The Night Eternal

13037217The Night Eternal
The Strain #3
by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Ebook, 318 Pages
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


The weakest book in the Strain Trilogy.
Angels, some seriously blasphemous new age God re-interpretation, apocryphal scripture like stuff. It all came out of left field all of the sudden.
We have a story involving Vamps as virus vectors and how they plotted among themselves and suddenly we’re all metaphysical and religious?
And very poorly thought out religion at that.

There was no tension. No suspense. Characters and situations felt like the authors had already used them up and now they were paper thin [no pun intended] and being over/misused.
It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t live up to the mysteriousness and high-tension created in the first book.

The Fall

The Fall
The Strain #2
Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
2 Stars
Epub, 267 Pages

the rogue vampire takes out all the other ancients by blowing up nuclear plants where their bodies are. So in one blow he takes out the competition, destroys humanities ability to fight back and extends night over the planet. Definitely a middle book where things look their bleakest. The old jew vampire hunter dies, the boy is kidnapped, humanity is on the ropes. Not as engaging as the first book however.

A perfect tie-in to Vampire Hunter D. The fall of humanity, the rise of the vampire lord.

Of course, this isn’t a tie-in, and we still have one book left. I didn’t find this story as engaging as the first and it seems impossible for humanity to make a comeback.

I’ll read the next, and final, book. But I am not holding my breath.

The Strain

The Strain
The Strain #1
Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
3 Stars
Epub 353 Pages

vampires are real, but leaving humanity alone for the most part. One vampire decides to change things. He hooks up with a rich, dying guy in America. Flies over to NY and starts a chain reaction of vampire turnings as the first step in a war to take out humanity. Focuses on a guy from the CDC [Center for Disease Control] and turns this into a medical/virus thriller. Vampires do their thing with some parasitic thing. Made it real interesting and looking forward to more in the series.

Vamps, vamps, everywhere the vamps. Cronin’s “the Passage”, Shan’s “Cirque Du Freak” series, Meyer’s abomination, everywhere you turn, it is vampires stacked upon vampires.

Thankfully, this is a good old horror/thriller with lots of death and destruction. With some pseudo-medical science thrown in, you can even pretend this might actually be real [just like radiation for the fans of the 50-70’s, it could make ANYTHING happen].

Looking forward to the next book and finding out more about the Vampire Lords.