Review: The Fall (part 2 of The Strain Trilogy)

The Story

The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son.

With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation. (Amazon Brief)

Gary’s  *Spoiler Free* Thoughts

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan have hit their stride with The Fall .The story is dark …how dark you may ask? close your eyes tight!…Even darker than that.

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? If there was in The Strain, it has been extinguished here. Even the quiet moments are equally as jarring as the action scenes,a testament to great writing.

One feels the impending doom, but like our heroes, the reader will dust themselves off and fight (or in this case,read) on. Page turner seems so cliche but not in this case, the story never lets you catch your breath. The Fall hits the ground running.The back stories effectively give the reader even more insight to what drives these characters to accomplish their agendas. To del Toro and Hogan’s credit, The Fall (as in The Strain) is broken up into scenes rather than chapters, further effectively keeping the reader enthralled and interested.The story latches onto the readers jugular and never lets go.

To say I’ve fallen for The Fall is an understatement.It is del Toro and Hogan’s best effort to date. Where sparkling vampires that walk out in the daylight have figuratively driven a stake into the vampire culture’s heart….The Strain Trilogy resurrects the genre and puts it back on top of it’s respective pedestal.

If The Strain was a delicious blood feast..The Fall is a heart-y second and satisfying helping!

Maurice’s *Slightly Spoiler* Thoughts

del Toro and Hogan appear to have really taken to heart the suggestions and criticisms lobbed at them after the debut of their first book in the Strain Trilogy.  Not that the first book was bad, it wasn’t, but certain narrative choices were made for reasons that weren’t necessarily true to the situations.  That’s something that definitely doesn’t occur here.

This time around there are consequences to attempting to take on the most powerful enemies mankind has ever faced and not everyone lives to tell the tale.  Our previous band of intrepid and makeshift heroes have taken the fight to the Strigoi, and they’re not alone.  Along with Ephraim (his son) and Nora, Setrakian, and Vasiliy…we meet up again with the former gang banger Elizalde and through him a new way to fight the darkness that threatens to engulf our world.  With well equipped and capable allies and a daring plan courtesy of a new character from Setrakian’s past; these humans (and undead allies) are down, but not out.  They may not all make it to the final pages, but they’ll make sure to paint the streets white on their way out.

The Fall takes all of what made The Strain so hard to put down and amps it up to nail biting levels.  The book covers so much ground, but at break neck speed that you’ll be gasping for breath. You’ll grin, you’ll cheer, you may even shed a tear or three once this second of three books hits it’s zenith.

The last book will be titled The Eternal Night, but by the time you reach the end of this book, you’ll probably be wondering just how much darker it can get.  It was a twitchy wait for this second book and I don’t exactly welcome a whole new wait for the next installment in the Strain Trilogy.  Regardless, it’ll be a wait worth having.

Buy It

The Strain (Book 1 of the Strain Trilogy)

The Fall (Book 2 of the Strain Trilogy)


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