The Strain

Posted by Anton Marks on 6 August 2014 | 0 Comments

It's funny how I got caught up  with The Strain trilogy and I have to admit that it wasn't love at first sight.

I'd seen the novel in the book stores and being a horror fanatic you would have thought it would be an immediate choice. Stranger still I adore Guillermo Del Toro and his name on the cover with Chuck Hogan should have sealed the deal but it didn't. I overlooked it for a few months and that does not say much about my book instincts at that time. I must have been distracted.

But I couldn't get away from a good book no matter how I tried and soon I was shoulder to shoulder with Ephraim Goodweather, Sertrakian, Nora Martinez, Vasily Fret, Eldritch Palmer, Creem, Angel, Augustin Elizalde and the Vampire threat. Once I embarked on the journey I couldn't put it down.

It's obvious the Del Toro and Hogan thought long and hard on how to give the vampire threat a semblance of scientific beleivability instead of depending on the usual metaphysical basis for their existance and I thought it worked well. Why not consider them a bio hazard manufactured by a set of fallen angels that lived amongst us hell bent on creating a hell on earth.


the strain

As you can imagine things get considerably worst - in a good way - as the first book leads into the second and third and human kind is enslaved. The pacing is great and the prose from Chuck Hogan is authoratative when needs be and jocular when it counts the most. I was dragged into the world, feeling the emotions and being committed to the trials of the characters and for any proffesional reader that is important.

I truly enjoyed the secondary characters of Creem and Augustin Elizalde two gangbangers who are affected by the apocalypse in different ways but who are survivors, embracing how the world changes and are the only few who are ideally prepared for this new savage world. I loved the dialogue for Augustin who was Latino and Creem who was African American, it was street, raw and authentic.

It's good to know we have these great examples of what a satisfying read is all about. As a creator it is hardwork to produce this quality of work but once you get it right - and only you can tell us if we do - it is the greatest feeling in the world.

Peace, Love and Power

Anton Marks

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