The Strain By Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Boeing 777 lands perfectly at JFK. The window shades on the plane have all been pulled down. And closer inspection reveals that the on board crew and passengers are dead. Dr Ephraim (Eph) Goodweather, head of a rapid-response team for the CDC in New York, is called in to determine the presence of a biological threat.
After bringing the corpses to be examined, he noticed some weird things going on. Corpses which refuse to decompose, weird biological residue splattered all over the airplane cabin, an enormous black earth-filled cabinet which mysteriously vanishes… and four survivors, diagnosed and then, against Goodweather’s wishes, unleashed into Manhattan.
This is the beginning, how the plague of the Strigoi – the Old World name for vampire – comes to consume New York. Aid by Nora Martinez, his right hand on CDC, Vasily Fetan exterminator for the New York City Bureau of Pest Control, Abraham Setrakian an elderly Romanian Jew who now earns his crust as a pawnbroker in Spanish Harlem. Setrakian has first-hand knowledge of these creatures in WW II and he is basically Van Helsin’s character. They all will try to destroy this ancient threat that is now here in New York City.
As I read the book I noticed how easy it was to read. There is plenty of gore, and a new take on vampires. I have to say, there were a few references that I fund them very similar to Blade II, the open jaw of the vampires, the destruction of many vampires using a UV light kind-of-grenade.
In a way you will find his book to be so good you won’t want to put it down; so bad because this is only part 1 of 3 and the horrific vision at the end of the first tale is what will stick like dried blood until the next part in the story arrives.
– By George