Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan have completed their vampire trilogy which began with "The Strain" and continued in book two, "The Fall," and comes to an exciting ending in "The Night Eternal." (Harper Voyager/HarperCollins, 539 pages)
The earth is in the midst of a nuclear winter. In this near perpetual twilight, the strigoi or undead, or as they are more commonly called, the vampire flourish.
The United States has been transformed into a totalitarian state in which human beings are enslaved by vampires. The elderly and disabled are harvested of their blood and eliminated. Only the strong are allowed to live - to serve as food for their Undead masters.
There is even a ghoulish breeding farm of type B women - the preferred blood type of vampires.
Within this hellish state, there are a few resisters. Among these rebels are Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and his colleague, Dr. Nora Martinez, and the resourceful rat catcher, Vasiliy Fet.
In their desperate race to liberate the world from the clutches of the Master, the lord of all Undead, the trio form an unlikely alliance with the Born, the spiritual son of the Master.
But the Master, ever the lord of deception, has his own diabolical means of thwarting any resistance on the part of these humans. He has kidnapped Dr. Ephraim Goodweather's son and is grooming the boy to be his kindred self.
Fathers and sons are pitted against each other in this epic battle for the liberation of humanity.
The authors blend ancient lore with science fiction in this tale of the vampire as the ultimate plague which threatens mankind.
Fans of the vampire legend will enjoy this trilogy which simply devours all other vampire fiction.