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The Night Eternal Paperback – 10 July 2012
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- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (10 July 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007455712
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007455713
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.05 x 19.71 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 487,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for THE NIGHT ETERNAL:
‘A devilishly good read, full of satisfying scares’ Stephen King
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
Praise for THE STRAIN:
‘A near-flawless thriller’ News of the World
‘A rattling piece of escapism’ The Times
‘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
‘Diverting and never less than expertly crafted’ Guardian
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Two years have passed since the Master came to New York, and the entire world has changed -- the wealthy/smart/influential people have been killed (the vampires are Occupiers?), humans are rounded up like cattle, and the toxic atmosphere keeps the world in perpetual night.
Only a few ragtag humans are still putting up a resistance -- a devastated Eph spends most of his time popping pills and moping about the loss of his son Zack, Nora is struggling to care for her mother, and Vasiliy Fet has gotten his hands on a nuke that might be able to take out the Master. And Zack -- still human -- is being kept in a mansion by the Master, who seems to be sculpting the boy in his own image.
But the key to destroying the Master may lie in an ancient book left behind by Abraham Setrakian, which hints at how the entire vampiric plague started. If they can decipher it, they might have a chance at destroying the Master -- but their enemy has thousands of years of cunning on his side.
The Strain Trilogy really shows the way that vampires should be depicted -- not as pouting sparkling pretty-boys, but as vicious, intelligent creatures with ancient power and knowledge. And "The Night Eternal" is a good -- not brilliant, but good -- way to wrap the trilogy, with plenty of suspense, horror, and vampires who actually have a smart plan for world domination.
The book is wrapped in a grimy, bleak, decayed atmosphere, with lots of bloodspattered action scenes and dark humor ("Vivas las rates!"). But del Toro weaves in thin, pale threads of mysticism, which culminate in moments of almost frightening beauty. And his prose style meshes beautifully with Chuck Hogan's, especially since they both have a knack for the gritty details (guess where the vampire excrement ends up).
The biggest problem with "The Night Eternal"? The origin of the vampires was depicted as being biological in the first two books, but in this one... it's mysticism, magic and ANGELS. This isn't entirely surprising since del Toro inserts a lot of angels into his work, but it wasn't well foreshadowed. At all.
Without Setrakian, the original group has fractured a lot -- Eph is an unreliable, emotionally distant shell of himself, and he's so doped-up on drugs that his vampire ex-wife is having trouble finding him. Nora and Fet have found solace in each other, and we still have a bunch if colorful side characters such as Quinlan the vengeful half-vampire (whose backstory is explored here), ex-gangbanger Gus, and the increasingly messed-up Zack.
"The Night Eternal" has a major central flaw, but is saved by the brilliant prose, strong characters, and vampires who actually scare you. It's not brilliant, but it is still a solid read.
Top reviews from other countries
This final part is somewhat unlike the previous instalment, and very unlike the first book, which owed a lot to the ideas that Stephen King explored in the wonderful 'Salem's Lot'. In fact, it struck me that 'The Strain' was a bit like 'Salem's Lot' expanded out of small town America and imposed on the whole world. This time, bravely entering the head vampire's lair with wooden stake, holy water and crucifixes won't cut it. This monster isn't even unduly concerned by daylight ... but he is worried about a very old book.
Enjoyed the whole trilogy, with the first book, 'The Strain', as is so often the case, carrying most shocks and creepiness.