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The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampireThe vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son.With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation....

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The Fall Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-01-16 22:30

    WARNING: THERE ARE NO VAMPIRE KITTENS IN THIS BOOK4.0 stars. Let me begin by saying that I seem to be more impressed with this series than some of my friends who find the series to be too formulaic. Personally, I am really enjoying this series and think that this second volume did a great job of moving the story along. I didn’t like this installment quite as much as The Strain which I thought was just superb. I think part of the reason for the lesser rating on this book is that in The Strain, I really loved both the back-story of the Master vampire (which del Toro and Hogan spent a lot of time on) and also the detailed description of the “turning” through the eyes of the “soon to be vampire” which I had never seen before and that I thought made The Strain unique in the crowded world of vampire fiction.As the title implies, this second installment begins soon after the end of The Strain with the Vampire plague having pretty much destroyed New York and the world is poised to follow. One thing is clear, humans are no longer at the top of the food chain and are now fighting simply to survive. Also true is that the vampires in this novel are vicious, vile and disgusting creatures and are a far cry from the kind of "sparkly" vamps that inspire scenes like this: Returning from the first book are Ephraim (Eph) Goodweather (the only person to recognize the vampire plague for what it is) and his soon Zack. The two of them are on the run from Zack’s mother who has “turned” and feels a compulsion to find and turn Zack. A minor point, but I thought this “dark reflection” of the maternal instinct was an interesting nuance to the story. Apart from Eph, also returning to the story is the “van helsing” like Abraham Setrakian who has been hunting the “Master” and his kind since the end of World War II. Setrakian is my favorite character in the series and I found his narrative thread to be compelling. Setrakian is joined by Vasily Fet, a former rat exterminator who adapts his killing methods to be effective against the vampires. Together they are on the hunt for a rare manuscript that holds the key to the origin of the vampires and a possible means of stopping them.This leads to another highlight for me which was learning the ancient history of the vampires as well as the nature of the “rift" between the renegade “Master” and the original master vampires. While the back-story is not particularly new or original, I thought its execution was very good and it kept my interest throughout. I also thought the scenes with the “Master” and the other original vampires were very well done. They all made for compelling bad guys. Ultimately, if you liked the Strain then I think you will enjoy the evolution of the series that takes place in this installment and will be satisfied enough to pick up the concluding volume in the trilogy. If you did not like The Strain or were lukewarm about it, I am not sure that this book will do anything to change your mind. It is in many ways more of the same, but for those like me that enjoyed the first book, that is definitely a good thing. Recommended!!!

  • Kemper
    2018-12-28 17:46

    When I read and reviewed The Strain, I took some easy potshots at Twilight and credited Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan with trying to rescue vampires from the clutches of teenage girls and turn them into monsters again. However, the book didn’t wow me, and I was hoping that the next one would be an improvement. After reading The Fall, I’m even less wowed and realize that a book can be much better than Twilight and still be very ‘meh’. So you’ve got a brand of vampires that are part virus/part parasitic blood worms with a master vamp who has a plan to bring out about a bloodsucking apocalypse. The Master has been working with this evil old rich bastard who is kind of a hybrid of Dick Cheney and Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. Together, they’ve got a chokehold on the government and media as well as a rapidly growing army of bloodsuckers.And in this corner, you’ve got the standard pack of adventure horror good guys ready to do battle. There’s the heroic doctor with a failed marriage and a drinking problem to overcome along with his pretty co-worker. I know you’ll be shocked when I tell you that they’re a bit attracted to each other. The doctor also has a teen-age son who is such a ball of fire that all he wants to do is listen to his iPod while the vampires are munching people outside. There’s the standard Van Helsing-type old man who has been hunting vamps for years and instructs the others. You've also got a Hispanic street hustler who forges a gang alliance based on vampire killing. Throw in a pest control expert and a former Mexican wrestling star, and you’ve got your motley crew ready to do battle with the undead.I’ve liked several of Del Toro’s movies, and I was impressed with Hogan’s work in The Town. But despite a large scale story about a vampire apocalypse going on with tons of action, the whole thing seems curiously listless to me. It just never comes alive and gets me wrapped up in the story. Part of the problem is that the whole thing feels like a collection of things I’ve seen before. Del Toro has felt free to swipe whole sections of his own movies like Mimic and Blade II with the descriptions of underground New York and the nature of the vampires. Plus, Joss Whedon used the Master concept and name for his main vampire villain on the first season of Buffy. And having one of the primary villains be a rich old guy selling out humanity for immortality doesn’t seem particularly fresh either. Sadly, instead of trying to build up any true horror by creating characters you care about and then having bad things happen to them, the book just throws vamp attack after vamp attack at these cardboard cutout heroes and then tries to milk a little sentiment with a few dead-wives-turned-bloodsuckers sprinkled in. I almost think that Del Toro just grabbed some old storyboards from some of his movies, threw them to Chuck Hogan and said, “Just write that up. We’ll make a fortune.!”It’s not a terrible book. I’ve certainly read far worse. But I was expecting a lot more from two talented guys and so far it seems like they’ve just been going through the motions.

  • Char
    2019-01-18 21:21

    3.5 stars!The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Audio) I liked this second entry in "The Strain" series!   This is the first book I've listened to narrated by Daniel Oreskes and he was fantastic.  I was worried that it would affect my enjoyment listening to the second book after reading the first, but it was for naught. First off, I probably couldn't have read this one right now, due to this stupid slump that won't let me get into anything. Second, I've been very busy at work with a lot of mundane paperwork that doesn't require too much brain power. Overall, everything worked out perfectly.  The story itself was just okay. I thought the narration made it sound better than it actually was, if that makes any sense. However, the end really came together in an explosive way, and now I can't wait to see how the third novel wraps this all up. I mean, everything seems beyond saving at this point, including the International Space Station. When everything, even stuff in space, is messed up, how can the world come back from that? I guess I'll have to read the last book and see.   

  • Char
    2018-12-29 17:17

    3.5 stars!I liked this second entry in "The Strain" series! This is the first book I've listened to narrated by Daniel Oreskes and he was fantastic. I was worried that it would affect my enjoyment listening to the second book after reading the first, but it was for naught. First off, I probably couldn't have read this one right now, due to this stupid slump that won't let me get into anything. Second, I've been very busy at work with a lot of mundane paperwork that doesn't require too much brain power. Overall, everything worked out perfectly. The story itself was just okay. I thought the narration made it sound better than it actually was, if that makes any sense. However, the end really came together in an explosive way, and now I can't wait to see how the third novel wraps this all up. I mean, everything seems beyond saving at this point, including the International Space Station. When everything, even stuff in space, is messed up, how can the world come back from that? I guess I'll have to read the last book and see.

