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1. GOLFING WITH NADINE: How to Survive
2. The Fourth Perimeter
3. Perlman, protagonista de "Hellboy".(Ron
4. Lehman College Alumni: Ron Perlman,
5. Caliban's Hour/Audio Cassettes
6. How small business can speed technology
7. Shock Cinema #31 /Ron Perlman
8. Superstitious
9. The Strain Low Price CD: Book
10. The Strain CD: Book One of The
11. City of Thieves: A Novel
12. The City of Lost Children
13. Enemigo en el portal.(TT: Enemy

1. GOLFING WITH NADINE: How to Survive Teaching Your Honey the Game of Golf
by Ron Perlman
Hardcover: 196 Pages (2007-09-10)
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Golfing with Nadine is a humorous account of one man's attempt to teach his fiance' the game of golf. Nadine immediately falls in love with the game, but in her eagerness to learn becomes somewhat of an impatient student. Ron Perlman quickly discovers that this new undertaking may present more of a challenge than he expected. Can their love life survive the stormy coach-student relationship?

Golfing with Nadine provides an entertaining look at the battle of the sexes on the golf course while offering advice as to how to nurture a coed golfing relationship. Golfing with Nadine may just put to ease any worries the apprehensive golfer may have about teaching his honey the wonderful game of golf. ... Read more

2. The Fourth Perimeter
by Tim Green
Audio Cassette: Pages (2002-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Former secret service agent turned successful entrepreneur Kurt Ford thought he had suffered his share of tragedy when the wife he adored died, leaving him to raise their young son alone. But years later,his beloved son- who also became a secret service agent-turns up dead, and Ford is inconsolable. He refuses to accept the government's story that his son committed suicide and begins investigating the case as a murder. Ford soon learns from an old secret service friend that two other young agents have also recently met with unusual deaths, and he discovers a common link between these agents and his son: all three were involved in a cryptic meeting with the president. If this meeting proves to be the cause of his son's death, Ford will attempt to do what only four other men in history have been able to accomplish-he will kill the president of the United States.Amazon.com Review
Wealthy, high-tech entrepreneur Kurt Ford, once a Secret Service agent, doesn't believe that his son, an active agent himself, committed suicide. Using his money and connections, his knowledge of the inner workings of the Secret Service charged with guarding the nation's chief executive, and the computer technology at his command, Ford uncovers a link between a mysterious midnight meeting held by the president and the untimely deaths of the other agents on duty with his son that night. Even worse, he finds evidence pointing to one chilling conclusion: that the president himself had a hand in his son's murder.

Vowing to make him pay, Ford uses his thorough knowledge of the Secret Service to undertake an attempt to kill the president and to live to enjoy his revenge, something no other presidential assassin has ever accomplished. And author Tim Green uses his own understanding of how the Secret Service goes about its mission to make the most of a riveting plot, which will give readers who've come to understand and empathize with Ford some extremely tense moments. It's hard not to cast this in one's mind as a movie; it's a juicy, action-packed story with a complex central character that has Harrison Ford written all over it. --Jane Adams ... Read more

Customer Reviews (34)

3-0 out of 5 stars Ho hum
I've read a lot of suspense novels over the years. They tend to fall into three categories for me. On the one hand, you have those books you can't put down, well-written, entertaining, and intelligent. Second, you have those that are for one reason or another forgettable: ham-handed politics, poor plotting, lousy writing, etc. Then there are the ones in the middle: not particularly bad, but on the other hand nothing really to recommend them either. The Fourth Perimeter definitely fits into that category.

Kurt Ford is a former Secret Service agent. He left the agency, and founded a hi-tech security firm, and has made a few billion dollars running it. Now his son, following in his footsteps, has become a Secret Service agent too, and as the book opens the author shows you how a woman and her accomplices fake the suicide of Kurt's son, murdering him. You're unsure why.

Kurt, of course, is certain that his son didn't commit suicide, the way many parents are: he had no reason, he was cheerful, etc. He goes on a quest, first to figure out why someone would want his son dead, and then for vengeance once he begins to figure things out. It's a bit more complicated than this, but once you get started with the book it will all be fairly obvious.

