The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy, #3)
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The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy #3)

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It's been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master—an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters—Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martine...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2011)
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Kristina
I am amazed that a series which started so well with The Strain ended so badly. The second book was disappointing, but sometimes the middle book of a trilogy is, but The Night Eternal is simply awful. Mostly I was bored because not much happened in the book. Not only is it not scary or interesting, but it didn't make any kind of logical sense, and yes, even vampire apocalyptic novels should follow some sort of logic. So much is wrong with this novel I'm not sure where to start. Let's see. First,...more
Lou
A great cataclysmic finale to a story of biblical proportions, a story thats unearths a history as old as mankind.
A father and a son separated across the Atlantic, are two important characters in this third and grand finale of a book. The father Dr Ephraim Goodweather, once a prominent epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has a very important role, for the end of times is near either for the humans or the vampire race. For some reason, which will be unveiled in th...more
Silvana
A bit spoilerish but not too dangerous...

Disappointing end. Not just the ending of the trilogy but the whole book. It tasted so different if compared with the predecessors. I don't even know where to start pointing out the things I dislike from this book. The archangels and Sodom & Gomora & Old Testament tales are so ridiculous I spent much time frowning and shaking my head. Too much deus ex machina here and there. Why can't the authors make an original tale of the vampire creation? And...more
Jay
The Strain Trilogy is comprised of three separate volumes published between 2009 and 2011: The Strain (2009); The Fall (2010); and The Night Eternal (2011). Written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, it chronicles a vampiric takeover of the world and the efforts of a band of humans to resist.

The trilogy as a whole is entertaining. Certainly not with great literary quality but it will make, under Guillermo del Toro’s direction, a heart-stopping movie. The writing is not bad. I presume that th...more
Winskillfull
One of the worst books I've ever read. Be warned, the following is full of spoilers!


This book is FULL of plot holes - like suddenly, an epidemiologist is a freaking ninja, able to wield a sword against tens of vampires at the same time (even though said vampires have 6-foot long stingers, so...). The vampire blood is now caustic (since when??) and vampires frow wattles (???) even though the Ancients didn't have these...

Also, apparently the UK is largely vampire-free, due to being an island. FYI,...more
Stu - (Sequere me in tenebras)
"The vampires have established themselves at top of the food chain, Tescos is out, express blood banks are in. Humans are now the cattle."

I found myself rooting for Eph to kick the Masters arse towards the end. What a blaze of glory the ending had. I know, I know, I've said several times how dull this novel is, how much it borrows from Del Toro's other works and genres. I couldn't help it. Damn it, I feel somehow, tainted.

Anyway, so The Night Eternal is the last in Del Toro and Hogan's The Stra...more
Bonnie
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Night Eternal: the final installation in the Strain Trilogy. As the title may tell you, you’re in for a very dark and desolate journey. I will keep this short and sweet as much of this novel needs to be experienced firsthand, instead of through a review.

The Storyline
As the story opens, Dr. Ephraim (Eph) Goodweather is still reeling from the loss of his son, Zachary. Due to the vampire nature, his mother Kelly came back for him after she had already...more
Rachel
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Rick Urban
I will add my voice to the chorus who found this final book in the Strain Trilogy to be a great disappointment. One of my major complaints regards the Biblical origin story that Guillermo and Hogan have concocted, since it cheapens one of the great premises on which the original book rests: that the vampires have a detailed, real-world biology. Additionally, the plot is sloppily constructed, as with the chapter that, late in the game, describes how Eph's son is developing OCD; in no previous cha...more
Crystal
I am a HUGE vampire fan (real vampires, not those glittery pieces of crap that are in those dumb ass twilight books), and found this series to be a great read. I like the twist on the traditional vampire story with some old legendy stuff thrown in.

