Book Review: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher:  William Morrow

Summary:   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. Ephraim "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.

After really loving Justin Cronin's 'The Passage" I was up for another vampire-scifi sort of story & this fit the bill. It felt a little meandering at the beginning but possibly that was because I was itching to get to the outbreak & gory details. This one delivered & while the format didn't really pull me in to any character in particular, I enjoyed it. I'm glad I picked this one up at the library & I will continue with the series.

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