I didn't hate this book. I also didn't like it much. There's a dead spot in the middle where Kurt "works" in his office all day, and yells at his fiance if she interrupts him. Neither the plot or the dialog is particularly interesting or intelligent. It's an alright book, but there have been many better.

3-0 out of 5 stars good book (with a little help from former Secret Service agent Larry Newman)
This is a good book, not a great one. The author greatfully acknowledges the help of former Secret Service agent Larry Newman (of "The Dark Side Of Camelot" fame).
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1-0 out of 5 stars Too long with very little suspense
Sounded like it would be good but dragged on forever and had little action..........Not hard to figure the bad guy early.........This was my first read of this author and I'll give him another chance........This one just didn't bring much to the table though..........

1-0 out of 5 stars Keep the Daytime Job
The copy of this book I read was printed on nice paper. The paper has far more substance than any of the characters in this book (they scarcely merit the name `characters'; shadows, silhouettes, paper cutouts). They just don't come across as real people. The author cavorts with their personalities as if he were yanking marionettes to be pulled in any which way. The lead character, Kurt Ford, had a gift `with people. He could read them.' Then we are told that Ford also did not feel comfortable chatting with people. Sorry, doesn't work that way. Jill is a totally unbelievable mass of wet clay who flows into whatever shape the author's whim requires. Jeremiah may weigh three hundred pounds, but he is entirely unsubstantial.

The dialogue is wooden and contrived. Here is a genuine quote from page 3, I swear I did not make this up: "My God, I love you so much," he said with quiet urgency.... "Oh, I love you too," she said fervently. "Kurt, I love you so much." The author must have toiled for hours on that exchange, tightening up the sentences and twiddling with the rhythms.

After that turgid passage, I kept reading mainly to see how badly the author could write. I was not disappointed. The plot has even less depth than the characters or the dialogue. An internet tax? There is no reasonable explanation for the bad guy's murdering the other two Secret Service agents, other than a feeble attempt to build suspense. Is the Secret Service so dense that nobody would remark on the death of three agents?

I was originally going to give this two stars for effort, but demoted him to one when the bad guy convinces two nasties to assassinate the President on the grounds that the President was preparing to sell military and intelligence secrets to the Chinese. Those nasties may have watermelons instead of brains, but if that's the best Green can do, he had really better keep his daytime job.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic
What flashes through your mind when you hear the term "Secret Service?" I'm sure you don't think of the unobtrusive way that the waiter refills your water glass at your favorite upper-crust restaurant. No, the Secret Service handles a lot of different things, but the biggie is the protection of the President of the United States. The immediate image that pops up is a bunch of big guys in nice suits and serious sunglasses, all of them flanking POTUS and looking grimly in different directions. It's not an act; no one wants another Dallas on their watch. The agents clustered around POTUS constitute the Fourth Perimeter; there is no fifth. Four is as close as it gets and no one is supposed to breach that. So what happens when a former Secret Service agent, someone who has been there and knows all the precautions and all the preparations, decides to kill the President? One answer is provided in THE FOURTH PERIMETER, the latest novel by Tim Green.

Kurt Ford is the ex-Secret Service agent who is driven to breach the Fourth Perimeter. His motivation is nothing less than heated, single-minded revenge. Ford, a retired agent turned successful technology entrepreneur, rules a perfect world with more money than he could ever reasonably spend, an intelligent and beautiful wife-to-be who is successful in her own right and an adult son who is building his own successful career in the Secret Service. Ford's perfect world is shattered, however, when his son is found dead in bed, a victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The official explanation is that young Ford committed suicide, but his father refuses to believe that and begins a relentless hunt for justice for his son. When he is told by an unimpeachable source that his son was murdered at the behest of the President, Ford's only focus is on bringing the most powerful man in the world to rough and personal justice.

He begins to meticulously plan his revenge, with his biggest problem being how to breach the Fourth Perimeter. He finally hits upon a brilliant scheme: rather than invading it, Ford will build it around himself. Ford slowly and carefully constructs every detail of his plan --- meeting the President, executing his plan and the man, as well as his escape. It seems as if the plan cannot fail. But a number of pitfalls and surprises await Ford as he rushes headlong to his fateful, carefully planned meeting with the President.

