The Strain

The Strain : Book One of the Strain Trilogy

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"A high-tech vampire epic....Terrifying."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Part The Andromeda Strain, part Night of the Living Dead."

"Chuck Hogan is known for his taut thrillers, Guillermo del Toro for his surreal horror films...The Strain brings out the best of each."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strain--the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood's most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 651 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 40.64mm | 748.42g
  • Harperluxe
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061893900
  • 9780061893902
  • 652,528

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His distinctive creatures and otherwordly parables use the realms of fantasy to explore fundamental human issues such as love, alienation, weakness and, of course, fear [He is] a master of monsters. --USA Today"
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Back cover copy

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months--the world.

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.
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Rating details

68,366 ratings
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3 26% (17,560)
2 8% (5,236)
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Our customer reviews

Think that you've seen every possible version of a vampire story? Obviously you are not familiar with the twisted, brilliant mind of Guillermo del Toro, the visionary director that has brought us of the decade's best movies, Pan's Labyrinth. The Strain is del Toro's interpretation of a vampire story and, boy, it's something special. Del Toro's influence is felt all the way through the book and you can tell that he's held the reins a lot of the way in the writing of this novel but Chuck Hogan's influence can be felt as well, as he calms del Toro and makes the novel more accessible while still ensuring it's gripping and a little bit off the wall. The novel does start a little slowly and is a little difficult to get into, but once you've come to terms with the style and the story, it starts racing and you finding yourself constantly eager for more. The good news is that this is going to be a trilogy, but the bad news is that the next book isn't out for a little while yet, so you're going to find yourself in suspense for a while. Yes, this is a little obtuse but you're going to be glad that nothing has been given away about the vampires that del Toro and Hogan have weaved. It really is the most different book about vampires that's been released onto a market that's saturated with vampire love stories. There's definitely no romance to these vampires, and dare I say, they don't even feed like traditional vamps. No pointy teeth here. Want to know more? Go and read the book! You won't regret more
by Jaclyn
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