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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan Narrator: Ron Perlman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Strain Trilogy Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061902055
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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. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Soars with spellbinding intrigue. Truly an unforgettable tale you can’t put down once you read the first page. I can’t wait for until the  next one.”

    Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A deliciously creepy story that will literally make the hairs on your neck stand up. The Strain is Bram Stoker meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton. It just doesn’t get much better than this.”

    Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Have your heart medicine close: The Strain may sneak up on you—and it’s scary enough to kill. I loved it.”

    Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked

  • “A vampire epic…terrifying.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Director Del Toro (who won an Oscar for Pan’s Labyrinth) makes a dramatic splash in his fiction debut…The authors maintain the suspense and tension throughout in a tour de force reminiscent of Whitley Strieber’s early work.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Ron Perlman calmly relates the story of a vampire attack on New York City, which starts with a planeload of neck-biters from Germany. Perlman is at his best with the dialogue of the main characters, a CDC investigator, and a savvy Holocaust survivor who knows how to handle the undead…His delivery is powerful.”

    AudioFile

  • “The story builds up steam quickly, and fans of horror, vampire fiction, and del Toro’s Hellboy films will line up for this one…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Director del Toro and thriller writer Hogan treat a vampire outbreak as a massive public-health crisis, with chilling results…The book boasts a plethora of arresting images and many terrific macabre touches. Del Toro and Hogan also succeed in constructing a driving plot and delivering a gripping conclusion. Great characters, a semi-plausible premise, and a flair for striking scenes get this trilogy off to a first-rate start.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2009
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the June 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanne | 2/14/2014

    " A definite page turner. Literally could not put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 2/14/2014

    " Will make a good TV show..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giovanna | 2/8/2014

    " Very interesting and detail, it really takes you to the places where the characters are developing, it gets you scared. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy Gray | 2/7/2014

    " loved it. could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tancam2000 | 2/3/2014

    " This was one of the scariest books I have ever read ... I finished it about a year ago and have the second book not quite ready to jump into that one yet . Gave it 5 stars because although it is not my style it was a good vampire meets the end of civilization as we know it book. Do not think this is your typical vampire book , no traditional blood sucking here !!! Keep a night light on !!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 1/23/2014

    " Enjoyed it tremendously, but I preferred World War Z much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/22/2014

    " I appreciate what del Toro is trying to do here. His vampires aren't rock 'n roll stars, nor are they dreamy. They're scary and bad-ass. But the oh-so-slow pacing puts a stake in the heart of any enjoyment I might've gotten out of this book. I won't be reading the other two in the trilogy (like we need another vampire trilogy). Even worse - I listened to the the audiobook. Ron Perlman is a horrible, horrible narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/15/2014

    " Loved this book. couldn't put it down! The beginning is something that just sticks with you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta MacDonald | 12/27/2013

    " Meh. Not the best but definitely not the worst horror/vampire book. Don't know if I'm invested enough to read the other 2 in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/22/2013

    " This is a trilogy I randomly started, with a different take on vampires. It's completely different than anything I've seen on the subject before, and very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Marcelin | 12/15/2013

    " Anyone who likes Stephen King will enjoy this book. It was so suspenseful. I listened to the audiobook version. I was walking down the street listening to this book, and a lady jogged passed me. I almost jumped out of my skin, scared me to pieces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Clayton | 11/19/2013

    " Pretty entertaining for a vampire book. The first half was amazing. The rest was well done. Entertaining. Good book to read in between heavy reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javier Rojas | 11/10/2013

    " Bastante comercial, easy reading. Not glamorous hollywood vampires. Prety nasty ones. Yeah! Can't wait to have the next chapter od the thrilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seán | 10/29/2013

    " Good stuff, nice idea, modern vampire stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Byrne | 10/27/2013

    " I loved the beginning of this book, it was beautiful. But the rest of it was just very good. I can't wait to read the next one though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat Kempers | 9/6/2013

    " A great build up of tension, and a very spooky read. Looking forward to reading the sequels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon Day | 2/2/2013

    " Not my genre, but interesting story line and readable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calvin Campany | 1/21/2013

    " Brilliant - page turning excitement! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Scott | 12/16/2012

    " Wow! I wasn't sure what I was going to think about this but it was great! Couldn't put it down and can't wait to read the rest of the story. An interesting take on the vampire mythos and all around well written story. Kudos del Toro and Hogan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 12/11/2012

    " A little violent and bloody but I'm started on Book #2 already! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz H | 9/1/2012

    " Neat take on vampires but reads more like a movie script. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 12/11/2011

    " This book started off strong but then tapered off into the realm of ho-hum. I was planning on reading no more of the books in this trilogy...just to find I've already purchased the second volume. I guess I'll take a second shot at it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David O'neal | 10/12/2011

    " just when I was vampired out...it was definitely a page turner, a few slow interludes but they gave needed history. there are two more books in this series and I don't know if it can finish as strong as it started but I will definitely be jumping into the next one ASAP. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rainey | 10/2/2011

    " The perfect mix of horror, historical fiction, and science fiction. Terrifying because of its plausibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/8/2011

    " A little slow to get started, but definitely picks up the pace. I got a little confused by all the new characters, but that's probably just me. So far, this trilogy is a great new take on the vampire tale. Loving it! Now....to wait for part 3. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 5/6/2011

    " tedious disappointment of a sequel to The Strain. How could part two of such an inventive and gripping novel be such a let-down? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 5/3/2011

    " First one was a little better than the second and I really don't see where they are going to go with the third. I think their incarnation of the vampire is a little weak and you can tell the whole thing was written with the intent on becoming a movie. Entertaining but not at the top of my list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DANIEL | 5/2/2011

    " Even darker and more brutal then the first book in the series. Very fast read - looking forward to the finish "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 4/29/2011

    " I tried to finish it, but I just couldn't. It wasn't interesting, and fell far short of even the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/27/2011

    " Fast paced and scary, with an ending that ensures interest remains high for the final book of the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/27/2011

    " This was a great continuation in The Strain story. So exciting and scary - I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading the #3! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celine | 4/25/2011

    " Not as good as the first installment, but a great way to tie up loose ends and set things up for part 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrienne | 4/19/2011

    " I liked the first book and was eager to read this one. The action was non-stop on the first, but in this, the action was all crammed in the last 1/3 of the book. "

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About the Author
Author Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1964. A film prodigy dedicated to Latin American cinema, he went on to make his own short films and soon earned a place on Time magazine’s list of the “50 Young Leaders for the New Millenium.” He has been hailed by the New York Times as an “amazing writer and director…in the first rank of world filmmakers.”

About the Narrator

Ron Perlman is best known for his titular roles in the Hellboy movies and his long run on the TV series Sons of Anarchy, as well as scores of other iconic performances, including The Name of the Rose, City of Lost Children, and Pacific Rim. He won a Golden Globe Award for his role in Beauty and the Beast and is a star and executive producer of the Amazon series Hand of God. Perlman lives in Los Angeles.