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The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Chuck Hogan , Guillermo del Toro , Guillermo del Toro
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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26 Jun 2012 The Strain Trilogy

The nail-biting vampire thriller from the world-famous director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.

The night belongs to them, and it will be a night eternal…

After the blasts, it was all over. Nuclear Winter has settled upon the earth. Except for one hour of sunlight a day, the whole world is plunged into darkness. It is a near-perfect environment for vampires. They have won. It is their time.

Almost every single man, woman and child has been enslaved in vast camps across the globe. Like animals, they are farmed, harvested for the sick pleasure of the Master Race.

Almost, but not all. Somewhere out there, hiding for their lives, is a desperate network of free humans, continuing the seemingly hopeless resistance. Everyday people, with no other options – among them Dr Ephraim Goodweather, his son Zack, the veteran exterminator Vassily, and former gangbanger Gus.

To be free, they need a miracle, they need divine intervention. But Salvation can be a twisted game – one in which they may be played like pawns in a battle of Good and Evil. And at what cost…?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (26 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061558273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061558276
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,351,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE NIGHT ETERNAL:

‘A devilishly good read, full of satisfying scares’ Stephen King

Praise for THE FALL:
‘The climax, all fire and brimstone, nicely sets up the third and final volume’ Financial Times

‘Enough blood-curdling action to set up a gory finale’ News of the World

‘Relentlessly paves the way for what promises to be an epic third book’ Kirkus

Praise for THE STRAIN:
‘A near-flawless thriller’ News of the World

‘A rattling piece of escapism’ The Times

‘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

‘Diverting and never less than expertly crafted’ Guardian

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.

Chuck Hogan is the author of several accaimed novels, including The Standoff and Prince of Thieves, which won the 2005 Hammet Award. Retitled The Town, the film version stars Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall and John Hamm.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed 26 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved The Strain, enjoyed The Fall and was so so so disappointed by this, the final book in the trilogy. It lost the inventiveness and tension of the previous 2 books and I really missed the best character Setrakian. It read like a book that both writers didn't quite know how they wanted it to end and so they finish with, even by fantasy standards, a complete Cock and Bull story!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Sad End to a good series. 23 Oct 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Whilst I have enjoyed the other two titles by Guillermo and Chuck, I sadly have to say that this one was a real let down, it was mainly pure action, had no real reasoning behind it and whilst it would have made an acceptable film in this format it was sadly lacking.

Add to this poor description and a storyline that picks up two years later that should have had more happening and it felt rather like filler rather than a book that had any real merit leaving me thinking that the duo would have been better leaving the series as a duology instead. Finally add to this rather poor characterisation, dire prose and a story that didn't make any real sense and it was sadly a mishmash I'd rather have missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Climax to a Great Series 4 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
There was no spring in this novel's step that the two previous chapters possessed. It seemed like a straight run to the finale with little in the way of twists and turns. Zack was built up convincingly towards a showdown with his father that never materialized, the nuke had no build up at all and even the Master was a let down, after having a Dracula-esque terror to him in the first book and an overbearing omnipresence in the second. Frankly he was crap in the finale. Eph too. It was lacklustre at best and felt rushed, as others have said. The first book was by far the best and its winning formula was seemingly exhausted by the end of the second book. The saddest part is everyone could tell you how Night Eternal SHOULD have ended, but nobody thought to tell Chuck or Guillermo. Waste of a good finale. Stick to the first two books and leave the ending to your imagination, that way you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did the authors get bored? 29 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
What could have been a rip-roaring ending to a great series ends up being a damp squib that feels rushed. The Jeffrey Deaver-esque scientific explanation of the first 2 books is completely lacking and the ending is pure Scooby Doo.

It's not that the story is band per-se, it's more that the hight standards of the first 2 books simpley hasn't been matched.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved The Strain. Some of the actual writing, the words and expressions, annoyed me but I put that down to the differences between US and British English. The story worked, had pace, gripped me and I wanted to read and read. Not The Night Eternal. This time, without any real plot, without pace to drag me along, I simply found myself stumbling over the prose which, in parts, is plain bad. Where was the editor? No sense of horror, no tension.A shame, because the premise has potential.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 Oct 2011
By Shishya
Format:Hardcover
I liked the 1st 2 books of the series, so I was eagerly awaiting this one, even going as far as to pre order it.

