The Strain

Mass Market Paperback | June 7, 2010

byGuillermo Del Toro

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In one week, Manhattan will be gone.

In one month, the country. In two months . . . the world.

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 cold.

A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like an all-consuming wildfire-lethal, merciless, hungry . . .vampiric.

And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here . . .

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In one week, Manhattan will be gone.In one month, the country. In two months . . . the world.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 investi...

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:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 7.61 × 4.2 × 1.5 inPublished:June 7, 2010Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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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 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
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Too Straining of a Read The Strain is a great, action packed vampire novel. But these aren't your daughters vampires who 'sparkle' in the sun. These are serious vampires, who are ugly, scary as hell and just looking to kill you, suck your blood and turn you. I really loved the action in this book, but I didn't get into the characters. I didn't really care about any of the characters too much until the 3rd book (the best in the trilogy). I just found them a little bland and missing...I don't know, just something to hold me to them. The vampires in this series are way cool - they have these weird tongues that shoot out and get you that way. The vampire origin story is pretty cool too (but I think you might not find that out until book 3). This book (and I feel weird saying this) would be better as a movie. Perhaps it's because it's co-written by Guillermo Del Toro, who is a pretty awesome director. I do hope the make this into a film - it would be awesome.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I happened upon this book in the airport during a stopover. I thought it would keep me busy for awhile. Well it turned out to do more than that. As with most books, the first few chapters are a little slow, but after that it took off. I literally had to force myself to put this book down. I really enjoyed this book and was a little sad when I finished it because I had to wait for book 2. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2011-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real treat! I really enjoyed reading a book with such a different spin on the vampire legend.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A terrorific book!!! Awesome reworking of vampires in today's world. Amazing quick read that had me not sleeping for a few days. These are vampires are not glamorous but mean, smelly and ugly. The theory behind vampirism even sounds plausible in science. I cannot wait to read the second book and watch the movie adaptation.
Date published: 2010-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I loved this book. I couldn't put it down for days until I finished it. What a great mind and a great twist on the classic vampire epics.
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can't put this book down! I wasn't expecting it to be this good, but it was amazing! Great detail, action packed, I couldn't wait to see what happens! The frist few chapters are a little dry but they only make you want to read more to make sense of it all. I was actually scared at a few points, I loved it and can not wait for the next one out in september and the one after!
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! This book is awesome! Although a little slow at the beginning, it quickly picks up by chapter 4. After that, you can really see how Del Toro and Hogan really shapes the characters of the book. It reads just like a movie. I totally recommend this book, a perfect book for Halloween or if you want a good scary book.
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an amazing chiller thriller horror fest! This novel was amazing! I wasa waiting for months for this novel to come out; and i couldnt of asked for a better read, if i could i would give this 10 stars instead of five! It is the begining of a earth shaking disaster of epic porportions! It is a whole new take on vampire horror stories and fans of many genres will be surprised, chilled, stunned and delighted when they open up this masterpiece! I would recomend this very highly top one and all! The recomended similar titles are of the same genre but they dont come close to how great this novel is, nothing does!
Date published: 2010-06-21

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