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The Fall (The Strain Trilogy #2)

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Humans have been displaced at the top of the food chain, and now understand – to their outright horror – what it is to be not the consumer, but the consumed.

Ephraim Goodweather, director of the New York office of the Centers for Disease control, is one of the few humans who understands what is really happening. Vampires have arrived in New York City, and their condition is
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 8th 2008)
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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,
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
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
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
Oct 12, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.


I also love the urban setting for this series. The
Mar 13, 2012 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
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
Oct 07, 2010 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2012 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2011 Twobusy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror, vampires, apocalyptic situations
Recommended to Katy by: Vine
Shelves: vine-book
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
"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
Nov 29, 2014 Rade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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 ...more
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
Kevin Bessey
Mar 16, 2012 Kevin Bessey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sep 18, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2013 Dyuti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. An
Sep 22, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
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
The on-going fight between the bloodthirsty creatures, both 'old world ancients' and 'new world', continues in The Fall, Book 2 of The Strain trilogy, and I must admit to finding it even better than Book 1. With Vampire Hunter Setrakian, Doctor Goodweather and Exterminator Fet in search of The Master's Nest and the ancient text containing vampiric secrets, the fast-paced action and creepiness never cease.

This really is one frightening (and gruesome) horror story!

(After recently watching the fir

Angel Gelique
May 11, 2014 Angel Gelique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin! This second book in "The Strain" trilogy is just amazing. Starting where the first book left off, it tells how the vampire plague has reached epic proportions and is now a global dilemma. Eph, Nora, Setrakian and Fet have not given up and are all working to figure out the Master's plan. Joining them in their fight for mankind are some very unlikely characters and some even unlikelier, unexpected creatures.

This book is so intense and suspenseful. I appreciate ho
C.J. Edmunds
Sep 15, 2011 C.J. Edmunds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, horror, owned
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
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
Steve Lowe
Jan 04, 2011 Steve Lowe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2014 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars...finally finished this book.

I still have no idea what to say about this book, other than I didn't like it. However, after thinking on this some more, and swallowing my stubborness, I've decided to not read the final book.

I just don't think I can take anymore.

If you loved/enjoyed the first book, you may like this one, and want to continue to the trilogy. If you were just meh on The Strain, you may feel really more underwhelmed with THE FALL (which is how I felt).

The writing: Meh.
Katriina  ❆
This was a fairly quick read, although I had hardly any time to do so. I have two hours commuting time every day and read whenever I could.
I liked the second book of the the strain series, altough it ended with a total nuclear catastrophe and the death of a character I really liked, so I'm slightly less excited for the third book - especially since everyone and their mother told me that it wouldn't be good.
My mom is that kind of person that adores every book, no matter how badly written, how b
Dec 18, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much drama! Eichorst is back in character with his evil Nazi vampire gig, and is actually playing a large role here. A ton of major characters get killed of left and right. Huge explosions worthy of Michael Bay's professional touch. Things are looking indeed very grim for the humanity.

I love the background lore and the concept of the Ancient Ones. There are some interesting references to real life mysteries like Roanoke Colony disappearances, tragic disaster of Chernobyl being tied to a vampi
Jul 03, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In lieu of the FX series The Strain, due out in a few weeks, I thought it best to finally read the second book in the trilogy. Admittedly, it has been years and this ARC of The Fall was buried in my evergrowing TBR pile. Needless to say, this lean novel takes off immediately after events of The Strain, in which a rogue CDC scientist, an aging pawnbroker and lifelong vampire hunter, and a rat exterminator now an exterminator of a different kind of bloodthirsty vermin, all try to thwart the plans ...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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