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The Fall Hardcover – 16 September 2010
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- Publisher : HarperCollins (16 September 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007319495
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007319497
- Dimensions : 16.4 x 2.9 x 23.9 cm
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Praise for THE FALL:
‘The climax, all fire and brimstone, nicely sets up the third and final volume’ Financial Times
‘Enough blood-curdling action to set up a gory finale’ News of the World
‘Relentlessly paves the way for what promises to be an epic third book’ Kirkus
‘Fast-paced, action-packed, and even better than the first volume. Highly recommended for thriller and horror fans’ Library Journal
‘The authors ratchet up the tension as events alter and the stakes become higher’ SFF World
Praise for THE STRAIN:
‘The first in a trilogy that soars with spellbinding intrigue. Truly, an unforgettable tale you can’t put down once you read the first page. I can’t wait until the next one.’ Clive Cussler
‘Blood and apocalypse mix in a terrifying story that feels like it was ripped from today's headlines. Vividly wrought and relentlessly paced, THE STRAIN haunts as much as it terrifies. I cannot wait to see where Del Toro and Hogan take us next.’ James Rollins
‘A rattling piece of escapism’ The Times
‘Diverting and never less than expertly crafted’ Guardian
‘A pacy thriller with a great eye for detail and plenty of gloriously icky moments’ SFX
About the Author
Guillermo Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the film Cronos, and has since gone on to direct Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I, Hellboy II, and Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards. He is currently working on his next film and with Chuck Hogan writing the third volume in the Strain trilogy.
Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Devils in Exile and Prince of Thieves, which won the 2005 Hammett Award, was called one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King, and is a major motion picture from Warner Bros. titled The Town. Hogan lives with his family in Massachusetts.
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This sequel sees New York being taken over by vampires and a corrupt government and officials covering up the true nature of the disaster facing mankind. Once again, Del Toro and co-write Chuck Hogan show their eye for a movie and this novel reads very much like it is geared towards screen adaptation. However, it would seem that the authors have stepped up their game considerably after setting the scene with The Strain. The Fall really delivers the goods, is not as derivative as its predecessor and takes a vampire tale to a level I have never seen on the big or small screen.
Much like The Strain, The Fall reads very much as a high paced action horror but has a distinctly gloomier tone than most vampire stories. Hell, the vampires are winning here! Some say that this tone is depressing. I would suggest that if you are reading horror novels then you aren't particularly in the market for something lighthearted and ought to have read the book sleeve before you cracked the spine.
Perhaps due to the fact that this is the second novel in the trilogy, I felt that overall the character development was much better in The Fall. New characters were introduced that I genuinely felt compassion for and think many of the characters are not the tired clichés seen in so much vampire fiction. My personal favourite and one worth watching out for (who doesn't get near enough page space!) is Angel Guzman Hurtado. I'll leave it to you to find out more!
The Fall is a superior sequel to The Strain but with hindsight, The Strain set this up nicely.
The real narrative, however; for me, takes place in the streets of New York, in the shuttered tenements, and other vacated buildings, and in subway tunnels where vampires, use them like `rat runs' and emerge to hunt for food. For those that try to fight, they are scattered valiant but doomed. THE FALL is believable and frightening.
The strongest book of The Strain trilogy, The Fall opens up a lot more of a world of vampiric history and development. The book continues in the style of the first book with a hugely interesting idea, incorporating elements of religion, body-horror and old-fashioned hard-boiled detective-type feels. The book retains the frustrating head-hopping elements of its prequel, but I found this forgivable when turning this into a much larger world-building experience with exciting promise for the final book in the season.
Continuing immediately where the first book left off, 'The Fall' manages to weave together all sorts of vampire law but in a gritty reality rather that the romanticised 'Twilight' type image of a Vampire as well as filling in a few gaps in the background of Setrakian, the Vampire "expert". It moves at a good pace and I would love to see the story turned into a film directed by Guillermo Del Toro.
Can't wait for the final book in the trilogy.
The first book is good but I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it as it means you may feel obliged to read the other two. On that basis it is probably wiser to move along and choose another title.