  • Eliasdgian
    2019-01-15 19:30

    Εξήντα μέρες. Μόλις τόσες χρειάστηκαν για να φτάσει ο κόσμος στο τέλος του. Το κακό εξαπλώθηκε. Η πόλη παραδόθηκε στον όλεθρο. Κι ο κόσμος ολάκερος μαζί. Κανείς δεν θεώρησε πιθανό να συμβεί ό,τι τελικά συνέβη. Στην εμφάνιση της πανδημίας η κοινή γνώμη αντέδρασε με άρνηση. Ό,τι διαφεύγει των σταθερών και υπερβαίνει τους φυσικούς νόμους ή την ανθρώπινη λογική απλώς δεν μπορεί να υπάρχει. Κι όσο οι άνθρωποι αρνούνταν να αντιμετωπίσουν τη νέα πραγματικότητα, είτε από δυσπιστία, είτε από παραπληροφόρηση, ο κόσμος άλλαζε ραγδαία.Η Πτώση συντελέστηκε και θα ακολουθήσει η Αιώνια Νύχτα. Ο ίσκιος του Αφέντη θα καταπλακώσει το ανθρώπινο είδος και ένα μόνιμο, ακατάλυτο λυκόφως πρόκειται να επικρατήσει. Η δύση της ανθρωπότητας είναι προ των πυλών. Μια δράκα αγωνιστών θα συνεχίσει να ελπίζει, ωστόσο, ότι το τέλος δεν γράφτηκε ακόμη∙ ότι ο ήλιος θα ανατείλει ξανά και ο Αφέντης θα επιστρέψει εκεί που κρυβόταν για αιώνες: στις σκιές και στο περιθώριο της ιστορίας. Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της τριλογίας των Guillermo Del Toro και Chuck Hogan είναι σαφώς κατώτερο του πρώτου. Ένιωσα να απουσιάζει η δραματουργική ένταση του Ίχνους κι η εξιστόρηση να βραδύνει μάλλον αδικαιολόγητα. Αντίθετα με το Ίχνος, όμως, τα πράγματα δεν συμβαίνουν όπως ακριβώς στην τηλεοπτική σειρά. Οι διαφοροποιήσεις σε σχέση με όσα διάλεξε ο G. Del Toro να μεταφέρει στην οθόνη είναι πλέον σημαντικές και ευδιάκριτες∙ κι αυτό το τελευταίο ήταν που τελικά κράτησε αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον μου μέχρι το τέλος. 3 αστέρια. Μέχρι να σβήσουν κι αυτά κάτω από το εβένινο πέπλο της Αιώνιας Νύχτας που θα ακολουθήσει.

  • Melki
    2019-01-09 19:20

    At first this seemed like one colossal boner - reading a book upon which the series I just finished watching is based. BUT, there were enough differences (some major!) to keep things interesting.There is much I love here - big, ugly, NASTY vampires - the way vampires are meant to be. And no fangs are necessary; they have disgusting, eel-like appendages that shoot out, dispensing vile, infectious worms into the victims they are feeding from. Yuck!I also love the urban setting for this series. The cramped tenements, streets bordered on two sides by tall buildings and dark, scary subways only add to the creepiness.AND most of all - and pretty unusual in a book of this type - the characters are interesting AND intelligent. Now, my dilemma is whether or not to go ahead and read the last book in the series, or share the surprises with the rest of the family when the series returns next year.

  • Paul
    2019-01-14 20:29

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars.In my review of The Strain, the first book in this series, I said that it started off well but quickly degenerated into an illogical mess. The Fall is the second book in what is planned to be a trilogy, and it starts in the illogical mess phase. Where does it go from there? Into an extended setup for volume number three. Reading The Fall, I felt like the only reason for this book's existence is to keep interest alive for the eventual release of the third book. The background situation is horrific, and intrinsically interesting ... one of the world's seven vampire masters has come to America and unleashed a plague of vampirism, and society is rapidly crumbling vampires feed and convert more humans into vampires. But del Toro and Hogan keep most of that in the background, focusing instead on three or four unlikely characters who are clearly destined to save humanity. By keeping the overwhelming disaster in the background, they mute the story's main thrill, and instead of reading a truly scary vampire thriller, I felt like I was reading an airport bookshop thriller. Why three stars? Because Goodreads won't let me give it a 2.5, which is what I think it really deserves. Worth reading, but not worth buying. Borrow it from the library instead.

  • Heidi
    2019-01-01 23:31

    I'm not even sure why I read this, since the first book (The Strain) was mediocre at best. I guess I'm just a sucker (heh) for anything that combines vampires with apocalytpic plagues (my two favorite things!). In a nutshell, an ancient parasite resurfaces and takes the world by storm, turning people into vampires (of a sort), while a ragtag group of good guys forms a resistance and tries to save the world. In this book, the planet's infrastructure begins to collapse as the parasite takes hold. What bugs me is the half-assed writing. Del Toro (via Chuck Hogan) obviously undertook this project with the film adaptations in mind, and there's nothing more annoying than a book that is not written for reading. It's like this is the first draft (and initial marketing push) for the movie sensation to come. I hate that. What I do like is the vampire-as-parasite thing. It's been done before (Scott Westerfeld pulls this off brilliantly in Peeps), but it's still a breath of fresh air to encounter vamps who are repulsive, destructive and animalistic (as opposed to sparkly, seductive boyfriend material). The creatures here have 6-foot-long suction cup stinger thingies that come flying out their mouths, and their bodies are filled with white pus. These movies are so not going to be for the tween set. I'll probably read the third and last book, because that's what I do, but overall I am disappointed in this series. I wasn't a del Toro fan to begin with (Pan's Labyrinth, in my opinion, is all style and no substance), but I did have high hopes for this project. Sigh.

  • Lou
    2019-01-05 00:38

    This second book is chilling, the virus is here now and the threat looms. The fate of mankind lies in hand of those who have a certain book and the Hunters, you have mortals, hunters and ancients in the fierce battle against the Masters own plan set out. The story is action packed and really this book leaves you with loads to look forward to the third installment of The Strain trilogy. I have a feeling the third book has been set up to have all the ingredients of a humdinger of battle for mankind.For Interviews and trailers visit

