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The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
William Morrow Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061558221
Date: 21 September 2010 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Planes infested with the vampire strain are landing at major airports throughout the world. The fall of Mankind has begun. The Master Vampire, Jusef Sardu, barely survived Professor Abraham Setrakian's assault; his burnt body is rapidly decomposing; he needs a new host. Sardu sends his army of strigoi (recently transformed vampires) to destroy Setrakian and Eph Goodweather (of the CDC) and all their friends who are hiding out at the Knickerbocker Loans and Curios in Spanish Harlem. Meanwhile, Setrakian and Eph plan to bid for the Occido Lumen (a.k.a. the Silver Codex) at an auction at Sotheby's; this manuscript describes how to kill Sardu.

Eldritch Palmer, one of the wealthiest men in the world, continues to betray Mankind in hopes that Sardu will give his aging, dying body immortality. Eph's ex-wife, Kelly Goodweather, is a strigoi that is determined to turn her son Zack into a vampire; Sardu will use her to track down and destroy Eph and Setrakian. Augustin "Gus" Elizalde has been forced by the New World Ancients (three of the original seven vampires of which Sardu is the rebellious one) to help them slay the "unclean" strain of vampires. Meanwhile, Sardu is planning a catastrophe of epic proportions that will turn the world into an environment more suitable for his existence.

From official release/information:

From back of book: In The Fall, the second book in the trilogy, the vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather, head of the CDC's team, leads a small group in the fight against the bloodthirsty beasts that roam the streets. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master's horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World Vampires, each side vying for control of the planet. As the virus continues to plague the land, humans find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict...and at the bottom of the food chain. They are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

At the same time, the battle finds its way inside Eph's own family: his ex-wife, Kelly, who was turned by the Master, has her sights fixed on Zack, Eph's son.

With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, and joined by a crew of ragtag gangsters, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than humans imagined--a fate worse than annihilation.

(Source: William Morrow)

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