Green continues to hone his craft well, bringing together elements of suspense and thorough research to create readable and enjoyable novels with tales that are grounded in the real world. He will continue to bear watching --- and reading.

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3. Perlman, protagonista de "Hellboy".(Ron Perlman, actor)(Entrevista): An article from: Proceso
by Columba Vértiz
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Title: Perlman, protagonista de "Hellboy".(Ron Perlman, actor)(Entrevista)
Author: Columba Vértiz
Publication: Proceso (Magazine/Journal)
Date: August 1, 2004
Publisher: Thomson Gale
Issue: 1448Page: 75(1)

Article Type: Entrevista

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4. Lehman College Alumni: Ron Perlman, Letitia James, Ediberto Roman
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Chapters: Ron Perlman, Letitia James, Ediberto Roman. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 22. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Ronald Francis "Ron" Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American television, film and voice over actor. He is known for having played "Vincent" on Beauty and the Beast, Clay Morrow on Sons of Anarchy, and the comic book character Hellboy in the film of the same name and its sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Perlman was born in Washington Heights, New York. His mother, Dorothy, was a municipal employee, and his father was a jazz drummer and repairman. Perlman stated in a 1988 interview that "It was not a bad childhood but...I had a perception of myself that was, I was terribly overweight as a young kid, and it was sort of a low self image." Perlman continued to say that this experience is one thing that attracts him to "playing these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing". He attended George Washington High School and later Lehman College in New York City in 1971, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. He has said that he and his father were "very close", and that it was his father, after seeing Perlman in a college production of Guys and Dolls, who told Perlman, "You have to do this...You understand this? You gotta do this." Perlman says, "So, he gave me permission to be an actor...wow." Perlman attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a master's degree in theater arts. Perlman made his feature film debut in Jean-Jacques Annaud's film Quest for Fire (1981). After various minor and supporting roles in films and television series, his breakthrough role came when he played Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast, opposite Linda Hamilton from 1987 to 1990. This earned him a Golden Globe for Best Perfor...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=854532 ... Read more

5. Caliban's Hour/Audio Cassettes [UNABRIDGED]
by Tad Williams, Ron Perlman
 Audio Cassette: Pages (1995-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Beautiful Miranda is compelled to listen to the beast Caliban's dark tale of desires and wizardry in spite of his ugliness as he weaves a story of passion and longing and creates the magic of love. By the author of Tailchaser's Song. Book available. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Different, but Good!
Caliban's Hour by Tad Williams is a small, dark, interesting tale.It is not necessary to read Shakespeare's The Tempest to understand or enjoy it.Caliban is born on an island to a banished witch. After she dies he is alone for many years then a magician and his young daughter are banished to the island.From them he learns about civilized life, but then fate turns on him and he is abandoned to live alone again.Now he knows what life and love can be his island is no longer his paradise and the pain of it sends him on a mission of revenge.It was a good read and I loved the ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ron Perlman REeads so beautifully
Caliban's Hour was a great story, and I could I could listen to Ron Pearlman read forever. If you want to know what the stroy is about you will just have to listen for yourself, I don't like to give things away ;).

4-0 out of 5 stars For all fans of Caliban, a rare gem
If you've read or seen The Tempest, and been intrigued by Caliban, this book is for you.If you've wondered about his youth, his perspectives on the story, his appearance--in short, who this complex and mysterious character IS--this is probably the fullest answer you'll ever find.If you want him for yourself (it happens), you may be left grumpy, but will still enjoy reading it.

Most of the book describes Caliban's pre-"stage" life at a leisurely pace, in vivid and beautiful detail.Scholars of Shakespeare would call it unsubstantiated fantasy, but it meshes smoothly with the few references given by the original play.Prospero and Miranda, when they enter midway through, are portrayed in believable contrast to their familiar selves.