  • Aleshanee
    2019-01-07 22:36

    --- Achtung! Evtl. kleine Spoiler zu Band 1! ---"Das Blut" schließt direkt an den ersten Band an.60 Tage sind seit den Ereignissen im Flugzeug vergangen und die Stadt New York verfällt immer mehr dem Chaos.In den Nachrichten wird die Katastrophe noch immer als gefährlicher Virus eingestuft, doch der Epidemiologe Ephraim, der Kammerjäger Vasiliy und der alte Pfandleiher Abraham wissen genau, dass dieser Virus von Vampiren verbreitet wird: die Saat des Meisters scheint aufzugehen.Meine MeinungMan kommt sehr gut rein, da einiges kurz wiederholt wird, um die vorherige Handlung aufzufrischen. Der Schreibstil bleibt gewohnt nüchtern aber sehr detailliert, so dass man sich alles gut vorstellen kann. Bei meiner Rezension zu Band 1 habe ich schon erwähnt, dass hier evtl. der Regisseur in Guillermo del Toro zum Vorschein kommt, denn ich hatte oft das Gefühl, das gelesene als Film ablaufen zu sehen.Die Charaktere haben sich der Situation angepasst, soweit es ihnen möglich ist. Unruhen und Aufstände bestimmen den "Alltag" in New York - aber der Virus breitet sich auch in anderen Städten aus: weltweit. Der Meister der Vampire ist einer der sieben "Alten", die seit jeher das Gleichgewicht gewahrt haben. Er hat das Abkommen gebrochen und will sich mit seinen neu rekrutierten Geschöpfen der Nacht die Welt untertan machen. Anfangs hab ich noch nicht so recht durchgeblickt, wie seine Pläne durchzusetzen sind, aber das haben die beiden Autoren ziemlich gut durchdacht. Auch wenn ich jetzt noch nicht alle Zusammenhänge verstehe - es kommt ja noch ein Band ;)Abraham, Ephraim, Vasiliy, Nora und Gus versuchen indessen alles, um die beiden aufzuhalten - jeder auf eine sehr ungewöhnliche und ihm eigene Weise. Dieses ganze Chaos holt wohl aus jedem Menschen verborgene Fähigkeiten heraus und manche entwickeln regelrecht ein Jagdfieber, bei dem sie sich ausleben können, als hätten sie endlich ihre Bestimmung gefunden! Da frage ich mich oft selbst, wie ich in einer solchen Situation reagieren würde ...Manche Zufälle waren sehr berechnend und hätten sicher auch anders gelöst werden können. Wenn immer alles zum rechten Zeitpunkt passiert wirkt das auf mich zu konstruiert - hier hab ich wieder Filmszenen im Kopf gehabt, da würde mich das nicht so stören, wenn die Helden strategisch passend und pünktlich am richtigen Ort auftauchen.Auch die Verbindungen zur Nazi-Zeit, die ja in den Rückblicken von Abraham immer wieder im Mittelpunkt stehen, kamen mir ja anfangs ein bisschen fehl am Platz vor, wurden aber jetzt ausreichend erklärt, so dass sich ein rundes Gesamtbild der Zusammenhänge ergibt.Das Tempo hat sich durchgehend gehalten, auch wenn mich die vielen Infos zu den Bauwerken oder Gegenständen etwas gebremst haben. Mehr hätte ich mir über die Bevölkerung gewünscht und wie sich die Regierungen und Behörden hier verhalten. Wie das Arbeitsleben weitergeht, nachdem viele Menschen verschwinden und überall Ausschreitungen an der Tagesordnung stehen. Gegen Ende gibt es schnelle Szenenwechsel, und dramatische Wendungen, die die Spannung sehr erhöht haben - der Schluss hat es wirklich in sich!Die Welt steht am Abgrund und ich erwarte ein spannendes Finale in "Die Nacht".FazitEin spannender Mittelteil der Vampir Apokalypse, der mich größtenteils sehr gefesselt hat. Manchmal wurde mir zu sehr ins Detail gegangen, was ich in so einem spannenden Szenario einfach nicht brauchen kann. Das ist aber Geschmacksache ;)© AleshaneeWeltenwandererThe Strain1 ~ Die Saat2 ~ Das Blut3 ~ Die Nacht

  • Chris
    2019-01-16 01:44

    Wow. Just wow. I wanted to give this 5-stars, as the ending is powerful. But I only gave The Strain 4-stars, and this isn't better overall. The ending of this book is much better, but The Strain is better from cover to cover, despite its own weak ending. Definitely looking forward to The Night Eternal. I could see the series getting a 5-star out of me though the individual books are getting 4. More than the sum of its parts, and all that. But that will depend on how the authors wrap up the trilogy.Stay tuned....

  • Twobusy
    2018-12-25 23:24

    Here's something that almost never happens to me: I gave up on this book. Why? Because, quite simply, it is one of the worst-written novels I've ever encountered, regardless of genre. Honestly... it's horrifying, and not even a little bit in the sense that you'd hope a global vampire apocalypse novel would be. I could try to explain (in painful detail) just how awful it is, telling you about the amateurish plotting, the paper-thin characters, the abject lack of subtlety and grace and elegance in the writing... but why bother, when the book does such a good job on its own?"And now she was hell-bent on turning her blood, her Dear One, their son. This plague of demons had affected him on a personal level, and he was finding it difficult to focus on anything else, never mind theorizing on the grand scale of things — though that was, in fact, his training as an epidemiologist. But when something this insidious enters your personal life, all superior thinking goes out the window."Huh?Well... fine. Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan: something insidious entered my personal life, but after 116 pages of gibberish I've decided enough is enough. This book sucks, and I'm deeply embarrassed for you both.

  • Sud666
    2018-12-21 22:32

    Book Two of the Strain is a lot of fun to read. It is, in my opinion, better than the first book.The Vampire Outbreak has turned into a plague in New York. Book Two continues the story of our intrepid heroes and their struggle against this modern day vampire plague. Book Two delves more deeply into this vampire lore and I really enjoyed Chuck Hogan fleshing out the bare bones background of the first book. Now it starts to make sense why the Master's thinking might have become warped, and his vision of the future inspired, by the sheer surfeit (from a vampire's way of thinking) of food supply. The Book also helps explain the multiple reasons Dr. Setrakian has for hating the Master and his brood in particular. The confluence of events that starts in Treblinka in 1942 and ends up on the streets of New York "currently" give a deep meaning to Setrakian-Sardu (the Master's human name) conflict. I like the new twist on vampires. Del Torro and Hogan have created a vampire that is not attractive. The process of turning ,the underlying bloodworm, and the final vampire itself is the antithesis of the sexy, metrosexual, Calvin-Kelin models who tend to slink around in glitter laced ,designer, slim-line clothes seducing all and sundry with their smoking, lusty looks,magnificently undeniable charisma and sheer physical attraction. Witness True Blood or Twilight.These vampires look disdainfully at that sterotype and declare "Fuck that shit." These vampires are disgusting. They are filthy, foul, feces spewing (not making this up), undead bloodworm-human host hybrid. Yes they are killed instantly by sunlight and silver. Garlic, religion and the rest of the typical responses won't work. They also bleed a white plasma that is loaded with bloodworms and can infect you if they get into your bloodstream. No known cure save death.The comparison to a virus is apt. I tend to root for the bad guys. I actually appreciate them, for the most part. These creatures? No. This is a style of vampires few would find attractive. I think that is why the humans who do serve the Master tend to strike a more visceral dislike from the reader. It is one thing to make a deal with a well-dressed, wealthy, Brad Pitt True Blood vampire. I get it. I would do that. In a heartbeat. These things? Nope. I'll pass. That makes these vampires some of the most disgusting I've seen. Even the ones from "30 Days of Night" had some measure of class compared to this version. Though, to be fair, I am speaking of the Master's Brood.I won't give any spoilers. SO I'll avoid the plot. That is the point for reading this, isn't it? Was it fun? Yes. The story is exciting. It is certainly dark and grim. Humanity is not winning this battle. There are quite a few surprises in this volume (since the shows seems to have deviated in terms of plot) for me in terms of character deaths. So overall- I highly recommend this fun, fast paced vampire outbreak. This book was an improvement over the first book and I certainly look forwards to reading Book 3. If you like vampires or would enjoy a science themed "outbreak" story-check out the Strain. IT is easy to read and flows well (except for the painful "emotional" scenes which Hogan excels at butchering) making for a quick read.

