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The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy #3)

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The Earth lies shrouded in darkness...And it is our world no longer.

Two years have passed since the vampiric virus was first unleashed upon humanity—and nuclear winter has cast the poisoned world into eternal night. The remnants of the living who were not turned have been subjugated—with many imprisoned in camps to be bred and bled for the sustenance of the Master's vast v
Paperback, 539 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Harper (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 17, 2016 Kristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one because it sucks
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
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
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
Feb 09, 2012 Winskillfull rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Book 3 The Night Eternal of The Strain trilogy resumes with the resistance and The Born (Mr. Quinlan) out to find and destroy The Master at his site of origin, but there is a traitor among them and another with his own agenda....

While there is a bit more history and background information than necessary on how "it" all began in this finale, it was still full of action and very entertaining if you like this genre and accept it for what it is.

The ending was not exactly what I had hoped for, (view

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
Leah Polcar
After reading book two, I concluded that perhaps my love of The Strain was a result of hatred of friendly (and sparkly) vampires and being read by Ron Perleman. I can't rule out the former, but the lack of Perleman did not lessen my enjoyment of The Night Eternal . It is always difficult for me to know how to review books that are continuations of a series since by book three it is likely unfair to evaluate whether the book can stand alone. In fact, who would expect it to? Listening/reading 2 h ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Nate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
"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
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
Angel Gelique
May 15, 2014 Angel Gelique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it's over...! With a satisfying ending, this last book of "The Strain" trilogy did not let me down...except by ending! It was thoroughly suspenseful--the last twenty percent or so really had me at the edge of my seat. No spoilers from me, but wow...I didn't expect that ending! Now I can't wait for the television series that's expected to air this summer on FX. I hope it will closely mirror the book, unlike many other series based on books.

Again, I highly recommend this amazing se
Jun 12, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of vampires, horror
Recommended to Katy by: Vine
Review of a book received from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review, review written 2011.

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
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
Adam Light
Dec 09, 2014 Adam Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, series, own-it, e-book
This is the 3rd installment in The Strain trilogy.
Once again we fjnd the ragged, but slowly diminishing, band of survivors fighging a seemingly insurmountable legion of blood sucking evil led by the hellish Master.
This was extremely engaginf and well written and rounded out the series perfectly.
On the whole, the trilogy was also very entertaining, and I would recommend it to anyone who is tired of vampire cliches, as this story creates an interesting new take on the tried and true formula. And t
Jul 07, 2014 Mizuki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not a very good end for a trilogy which had started off so strong at the very beginning, but I'm still glad that I'd finished reading the three whole books. I still like the concept and the worldview offered by the author, I also quite like the ending as well.

One of the authors, Guillermo del Toro, is a famous director. Perhaps due to the fact that I am not a fan of his movies so I actually think The Strain Trilogy is better excised than del Toro's movies (I've watched three of them).

I foun
Feb 11, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires-witches
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Sep 18, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente historia, mantiene el suspenso hasta el final, aunque un par d capítulos antes d que termine se va adivinando.
Pero para mi opinión esta bien ese final, lástima por algunos personajes principales (q no voy a poner cuales son xa no spoilear)
Me alegra q esa hdp d Kelly al fin se muera.
Y nada más. Muy buena saga, disfrute de la lectura d los tres libros. Atrapante, intrigante y mantiene el suspenso todo el tiempo.
Marko Radosavljevic
Da zaboravim zoran kraj i neiskorišćene ideje, tri ipo je solidna ocena. Beše interesantna vožnja
Nov 20, 2011 Tressa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, vampires
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.
Treći deo The Strain trilogije je za nijansu bolji od prethodnog dela... Na žalost ne mogu reći da je u mnogome napredovao u odnosu na prethodna dva, ali bar zaokružuje celinu i daje konačno čitaocu uvid u neke stvari.
Dakle, neću da ubacujem spojlere ali sam tačno očekivao ovakav kraj... Ono što mi se jako svidelo jeste priča o nastanku vampira. Tu moram skinuti kapu dole gospodinu Del Toru na originalnosti!!! Dakle, vredelo je čekati barem taj deo romana. Moram priznati da mi je bilo krivo što
Ugh where to begin. I gave this two stars only because I was interested enough to finish it, also because I didn't "hate" it. Although this was a hugely disappointing ending. In the strain the whole concept of vampirism being biological completely sucked me in. Unique concept! I didn't expect the whole end of world and harvesting idea either, so what happens in the second book was also original storytelling. However the characters, all started out pretty good, but quickly were losing me as the s ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Carolina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Puntos positivos:
- Hubo personajes ambiguos, de dudosas motivaciones y en general con personalidades que te mantenían intrigados de si tratarían de salvar a todos o solo se preocupaban de ellos mismos.
-Ah diferencia de los primeros libros donde todo estaba muy enfocado en 2 o 3 personajes, aquí hubo mas puntos de vista y diferentes escenarios (Lo que es un alivio porque si hubiese tenido que estar leyendo sobre Ephraim las 500 y tantas paginas me hubiese aburrido mucho).

Puntos negativos:
-Nora em
Daniel Duron
Nov 16, 2011 Daniel Duron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
May 10, 2013 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
I've been reading a lot of what I call fluff books because once I started grad school, I realized that "proper literature" required brain power I no longer had to expend. This was one of the better entries in my fluff choices. It was highly entertaining, I cared enough about the characters to eagerly race to the end, and I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction which this just happens to be. There's been such a bum rush on vampire-themed entertainment in recent years that there's not a whole lo ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall a pretty good finale to the suspenseful series, even if a little melodramatic. The pace slows down, and a whole lot of mythology and backstory is revealed, which in turn sheds light on Master's and Quinlin's identities. Since Zack kidnapping in the last book, Eph's character becomes withdrawn and dependant on drugs and alcohol. The major relationship dynamics change and shift into a new pattern. Formerly a shining hero for the humanity is now mistrusted and forced to choose between perso ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Taksya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serie, horror
È trascorso un po' di tempo tra il secondo e il terzo volume. Nel frattempo sul mondo è sceso l'inverno nucleare, i vanpiri sono ai vertici delle classi dirigenti e, aiutati da collaborazionisti umani, ricreano una società simile a quella tedesca sotto il Nazismo.
Dopo tutto il Maestro si era trovato bene in quegli anni e ha sfruttato appieno la situazione.
Gli umani vengono asserviti, ma continuano il normale trantran lavorativo... stranamente le esplosioni delle centrali nucleari hanno portato n
This series allows us to return to old school vampires: the kind that scare you instead of leaving you falling in love with them. It really is great to get back to the original idea of vampires, the idea that they’re terrifying. Moreover, the vampires have their own unique twist in the trilogy which is also brilliant. I certainly recommend the series to anyone looking to get back to the basics with vampires.

I’m going to be completely honest and say I’m slightly disappointed with the ending of th
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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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