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The strain
Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Adult Fiction TORO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

An ancient vampire is brought into New York by an immortality-seeking financier and infests the city with bloodthirsty, light-shunning revenants. Can two doctors, an elderly folklore professor, an exterminator and a gang member stem the monstrous tide? The delightfully rumbling voice of Ron Perlman, who has appeared in several of Del Toro's films, does the honors. The listener may quibble with his inconsistent pronunciation of the character name "Ephraim," but on the whole, Perlman's narration and dialogue are creditable, particularly his convincing, Eastern European-accented portrayal of Professor Setrakian. Del Toro and Hogan favor a discursive style, and their lengthy descriptions and the repetitive nature of many of the vampire attacks mean that the story is somewhat slow to gather steam, but it does get there in the end. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 13). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Pan's Labyrinth director Del Toro and thriller author Hogan (Prince of Thieves) team up to launch the first volume of a modern-day vampire trilogy. The story begins onboard a grounded plane that has just landed at New York's JFK airport. Police and emergency medical crews are called to investigate the possible outbreak of a mysterious disease, which has killed all but four of the plane's passengers. Unknowingly, something more ominous is responsible for the carnage, which now threatens the city and soon the entire country. Unlike the sexy bloodsuckers of paranormal romances and the cuddly vampires of teen fiction, these undead creatures are slick, dark, and frightening. This novel reads like a story made for the big screen, and with writer/director Del Toro, that is entirely possible. Despite the somewhat slow start, the story builds up steam quickly, and fans of horror, vampire fiction, and Del Toro's Hellboy films will line up for this one. Buy multiple copies. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/09; Rayo will publish the simultaneous Spanish-language edition.-Ed.]-Carolann Lee Curry, Mercer Univ. Medical Lib., Macon, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Ephraim Goodweather
Male
Married
Works for the Center for Disease Control as an investigator for biological threats; investigating the mysterious deaths of the passengers of a Boeing 747 who have all been drained of blood; tried to keep the survivors segregated, however they got disharged; the corpses of the plane victims mysteriously disappeared; must find a way to stop the vampiric virus.
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Abraham Setrakian
Male
Holocaust survivor
Owns a pawnshop; knows that a war between vampires and humanity is coming.
Professor



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