The Strain opens with the mystery of an unresponsive plane filled with dead passengers. When almost every government department is brought in to solve the mystery, we meet Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather of the CDC. He's a man of science and fact who is thrown into a world of superstition and ancient viruses that do not seem to follow the laws of science when the dead passengers begin to return. He, along with the help of an old pawnshop broker named Abraham Setrakian, has to fight an outbreak of vampires in New York City. While The Strain trilogy is often thought of as a del Toro project, it's the scenes with mystery and unknown dangers that Chuck Hogan truly shines. Hogan brings the characters' uncertainty of their situation while del Toro brings his trademark horror. As a fan of vampires since I was a child, I've to witness the cinematic and literary evolution of these undead creatures. My favorites were always the ugly, monstrous creatures of ancient legends. Before Bella Lugosi brought the suave, accent-wielding vampire trope to the cinema, there was a monstrous incarnation called Nosferatu. The thrill of reading del Toro's vampire descriptions reminded me of the creature from long ago. He blends superstition and scientific mythos beautifully that will make you love and fear these vamps. Be sure to check out the next two books!
A vampiric virus infects New York and spreads outward, threatening the city and then the world, as a CDC doctor and a Holocaust survivor fight to save humanity.