In my life I have bought less than a dozen brand new books in hardcover (when they first came out) and this series (after reading the first book) was one in which I just couldn't wait for the paperback version to come out because I had to buy it. I ra...more
Katy
Apr 24, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of vampires, horror
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Two years have passed since the fall of The Night Eternal. The Master has consolidated his control over humanity by the wholesale slaughter of the leaders, the intelligentsia, the scientists – anyone who might challenge his supremacy – and of those who are elderly or infirm or otherwise incapable of being contributing members of society. In the meantime, humans are controlled by the vampi...more
Tressa
I don't have much to say about the third book in this trilogy, except to say that it really loses steam. I loved the first two books, but this one barely held my interest long enough to finish it. And it ended the way I thought it would with a generic feeling survivors epilogue. I'm glad it's over so I can start something more entertaining.
Nate
Dec 04, 2012 Nate rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
My original review is below. I revisited this book and, though I thought it impossible, my loathing has only grown. I now hate this book and the catastrophic end it brought more than Donald Trump hates our President. More than the Kardashians hate privacy. More than hippies hate soap. More than children hate broccoli. This book is an abomination that made me stupider to read it. This book is a tragedy filled with faux mystical nonsense that the hack writers of the Left Behind series would feel a...more
Daniel Duron
"The Night Eternal", the end of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan is a fine read. Taken on it's own, it's actually quite a good novel about a post-apocalyptic New York City ruled by the iron first of an ancient vampire. However, when the two novels of the trilogy that preceded this one are taken into consideration, it is quite obvious that this is the weakest of the three.

Still, one cannot overlook the good and what this book does good, it does quite well; for instance, th...more
Kira
One thing I’ve loved about this trilogoy is Guillermo/Hogan’s (Guillermogan’s) interpretation of a vampire tale, which in this case includes elements of science fiction, fantasy, mythology and, in this most recent book, the dystopian post-apocalyptic world I imagine would result from a global takeover by the undead. A world so blighted by pollution and nuclear waste that the sun is only visible for a few hours a day, and a world where people would rather exist under the thumb of a mutant dictato...more
Kevin Bessey
Now that I've finished The Night Eternal (final book of The Strain Trilogy) I felt like reading this trilogy was like spending too much time on Facebook - a never ending distraction with the feeling of guilt for being so non-productive (I'm also taking a jab at the book's overused similes and metaphors; seriously take a look at every page or two and you'll find one).

After checking Amazon.com, I believe the reason so many people offer spoilers in their reviews are because the The Strain Trilogy i...more
Nosocialize
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This series does monsters right by sticking them in a coherent and plausible world. The vampires are realistic, made plausible because of the history the previous books built up, and the occasional explanation of the science behind vampirism. For instance the protagonist is a virus specialist and at one point cracks open a vampire and discovers vampires drink not by suck...more
Lisa
Oh, was I excited to get this book! I loved the first book in the series, The Strain – recommended it to everyone who was tired of sparkly vampires. The Fall was a little less successful (often the case with the middle book in a series), but still a very good read. I have been anxiously awaiting the final installment, in part because I figure the movie can’t be far behind.

The Night Eternal begins two years after The Fall ends. The Master has orchestrated the end of the human race and instituted...more
Andrew
We've all read them. The book we just can't put down. The book that we stay up until all hours of the night, thinking one more chapter, which leads to yet another. You can't wait to finish work so you can rush home and start reading it again.
This isn't that book.
The decline of quality in this trilogy from first to last, is amazing. The first was really enjoyable, a fresh take on the vampire story. The second was quite dull and plodding. This was rubbish, possibly the worst book I've read. I coul...more
Debra
I've read through a few of the negative reviews about this final book in the trilogy, and although I saw some valid points, I didn't see anything to sway me from giving this book a good rating.

I enjoyed the entire trilogy and the last book was very good, IMHO. It was a page-turner with plenty of action and intrigue, and I enjoyed the biblical implications (whereas others didn't). I liked how the authors explained the rising of the first vampires. It was uniquely different from what we've heard i...more
Gabriela
Nothing better to end a nice evening than to see the world (view spoiler) The recipe for succes is an old book, couple of doctors, a former gang member, a rat exterminator and the half vampire - half human offspring of the Masters itself. Too bad the world had to go to hell for a nice little get together to happen in heavens.

