Nan’s Notes: The Strain, by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan

  • Pub. Date: June 2009
  • 401 pages

I am so behind in putting up reviews! I am finally starting to feel better (I’ve been dealing with a bad cough and a general feeling of blech  for a month) – antibiotics are kicking in today! Over the next week and a half I hope to get up some short, quick reviews on my reads from the past month.

I read this book in October for the RIP IV Challenge. It was quite awhile ago, so I’m going to put in the book synopsis from

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months—the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

My thoughts: (This may contain spoilers… it’s been awhile since I read it and I can’t remember if some of this is spoilery  or not!)

I have to say that this book scared me! While reading and right after finishing it, I was unable to go down into the basement to the get the laundry duirng the daytime – the night time was out of the question! If it was daytime, I would have to call my sister on the phone and talk to her while I ran down there to get it.

I haven’t read a lot of vampire books, but this one seemed different from the few vampire books I’ve read. The inclusion of the CDC and treating vampirism as a contagious epidemic seemed like a new twist to me.

It was a fun, scary read. A great book to read around Halloween! A couple of times as I was reading, the phone rang and I jumped right up at the noise! I was glad I spent part  my Barnes and Noble gift certificate on this book.

Rating: 4/5  – provided a good scare!





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