“The most credible and frightening of all the vampire books of the past decade.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Bram Stoker meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton. It just doesn’t get much better than this.”
The stunning New York Times bestselling vampire saga that author Dan Simmons (Drood, The Terror) calls, “an unholy spawn of I Am Legend out of ‘Salem’s Lot,” concludes with The Night Eternal. The magnificent, if monstrously warped brainchild of cinematic horror master Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Chuck Hogan—whose novel Prince of Thieves, was praised as, “one of the 10 best books of the year” by Stephen King—The Night Eternal begins where The Strain and The Fall left off: with the last remnants of humankind enslaved by the vampire masters in a world forever shrouded by nuclear winter. Still, a small band of the living fights on in the shadows, in the final book of the ingenious dark fantasy trilogy that Newsweek says is, “good enough to make us break that vow to swear off vampire stories.”
Del Toro and Hogan's horror thriller trilogy got off to a rousing start with 2009's The Strain, but this final volume continues the decline already evident in 2010's The Fall. Instead of building on the coauthors' clever modern variations on the classic Dracula motif (e.g., the use of nuclear winter to make life easier for the sun-shunning undead), the conclusion is strictly by the numbers as the various New York City based protagonists, saddled with personal issues on top of an almost hopeless struggle to survive, try to find a way to rid Earth of the vampiric plague that has overwhelmed it in just a few short years. Readers will miss the series' Van Helsing, Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian, killed off in the second installment, since the surviving vampire hunters aren't nearly as interesting. Still, the power and innovations of the kickoff book should lead del Toro fans to hope he'll take another crack at a scary novel.
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Reads like a made for tv horror film from 15 years ago
Not a bad story but the way this series is written is exceedingly clumsy and at times just bizarre. The author is madly in love with the word “preternatural” and equally enamored with comparing things to “pudding skin.’ Interesting take on the well-worn vampire theme but glaringly weak dialogue and cliched character forms abound. That being said, I’ve bothered to read all 3 books so I cant deny there is something entertaining and engaging about this series.
The Night Eternal
WOW! So gripping I read it in one sitting! A fantastic end to the trilogy. I am saddened that this wasn't a series of books, rather than just a trilogy. I hope that Mr. Del Torro will make his three books into three equally entertaining movies. A must read for Horror/ Thriller fans.
I love a good horror story but I couldn't finish this book. This is the 3rd and worst of the 3. Why did they have to heavy handedly disrespect God,The Bible and religion as a whole? It's one thing to not believe but to disrespect is not necessary or cool!