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Publisher's Summary

The tension-filled sequel to The Strain, from the world-famous director whose films include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.

Humans have been displaced at the top of the food chain, and now understand - to their outright horror - what it is to be not the consumer, but the consumed.

Ephraim Goodweather, director of the New York office of the Centers for Disease control, is one of the few humans who understands what is really happening. Vampires have arrived in New York City, and their condition is contagious. If they cannot be contained, the entire world is at risk of infection.

As Eph becomes consumed with the battle against the total corruption of humanity, his ex-wife, Kelly, now a vampire herself, is ever-more determined to claim their son, Zack.

As the Biblical origins of the Ancient ones are gradually revealed, Eph learns that there is a greater, more terrible plan in store for the human race - worse even than annihilation...

©2010 Guillermo del Toro (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"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)

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lots here that's not in the TV series!

I was in the mood for some Necroscope but the audiobook only seem. to be available in German now, so decided to give this a go even though I felt the first book read a lot like the screen play it originally was. This one delves into the lore a lot more and really comes into its own!

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  • kmcca5
  • 10-18-10

Good solid follow up to The Strain.

Picks up where the last book left off with New York in chaos, Vampires crawling all over the place sucking blood like there is no tomorrow (possibly this will be the case.

It's now set up nicley for part three. The only down side was that Ron Perlman (who's narration gave The Strain the edge over most audio books) was not reading it. In fairness Daniel Oreskes has a a good go at it but he's no Pearlman.

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  • Neil Scott
  • 10-21-15

Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to The Fall the most enjoyable?

Watched the TV show and thought about buying the book but having concentration levels due to illness at the moment so got this instead, very high quality reproduction and far better than the TV series, Just have to stop falling asleep otherwise you loose your place, its the morphine that does that not the quality of the story!

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  • Steve
  • 02-09-15

Great book

Loved it good story. Better than book one. Good narration. Better than Ron pearlman performance on book one. Look forward to book 3

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  • Jamie
  • 02-21-13

Excellent series

My favourite part of the trilogy. Lots of interesting back story for the old hunter. And the introduction of the kickass hoods.

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  • Leigh
  • 11-24-10

Disappointing.................

I was initially dubious about the first book in the series 'The Strain' as I always am of books with multiple authors, but went on the pedigree of the Authors themselves (especially del Toro) and found it to be 'Ok' (no masterpiece). But as we do when we buy into a series or in this case a trilogy, we expect things to get more exciting and for the story to grow on us.

Alas The Fall seems to be aptly named.

You would have thought that the long gap in between part's one and two would mean that the authors were working on mind blowing Tension builder with plot twists for an edge of your seat thrill ride, but what becomes apparent is that they had other projects to focus on and obvious just couldn't be bothered, The story continues on straight from the first book and in my honest opinion this could have easily been tagged onto the first book.

Will I be getting the final part ? unfortunately I probably will as I feel I've invested my time in this story and deserve a conclusion and boy it had better be better than this one.......

On a final note, Vampire books aren't really my thing and I didn't realize 'The Strain' was in the genre until I started it, but this aside for those of you that haven't as yet read/listened to it yet let me wholeheartedly recommend 'The Passage' by Scott Cronin, which is everything this book and its prequel should have been.

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  • Joeker
  • 01-07-21

Good follow up to the strain but it would have been great if they had kept Ron Perlman as the narrator

A pretty solid book and I enjoyed it but the narrators voice stopped me from really getting immersed in the story. The guys voice is quite tinny sounding, almost like he’s talking into an empty can and I found it harsh at times almost making me wince.
Wish they’d kept Ron Perlman onboard, his reading of the first book really got me hooked to the story, his voice was much clearer, resonated well and didn’t make me feel like I was being smacked in the ear with an ice pick.

So in short... i really liked the story and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first book, the guys voice takes some getting used to but the great writing makes it worth putting up with.

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  • Gary
  • 06-24-11

Bit of a technical let down

Sounds like it was recorded in a tin shack during a hail storm with a home made microphone. If Alexander Graham Bell heard this he'd think we hadn't taken a single step forward in sound quality since his first phone call. Such a shame after the first one

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  • Tom
  • 12-22-10

workmanlike follow up to The Strain

The Fall picks up exactly where 'The Strain' finishes so you really do need to read the books in order.

Although 'The Fall' lacks the high octane tension of 'The Strain', the difference being magnified perhaps by a rather subdued narration, it is nonetheless a very enjoyable listen and never less than absorbing - well written and well plotted. Several loose ends are left dangling no doubt to be picked up in part 3.

If you enjoyed part 1 then I am sure you will like part 2 as well.

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  • Paul
  • 10-29-10

An anticlimax dull and a different narrator.

I was really looking forward to the 2nd book in the trilogy having found the first book one of my most enjoyable to date. I found book 2 a terrible let down. Narration was dull, content was no where near as rivetting and I got to the end feeling let down and wondering if the author of book 1 had lost interest. What a load of drivel. Don't waste your time with this.

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  • Lee
  • 10-07-20

As good as book 1

This book picks up where book one ends so the series needs to be read in order. I really enjoyed it and I found the narration spot on.

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  • Strider
  • 11-06-20

Great Sequel

Really enjoying this series and it has not let me down. If you love fiction and vampires. this is the series for you.