The last two chapters are much weaker and more rushed.One sums up the "on-stage" events of The Tempest in about six pages, and blatantly contradicts it to an unnecessary extent (though I'm sensitive about that, having acted in the play).The other ties up the tale with an ending which would have been delicious had it not been so forced.But for fans of Caliban, this tale is still a very worthwhile read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The other side of the Tempest
A world apart from Williams' more popular epic sagas (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn and Otherland) CALIBAN'S HOUR is a short and focused story that you could actually read in a single sitting.Still, the power and vividness of Williams' writing comes through here to create a great book.Dramatic and intense, this story will please fans of his other work as well as fans of Shakespeare's play THE TEMPEST.Remarkably, even with a book this short, Williams has no trouble being his usual wordy self.A common theme in all of his books that I've read, this one could have used a bit more critical editing, but it doesn't distract from the story and shouldn't bother most readers.

CALIBAN'S HOUR presents a strikingly altered view of Shakespeare's villain as a misunderstood and ill-treated man that never knowingly committed any wrong.While the crux of the story is one of revenge, most of the book is actually taken up by Caliban himself describing his early life in a very sympathetic way that casts the story of THE TEMPEST in a wholly different light.Prospero and Ariel were apparently the real 'bad guys', while innocent Caliban was simply the victim of discrimination, cruelty, and neglect.A very interesting and in many ways brilliant take on the classic tale, this book brings new life and possibilities to a popular play.Highly recommended.

One thing before you read this one.If you're not already familiar with THE TEMPEST, or you haven't been exposed to it for a long time, I'd suggest taking a look at it.Alternatively, visit the Wikipedia page for a quick but adequate synopsis that will help you place this book into the proper context.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive Sequel to 'The Tempest'
Williams is best known for sprawling multi-volume SF and Fantasy sagas, but here has written a very brief work of only 200 pages that is quite successful.(It's amusing that even at this brief length, Williams still feels a bit wordy.This very short book has a few passages that could have been cut with no real loss.)Caliban has, many years later, finally found his way off the island where Prospero left him and, cheated of revenge by Prospero's death, has instead sought out Miranda to tell his story to, after which he intends to kill her.

From this device, Williams gives another perspective on the events of 'The Tempest', as well as the earlier story of Caliban and Sycorax arriving on the island, Caliban's life alone after the death of Sycorax, and Caliban's early encounters with Prospero and Miranda.The story is nicely told, with language that feels appropriate to the character.This is a Caliban who does indeed know how to curse, but also how to explain why his curses are justified by what he sees as betrayal from both Prospero and Miranda.

The ending is a bit weak, with a clever, but not really persuasive, device used to prevent the promised final and fatal confrontation.The book is still, overall, a genuine pleasure to read. ... Read more

6. How small business can speed technology development.(GOVERNMENT POLICY NOTES): An article from: National Defense
by Chandra Burnside, Ron Perlman
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Title: How small business can speed technology development.(GOVERNMENT POLICY NOTES)
Author: Chandra Burnside
Publication: National Defense (Magazine/Journal)
Date: November 1, 2006
Publisher: Thomson Gale
Volume: 91Issue: 636Page: 49(1)

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7. Shock Cinema #31 /Ron Perlman Issue (US/2006)
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SHOCK CINEMA 31. Serving the Film Fantastic since 1990Interviews with actors Ron Perlman and Robert Forster, director Gary Sherman, and producer Paul Maslansky. Reviews include Norman Mailer's Wild 90, Beyond the Law and Maidstone; Charlie Ahearn's martial arts craziness The Deadly Art of Survival; Jan Murray in The Day Of The Wolves; Gina Bellman in Dennis Potter's Blackeyes; Wojciech Has' The Hourglass Sanatorium; Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop; Alan Clarke's Northern Ireland drama Contact; Dudu Topaz in Veit Relin's tripped-out Chamsin; The Bus is Coming; Agnes Varda's Black Panther doc Free Huey; Tom DeSimone's Prison Girls; Karin Mary Shea in Paul Leder's Red Light in the White House; Hope Lange in Crowhaven Farm; Vanessa Paradis in Atomik Circus; Screw Magazine's It Happened in Hollywood; Bill Cosby, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye in It's What's Happening, Baby!; Jean-Louis Trintignant and Robert Ryan in And Hope to Die; James Felix McKenney's Automatons; Joan Collins in Lewis Gilbert's Cosh Boy; Toho's sci-fi adventure Espy; Strong Kids Safe Kids; Robert Strauss in The Noah; Miriam Hopkins in The Savage Intruder; Misty Mundae in Shock-O-Rama; Walerian Borowczyk's Goto, Island of Love; the Canadian prostitute drama East End Hustle; et cetera. ... Read more

