October 8, 2010

SCAREFEST Review: The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

The second in the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Strain-about an invasion of vampires-by one of Hollywood's most popular and imaginative storytellers, the creator of the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth.

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 CDC's team and one of a small group who have banded together to fight the bloodthirsty monsters that roam the streets, finally manages to identify the parasite that causes the infection. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master's horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World Vampires, each side vying for control of the planet. As the virus continues to plague the land, humans find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict . . . and at the bottom of the food chain. They are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

At the same time, the battle finds its way inside Eph's own home: his ex-wife, Kelly, who was turned by the Master, has her sights fixed on Zack, Eph's son.

With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his team of fighters must use all their skills and Holocaust survivor and former professor Abraham Setrakian's intimate knowledge of the enemy to combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than the humans at first imagined-a fate worse than annihilation.

OMG! This was a terrifyingly terrific book! I don't scare easily but The Fall scared the crap out of me! Seriously! Wow, that's a lot of exclamation points. Anyway, I loved the attention to detail, the vivid descriptions take this book to a whole new level. If you are looking for a good Halloween-type book or if you just feel like being scared out of your wits, this is your book! I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to read the third installment.

Strain Trilogy #2
HarperCollins Publishers
September 21, 2010
308 pages
$26.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. I saw an interview with him on the daily show. I think this book sounds so good, I didn't realize it would be so scary.

  2. guillermo is a rare talent, this looks like a good book.

  3. I've read the Strain so I've been looking forward to his next book, can't wait to read this book.

  4. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    I'm a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro- can't wait to read this.

  5. This sounds kinda interesting.

  6. I just recently saw someone else recommend this book as a great apocalyptic pick. And it sounds like you reallllly liked it! Thanks for the review on it!

  7. I so rarely find a book that scares me, it would be fun to read one that can.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  8. this looks quite a bit different from the normal stuff i read. i dont really read horror but I love horror movies so it's time to give it a try.

  9. This book sounds good although scarier than I expected!

  10. The books sound great and really scary!

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

  11. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway! wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

  12. Guillermo is one of my favorite directors!


  13. I LOVED the Strain and your review for The Fall makes me excited for this, thank you!

    fatally_flayed at yahoo dot com

  14. Looking forward to reading this one!

  15. It sounds like a very interesting book. garrettsambo@aol.com