‘The Fall’ by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro – Review (Book)

The Fall is the second part of the Strain trilogy and picks up almost immediately where The Strain left off.

Eph Goodweather, the former head of the Centre for Disease Control, now heads up a small band of survivors that made it through the initial virus. They face an even tougher battle as the vampiric attackers have taken over, causing panic and killing thousands along the way.

Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro do a great job of showing the struggle that the survivors face and the fact that the majority of people don’t believe the problem is anything worse than youths rioting (which is the government line).

The Fall continues the strong writing of the first book and in many ways surpasses it. Whilst it is gruesome in places, the story it tells is most definitely one worth checking out.

Now I’m left hanging on for the final part of the trilogy, which is expected next year.

Rating: 9/10

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  1. I’m not so sure how much credit for this book should be granted to del Toro. Hogan is a professional thriller writer with a lengthy roster of credits. He knows how to tell a gripping tale.

    I think this was a case of marketing–put a popular film director’s name on the cover of a book, sell more copies. Has package deal written all over it (and there will be more “collaborations”) in the years ahead. William Shatner is a “best-selling author”–yet his books are written by a husband and wife team (Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens).

    I guess the moral of this story is (wait for it): don’t judge a book by its cover…

    • Haha, that’s certainly a decent enough moral to go by.

      I did look into it a little bit and it seems the two of them took turns to edit and add to the original draft by Hogan.

      As you say though perhaps that has been played up along the way – either way I’d recommend the books, I definitely enjoyed them!

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