The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy
Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
William Morrow, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
as the second in a gory, blood-chilling trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan - a
War of the Worlds
fight between man and soulless vampire. Humans are being
by a virus into voracious alien beings with no humanity left in them.
he first episode introduced readers to Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of a rapid response team of epidemiologists. His team included his romantic interest and on the job partner, Dr. Nora Martinez. As they became aware that the virus represented a total extinction threat to humanity, key allies joined them - elderly Abraham Setrakian who first met an ancient vampire, the
, in Treblinka; exterminator Vasiliy Fet; and young hoodlum Gus Elizalde. As
flew in from Eurpope in opposition to New World vampires,
who intend to recruit Gus to their cause as a daylight
of their enemies.
opens on Ephraim's diary which begins with the dire statements that '
It took the world just sixty days to end ... Parasites and demons are everywhere ... we roam the outlands in search of a miracle.
' The good guys are close to despair. Eph's ex-wife Kelly, who was
in the first episode, now stalks their eleven-year-old son Zachary, who is with his dad. Will she succeed? Setrakian has become aware of an ancient volume coming up for auction,
(1667), a '
compleat account of the first rise of the Strigoi
'. He believes the book to be humanity's only hope of vanquishing the enemy.
ich and powerful Eldritch Palmer, who has long been the
's ally, demands his reward - to be
himself. Will he get what he deserves? The story moves forward, interspersed with vampire slaying action that doesn't let up, with flashbacks to Setrakian's previous exploits against the
, and with entries from Fet's Blog. Eph attempts to send Nora and Zack out of the city to safety, but of course that doesn't end well. And a new ally joins Eph's team, an ex-wrestler, once a celebrity called the
. He battled every form of
in the ring - until a knee injury ended his career.
ends, Setrakian has paid a high price to acquire
; Eph has learned of Zack and Nora's failure to leave the city; the
's plans to create a nuclear winter are coming to fruition; and humanity seems doomed ... '
The Night Eternal had begun.
' I can hardly wait to see what trials Ephraim Goodweather and friends face in the third book,
The Night Eternal
. If you're looking for Halloween reading, this is a seriously spooky series. Don't miss it!
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