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Summary

The nail-biting vampire thriller from the world-famous director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.

The night belongs to them, and it will be a night eternal… After the blasts, it was all over. Nuclear Winter has settled upon the earth. Except for one hour of sunlight a day, the whole world is plunged into darkness. It is a near-perfect environment for vampires. They have won. It is their time. Almost every single man, woman and child has been enslaved in vast camps across the globe. Like animals, they are farmed, harvested for the sick pleasure of the Master Race.

Almost, but not all. Somewhere out there, hiding for their lives, is a desperate network of free humans, continue the seemingly hopeless resistance. Everyday people, with no other options – among them Dr Ephraim Goodweather, his son Zack, the veteran exterminator Vassily, and former gangbanger Gus.

To be free, they need a miracle, they need divine intervention. But Salvation can be a twisted game – one in which they may be played like pawns in a battle of Good and Evil. And at what cost?

©2011 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 2011 Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro

Critic reviews

"The climax, all fire and brimstone, nicely sets up the third and final volume." ( Financial Times)
"Enough blood-curdling action to set up a gory finale." ( News of the World)

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Highly enjoyable

Great end to the trilogy.
Complex characters. Believable scenarios in an unbelievable plot.
An almost happy ending to the apocalypse.

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Enjoyable

I did enjoy this, but have to say I prefer the direction the tv show went with the story. still worthy of 5*s though!

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Outstanding trilogy

Here's hoping they write more of this calibre.
In the end I didn't mind Ron only did the first one.

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excellent trilogy

Well worth the time and credit, the strain trilogy is a must for vampire lore and modern day thinking, it brings religion science and myth together perfectly.

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Very enjoyable, but....

Maybe it's becasue it's been a while since I listened to the first two, but this final chapter in the trilogy seemed to lack the pace and depth of the earlier installements. However, it is still a cracking tale and the end has to be heard to be believed!

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Sad to see the Trilogy concluded

For the first time, since starting my audible account this year, I found myself impatiently waiting for a title to be released. I discovered Guillermo del Toro's "Strain" trilogy by accident on here, but became hooked straight away. Yes, I have seen critisism of the post Ron Pearlman narration, but to be honest, I think Daniel Oreskes handles the story just as well. The first two installments were very much a story of the Vampire's mysterious plan, falling into place, piece by piece, culminating in a bleak Evil utopia. But, the night eternal depicts the fight back. Action packed, and superbly written, this final part of the trilogy, unites the protaganists once again in a monumental, ever more determined, "kick ass" struggle with the "Master". Loved every minute of it, despite being sad that it had to end. A brilliant Novel / Audiobook.

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A Fitting End...

To a great trilogy. By the end of the three books, I was 'reading' more and more slowly, listening to smaller and smaller sections each time, desperately not wanting it to end ... Will definitely return to this series again for a third reading. It's that good !

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Vampire Trilogy

What can I say. An amazing set of books read by great narrators. I have watched the TV series which was an excellent portrayal of the books, albeit different character development and story line, and enjoyed it immensely. I have always been more of a book fan for the range and diversity that can be explored and the fact it is personal to the reader. The scenes and characters are yours and yours alone. I have read the books as audio on walks and had the most enjoyable step count. I was gripped from the first to the last page and loved all of it. I highly recommend this for an alternative view of who is top of the food chain, so to speak, and how both sides handle it. To be quite honest it would serve us right! Read, heed and enjoy. I did.

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Fantastic

didn't want it to end. Great ending to great series, narration is perfect. Books are different and, in my opinion much better than TV series.

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A good end to the saga

I watched the tv prog and now I've read the books and I've enjoyed the lot. Good narration and well paced...actually feel like I've lost an old friend. must re-listen in the future.

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anticlimax<br />

loved it. too predictable beyond a point. hope the fx series fixes that. otherwise great.

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A solid conclusion to a fun trilogy

The Night Eternal rounds out a great trilogy. Set two years after the previous book, the world is now in the iron grip of the Master. The nuclear blasts that destroyed the other Ancients have cast darkness over the earth. It's a new world order where humans are harvested for blood in concentration camps and only a few still fight for a seemingly hopeless cause.

The most interesting parts of the book are the revelation of the Masters' true origin and the story of Mr Quinlan. Be warned that the story does take a bit of a religious turn, breaking away from the hard reality-ground logic of the first two books. But this adds strength and mystique to the story.

The narrator does a good job of bringing the characters to some sense of life. His range isn't always the best, but it's a better effort than Ron Perlman. I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion to the series and am sorry to see it end, but it ends very neatly and every story thread is tied up.