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A horrific crime that defies explanation, a rookie FBI agent in uncharted territory, and an extraordinary hero for the ages: an investigation spirals out of control in this heart-pounding thriller.

Odessa Hardwicke's life is derailed when she's forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-defense, shakes the young FBI agent to her core. Devastated, Odessa is placed on desk leave pending a full investigation. But what most troubles Odessa isn't the tragedy itself - it's the shadowy presence she thought she saw fleeing the deceased agent's body after his death.

Questioning her future with the FBI and her sanity, Hardwicke accepts a low-level assignment to clear out the belongings of a retired agent in the New York office. What she finds there will put her on the trail of a mysterious figure named Hugo Blackwood, a man of enormous means who claims to have been alive for centuries, and who is either an unhinged lunatic, or humanity's best and only defense against unspeakable evil.

From the authors who brought you The Strain Trilogy comes a strange, terrifying, and darkly wondrous world of suspense, mystery, and literary horror. The Hollow Ones is a chilling, spell-binding tale, a hauntingly original new fable from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and best-selling author Chuck Hogan featuring their most fascinating character yet.

©2020 Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

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What a disappointment.

Hard to believe that the two authors who penned The Strain wrote The Hollow Ones. The former is a scary, intriguing series while the latter - at least if the first book is any indication - is just silly with characters and a plot that are unoriginal and underwhelming. To make matters worse, Brittany Pressley's attempt at an English accent is just annoying.

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I liked it!

I think overall it’s a great into to what is apparently going to be a series. Performance was mostly great, however some of the voices were very similar and could have been differed a bit more. SPOILERS I think that the book doesn’t go in-depth enough in Blackwood’s hunting of general bad spirits. We get allusions to it, but he only hunts 2, and one is apparently an extra bad one? Would have liked a crescendo to see how hard this work really is for him, rather than him beating one easily then not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-04

Worth The Wait!

I'm several hours into the book and already know it's going to be a favorite! I am a C J Box, Robert B Parker and John Sanford fan. I also like good SciFi (The Breach). I liked parts of The Strain, but it was too dark overall for me. I can't stop listening (and I should be working) if that tells you anything. I return way too many books to Audible because they do not grab my attention. The Hollow Ones will grab you and keep you. I hope you enjoy!

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  • Ellen
  • 2020-08-09

Hollow Ones needs filling out more

I have the Strain Trilogy books and audio and I truly enjoy listening to them and reading them over and over. The Strain Trilogy is up there with The Stand and Swan Song. I did not like the "made for TV version" of The Strain or The Stand. Too much is lost from the book when it is adapted to screen play. The characters are melded together to make someone new and the story is changed enough so that the people that truly loved the book cannot bear to watch. But I am rambling. I have had this book on my wish list and even pre-ordered so that I could have it right away. That's how much I like these authors and their collaboration. That being said let me inform you as to why I did not like the book as much as I though I would. I had to remind myself that this was a new story line to follow and that it was unfair to compare this book with the previous works. I felt like I was reading a pitch for a screenplay. There was so much missing that I almost stopped listening after the first 90 or so minutes. I continued listening thinking that the pace would pick up and the characters would be fleshed out more. I don't think they ever were. I wanted to know more about Solomon and Vernon. The who, what, when, where and why is missing from the little boy's story. The beginning of the connection with Solomon and Blackwood was only briefly touched upon. I spent much of my time thinking "wait, what?" and rewinding to listen again. There was much jumping back and forth in time in the story and I am hoping that the next book will fill in a lot of what seems to be missing. Why Odessa? And who exactly are Blackwood's two helpers? What's on the tapes? I will be listening to this book again and I hope to pick up a few more pieces of the story. As I said before I like these two authors a lot and I will purchase the next book in this trilogy. Bottom line is I think it's an okay book. I think much is missing but I have high hopes that those missing things will be brought out into the light with the next book. Apparently, the hook has been set and I am waiting to be reeled in by the next book. I say try it.

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  • Chris Fitch
  • 2020-08-08

Way too short

It was interesting, but I felt as though a lot was missing. If a bit more depth was added and if the end wasn't so anticlimactic, I would have enjoyed it more.

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  • GigEmAgs
  • 2020-10-04

Entertaining, but not original

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. However, the plot is a modern amalgam of Dracula, Constantine, and that Denzel Washington movie from the 90’s called Fallen. Still liked it and recommend it, but don’t be surprised if you frequently think, “that’s sounds familiar”.

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  • Linda
  • 2020-09-05

Loved it!!

Absolutely loved it! Kept me engaged and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next! Definitely recommend!!

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  • awayman
  • 2021-01-15

Has potential

I was pretty dissatisfied with this book. I am a fan of the strain trilogy and expected more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-12

Loved it

Loved it. I loved the Strain Trilogy and was not disappointed. Great story which kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • J Lopez
  • 2020-12-18

a must read

Great book. This story keeps you wanting more and there is just enough to figure out each character story. I wish there would have been more of a finality but most of Del Torros' books are that way.

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  • LMN22
  • 2020-11-22

another one that should be made into a show

this story is pretty good and went by in no time at all .. great narrating

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  • Wonder Woman
  • 2020-11-07

Excellent Book

I enjoyed The Strain trilogy from these authors and was not disappointed with The Hollow Ones. Excellent narration, excellent storyline. Couldn’t stop listening from beginning to end! Highly recommend.