HarperCollins Publishers: 'The first in a trilogy that soars with spellbinding intrigue. Truly, an unforgettable tale you...
HarperCollins Publishers: 'The first in a trilogy that soars with spellbinding intrigue. Truly, an unforgettable tale you can't put down once you read the first page. I can't wait until the next one.' Clive Cussler 'Blood and apocalypse mix in a terrifying story that feels like it was ripped from today's headlines. Vividly wrought and relentlessly paced, THE STRAIN haunts as much as it terrifies. I cannot wait to see where Del Toro and Hogan take us next.' James Rollins 'A rattling piece of escapism' The Times 'A great read' Sun 'An entertaining mix of action blockbuster and vampire myth ! with Del Toro's talent for creating fantastical, macabre characters shining through ! an exciting page-turner' Metro 'Diverting and never less than expertly crafted' Guardian 'A pacy thriller with a great eye for detail and plenty of gloriously icky moments' SFX 'The action and excitement never let up' SciFi Now 'Del Toro and Hogan succeed in constructing a driving plot and delivering a gripping conclusion. Great characters ! and a flair for striking scenes get this trilogy off to a first-rate start. Kirkus Reviews
Best known as an innovative film director, Mexican Guillermo Del Toro makes his first foray into literature alongside thriller writer Chuck Hogan with this entertaining mix of action blockbuster and vampire myth. With an obvious nod to bram stoker's Dracula, The Strain follows the story of a plane that lands in New York with nearly all passangers dead and a mysterious, earth filled coffin in the hold.
Whether it's the curious dual authorship or just a desire to set the scene accurately, the beginning of the story is a disappointingly sluggish mass of technical description. Thankfully, once The Strain is unleashed and a host of half-zombie, half-vampire creatures start laying waste to New York, the book shifts up a few gears, with Del Toro's talent for creating fantastical, macarbre characters shining through. As part of an intended triology, The Strain ends on a hesitant note but it's still an exciting page turner, perfect for those with a taste for the gruesome.
'The Strain takes a horror staple and gives it a modern patina'
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