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The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Jun 2012
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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 Audio CD edition.
From the Back Cover
The Earth lies shrouded in darkness . . . and it is our world no longer.
Two years have passed since the vampiric virus was first unleashed upon humanity and nuclear winter has cast the poisoned world into eternal night. The remnants of the living that were not turned have been subjugated, with many imprisoned in camps to be bred and bled for the sustenance of the Master's vast vampire army.
Yet the fight continues. Dr. Eph Goodweather, of the Centers for Disease Control's biological threats team; his former colleague and lover, Dr. Nora Martinez; and the exterminator Vasiliy Fet, lead a band of freedom fighters aided by Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master, who now is bent on revenge. At humankind's darkest hour, one of them may hold the key to salvation. But a traitor is among them. And who will be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live?--This text refers to the Audio CD edition. See all Product description
Top customer reviews
This all sounds very exciting and at times it is. The destroyed New York in which our heroes struggle to survive under the ever watchful eye of the Master is well realised. The vampires themselves continue to be as gross and as off-putting as ever. The issue is not with the setting, but the momentum and the characters.
Eph has always been the main focus of the book and his relationships with his son, his turned wife and his lover have always been part of the fabric of the book. However, two years on and he is a basket case with little to no redeeming features, yet we are still forced to follow his pitiful story. Not only do we follow it, but it feels like there is more emphasis on relationships than ever before. The earlier books mixed the main story up with small vignettes on other unfortunates – this really helped alter the pace and flesh out the world.
Now it appears that del Toro and Hogan want to finish the book concentrating on the main group and when they are as wet as Eph, this is no good thing. This book begins to drag as Eph once again ponders about his family, or fights against his addictions, or reflects on a lover he has no chance of getting. Can someone please tell him that in the vampire apocalypse there are more important things to worry about. Whilst you are at it, can you tell the authors too?
Needless to say this book is part of trilogy and hence is not a stand-alone novel, and this may sound obvious but you need to start with the first, of The Strain, to make sense of what's going on.
While I am avid fan of the strain trilogy, I must say this book is by far the poor relation in the trilogy. In my humble opinion the authors should have only done two books, with the contents of book three put in into book two etc. What you have here is a book that is placed about two years after the end of events in book two, the book answers the origins of Mr Quinlan, the Ancients and the Master. The title of book three probably refers to the fact that the Earth is in a Nuclear Winter. The world's new ecology is perfect for vampires. There are only two hours of murky daylight per day, thus enabling the vampires to roam at will.
Night Eternal is principally the concerned with the tying up loose ends and answering unanswered questions from books 1 and 2. There is less horror and scary scenes. The World is run by the Master and his hordes of mind controlled vampires. The real horror here - what is left of a decimated humanity and the ease in which it complies to the Master's new world order? A world of large factory farms designed to process blood, preferably B plus blood, from Human live stock. The old and the infirm are some of the first to be slaughtered. So are the upper echelons of society as well as the Intelligentsia, they are all slaughtered out right, none are infected. For the Master has learnt well from Nazi death camps. After all the Ancients (similar beings to the Master) say, it was at one of these camps where his appetite for, an orgy of, mass feeding came to the fore.
The Stone heart group, minus its slain chairman and other high ranking officials, act like quislings and now run the blood supply and administer world on the Master's behest. What is left is two thirds of humanity - where everyone is gainfully employed, the humans who are left seem more than willing to cooperate with Master's plans as he offers a false sense of normalcy, through power grids being repaired; street lighting and heating etc. is brought back on line, sewage, waste disposal and fresh water systems are repaired. There is food, although rationed, but available to those that are useful to the new order, through a new token system. There are re-runs of all sorts of TV shows. However, there is no new programming for the TV schedule. School and other institutions of learning are closed; there is no need for progress. There are human police and fireman, the vampires have, on the face of it, stopped random feeding and infecting new hosts so there are no new vampire converts. For the Master knows like all `cattle' there must be a degree of order and routine to maintain health food stock. Global travel is restricted for official use only. The use of the motor car is forbidden. Those nuclear devices that were not used during the upheaval are rounded up and confiscated. As the Master does not need them, and he wants nobody to destroy his `birth place' as he did to his fellow ancients. All silver is outlawed and is collected and it soon becomes an important currency in itself. In this new life people collaborate to different degrees some go along and seem to try and make the best of it, or inform on others to somehow improve their lot, while others excel in their new found careers. The vampires are there as overseers, and sentries to be ever vigil for their Master.
The main protagonists, who fight against the Master, seem more jaded, nervy and moody in this novel. The dynamics of the relationships change between them, as love and loyalties change. For one of them will turn traitor. The characters and their narrative do not seem to be well rounded, and while explanations are made they seem feeble. This reader felt that more effort could have been put in by both of the writers
(To find out more about the various characters please see the reviews for the books The Strain and The Fall)
Mostly the novel then deals with Kelly, one of the Master's first acolytes, and Ephraim's family the Master's preoccupation with them and their son Zack, the Master's need to corrupt Zack without turning him, well not until he needs to. There is his need to destroy Dr Ephraim, in both body and soul. While the protagonists need to decipher, the late, Professor Abraham Setrakian recently acquired ancient lexicon, on the Ancients. They need find a way to destroy the Master once and for all. Therefore unlike the first novel, where The Strain was heralded by Peter Millar of The Times Literary Supplement - and he said of the novel's "arresting start. However, for this reader, this third novel seems to be slightly padded and has the predictable Hollywood ending. If you take the trilogy of books as whole then I would recommend Night Eternal and hence my 4 Star rating, however, you need to have read all three books in the series. As a stand-alone piece of work, this novel is not as bold, scary or as far reaching as the first two books in the trilogy, which is rather sad.