The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy (Hardcover)
October 2010 Indie Next List
“This book, the second in the high-tech vampire trilogy that began with The Strain, picks up where the last one left off. New York City is lost as the vampire virus is spreading faster than hope can sustain. Even with the complicated help of The Ancients, things are going very, very badly for the human race. The Rogue Master vampire who unleashed this plague has a very specific agenda, and the literal time bombs within that plan are already ticking. The answers lie in a cursed silver-plated book, but getting it isn't easy, and understanding it may take too long. It's a thrill ride on every page -- dystopia at its vampiric best.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
From the authors of the instant New York Times bestseller The Strain comes the next volume in one of the most imaginative and frightening thriller series in many, many years Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world.
The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweatherhead of the Centers for Disease Control's teamleads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.
Ignited by the Master's horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for control. At the center of the conflict lies a book, an ancient text that contains the vampires' entire history . . . and their darkest secrets. Whoever finds the book can control the outcome of the war and, ultimately, the fate of us all. And it is between these warring forces that humanspowerless and vulnerablefind themselves no longer the consumers but the consumed. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been transformed into a bloodcrazed creature of the night, and now she stalks the city looking for her chance to reclaim her Dear One: Zack, Eph's young son.
With the future of humankind 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 anyone has imagineda fate worse than annihilation.