  • Stuart
    2018-12-26 18:38

    "New York has gone bye-bye and the rest of the world, apart from Britain. Vampires can't cross water... obviously"Here we are with book two of The Strain series called The Fall. Aptly named as civilisation is screwed. A famous philosopher once said that during a symposium you know! The second book has improved, there's a lot more for the reader to get their teeth into. A lot more background fluff is introduced into the characters past, such as Eph and Abraham Setrakian is explored further. The old Polish professors tale reveals to us how he stubbornly pursued The Master (as you might of guessed, this guy is the leader of the vampire herd) is fairly interesting. I've jump on ahead as per usual. The Fall continues a few years after the first book leaves us, when Eph, Setrakian and Vasily Fet combated The Master. Eph is trying to protect the group, especially his son (Zack) and Nora. As well as keeping Setrakian alive. Fet who was a rat exterminator previously (always a good trade to have if you want to be the best vampire hunter - transferable skills you see! They don't mention that at rat catching school I'm sure) becomes close to Setrakian and really turns into his bodyguard. While this is going on, Gus finds himself ensnared into a deal with The Ancients (the first vampires). Christ this is so cliché it's laughable. Cliché is the problem with the entire series so far. There really isn't any unique ideas or characters that make The Strain series stand out, for me anyway. It's all operating under a previously used archetypal template. Which is surprising given the authors creative talent (Del Toro's anyway). I've gone into this in my review of the first book The Strain. So far the series has been a mash-up of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade II (those reaper vampires) and the A-Team. Now you gather where the cliché tag has come from. One real problem for me (from the beginning) was that everyone feared and were terrified of these vampires, all apart from the main characters. Lucky that really. The ponderous waffling during the mid-section of the novel had me précis reading my way through until something of note happened. There is at times, too much explanation by the authors and not actually a lot of doing. What I mean is that standing around talking about a problem, not offering alternatives and doing absolutely fuck all, well, makes for dull reading. It's like a old car, sometimes it starts fine, other's not. The pace of the novel fluctuates and is all over the place, this was also apparent in the first book. There's a few new characters. The Silver Angel being the first. A broken down Mexican ex-wrestler turns into a vampire killing machine. The ending actually had me rooting for him to... well, if you read it then your know. Not strictly a new character, Kelly, Eph's ex-wife now vampiric bitch is chasing Zack her son. There is still a bond between family members it appears which pushes Kelly on to hunt her son, attempting to turn him. During this, Eph is struggling with Zack and trying to keep that from happening. I apologise for the short review folks, I'm just not enthused with this one. It is improved slightly, but overall is a fairly flat read due to the amount of similarity to other works of fiction and films.

  • Katy
    2018-12-25 01:21

    Disclosure: Review based on book I received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review. I've read this book twice.My Synopsis: The vampires are spreading; the government is denying any problems in an attempt to avoid “panic.” Ephraim, Nora, Vasiliy and Dr. Setrakian continue to work together to try to stop the Master, and to keep Zach safe from Kelly, Ephraim’s ex-wife, who is focused on claiming the boy as her Dear One. Meanwhile, Eldritch Palmer continues to plot and plan, entirely focused on keeping himself alive forever. The Master continues its plan to take over the world. And the other Ancients send out their hunters to try to stop him.My Thoughts: Book 2: The Fall continues The Strain Trilogy, further developing the story and re-imagining the vampire mythos. We learn more about the structure of vampire society, and about the Ancients, and meet the mysterious Mr. Quinlan. Many times a middle book in a trilogy loses momentum as it fills in the plot, but not The Fall. It continues to speed forward, simultaneously further developing both plot and characters. There were a couple plot points that changed – most confusingly, in The Strain, Abraham Setrakian says his wife, Miriam, has been dead for less than 20 years, but in this book he tells the story of her death somewhere in the vicinity of 40 years previously. I’m not sure if it was a case of forgetting what was said in the first book – bad planning – or just a case of Setrakian providing incorrect information previously for his own purposes, and it is never explained. Nonetheless, the series continues to enthrall me and should be well-received by lovers of horror, apocalyptic situations and vampires. Book 3, The Night Eternal, has just been released, and I will post a review soon. Stay tuned!

  • Donna
    2019-01-16 00:33

    I am really enjoying this series! Very good second book in a series.

