The Strain trilogy.

This sequel sees New York being taken over by vampires and a corrupt government and officials covering up the true nature of the disaster facing mankind. Once again, Del Toro and co-write Chuck Hogan show their eye for a movie and this novel reads very much like it is geared towards screen adaptation. However, it would seem that the authors have stepped up their game considerably after setting the scene with The Strain. The Fall really delivers the goods, is not as derivative as its predecessor and takes a vampire tale to a level I have never seen on the big or small screen.

Much like The Strain, The Fall reads very much as a high paced action horror but has a distinctly gloomier tone than most vampire stories. Hell, the vampires are winning here! Some say that this tone is depressing. I would suggest that if you are reading horror novels then you aren't particularly in the market for something lighthearted and ought to have read the book sleeve before you cracked the spine.

Perhaps due to the fact that this is the second novel in the trilogy, I felt that overall the character development was much better in The Fall. New characters were introduced that I genuinely felt compassion for and think many of the characters are not the tired clichés seen in so much vampire fiction. My personal favourite and one worth watching out for (who doesn't get near enough page space!) is Angel Guzman Hurtado. I'll leave it to you to find out more!

The Fall is a superior sequel to The Strain but with hindsight, The Strain set this up nicely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2011
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The Fall is a sequel to The Strain, which I loved and found fresh and exciting. I was really pleased that The Fall was out and couldn't wait to read it. It started really well but ultimately it was a disappointment. The story went off in a strange direction. The tension of the first novel was largely lacking and the pace flagged like a wounded wilderbeast. The great characters who survived to the sequel became mundane or annoying. The developing CDC disease angle largely disappeared and I was quite impressed with the whole vampire as disease idea from The Strain. In my opinion it was a mistake to ditch that. The authors also developed an annoying habit of doing the literary equivalent of a movie disolve when anything exciting was about to happen....changing to a different character. I'm sorry but I'm a bloodthirty gal, I want the horror! It became like a PG version of a horror novel with most of the gore missing. Im really sad to say I won't be tuning in for part three. There is better fare out there for the true vampire fan. Apologies, Mr Del Toro. I love your movies but this was nowhere near their league.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2011
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After reading "The Strain" and absolutely loving it "The Fall" seemed like a good idea. This next book follows straight on from the events of the previous book but with a much greater focus on Setrakian (the professor) and Fet (The exterminator). Essentially the entire city of New York has become riddled with the infected and a number of teams unite to reach a common goal - destroying the blood suckers!

The entire world is now at risk and the infection is spreading. Eph decides that in order to keep what remains of his family safe he must send them away from the city so within the interludes we learn of Nora, Zack and Nora's mothers journey to safety...but of course you can imagine it's never that simple. Infact, Zack's mother Kelly is stalking the city in an attempt to reclaim her "Dear One".

You will learn a little more about the Ancients, particularly the ones that appeared to be "good" in the previous novel but you will also discover information about the Master and his true origins. Not to mention you will discover piece by piece that deadly plan for the rest of the survivors.

This novel really sets up for the next one. Usually with sequels they can fall a bit flat since all they tend to do is lead into the third book. However, this time I actually felt that the beginning and end were really strong and interesting to read. This time we aren't really thrown a lot of scientific information but more myth and tales from Setrakians time. I personally preferred the focus of the novel in The Strain being on Eph for the scientific explainations but never the less, Setrakian is interesting.

The middle of the novel however was not for me.
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