The Strain: Book One Of The Strain Trilogy

Paperback | September 20, 2011

byGuillermo Del Toro

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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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“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 TribuneAn epic battle for survival begins between m...

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At New York’s JFK Airport, an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane—–and what he finds makes his blood run ...

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro is the director of the filmsCronos,Mimic,The Devil's Backbone,Blade II,Hellboy I,Hellboy II, andPan's Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards.Nacido y criado en Guadalajara, México, Guillermo del Toro ha dirigido muchas películas exitosas,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:September 20, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062068253

ISBN - 13:9780062068255

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Old school vampire novel I could sink my teeth into. What a refreshing read about vampires in this age of pretty boy/girl band type twinkling and sparkling vampires. The Strain's vampires are unforgiving and just plain rabid and sadistic. If you like your vampires ruthless with little care of human life opposed to the crap nowadays, check out The Strain.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomely scarey as hell. A must read for vampire fans. Not your sparkle in the sun vampire here, these guys mean business. Tounge s4ingers will get you and once that worm gets in you or your loved on, its over and out.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has me hooked! Knowing this is only a trilogy makes me sad because I enjoy these characters so much, & I know I won't get to be with them very long. A great view on vampires.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I did not like this book The online book reviews for The Strain have been great. I beg to diifer. I found the first book in the trilogy tedious. It starts slow and never really picks up. The authors seem to love to write and write, but there were many runs of pages where little happened, where the story did not advance. Their writing was pretty average at best. I found the characters dull and the so-called horror rather mundane. It was all I could do to get to the end of this book, and nothing will convince me to read number two or three of the trilogy.
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Gripping and accuratly scientific. Not something I find often. Also a great interpretation of the legend of the vampire. The comparison of vampirism to a virus was ingenius!
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much better than the TV series. I found the series on FX play too much drama and useless filler in order to round out an episode. The pace of the strain is quite good and I consider it far superior to the television series.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampires After watching the series on TV, I started reading the book .. I've enjoyed them .. Gives an almost realistic impression of what vampirism could be like if it existed without all the romantic notions of other portrayals .. Also gives readers a clear understanding to readers of how easily viral infections can spread in today's world .. I look forward to reading the remaining books ..
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hijacked! I really, really enjoyed this book and bought it and the two sequels long before the TV series aired. I am severely disappointed to find the original jacket art has since been hijacked by rather graphic "art". WTH!!! Bring back the original cover because the present cover bites.
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Strain Liked it. Different kind of vampire read. Looking forward to the others.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gruesome new twist on vampire myth A real page turner. Visceral and shows a less gothic, more animalistic kind of vampire. Look forward to next part!
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read. A page turner to the very end.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZINGLY SCARY Not since "It" have I been this scared reading a book. Maybe because i have the images from the FX series in my head now; but I was freaked during some of this book. It is very intense and well written. Not something I would have expected from one of the best horror directors of our time. Loved the book. Now beginning the second in the series. Enjoy!!
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally Best vampire book since Let The Right One In.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The strain Entertaining and exciting
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Fast paced, immensely enjoyable and quite gripping. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Strain For a genre that has been flogged, Hogan and Del Toro still manage to capture your attention and keep you turning the pages. I will be reading this story's continuation.
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and gripping Great book. Fast paced and full of the undead.
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and gripping I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good bit of horror. It's got the disease dynamics of the zombie myth but a much more interesting vampire origin. This first book just touches the surface on the underlying mythology, but does a great job drawing you in. It's a refreshing change to the vampire myth and all the twilight-trueblood romanticised stories and has very good visual descriptives. A very hard book to put down I found myself absorbed and read all three books in the series over one weekend, and still found myself wanting a fourth. I now can't wait for the TV series they are currently making. It promises to be a great one. It's not all glitter and glamour and has some quite tough subjects and interesting dynamics - the ending... well you'll have to read it! Highly recommended. Who knew Guillermo could turn his hand to writing too!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Strain Serious creep factor! I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Read it as paperback...the entire series actually...loved it! Cant wait for FX to release their tv series coming summer 2014!
Date published: 2013-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from X Excellent horror story - great pacing and build up.
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is probably one of the best books I have read in a while. You can tell it was written by a master of suspense. The first chapters had me so scared that I could hardly sleep! I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thriller.
Date published: 2013-02-03

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