The Strain

The Strain

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The high-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from the world-famous director, whose films include Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy.
A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised.

When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads.

The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that's the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.

Perfect for fans of Dean Koontz's The Eyes of Darkness
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 31mm | 340g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 000731129X
  • 9780007311293
  • 110,875

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'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 Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro has enjoyed huge critical and commercial success as a film director in both his native Mexico and Hollywood. His works include Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II and Hellboy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

Chuck Hogan was a video store clerk in Boston when his first thriller, 'The Standoff', was published to critical acclaim and went on to become a US bestseller, translated into fourteen international editions. The film rights to his third novel, 'Prince of Thieves' is in development with Warner Brothers, with Ben Afflect signed up to direct and star.
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71,870 ratings
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Our customer reviews

As a director, del Toro has done some amazing work. This book, however, runs like a trite vampire story not even worth a B movie homage. The advantage of the book is that it reads swiftly with events flowing into one another without any downtime. If there was a reason to feel for the characters, this might be engaging. As it is, however, I felt like looking at my watch to guess when it was going to be over. In addition, unlike some of the memorable images del Toro has put on screen, there is nothing here that was either new, shocking, nor lasting. An hour after I finished it, I was ready to move on to something else. Given the non-ending, which does nothing but set things up for a sequel, I get the feeling the authors felt the same. Bummer, I had hoped for much more. UPDATE: Turns out there already is a sequel, "The Fall".show more
by Ron Davies
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