My lovely friend Michelle got me this book for my birthday! And I read it right after, in July. And then did not write a review. Silly me. So here it is… the review of The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. First off, I think Guillermo (I like to think we are on a first name basis here) is a genius for the hand he has had in the films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage. And now for his books! This is the first in his Strain Trilogy, and I really enjoyed it.
Since it has been so long since I read it, I am going to quote the Book Description from Amazon:
“They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.
In two months–the world.
In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city–a city that includes his wife and son–before it is too late.”
This was a great book for suspense, a little horror, and a little science fiction. The first novel sets up for the inevitable battle of good vs. evil: human vs. vampire. And these are not the vampires of Twilight, these are the vampires of horror films and nightmares. The vampire master is chillingly portrayed, and I look forward to the next installment of the trilogy.