The Strain – Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Book Reviews
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This book is the first in a trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. It is the story of a vampire outbreak in New York – where vampirism is spread much like a disease; a virus. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and Professor Abraham Setrakian, along with a band of misfit hunters, find themselves with the task of stopping the epidemic before it can spread. The vampire virus anatomically changes its prey and the result is a zombie-like monster with vampiric qualities. As Professor Abraham Setrakian puts it so well, “A strain of disease that is a corruption of both the flesh and the spirit (pg. 215).”

This book is a great read. It flows very well, although the storyline was a bit predictable. It seems that del Toro and Hogan have tried to update Stoker’s classic tale for the twenty-first century and they have succeeded. This trilogy reads like a blockbuster film and I wouldn’t be surprised it was made into one. Recommended for fans of science fiction and horror genres.

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