  • Kevin Bessey
    2019-01-21 20:26

    If you're thinking of reading "The Fall" then you probably already know about "The Strain"...and if you've read "The Strain" and are thinking of reading "The Fall" my only advice would be that you would read it only if you're the type of person who likes to watch B-movies and figures, "I've already watched half an hour, I might as well finish it to see how it ends." I'm that type of person...and because I love B-movies, it probably has a lot to do with why I'm still reading this series.**SPOILERS** My review below contains spoilers, but I only mention these things to defend my POV:1."The Fall" carries much of the bad dialogue that "The Strain" introduced. For example, the line "my sword sings of silver" has to be one of the worst battle cries ever penned, and of course it bleeds it's way into the sequel (no pun intended). Other lines such as "silver blinged killer" and "he understood the man's pain. He understood the pain of this world" just seem cliche and over dramatic. There are some scenes and other portions of dialogue that are just plain eye-rolling at times.2. Another problem that I had with "The Strain" also carries over into "The Fall" - which is probably my biggest problem - the `biology' of the vampires mixed with myth and fantasy. I have a strong background in biology and at times during "The Strain" could somewhat follow where Guillermo del Toro & Co. were going with the whole re-invention of the vampire transmission via biological means (i.e. blood worms and viruses). After trying to "scientifically" butter-up their vampire transmission through biological means, you discover that there is a mythical aspect to their existence, such as having to sleep in earth or coffin, the head vampire(s) able to speak telepathically and also `see' through their minions, **spoiler** upon the death of a head vampire the minions vanish into dust (keep in mind we're running with a biological theme here), and **another spoiler** by destroying the head vampire's birth/origin place, it will kill the head vampire. All too weird and all too lame. If they wanted a biological theme, they should've stuck with it before they introduced a basket of non-scientific elements. Choose one, or the other...which brings me to my next point:3. The dichotomy made the story a hard sell and fully buy in to. What I mean by that is:a. Was this trilogy to be a "re-invention" or a "re-telling" of the vampire mythos? It seems as if it was trying to be both and needed to stick with one or the other. Otherwise it is confusing and disheartening.b. Was the hero (Goodweather) a humane scientist/dad or a vampire killer? I had a hard time trying to figure out (even from the first book) if this was to be a gradual change and development of character or just write in his actions for whatever fit the scene (I need to love my son and remorse for humanity or slice `n dice this vamp?).c. Was the "Van-Helsing" as everyone has aptly identified of the novels (Setrakian) supposed to be this tough "Van-Helsing" character or this crumbling, dying man? C'mon - the guy is in his eighties with crippled hands and fingers (that gets mentioned multiple times) with a bad heart condition and he is supposed to be running around and cutting up vampires...even if he were both - a dying man and vampire hunter - it would seem an odd combination...something like Abe Vigoda meets Michael Phelps.d. Was Gus a hard-core gang-banger or loner, street trash? In the first book it seemed like Gus was a lonely street rat and in the second he's a gang leader? Either I missed something, or someone changed their mind as to how Gus should've been written and what his role in the "fellowship" should've been.e. Is it Doomsday or Business-As-Usual? If two months have passed since the initial infection and half of Manhattan has burned to the ground along with thousands of people missing across the globe, I'm not sure one's day-to-day routine would still be in place. At this point in the saga, it seems that half of the time everything is in chaos and other times like nothing is going on. Which makes it really hard to believe when they show up for the book auction (that apparently hasn't taken place in 200 years) in the midst of world-wide chaos.4. Editing. Like most people mentioned in the review of "The Strain", there is much reason to believe that this trilogy could've been reduced to a single novel. For example, "Phade - the vampyric vandalist" served no point to the overall plot - up to and including the side story of the cop who has been in search of Phade. If there are any LOST fans reading this, it reminds me of the episode of the couple who were after the diamonds. A single episode that served no plot development or purpose to the general story. Just a B-side that made it's way into the final cut.5. This touches on my other problem with the writing - character development and purpose. I had a huge problem with the "feelers." Let me get this straight - kids go blind by the occultation from the first book and then two months later in the second book they are supposed to have highly refined then I guess the writers felt like "let's have the Master convert these kids to vampires - and for the hell of it, let's have their hands grow large so they can crawl around on all fours." L-A-M-E; why should their development and transformation be different than that of the adults. At one point, Nora strikes a flare with these guys (and I'm guessing they are the feelers, otherwise I take this comment back) and they all jump back...but wait...they're blind right? Or...afraid of light, wait...they sense light? But not UV light? Just terrible. The other character I had a problem with was Phade as mentioned before and also the elderly, retired Mexican wrestler Angel. Similar to my point on Setrakian, it's hard to imagine an old man motioning through some of the scenes that he was written in to.6. For those that have read the book (and if you're still reading and plan on reading it will find out), did you think it was odd for two instances where Gus blew up the pawn shop and the helicopter. It's like they guy pulls the trigger first and asks questions later. If he thought they were in the pawn shop, why would he play McGuyver and blow up the pawn shop. And with the helicopter (leaving the nuclear power plant) why would he just assume who the helicopter was for and grab a rocket launcher (handy) to blow it up. Very strange for a character to act that way - let's leave the `splosions to Michael Bay.I know at this point, it has become more rambling than review, but most of it was just to vent a little. If I had to sum my review up in one line it would be: "The Fall" was clunky and poorly developed. And yes, I will read "The Eternal Night" just to see how this B-movie ends.

  • Rade
    2018-12-25 18:33

    I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. I tried like crazy to care about the people in the book, to care about their families, their friends, and hope for the best. Unfortunately, I felt the writing was a bit on a half-assed side. The entire book read like it was a mediocre half price bin thriller. I was never completely engrossed into the story. In fact, some pages I can say that I skipped. Mostly the pep talk Eph gave his son Zach which is nice but it did not move the story forward one bit, giving me a reason to just skip it. I actually did enjoy the background story of Setrakian, but the whole heart in the jar background story was cliche as shit. As soon as it started, I knew exactly where it will go. Lots of cliches in this one but at least the vampires are ruthless, not the kind who have lived on the planet for hundred years and yet have not found a better way to spend their time than to go to high school and win the heart of a lifeless teenager girl. (That's right, I hate Twilight with the passion. Anyway, how an old guy with lot of health problems, a rat exterminator, and two CDC people will stop a vampire apocalypse is a mystery to my ass. I guess I will have to read the next and final book in this trilogy. Decent amount of action, lots of instances of vampire slicing, and a crapload of times when the author keeps saying that the leavings of vampires smell like ammonia and every time one was killed you can bet your ass the author mentioned the worms leaving the body. I GET IT. Don't have to keep repeating it. Not too much going on in this installment which makes me think it was a buffer/filler for the actual apocalypse that will be explored in the last book. It better be bloody. If it ends with everyone surviving and things being wrapped up in a chapter or two, I will be pissed.

  • Scott Rhee
    2018-12-30 21:29

    Vampires haven’t had a very good decade. Not naming names or anything, but Stephenie Meyer is completely to blame. I’m a 40-something heterosexual male, so right there that tells you a lot about me, I’m sure. First of all, I’m nowhere near the intended demographic for Meyer’s ridiculously popular Young Adult series of books about teen vampires and the vapid emo-girls who love them, Twilight. Second of all, (based on the market research, anyway) I shouldn’t be reading much of anything, let alone Young Adult series about teen vampires and the vapid emo-girls who love them, but I did, actually, read them. Well, the first two books anyway. There are, I think, four books in the series. Reading the first two was actually an accomplishment.Meyer single-handedly took the bite out of vampires. She literally removed their fangs and somehow gave them the ability to sparkle like unicorns. I won’t even get into what she did to my second-favorite monster, werewolves. Suffice it to say, werewolves aren’t supposed to be cuddly.Maybe I’m being totally unfair to Meyer (who, despite my utter disgust of the “Twilight” books, is NOT the worst writer in the world; that title still belongs to James Patterson), but Meyer’s girl-ification and castration of vampires has dealt a major blow to the whole vampire genre, one from which the genre is still reeling. Zombies have basically filled the void for truly creepy-as-hell monsters that vampires once proudly filled. Hell, even Anne Rice’s famously effeminate and pre-emo Goth poster boy and Cure fan, Lestat, was still ten times creepier than anything Meyer wrote about.Thankfully, Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan are attempting to re-invigorate the genre with their sci-fi/horror trilogy The Strain, a series that gleefully harkens back to classic vampire novels such as Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend” and Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot”, while also paying homage to sci-fi classics such as Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain” and John Carpenter’s 1982 film “The Thing”.The vampires in Del Toro/Hogan’s books aren’t the glamorous and beautiful Eastern European counts in dark suits that seduce young women. They aren’t sexy. They barely look human, bleed milky-white “blood” that is infested with squirming maggot-like parasites, and shoot six-foot-long tentacles out of their mouths with stingers on the end that latches on to victims’ faces, which simultaneously exsanguinates and then infects them with the afore-mentioned parasites that alters the biological make-up and transforms them into more vampires.These books are the anti-”Twilight”.The first book, “The Strain”, started strong and introduced readers to an ensemble of fascinating characters. It also set the stage for the city-wide pandemic that has made Manhattan a battleground and threatens to spread outward quickly, state to state and potentially globally.In the second book, “The Fall”, the vampire “virus” has spread around the world, thanks to the ease of air travel and the lack of any governmental action. Much of this is due to social media and the Internet, which spreads as much misinformation and “fake news” as it does helpful information. This leads to a skeptical general public, one that already mistrusts its governments.Another problem is that Eldritch Palmer, one of the world’s super-rich, through his global multinational corporation, the Stoneheart Group (a not-so-thinly-veiled allusion to Koch Industries), is spearheading the virus and the inevitable destruction of humanity simply because he wants to live forever. Palmer, motivated solely by compassionless self-interest, has made a deal with an ancient legendary creature called The Master. In exchange for Palmer’s immortality, the Master will be “allowed” to unleash his vampiric virus upon the world.Unfortunately for Palmer, there are far greater forces than money that rule the world, ancient and indifferent to deal-making.Meanwhile, the old Jewish vampire hunter, Abraham Setrakian, is hell-bent on destroying the Master for killing his wife. Answers may be found in an ancient text, older than the Bible, about the first vampires (which may either be extraterrestrial or supernatural in nature; it is alluded that the first vampires may have been fallen angels from the original war in heaven). The book, which was only a legend until Setrakian discovered proof of its existence when he was a young man, has eluded his grasp for decades, until now. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, a CDC virologist and fugitive from the law, has been recruited into Setrakian’s vampire-hunting entourage. He is not dealing well with the loss of his ex-wife to the vampire virus, as he has taken to drinking heavily again, which may have unfortunate ramifications for his young son, Zach, whom he is trying to protect.Unbeknownst to all of them, an underground war is brewing between a conglomerate of several other tribes of vampires around the world and the Master. The other tribes, who feed on humans sparingly, know that to unleash vampirism on a global scale would upset the fine balance that they have established for centuries and millenia. Humans are, after all, their main food source, so it would be counterintuitive to wage a campaign to turn as many humans into vampires as possible, which is what the Master seems to be doing.While still entertaining and full of great vampiric scares, “The Fall” kind of suffers from the second-book syndrome of a trilogy: it is essentially a “bridge” book between the first book and the third. While some exciting stuff happens, it lacks the intensity and narrative completeness of “The Strain” and acts as more of a set-up for the inevitably large climactic showdown in the third book.That said, it’s a hundred times better than “Twilight”...