8. Superstitious
by R. L. Stine
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Drawn to dashing Irish folklore professor Liam O'Connor, pretty graduate student Sara Morgan finds her new happiness threatened by a series of brutal murders and by Liam's superstitions, odd beliefs that hide dark and terrifying secrets. Simultaneous. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars expecting so much more
I got this book and read what the inside the cover said about it. It looked interesting. As I started the first few pages i was beginning to wonder what it was that I was reading. I started to skip pages because I "sex scenes", just a little too much,.....how to put this, stupidly written. I LOVE reading horror and have read a lot of horror. And this isn't it. There isn't that much talk of sex in the other books. It's more like a book written for male teenagers, talking about looking at women's breasts constantly. Not sure if I'll even finish it at this point. This book stinks!

2-0 out of 5 stars I would rather have 20 years of bad luck then read this again....
I was an avid reader of Stine when I was a kid and collected all of his books, so I was excited when I found this book and thought to myself maybe I could have some sort ofreminiscence of the old days reading it, but still enjoy it since it was supposed to be an adult novel. I laughed harder at this book then any book I've ever read. This book has "Goosebumps" written all over it-the same bad, for kids writing, the same crazy not thought out plots-all of it. It works well for kids, but certainly not in an "adult" novel. The only difference between this book and the old Goosebumps book is that this book is longer, and has sex, drugs, and cussing in it. Take that out and you've got crappy kid's novel that only someone under the age of 10 would enjoy.

The writing itself is just bad, and the characters and plot are awful. The characters are just downright stupid, I hated all of them, and found none of them believable. At the supposed to be exciting climax of the story, the main character just resorts to totally unbelievable idiocy so that Stine can play out the supposed twist of the story, which made me laugh it was so ridiculous. Where you were supposed to feel for the main character's relationship and connect to the romance part of the story, I just laughed at the awkwardly written "connection" sequences and hated both of the characters so much I just wanted them to go away. The characters couldn't even connect to each other at all and they certainly didn't connect to me.

With all due credit, towards the end, it was a page turner and I did find I wanted to finish it and find out the end. I started out hating the book in the beginning, but towards the end it got a bit interesting(hence the two star review-I almost gave it one, but for that 10 pages where I actually got interested, I'll add another star).Then it all fell apart again when it was supposed to reach the climactic best part, and it left me hating the book again. As I stated before-stupid characters, stupid plot, unbelievable.

Honestly, this was one of the worst books I've probably read in the last few recent years. I got it for 35 cents at a book sale and I still wish I hadn't bought it.I could go on about it, but it's so bad I feel no need to explain anymore because I urge you to stay away from this book. I don't know what people were on when it got so many 5 star reviews, but believe me, this book is baaaaddd. Maybe kids would like it(granted if there wasn't the stupid sex scenes just to pass it off as an adult novel), but as far as anyone else...well then again, I would like to point out, technically, I'm still a kid-I'm 16, and I still hated this book and thought it was garbage. That has to tell you something.

Read it, don't read it, just don't say I didn't warn you!

3-0 out of 5 stars Has a lot of problems
Superstitious is one of R.L. Stein's few adult books and its not that great. The book follows all the cliches that are in any of his Fear Street novels. (Mysterious boyfriend, supporting best friend, annoying side characters) and it even follows the same plot as most of his other books. Superstitious isn't really a bad book, but its predictable most of the time. However the book did keep my interest and it was a page turner.

