Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Since this is the Dark Side, here's a horror recommendation to break up all the romance. This is from one of my favorite patrons, who is also a book group member. I'm willing to bet this book will make you think!
This is a brilliant series, really spooky, and an unusual take on the traditional vampire. Perhaps because Del Toro is a movie director, the scenes come to life, each in a different character's point of view that eventually all come together. It starts off with a plane landing where everyone appears asleep, or dead, but the investigator cannot find a cause for their condition. The characters are unusual, original, and disturbing.
Director Del Toro (who won an Oscar for Pan's Labyrinth) makes a dramatic splash in his fiction debut, the first volume in a vampires vs. humanity trilogy, coauthored with Hogan (Prince of Thieves). Just as a jumbo jet on a flight from Germany to New York is touching down at JFK, something goes terribly wrong. When Ephraim Goodweather, of the Centers for Disease Control, investigates the darkened plane, he finds all but four passengers and crew dead, drained of blood. Despite Goodweather's efforts to keep the survivors segregated, they get discharged into the general population. Soon after, the corpses of the tragedy's victims disappear. The epidemiologist begins to credit the wild stories of Abraham Setrakian, an elderly pawnbroker who's the book's Van Helsing figure, and concludes that a master vampire has arrived in the U.S. The authors maintain the suspense and tension throughout in a tour de force reminiscent of Whitley Strieber's early work.
~Starred Review from Publisher's Weekly
Request The Strain from the Bangor Public Library