To be honest, I am not very pleased by the way this book ended. Actually it's not just the ending, it's the origin of those...more
Christopher
Oct 04, 2011 Christopher marked it as to-buy
If only to finish this cheese-filled trilogy.
Nicolemauerman
When it comes to the undead, I tend to favor Zombies as opposed to Vampires. Then the Twilight Series happened and everyone seemed to be obsessed with vampires and I swore I wouldn’t fall into the same trap. I saw the Night Eternal on an NPR list and decided to give it a try. I loved Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and seeing that he was co-author I was excited to give this book a try. I surprisingly really loved this book; vampires and all. So the premise of the book is that vampires have taken over...more
29alabs
Primero lo bueno: Me gustó la trama, creo que hay ideas interesantes en el libro que en cierta manera lo hacen original, no único o interesante, pero original como un copo de nieve deforme.

Lo malo: La mayor parte del tiempo se siente como si Del Toro y Hogan nada más revisaran un script que alguien escribió y entre los diálogos le agregaran descripciones, es bien triste que ver que buena parte de las descripciones empiezan con [personaje] pensó, dijo, sintió, es, no hay nada tácito todo está exp...more
S.A.
You know when you're reading a series and at some point you say "If someone drops a bomb on certain characters, I wouldn't give a flying Frisbee?"

I'm not sure if our giddy hooligans Del Toro and Hogan are pulling our leg, but they do set off a bomb in order to kill main characters and solve the BIG nasty vampire problemo.

I did not care. I did not give a flying Frisbee.

What started out in book one as a giddy horror fun-fest ended as a religious hoo-hoo. Lazy, lazy, lazy. This book uses logic as...more
Kelly Hager
This is set two years after the events of The Strain and The Fall. By now, people have gotten used to the fact that there are vampires and that those vampires are now in charge. Most of them work for the vampires, in one way or another, and instead of getting money, they get vouchers for food or other supplies. Some are in camps, used as either bleeders (a food source) or breeders (to make more food sources).

And there’s the resistance: Ephraim (who’s gone off the rails since his son was kidnapp...more
Ann Collette
This is a tough one for me... Overall, I thought the trilogy rocked -- if, like me, you don't think there's anything remotely sexy about vampires and instead, find them terrifying, then these books are for you. The first book was so scary I literally put it down at one point and wondered if I ought to keep reading, I was so terrified and grossed out. But I overcame my fears and kept on reading straight through to the end of the second book. I love the way Chuck Hogan writes -- he's talky, for la...more
Mark Wilkerson
While this is a fitting conclusion to Guillermo del Toro's vampire trilogy "The Strain," there are problems that I have with it. This book is plagued with what plagues most final books in many series. It's bogged down with too many twists and turns that the first two books avoided (one reason I enjoyed the first two). Additionally, the characters, almost to a person, stop developing, and the characters that are introduced are just fated to be vampire fodder. Altogether, the book feels over-long,...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
trina
thank god it's over! this series began with such promise and ended up being so unbelievably bad, it makes me embarrassed for del toro. get the hell back to work on hellboy, man, and quit bullshitting around with crappy authors! i blame chuck hogan for the worst of it, seeing as he was the "writer" in this pairing, and the writing is truly godawful, clumsy at best, hair-pullingly stilted and cliched and just AWFUL at its worst. i realize people don't really read horror novels for their literary s...more
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Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director mostly known for his acclaimed films Pan's Labyrinth, The Devils Backbone and the Hellboy film franchise. His films draw heavily on sources as diverse as weird fiction, fantasy, horror, and war. In 2009, Del Toro released his debut novel, The Strain, co-authored with Chuck Hogan, as the first part of The Strain Trilogy, an apocalyptic horror series featurin...more
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