The Fall (The Strain Trilogy, #2)
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The Fall (The Strain Trilogy #2)

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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 vampire...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2010)
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Stephen
WARNING: THERE ARE NO VAMPIRE KITTENS IN THIS BOOK
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4.0 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,...more
Kemper
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/par...more
Lou
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 mankin...more
Paul
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 backgr...more
Chris
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 trilo...more
Katy
Apr 11, 2014 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of horror, vampires, apocalyptic situations
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon.com Vine
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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 focu...more
Heidi
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....more
Stu - (Sequere me in tenebras)
"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 o...more
Dyuti
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...more
Cheryl
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 Goodweathe...more
Noodle
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 Str...more
Caz Edmunds
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...more
Cristian Stier
Two years ago, the magnificent film director, Guillermo del Toro, surprised us with his very first literary work. Now, with its continuation, he shows us why he is one of the most creative minds of the movie industry, and that he can also turn into an extraordinary author.

SPOILERS AHEAD

I read The Strain as soon as it came out in spanish. Del Toro had become one of my favourite movie makers, so I had the need to know what he had to say through my favourite art, literature.
It's clear that he wrote...more
Becky
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... incons...more
Twobusy
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...more
Steve Lowe
Jan 04, 2011 Steve Lowe rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anit-Twilight-ers, people who like sucking things
For a vampire book, The Strain series is pretty good. I'll read the last one when it comes out next year, then probably forget all three a few months later, or at least until Del Toro starts making the movies. I envision some wicked cinematic vampires in the vein (HA! get it? I slay me...) of his creepy beasts in Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies.

And when I get right down to it, I suppose that's why I started reading these books in the first place. To get an idea of what the eventual movies...more
Kevin Bessey
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.

**SPOILER...more
Sérgio Marcondes
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Alazzar
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 st...more
Michael
I’m all in favor of romanticizing the vampire, but let’s be honest, it’s a trope: a familiar and often overused character. Overused so much that it’s lost its ability to terrify and be a good subject for Horror writing. I think the watershed moment was “sparkly vampires”. Don’t misunderstand my criticism. I enjoy what True Blood has done with Charlene Harris’ universe and I do enjoy watching Kate Beckinsale slink around in black, oil-slick, skin tight outfits. Who doesn’t love a smoldering brun...more
Kim
It's been a long time since I read the first book in this series and was sucked into this resurrecting of vampires as true villains. The charm of the first book had definitely faded by the end of this volume.

The action parts were great and would translate well to the silver screen but the drama and mystery parts are really getting convoluted and don't point towards a great finish. There's too many side elements going on. I would have preferred they pull the focus back a bit and shed more light o...more
Emily
I really didn't like this book and I am not sure why I felt like I had to finish it. The first book was really good - not well-written good, but plot and scary good. I found myself literally rolling my eyes while reading this book. It was so contrived and over-dramatic. There were parts where I could tell the author wanted me to gasp and be awed by the action or dialogue. Instead, I rolled my eyes. There was no suspense, no climax, no surprise to this book. There were parts where there was some...more
Path Kittinat
เล่มสองของ ไตรภาคแวมไพร์ไวรัสขย่มโลก The Strain โดนกิลเลอโม เดล โทโร และ ชัค โฮแกน

แวมไพร์ในเล่มนี้กลายสภาพเป็นลูกกระจอกที่ออกมาให้ฟาดฟัน กันเป็นตับๆ ๆ ๆ มีบอสออกมาให้เจอเป็นแวปๆ
อ่านๆไป จะพบว่าผู้เขียนเหมือนผสม Zombie กับ Vampire ออกมาได้อย่างน่าดูทีเดียว แต่ถ้าให้เปรียบเทียบกับ
เล่มแรก เล่มนี้ Action มากกว่า ส่วนเล่มแรก เยือกเย็นมากกว่า เล่มนี้แผนการของ The master บอสใหญ่ ก็ได้รับการเปิดเผยขึ้นในตอนจบ และก็แน่นอน จบแบบทิ้งเชื้อให้ไปอ่านภาคต่อไปได้เท่ห์ เหมือนกับหนังยังไงยังงั้นเลยทีเดียว

สรุปไม่ร...more
Max Magbee
The second book in the STRAIN trilogy, an apocalyptic tale about the downfall of modern society brought about by a vicious once-underground sect of grotesque Vampires, suffers from the same problems that plagued the first book: too many characters, all of whom have no personality and are not in the least bit interesting, a narrative that, for being stretched out over three books, is way too thin and is awkwardly broken-up to the point of causing confusion in the reader, and serious over-writing...more
Jessi
First I thought this was a sequel and the "finisher" of the the series... Nope there is a third book and it is not out yet.So sort of anti-climatic for me. This was most defintley scarier then the first and the victims seemed even more innocent,word of warning more children are "infected" in this one.

Eph(Main man) sort of pissed me off as well in this installment. I have this thing about alcoholics going back to the drink, they seem a bit too self rightous for me.I don't follow Eph's train of th...more
Flora Bateman
This is a continuation of the story begin in The Strain which I remember liking. Its a more scientific outlook on vampires and much less romantic. In this second book we see the continuation of vampires taking over New York and also around the world. And we see a small group figting against it while our government is calmly looking the other way as if nothing is happening.

Don't misunderstand, I know 3 stars is less than ideal, but I rated it lower because of the way it was written. My biggest p...more
29alabs
The Fall (Oscura) es el segundo volumen de una trilogía de "vampiros modernos" que en lugar de adaptar como película o serie de TV, Guillermo del Toro decidió hacer un libro.

Tristemente se nota el hecho de que era o será una pelicula, las personalidades de los personajes son muy superficiales, hay capitulos enteros que se usan para introducir a un sólo personaje, hay una parte donde se retconea una situación del libro anterior (belive it or not), los escenarios se describen muy poco (y aunque no...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
The Master’s vampires are furthering their control over New York City – and not just New York, similar planes are landing throughout the world. On every continent, cities are falling and the vampires are spreading. And that’s before the Master’s plan with the nuclear power plants comes to fruition.

In New York, Fess, Strakarian and Ephraim are reeling from the failure of their attack plan. The Master isn’t dead, sunlight and silver didn’t kill him, he is only injured but still able to move his pl...more
Rob
The Fall is the middle section of an intended trilogy, so suffers the same obstacles as any such sequel/prequel. It has to somehow build upon the excitement of the highly enjoyable The Strain, come to a satisfying conclusion in its own right whilst setting things in place for a breathtaking climax.

All things considered, it does things pretty well. The vampiric virus that emerged in the first book is now swamping NYC and, presumably, much of the world; meanwhile our plucky heroes find themselves...more
Read2review
Ok people tell me who is in the mood for a real horror story? Who is ready for the real deal page turning nonstop thriller?? I have to warn all that I am not liable for nightmares after reading!! You will go to sleep with the lights on and double check everything after reading this! Believe me reader’s Lady Journal would never steer you wrong? Trust me when I say, I am the Queen of horror! So when I tell you this is Real Horror, it is. Now if you haven’t read this yet, get it now!! Guillermo is...more
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