The Strain (Strain Trilogy #1) by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

The Strain (Stain Trilogy)


A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city - a city that includes his wife and son - before it is too late.


In celebration of The Strain TV show premiering tonight I thought I would re-read the book. I remember the first time I read it I loved it! The first and only book I have read that creeped me out. I remember trying to read in bed one night, but I didn't want to get up and turn on the light, so book light it was. Well that lasted like 2 paragraphs before I was like nope, this is not going to work. Need more light, too creepy. Awesome.

I had forgotten a lot of the details of the story. A plane lands at JFK and then is found just sitting out on the tarmac completely dark. No lights, no noise, nothing. All the shades are drawn on the windows, everything is still and silent. Very strange. So what happened? What is going on? Why is no one moving? Why have there been no phone calls or anything? The way it is written is just so perfect. Everything is just so intense, makes you so on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen. So great.

Ephraim is the lead CDC person in charge. Him and his team are trying to figure out what is happening. What killed the people aboard the flight. The first part of the book is pretty detailed about them trying to figure everything out. Quarantining the survivors, looking at the deceased, etc. All of it was so cool! Looking at the autopsies of the dead bodies was so interesting! I loved the details of what is happening and how it works. Yes, from the synopsis you know it is vampires, but these are not like any vampires you have seen before. Yes, they drink blood but man...they are so much worse than normal vampires! They are so cool! I love it. I love how everything is just so different from what I have read before.

Ephraim collects a bunch of misfits to help him fight out this vampire attack. There is one in his group who knows what is going on which is good for all involved. His back story was quite interesting and was a great addition. I loved seeing how different people reacted to what was happening, and seeing everything just spiral out of control quickly. I can't wait to re-read the second book to see what happens next! One of the best creepy books I have read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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