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The Strain

The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy - Chuck Hogan; Guillermo Del Toro

Finally.  Vampires the way they're supposed to be:  Scary and evil as fuck.   Or at least horrible and evil because they're hunting and eating you, not because you're in an unhealthy, abusive relationship that needs a restraining order.


 This book by no means is the best written thing I've seen in a while.  The characterizations have issues, people can be a little shallow, a lot of things are entirely too convenient, but it's a damn fun ride, and for that, I'm going to give it love.


I like the way the vampires become vampires, what the contagion (as it were) is, and how vampirism is spread, why blood drinking is necessary, and just their general physiology.  That's pretty solid.   The vampire culture (best word I can use for it) is hinted at and a little bit is shown, but I'm going to guess that it's fleshed out in the next couple of books (oh trilogies, how you haunt me).


The pacing is not the most consistent, and to be honest, I really enjoyed the first part of the book best, the part where a plane lands and "dies" and we have no idea what is going on.


General plot:
Plane lands in NYC, goes dark.   Cops, security, and eventually the CDC is called in, all trying to figure out what in the world is going on.  There is an old, incredibly rich bastard involved and up to general shenanigans, and interspersed through the book is the background of our Van Helsing, giving his history and motivation.  In the meantime, there are vampires doing stuff, people fighting them, and humanity generally doing its thing.    And there are rats.  I ♥ rats.   


The book is interesting and it's definitely fun.