3-0 out of 5 stars What was that?
From 1993 until about 1996, the Fear Street series were my books of choice since I was a preteen to teenager into horror.Around 1995, R.L. Stine first released Superstitious, his first book for adults and it was mentioned in a few of the Fear Street novels.Fast-forward to the summer of 2007,I found a copy of Superstitious at work and started to read it.Reading it made me remember the Fear Street series very quickly.The style was like an adult Fear Street book and it was quite interesting for most of the book.The latter half of the book is where it got extremely twisted.As my subject says, many times during the last few chapters, I was thinking, "What was that" or "What the hell?"It was memorable for sure and I am glad Stine has made an adult novel (and I heard there are at least two more now), but this was one of the most disturbing novels I have read and not because of the scare factor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Who'd Have Thunk It?
I was a fan of RL Stine when I was a kid. I was big into the Goosebumps series. I don't even remember how I learned about this book. But, when I heard about it, I was determined to get my paws on it. It was a fantastic book!

Granted, it's an ADULT novel in contrast to a mostly juvenile genre that Stine is known for. But, this is an amazing story and the ending was just like " Whoa! THAT was unexpected!"

I actually learned about superstitions I hadn't heard about before. I spent 3 months researching them after this book. Definetly a great read. ... Read more

9. The Strain Low Price CD: Book One of The Strain Trilogy
by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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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.

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10. The Strain CD: Book One of The Strain Trilogy
by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Audio CD: Pages (2009-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In one week, Manhattan will be gone.

In one month, the country. In two months . . . the world.

At New York's JFK Airport an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane . . . and what he finds makes his blood run cold.

A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like an all-consuming wildfire—lethal, merciless, hungry . . . vampiric.

And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here . . .

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Amazon Best of the Month, June 2009: Who better to reinvent the vampire genre than Guillermo Del Toro, the genius behind Pan's Labyrinth, and Chuck Hogan, master of character-driven thrillers like Prince of Thieves? The first of a trilogy, The Strain is everything you want from a horror novel--dark, bloody, and packed full of mayhem and mythology. But, be forewarned, these are not like any vampires you've met before--they're not sexy or star-crossed or "vegetarians"--they are hungry, they are connected, and they are multiplying. The vampire virus marches its way across New York, and all that stands between us and a grotesque end are a couple of scientists, an old man with a decades-old vendetta, and a young boy. This first installment moves fast and sets up the major players, counting down to the beginning of the end. Great summer reading. --Daphne Durham

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The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months--the world.

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.

The Strain: Chapter One

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

Young Abraham’s eyes brightened, and immediately the cabbage borscht in the wooden bowl got tastier, or at least less garlicky. He was a pale boy, underweight and sickly. His grandmother, intent on fattening him, sat across from him while he ate his soup, entertaining him by spinning a yarn.

A bubbeh meiseh, a "grandmother’s story." A fairy tale. A legend.

"He was the son of a Polish nobleman. And his name was Jusef Sardu. Master Sardu stood taller than any other man. Taller than any roof in the village. He had to bow deeply to enter any door. But his great height, it was a burden. A disease of birth, not a blessing. The young man suffered. His muscles lacked the strength to support his long, heavy bones. At times it was a struggle for him just to walk. He used a cane, a tall stick--taller than you--with a silver handle carved into the shape of a wolf’s head, which was the family crest."

"Yes, Bubbeh?" said Abraham, between spoonfuls.

"This was his lot in life, and it taught him humility, which is a rare thing indeed for a nobleman to possess. He had so much compassion-- for the poor, for the hardworking, for the sick. He was especially dear to the children of the village, and his great, deep pockets--the size of turnip sacks--bulged with trinkets and sweets. He had not much of a childhood himself, matching his father’s height at the age of eight, and surpassing him by a head at age nine. His frailty and his great size were a secret source of shame to his father. But Master Sardu truly was a gentle giant, and much beloved by his people. It was said of him that Master Sardu looked down on everyone, yet looked down on no one."

She nodded at him, reminding him to take another spoonful. He chewed a boiled red beet, known as a "baby heart" because of its color, its shape, its capillary-like strings. "Yes, Bubbeh?"

"He was also a lover of nature, and had no interest in the brutality of the hunt--but, as a nobleman and a man of rank, at the age of fifteen his father and his uncles prevailed upon him to accompany them on a six-week expedition to Romania."

"To here, Bubbeh?" said Abraham. "The giant, he came here?"

