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The Fall

(The Strain Trilogy #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  35,906 ratings  ·  2,390 reviews
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
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by William Morrow (first published September 16th 2010)
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Emily I assume you've moved on from this question by now, but if anyone else is cross I don't believe it would be a good idea to start with the 2nd book in …moreI assume you've moved on from this question by now, but if anyone else is cross I don't believe it would be a good idea to start with the 2nd book in the series. You miss a lot of background and relationship building, as well as small details from the previous book that aren't explained. (less)

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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 St
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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 lo
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 bra
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
This series was very problematic, in my opinion. Please read the full review for the series here on my blog.

Part two starts going downhill. It gives way too much power to the baddies too quickly to keep your interest in the series. You're reading about the resistance, when you already know they're definitely not going to win. Where's the fun in that?

Book two uses the underground passages of the speakeasies which I thought was cool, and it also uses cultural and historical element like the ho
Oct 07, 2015 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
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 12, 2011 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 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
"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
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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 vis
Kevin Bessey
Mar 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.

Scott Rhee
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
So cool that I'm reading this series as a buddyread with my friend Zwaantina. I was so excited for book #2 after reading book #1.

I have to start this review by saying that I was going to give this book 3 stars, but the last 80 pages changed my opinion.
This book does not have the creepy, scary horror vibe that the first book has. I was kinda dissapointed when I found out.

But this book has action, different perspectives and a really shitty situation where the main characters are in. Also this book
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
Jun 03, 2011 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
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 09, 2012 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.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Timothy Boyd
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice intense 2nd book in the trilogy. This is a interesting new take on the vampire story plot. Good writing and characters. Great enjoyable read. Very recommended
C.J. Edmunds
Aug 29, 2011 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
Reese Copeland
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picking up where the prospect off after a period of time. Continues the battle you can feel right along with the chatactets. You can feel the tension build quickly and at a fast pace. The ending is shocking and leaves you craving for the final chapter.
Noodle The Naughty Night Owl
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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 res ...more
Arun Divakar
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was with some perplexity that I read my review of the first volume ( read 7 years ago) in this trilogy. The final line of my review was a proclamation as to not to continue with the series but then over the years, simple curiosity overcame my reluctance and I decided to give this one a try and no…nothing much has changed. There hasn’t been a revolutionary overhaul of the storyline or the characters and nothing ground-breaking has come out of the woodwork. It is barring a few moments spread fe ...more
Steve Lowe
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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