  • Dyuti
    2018-12-30 17:44

    I had immensely enjoyed The Strain, which was the first book of the Strain trilogy (review here ) when I had read it late last year. So, I was really excited to see how the story would be moved forward in the second installment. And I'm pretty pleased with what I got.The Plot:The vampiric strain which had been unleashed by the Master in the first book has taken over nearly half of NYC. It rests on the hands of a few to stop it's spread before its too late -- before the world gets destroyed. And for that they must find the book: Occido Lumen as it contains all the necessary answers. Yet the quest is not as easy as it seems, and there are sacrifices to be made...Reflections:Usually the second books of most trilogies fall short of the first and the third. But, this was as good as the first. No complaints whatsoever. Truth to be told, I forever loved the concept of vampires being mean and sickly monsters of the Earth, rather than misunderstood shimmering heroes! So, I was quite impressed with Guillermo del Torro's amazing visualization. Chuck Hogan's writing also did justice. It was pacy and had all the necessary elements of a superb thriller. The characters were so well fleshed out that I actually had my heart pumping with adrenaline when the protagonists came too close to something which I'd been dreading! In short, it is definitely worth all the fan-girl gushing that is going on in this review.I just hope I've been able to convince all those horror-aficionados reading this to definitely give it a shot. I'm sure you'll be as glued to it as I've been.For me, I've already got a copy of the final book, and I guess I'll go back into hibernation until I finish it.

  • Becky
    2019-01-04 22:43

    Low to mid 3 stars. This continuation of the story from The Strain definitely provided more insight into a lot of different aspects of the story, and, if one extrapolates a bit, explains some things that were left unexplained in the first book. There was a lot of action, and a lot of gore and a lot of tension, and a whole lot of things-not-going-well-for-humanity-in-general, but all that being said, I didn't like this one quite as much as the last one. I felt like some things were very... inconsistently convenient in this book. Things mainly pertaining to Z. I like the kid, but by the end of this book, I kind of feel like he's a big ol' plot device. I feel like he's there to move certain pieces of the story into place, and pull at our heartstrings at the same time. Since when did he have asthma? Never. But in this book, because it would make him more vulnerable, he did. The knife he carries explains a certain quirky naming convention in the books as well. It just kind of felt convenient, rather than realistic or true to the character. And then this book, seemingly because I said in my review of the last one how I liked that this was a scientific and plausible virulent event, is now heading in the other direction... *sigh* Why couldn't it just be evolution, that some creepy little leech found out that hijacking a human makes for a much bigger feast than just latching onto one? I guess I'll have to see what the next book holds, to see where this goes, but right now, I'm disappointed in this causality shift. BAH!But then, I liked it... I like the big-picture views we get from Eph's journal entries, and I liked the concept of the Ancients, and their role in this book. It didn't annoy me (well, other than the slight annoyance due to the stuff listed above), and I had no desire to throw it at the wall (not like I would, my Nook is my Precious!) and I finished it pretty quickly, so it did hold my attention and my curiosity, so that's a plus. I just feel like... so far, overall, this trilogy could be a stronger story than it is... Horror October 2011: #7

  • Laura
    2019-01-05 22:33

    La historia sigue siendo atrapante, la tensión x saber q ocurre no decae en ningún momento... Los personajes están bien definidos, incluso los malos...Excelente historia!!Recomiendo toda la saga

  • Sarah
    2019-01-12 18:37

    8/9 - I'm sorry, book, it's me, not you. I still liked the continuing story of the fall of Manhattan to the vampire plague, but I lost interest in the middle and ended up taking a month to finish it (three weeks longer than the first book in the series). I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I had in the first book. It also felt like Eph, Sertrakian, Fet, and Nora (and the new guys) were fighting a losing battle - what can four adults and a teenager really do against almost all the rest of humanity? No one with any authority believes the unexplained absences are anything more than a bad case of the flu and then when they finally get a clue it's too late and they get slaughtered - it all felt pointless and disheartening. At the moment I'm imagining the end of the third book shows whatever characters remain as living in a vampire apocalypse world where the darkness never recedes and The Master's grand plan of human farms is only days away from success. I will read the conclusion, but I think I'd better give it a while before I get it from the library, otherwise I might feel similarly burnt out on vampire apocalypses as I am now.In case I don't read The Night Eternal for ages I'm going to add in a quick recap under a spoiler tag for my own use (I don't want to have to reread both of these books in preparation for finally reading the third book) (view spoiler)[Nora was escaping through the train tunnels with Zack and her mother when the train was ambushed and Nora chose her mother over Zack (she was going to euthanise her mother and then go back for Zack, but found she couldn't do it and when she went looking Zack had disappeared). Zack was found by his mother and taken to The Master who chose not to turn him, instead curing him of asthma and possibly ensuring ever-lasting devotion in the boy. Sertrakian killed Eichhorst at the nuclear power plant and attempted to kill The Master when he drank his Coumadin poisoned blood, all it did was hurt him temporarily and cause him to jump into Bolivar's body. Gus has joined Eph, Nora, her mother, Fet in the fight and the last we saw of them they were planning to camp in the derailed train carriages for a few days while Eph continued to look for Zack. (hide spoiler)]

  • Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
    2018-12-23 22:30

    When I first read The Strain, back before I started doing my reviews on Goodreads, I posted about it on my Facebook page, saying something along the lines of "Twilight, this ain't. It's a edge of your seat, find your happy place, whimper in your sleep, kind of vampire story." I even think I gave it a 9/10, a score I reserve for only the very best. So, The Fall, book two in the series, has been on my wishlist for some time now.Finally, I got around to reading it and perhaps my memories of The Strain have been tainted, popped up on a pedestal, remembered through rose-tinted glasses, or perhaps the fact that I have just finished Justin Cronin's epic novel The Passage, has meant that this time around, Del Torro & Hogan just didn't quite do it for me.Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it and even managed to sneak the odd read during the day, something I don't normally do, but it just didn't hold the same fear-factor the first in the series had. It did ramp up a bit at the end, but for the bulk of the book I struggled to remember what had happened in The Strain, and spent most of my time revisiting the lead up to The Fall through the glimpses the author's gave.The Fall does lead off exactly where The Strain left us. The Master has been weakened by his confrontation with the elderly vampire hunter Setrakian. Dr Ephraim Goodweather's turned ex-wife is still on the hunt for their son, and proving his downfall. And Fet, our rat exterminator has now joined the team, hell-bent on spilling some vampire blood.I felt the first half of this book revealed very little new. This was not a bad thing, a lot of the time it revisited The Strain, something that I have to admit I needed, having forgotten so much of the story since then. Or perhaps I had pushed it deep, deep down inside, who knows. But the recap was good, just not enthralling. Been there, done that, kind of feel.It wasn't until well into the last third of the book that I began to get that familiar can't wait to turn the page feeling, and read well into the night.In the end, I enjoyed this second installment, but I can't say I loved it. It didn't change my world, like The Strain had done, it just filled a gap. Will I read on and find out what happens in The Night Eternal? Yeah, I think I will, but I don't think I'll rush it. One day I'll spot it on the shelf at my local library, like I did The Fall, and find myself reaching out to pick it up.And just like that, I'll be back in the thick of vampire worms and ammonia reeking excrement.So, what do I give The Fall, second book in the The Strain Trilogy?7/10: "Good solid read, something to get your teeth into" on the NBRS.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-13 17:23

    In the first book, The Strain, the human race was attacked by a weird parasite. The parasite caused an unusual effect on humans turning them into vampires. The first book ended with readers being introduced to the Master. The second book, The Fall continues right on from the first. The Master is out roaming the world, trying to control the vampires and make more. It appears that there is no one that can stop the Master. Even the “Old” vampires are fighting with the “New” vampires. Eph Goodweather is the head of the Centers for Disease Control. He along with Setrakian and a few other humans are slaying their way hoping to find a way to stop the Master. Eph is a bit distracted by his ex-wife, Kelly. She was turned into a vampire. Eph fears for his son, Zack, who Kelly wants to, turn him into a vampire. There is only one way to stop the Master…there is a book that describes the ancient ways and all about the history of the vampires. Whoever possesses the book holds great power. The Fall is book two in the Strain trilogy. I read The Strain the first book last year and finished it in a matter of a few hours. I have to admit that it took me a few to get caught up to speed again regarding who everyone was and what parts they played in this story. Once I got everything straight, I was able to enjoy this book. What I most like about these books is that the vampires are smart but they also have a unique feature about them. They have like this sucker at the end of their tongues that the vampires lash out at humans and attach to their necks. This is how they drink the blood. All of the main characters are intriguing. While I liked this book, it was missing some of the great sparkle from the first book. There was a few times where I was skimming over the pages. I found it moved a little slowly for me at times. Though, this book ended with unanswered questions that have me anxiously awaiting the last book to see how it all ends. If you like your vampires darker and edgier then Edward from Twilight then you will like this trilogy.

  • Zwaantina De Graven
    2019-01-20 19:24

    Het boek kwam wat langzaam op gang, vooral in vergelijking met het eerste deel. Even was ik bang voor second book syndrome, maar naarmate het boek vorderde kwam er ook weer wat vaart in het verhaal. Eigenlijk wilde ik het boek 3* geven, maar het einde zorgt ervoor dat ik het toch 4* geef.

  • Dan
    2019-01-16 17:35

    Yes, this is different from the show, and yes it is way better too. Don't know how soon I will read the 3rd and final book, but I am not sure how that will be considering how this one ended.