"To the north country, kaddishel. The dark forests. The Sardu men, they did not come to hunt wild pig or bear or elk. They came to hunt wolf, the family symbol, the arms of the house of Sardu. They were hunting a hunting animal. Sardu family lore said that eating wolf meat gave Sardu men courage and strength, and the young master’s father believed that this might cure his son’s weak muscles."

"Yes, Bubbeh?"

"Their trek was long and arduous, as well as violently opposed by the weather, and Jusef struggled mightily. He had never before traveled anywhere outside his family’s village, and the looks he received from strangers along the journey shamed him. When they arrived in the dark forest, the woodlands felt alive around him. Packs of animals roamed the woods at night, almost like refugees displaced from their shelters, their dens, nests, and lairs. So many animals that the hunters were unable to sleep at night in their camp. Some wanted to leave, but the elder Sardu’s obsession came before all else. They could hear the wolves, crying in the night, and he wanted one badly for his son, his only son, whose gigantism was a pox upon the Sardu line. He wanted to cleanse the house of Sardu of this curse, to marry off his son, and produce many healthy heirs.

"And so it was that his father, off tracking a wolf, was the first to become separated from the others, just before nightfall on the second evening. The rest waited for him all night, and spread out to search for him after sunrise. And so it was that one of Jusef’s cousins failed to return that evening. And so on, you see."

"Yes, Bubbeh?"

"Until the only one left was Jusef, the boy giant. That next day he set out, and in an area previously searched, discovered the body of his father, and of all his cousins and uncles, laid out at the entrance to an underground cave. Their skulls had been crushed with great force, but their bodies remained uneaten--killed by a beast of tremendous strength, yet not out of hunger or fear. For what reason, he could not guess—though he did feel himself being watched, perhaps even studied, by some being lurking within that dark cave.

"Master Sardu carried each body away from the cave and buried them deep. Of course, this exertion severely weakened him, taking most of his strength. He was spent, he was farmutshet. And yet, alone and scared and exhausted, he returned to the cave that night, to face what evil revealed itself after dark, to avenge his forebears or die trying. This is known from a diary he kept, discovered in the woods many years later. This was his last entry."

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Customer Reviews (318)

5-0 out of 5 stars Held me captive!
For me, this was one of the few books that actually had my imagination spinning. I read a lot of books and I usually find them relaxing or entertaining, but this was the first book that I have read in a very long time that actually made me feel like I was a teenager again with my imagination in overdrive. I read the book in two days! Can't wait to read the next two!

4-0 out of 5 stars Film Ready
Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story
There's no doubt this book was written by filmmakers- there are so many standard elements from almost every genre. And there's also a wonderful blend of folklore and history. Combined it makes for a very engaging and original fast-paced story about a vampire virus prone to take over the world. Horror fans will enjoy this one.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the Majority Point of View: Bogged Down and Boring
I tried reading this book three times and with the third time finally made it through enough that I felt I could give what is clearly the minority viewpoint about the novel.Many folks love this novel but although I was open and in fact interested in a twist on the vampire myths and legends, I found that I plodded through this novel.What are the issues? There are incredulous situations that arise (the 80 something year old concentration camp vampire slayer - while an inspiring thought if you go with the premise - a bit much as a viable character).The parasite/biology parts were dull to read and seemed to not match up with some of the premises in the book - like the vampires' inability to cross water without help or the fact that they could be detected in later stages by silver-backed mirrors(how could a biological parasite cause this and how many mirrors are really backed by silver nowadays?).Then there was the dialogue which was lengthy and heavy.The words that I could imagine springing to life if read aloud in a play with emotion or done in a movie were just dense reading for a book I wanted for "enjoyment".Overall, it is just not a novel for me and my recommendation would be to read some of it before buying it to make sure that it is your "style" before you spend your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vampire that terrify
The Strain is a story of terrifying vampires threatening to overtake the world. With all the influx of vampire romance stories, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Twilight, the romanticized, sexy version of vampires has risen into popularity. This novel brings back the inhuman, frightening vampires, whose only interest in the human body is for food and transmitting the virus. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan created a wonderful novel to strike fear in our hearts and make us, once again, fear vampires.

