Incoming! The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:

The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The StrainAbout the Book:

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

First line: "Once upon a time," said Abraham Setrakian’s grandmother, "there was a giant."

Received from: Part of the stash from my "No BEA, Books Anyway" book-binge weekend

My initial thoughts:

I know I’ve mentioned getting The Strain a few times already, but I’m chronicling all new book arrivals so I wanted to make sure this much-anticipated book (much anticipated on my part, I mean) gets its own Incoming! page.

I am very excited about this read, and I’m saving it to savor while I’m on vacation at the end of this month, when I will be on the beach along the foggy South Shore of Nova Scotia – perfect atmosphere for reading a book like this. There is just such an epic feel to this book, and the anticipation has been half the fun. I have high hopes that this will be a read that lives up to expectations.

(And I didn’t dare entertain the thought of getting this in audio; way too scary.)

Related Links and other Fun Stuff

Here’s the first of three video trailers for the book:

And here’s Del Toro talking about his inspiration for The Strain:

Where to buy The Strain: U.S. ( | IndieBound | Canada (Chapters) | UK (

Looking for reviews?

The Strain has been reviewed at the following:

The One Ring

Flames Rising

Sci-Fi Wire

Debbie’s World of Books

Fantasy Book Critic

King of the Nerds

4 thoughts on “Incoming! The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

  1. Belle Post author

    Thanks for coming by, J. Kaye – yes, I did see that lovely mention of my blog at Debbie’s World of Books! I love making new discoveries, too.


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