The Strain is a really creepy version of all the vampire genres out there. This isn't Edward Cullen or from the True Blood, the vampires are very ghoulish, kind of zombie-like and are taking over Manhattan at an alarming rate. Only a few people really understand what is going on and how to stop the virus from spreading, one of them being a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp who has previous experience with vampires, another a divorced father who works for the CDC and his partner also, and another is an extermination expert.
The Strain is the first in a trilogy as was obvious when I finished reading it. It is definitely a cliff-hanger!
Some of the descriptions in the book are really gross and violent but the story-line was interesting. It was one of those times when I wanted to find out what happened but didn't really want to read all the details, especially with one particular character who had a particularly foul mouth. I just skipped over all his parts. (His name is Gus.) There was some language other than that and definitely violence, I really just skimmed through the last part just to find out the ending, and then it didn't really end. Bummer. Rated R for violence and language.