I read this book in fits and starts during the end of my pregnancy and the first weeks after my daughter was born. That was over two months ago so the exact details of The Strain escape me, but I remember enjoying it!
Basically a jet lands at JFK and dies; it’s completely dark, no one gets off, and law enforcement isn’t sure if anyone on board is alive. Lo-and-behold a couple poor souls survive but they’re infected with a nasty blood-sucking-wormy-vampire-creating disease and Eph Goodweather of the CDC is the first guy to figure out not all is well. It gets pretty gruesome, especially when the newly infected people escape and run rampant all over New York with slimy blood-sucking tongues. Apparently this infection stems from one super old vampire who is one of a few really old vamps, and has decided to break the truce these old dead-dudes had with one another and start creating new vampires. I’m sure books two and three will about the older vampires getting this guy under control.
Overall, super gross, but in a good, I-don’t-want-to-put-this-book-down way. The dialogue writing got to be a bit repetitive, lots of “he said,” and “she said,” which is amateur, but it’s easy to look past. Definitely recommended for fans of vampire science-fiction thrillers. Book two, The Fall, is already out and I plan to get my hands on it sometime in the future.