  • Alazzar
    2019-01-02 22:45

    The Fall. To what does the title refer? The fall of vampires? The fall of civilization? The most pumpkin-centric season known to man?No. It is none of these things. After reading this book, I can say with reasonable certainty that it was named after the fall that Del Toro and Hogan took right before they started writing. I’m assuming that the two of them were tossing around good ideas (you know, the type of stuff we saw in The Strain), then simultaneously tripped and stumbled down a flight of stairs mid-conversation. When they landed, their heads swimming and speech slurred like punch-drunk boxers, they immediately started writing their outline for The Fall. When they came to and realized where they were, they didn’t bother to make any changes.And thus, a final draft was born.The point I’m trying to make here is that the book sucks—you know, in case that wasn’t clear. Sometimes I like to tell you exactly what I mean even after I made my initial descriptions, just in case it somehow went over your head. I’m a lot like Del Toro and Hogan this way. They stumbled upon a great formula: have your characters do things that should clearly state their intent, and then flat-out say exactly what their intent was.“His eyes narrowed, his jaw tightened, Fet sucked heavy breaths through his teeth and stared down the vampire before him; his growing rage forced the veins of his neck to bulge forth like blood worms under his skin, and his hands were balled into tight fists, thirsting for revenge.Fet, you see, was very angry at the vampire for hitting him a moment earlier.”(That’s not a real excerpt, but it might as well be.)Okay, okay, let’s back up here. First, I’ll talk about the things I liked:1. The book was free, ‘cause I got it from the library.2. It wasn’t Mythago Wood.All right, back to the things I hated.I’m not sure if my reading tastes have changed since I read The Strain a year ago (it’s entirely possible, since I’ve read more in the past year than I previously had over the course of my entire life), or if the writing just got worse. I’m pretty sure it’s the latter. In addition to the aforementioned “telling me things you already showed,” there were all sorts of cheesy lines that belonged in action-movie trailers. And I’m not talking awesomely bad lines that are supposed to be awful (Arnold telling a crocodile, “You’re luggage” after shooting it in Eraser comes to mind), but rather lines that are intended to be dramatic and powerful but just end up making me groan; halfway through the book, I’d rolled my eyes so many times that I started to fear they might dislocate themselves.Alas, I was afforded no such mercy. Sigh.But the cheesy lines and “showing-then-telling” weren’t the only problems—not by a long shot. There were also the action scenes. In The Strain, I seem to remember the action being intense—even scary at times, which is a rare thing for me to say, as horror writing tends not to give me chills very often. (But, man, that scene in the first book where (view spoiler)[the vampire is knockin’ at the door and looks through the mail slot (hide spoiler)] . . . now that’s some intense writing.) I didn’t get the same feelings here. In fact, I was never under the impression that anyone might come to harm. I was never worried for the characters. I’m not sure if that’s because I didn’t give a moose-shit about the characters (entirely possible), or if I could just tell they weren’t going to die because they’d been established as main characters in the previous book. In either case, the action sucked, and action accounted for something like 85% of the book—thus, the best the authors could hope for was a 15% non-suck rate, but even that was a peak that refused to be climbed.The book also had a few logical inconsistencies, the type of which I thought I’d left behind after finishing with the workshop portion of a creative writing class I took at a community college. In that class, the budding writers were helpful in pointing out such issues as, “Your character said the plant was to the left of the door initially, but then it somehow moved to the right.” In The Fall, we get stuff like, “Your character just stood up from the chair twice without having sat again,” and, “You specifically noted that Eph had shaving foam on half of his face, which makes for an awfully humorous visual now that you have Nora kissing his unshaven cheek. But I guess we’ll just ignore that.”I get that Del Toro is a movie guy, and for that reason, this book reads a lot like a blockbuster movie. I was okay with that in the first installment of the series. But I feel it went a little too far here—I don’t care how “action-movie” your book is, a man should not be able to slap someone and send them flying TWELVE YARDS. Do we realize how long twelve yards is? Like, seriously? This guy can punch people so hard that he gets first downs. That would be fine if he had super powers, but his only super power is being an old man--not exactly an attribute you’re looking for in your starting quarterback.All the aforementioned problems were already making the book hard enough to read during the middle parts, but then they had to go and team up a kid with an old lady. Children and old people are the most boring characters you could possibly imagine. No one cares about kids and old people. No one. The one exception is Professor Setrakian, because he’s not dead weight. But as for the other two—well, let’s just say it’s no wonder we’re having such problems with vampires. It’s hard to flee from the legions of the undead when you’ve got a wrinkly bag of person-shaped bones and an iPod-toting tear-gland slowing you down.(Remember, when you’re being chased by vampires and you drop your iPod, you must go back for it—the secret to their weakness almost certainly lies hidden in reverse-played Simple Plan tracks.)For as bad as this book was, I can’t figure out if I should give it a 2 or a 3. I’m reluctant to give it a 3, because there are other books I’ve given threes that were far better. But if I give it a 2, that means it’s as bad as Mythago Wood, and nothing is as bad as Mythago Wood.Hmm . . . maybe the real problem here is Mythago Wood. I need to go take about 4-6 of its stars away.The Strain was a fantastic start to what could have been a good series; it truly breathed new life into the vampire genre. If this first installment were a chocolate sundae on a summer day, then The Fall would be a dirty diaper—one of them is a refreshing treat, the other is a receptacle for infant shit.EDIT: Only a day after writing this review, I realize the book wasn't that bad. I think I was mostly just disappointed in how it worked out compared to The Strain, which was incredibly awesome. But looking at some of my 3-star and 2-star reviews, I'd say The Fall definitely belongs more with the 3s than the 2s.

  • Димитър Цолов
    2019-01-10 19:45

    Едно "падение" в качеството усетих - оригиналната идея, добре развита в първа част, тук нещо почна да буксува - не, че не беше четивно и развлекателно, ама някак преливане от пусто в празно се получи накрая... Да видим №3!

  • C.J. Edmunds
    2018-12-30 01:43

    To say that reading The Fall would remind one of the movie 28 days and 28 days later but with a “Bite” is perhaps close to how reading the book would feel but of course any cinematic medium still can’t compare to the cinema of images and sound that runs and rules the mind when gripped by a good book. Such, for me, is this one. Following the events detailed in the first book, The Strain, its sequel, The Fall aptly titled, metaphorically works on different levels for the reader upon finishing the last chapter. When last seen our hero, (CDC) Center for Disease head, Ephraim Goodweather together with Jewish Pawnshop broker and Vampire expert, Abraham Setrakian, has just faced the Master and lived to tell the tale. Along with rat exterminator, Vasilly Fet, they have traced the Master’s lair to the tunnels underneath Ground Zero in New York, flushed him out and even wounding him after facing him head on following an attack on their home. But surviving that was just the beginning as The Master’s human partner in this pandemic crisis, billionaire cripple, Eldritch Palmer have begun to infiltrate people in government, and turned the tide against Ephraim and made him look like the bad guy for having uploaded a video of a Vampiric transformation and blamed him for the death of fellow CDC officer. Apparently in wanting to warn the public and do good, he has done more harm. By the time the crisis was addressed by Congress, numerous raids by newly turned Vampires have begun in different neighborhoods and being not warned, local enforcement officers have fallen both as prey and have become turned victims by the monster themselves. If this wasn’t enough, Ephraim had to deal with his wife being newly turned and is hunting them as they move from one sanctuary after another. One silver lining amidst all this was the revelation of The Ancients, a group of 6 Vampires who are opposed to what the Master is doing and have rescued Book 1 survivor, Gus and added him to their roster of exterminators and contracted humans to fight against the Master’s increasing forces. Like the first book, and in spite of the wait for its release, The Fall, succeeds in keeping the pace and twists of the storyline and even add more glimpses into some of the characters past like how Abraham and Eldritch Palmer have been rivals in the Vienna University, and it is rivalry that has characterized their relationship ever since. We also learn that being a survivor in a Nazi concentration camp, Setrakian’s commanding officer was currently the Master’s right hand man, Thomas Eichhorst. Add to that is the revelation and search for a mysterious book called the Occido Lumen, a silver lined tome that holds the key to the Vampiric origin and greatly desired by both the Master and Abraham himself. And you know how Silver is poisonous to Vampires. Well, in this book, that is. The title works for me on all levels as it refers to different beats in the story. On the surface, it does mean the fall of different key cities in the book like New York, Washington, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Paris and others as well as the fall of Man to these beings who clearly declare that they are at the top of the food chain by way of their actions. But in certain places, it also covers the fall of the Ancients themselves, by falling into hubris and not protecting their own ranks from the Master’s infiltration as well as Man’s own fall into the abyss of his own dark side and turning against his fellowmen when push comes to shove. (Spoiler) So clearly on all levels, the book is a good read for me in spite of some scenes that didn’t explain why some of the Ancients were just dropping down like flies and turning into a pile of white ash while Abraham was in conference to them when he brought them the book. Clearly it was the doing of the Master who by this time in the book we know was part of this Ancient Coven and was also the 7th and the youngest member of the circle who rebelled and waged this war; this infection of the food supply in bitter protest against the Ancients who have not given him his due. But I would’ve wanted a clear insight as to how the Master was doing this. Or we left to assume that the silver-lined photo flash that Fet and Abraham rigged underneath the tunnels have been copied by the Master? (scratches head) With that said I hope that I have given this book its due and warrants enough interest for you to either pick it up or begin reading the book that began it all. Like Empire Strikes Back, Two Towers, our heroes are battered, bruised, pushed to hell and back but there is definitely still some fight left in them. Till then like you, I will be awaiting the 3rd and final installment of this hi-tech vampire epic and like the Master and picking up on his own line, I look forward to “The Night Eternal”.