The characters are extremely diverse, from an aged Holocaust survivor and a CDC employee to a young Mexican gangster and a vapid socialite. This not only shows the talent of the writers in creating believable and different characters, but the diversity of New York and the magnitude of the vampire disease. The descriptions made me immerse more into the story. It made the pacing slow a bit, but the trade off is worth it. It made me feel as if I were watching a movie instead of reading a book.

As I mentioned before, the vampirism was caused by a disease that completely changes or destroys the structures in the human body. It is so refreshing to finally see a different take on vampires, away from the dark, brooding, romanticism of recent series. The CDC characters and the details of what was happening internally were similar to Scott Sigler's Infected and Richard Preston's The Cobra Event, which are some of my favorite books. If you like books about diseases, I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for the next installment!

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Guillermo del Toro at the Meltdown Comics for the launch of this book. I told him I greatly enjoyed his book and he told me to tell the world, so I am happy to say that I have done so.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cinematic and Terrifying
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon "The Strain," though it would seem a natural progression after going from the sparkling vampires of "Twilight" to the more bestial ones in "The Passage."

This book reads like a hybrid of Michael Crichton and Stephen King- short, intense chapters packed with terrifying detail and a plot that moves along at the pace of a freight train. You can feel the influence of Del Toro in the pages, as the description of everything is painted with his vivid brush. I was caught from the first chapters about the mystery of Flight 753, and unable to stop reading after that. Even though I knew full well that some of the material would make me want to sleep with the lights on, I was never once tempted to "Take a break" as I did with "The Passage."

As the last pages approached, I was lucky enough to have 'The Fall' at my disposal so as not to have to take a break in the action. I'd definitely recommend this to someone who is craving a good horror novel to enjoy during this Halloween season... ... Read more

11. City of Thieves: A Novel
by David Benioff
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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival—and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
One of the best books I've ever read. Every word was a gem. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

5-0 out of 5 stars Creative
This book is very well thought out by the author and keeps your interest through the entire book. Intially I thought the story was wandering a bit; however soon came to realize Benioff was trying to accomplish this with the story plot. The way he ties unsual and seemingly odd events together is a power of the authors abiltiy of a great story teller.

Often times I put a book down @ it's conclusion and feel that was predictable. There is a nice "Ah Ha" ending. I think most will enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unusual and moving read
If you study the cover of CITY OF THIEVES, you see two bundled men walking through a barren field of snow pursuing a chicken.In essence, that's the set up for David Benioff's incredibly original and moving novel.Although, in truth, these two Russians aren't pursuing a chicken, rather a dozen eggs for Colonel Grechko's daughter's wedding cake. If they can locate eggs in a city with scarcely any food or warmth, their lives will be spared from execution.

Set in Russia, 1942, a year after the Germans began bombing Leningrad. A Jewish, teenage boy Lev is arrested for stealing off a dead German and finds himself in jail with an outspoken Army deserted named Kolya.The two make an unlikely pair as they begin a journey that seems hopeless.

Along the way we witness incredible cruelty and desperate acts of survival in a landscape that seems hopeless.Kolya pushes his little chess-playing buddy day and night past enemy lines, telling him stories and boasting of his female conquests to keep Lev from falling asleep as they search, hungry, frightened, exhausted.The friendship that forms is heartwarming.The courage these men demonstrate is utterly moving. The humor lightens the journey for the reader.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing - this story has everything
I picked this book up at the local B & N. Not sure what about it caught my eye...but I bought it, let it sit for months and finally decided to pick it up. Book finished it 2 days. The story, historical in nature, has adventure, suspense, love and tragedy. A an absolute must read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
City of Thieves is a great book. Riveting prose, a powerful story. Highly recommended in large print or regular. ... Read more

12. The City of Lost Children
by Ron (Actor) Perlman
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13. Enemigo en el portal.(TT: Enemy at the Gates.)(Reseña): An article from: Semana
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This digital document is an article from Semana, published by Spanish Publications, Inc. on March 9, 2001. The length of the article is 503 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Enemigo en el portal.(TT: Enemy at the Gates.)(Reseña)
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Above & Below: A Guide to Beauty and the Beast, edited by Edward Gross. 1990 paperback published by Image Publishing. ISN is 0-9627508-0-8. ... Read more

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