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The Strain

The Strain

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HPB Staff

The Strain

by Toro, Guillermo del/ Hogan, Chuck
Old-school Vampires Have Returned!

The Strain opens with the mystery of an unresponsive plane filled with dead passengers. When almost every government department is brought in to solve the mystery, we meet Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather of the CDC. He's a man of science and fact who is thrown into a world of superstition and ancient viruses that do not seem to follow the laws of science when the dead passengers begin to return. He, along with the help of an old pawnshop broker named Abraham Setrakian, has to fight an outbreak of vampires in New York City. While The Strain trilogy is often thought of as a del Toro project, it's the scenes with mystery and unknown dangers that Chuck Hogan truly shines. Hogan brings the characters' uncertainty of their situation while del Toro brings his trademark horror. As a fan of vampires since I was a child, I've to witness the cinematic and literary evolution of these undead creatures. My favorites were always the ugly, monstrous creatures of ancient legends. Before Bella Lugosi brought the suave, accent-wielding vampire trope to the cinema, there was a monstrous incarnation called Nosferatu. The thrill of reading del Toro's vampire descriptions reminded me of the creature from long ago. He blends superstition and scientific mythos beautifully that will make you love and fear these vamps. Be sure to check out the next two books!

 
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A first installment in a new trilogy co-written by an acclaimed screenwriter and an award-winning author follows an epic struggle for survival between humans and vampires, a tale that is set against a backdrop of the post-World War II era in eastern Europe and America. 250,000 first printing.



  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sold by: HPB Tukwila
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co
  • ISBN-13: 9780061558238
  • ISBN: 0061558230
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Edition: 1
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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