Yet the book was a serious disappointment. Eph, the main character, had been turned into a drug abusing, moaning loser. In-spite of this, everyone keeps saying how great he is, that he is the chosen one.

The book is slow, and nothing much happens. It looks like the authors were just trying to meet some arbitrary word limit. About half way, I was like "Oh go on, finish the damn book already."

The 1st book was heavily marketed sort of like a CSI meet vampires- the hero studies vampires scientifically, fighting them with modern technology like hand held UV rays.

And yet, here, suddenly it is revealed the vampires were formed from the body parts of a fallen angel. And all this was God's plan. Eph, like Neo from the Matrix, is the "chosen" one.
Mind you, I have no problem with books on angels and demons- I am fine with them. But this books didn't start out as that. They should have stuck to the genre/format of the 1st 2 books.

Suddenly, Eph is the chosen one and he will defeat the ancient fallen angels, even though he behaves like a loser the whole book.

Slow, boring, avoid. If you have read the 1st 2 books, and want to know the ending, here it is, for free:

Angel fell to Earth, for no reason became vampire. Angel killed by other Angels, and his body parts scattered, from where the ancients and the master were born. At the end, they go to the place where master born, keep the ashes of the ancients there and blow up the place with a nuke. Master dies, and the ancient angel is reborn. He becomes a goody goody angel once again, goes back to heaven, and everyone lives happily for ever.

Except for the reader, who paid hard earned money for this tosh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The night eternal 2 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved the first book in the strain trilogy, I found the second one to be slightly less good and the third even less good than the first.
The night eternal starts off ok although I did start to find the alcoholic/druggy Eph slightly annoying pretty quickly. Some of the themes covered were quite disturbing, including the human camps and slaughter houses. I also still don't quite understand where the evangelical stuff came from. However, ignoring these points and a good few others, I found it to be a generally enjoyable, ok read. The action scenes are fast paced and a lot of the post-apocalyptic city scenes are well fleshed out.
My biggest issue with the whole thing is the ending. By this, I don't mean Eph sacrificing both himself and his son. That made a certain degree of sense. The part I had real issue with was the very few pages covering societies recovery. I felt the authors could have done something really different and interesting with this last part but instead it felt rushed, as if they couldn't wait to finish it.
I'm glad in a way that the trilogy was brought to an end but I feel it could have been so much better after such a fantastic beginning. A shame really, could have been exceptional but instead it's just ok.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good finish to the trilogy
I enjoyed this trilogy overall, it was a different take on the usual vampire type books at the moment i.e. Twilight etc. Read more
Published 17 days ago by campo
3.0 out of 5 stars great book not as brilliant as the others
This was.a great ending to the series lots of action and emotion it's just At times it felt a little rushed overall though I would recommend if your a fan of the other two chapters
Published 22 days ago by dayle gallagher
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately a disappointing end.
I really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy and i was looking forward to where the final book would take the story after the climatic end to 'The Fall'. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Alistair Husselbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Finale
Loved this trilogy, sad that I have finished them as I was enjoying them so much. All of the books really got into my head. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad!
After the disaster that was the second book it was almost impossible to salvage anything in what became a mess of a plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joao Cardeira Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars The night eternal
Wow wow wow. Couldn't put it down from the first book to the last it was a brilliant read well worth it
Published 2 months ago by SUSAN HARPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great story, stylish writing, characters you get close to. What more could you want in science fiction? Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
My partner really enjoyed reading this book, he actually didn't put it down until he finished it.

He said it's definitely worth a read!
Published 3 months ago by Chelsi Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
So glad I read this trilogy, keeps you hooked from page 1, definitely recommend you buy and read :) x
Published 4 months ago by charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable enough conclusion but the character's still don't appeal
"The Night Eternal" by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan is the 3rd and final book in the Strain trilogy and follows on a couple of years after the evens of the second book in the... Read more
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